Welcome to Amsterdam, the houseboat capital of the world!
If we have to choose a houseboat capital of the world, it would definitely be Amsterdam. There's no place on earth with a higher density and a broader variety of floating homes than Amsterdam. A significant number of locals enjoy living in these ships and barges, and we're glad to say that a lot of houseboat owners decided to share their place with you on Bookahouseboat.com!
Amsterdam, capital of The Netherlands, has something to offer for everyone who loves the good life, culture and pure joy. The city itself is a first class attraction, with its beautiful 16th century houses, red-light district, canals and lovely parks to wander around. And of course there are the famous museums where you can see the work of the great painters such as Van Gogh, Rubens, and Rembrandt. Whatever your interests, staying on a houseboat is a great choice for every guest of this unique city.
Traditional freight ship houseboats
The most genuine houseboat experience is to stay on a traditional freight ship or sailing ship. These steel vessels are up to 40 meters in length and offer a genuine maritime feeling. These ships have been refurbished with the sole purpose of housing people, although some of them still have their engine. However, in Amsterdam you won't be able to take a tour with these boats since they are all moored to the shore. But just watching other boats, ducks, swans and geese passing by, makes you feel like a real boatsman as soon as you get on board.
Concrete barge houseboats
Another popular houseboat type is the concrete barge with a wooden frame house on top. If you're looking for a houseboat rental with large windows and lots of light, this is definitely your best choice. These floating homes are solely built to house people on the water, so no compromises have been made and every square meter is designed to give as much comfort as possible. Most of these square barges are relatively young and offer a high level of comfort, such as floor heating, modern kitchens, and a luxury bathroom. But what about the nautical feeling of such a concrete barge? A good question, and we're glad to say that the experience is yet different than on a real ship, but you'll absolutely love it. Not in the least because you'll be even closer to the water then on a traditional ship because the windows are usual just above water level. This enables you to enjoy the water even more!
Great houseboat locations
Ok, I'm convinced that a houseboat is the place to be when visiting Amsterdam, but what's the best location? Well, that depends entirely on your own preferences. You will find houseboats on almost every canal and every harbor in the city. Of course the city centre is very popular since you're as close to the buzz as possible, but if you prefer a more quiet place you might consider a different area. In 'Oud West' (Old West) you'll find lovely houseboats at walking distance of the Jordaan area, yet just far enough from the tourist masses to have a great night rest. And of course there's the harbor area called the Eastern Docks with it's own atmosphere. This area is much more open than the rest of Amsterdam and it offers wide views over the water. And with the tram, or a bike at hand, the city centre is never far away.
So wherever you decide to go, we're sure you'll have a great time on one of the many houseboat rentals in Amsterdam that we offer Bookahouseboat.com!