Amsterdam, central and southern Netherlands

Art and architecture. Cruise along the Vecht River and admire the waterfront and houses. Visit cultural and cosmopolitan Amsterdam. Admire exquisitely cut gems or discover the works of world-famous artists.

Destinations / Netherlands / Amsterdam, Central and South Holland

Few landscapes in Europe offer such ideal conditions for exploring from behind the helm as the central and southern Netherlands. A country characterised by fine cheeses, tulips of many colours and windmills, it also boasts a dense network of canals. Thanks to these, you'll not only see picturesque towns breathing with history on the boat, but also the tranquil Dutch countryside that quickly throws you into a state of relaxation. But if you're looking for something a little more action-packed on your holiday, head to the land of the clogs when one of the world's famous events is taking place. The fun will be taken care of!

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The area, which is literally crisscrossed with navigable canals, offers a variety of routes of varying lengths. You can choose according to both your points of interest and your experience. While the centre of the Netherlands can be enjoyed by beginners as well as seasoned sailors, we would not recommend sailing south for skippers with less experience.

A museum at every turn

If you're cruising the Netherlands, whether you want to or not, you can't avoid the capital. But don't worry about Amsterdam, you'll enjoy the metropolis. It's a great place for shopping enthusiasts and those who prefer more unusual activities. One of the typical experiences that every visitor should take away from Sin City is not just a stroll through the Red Light District or a smoke in one of the many coffeeshops. Amsterdam is also a place that is known for its important museums. Did you know that it is even the city with the highest density of museums in the world? You can choose from over 60 locations and countless exhibits. For us, we recommend the famous Rijksmuseum with the richest collection of Dutch art from the 15th to the 19th. The Van Gogh Museum, which focuses on the works of one of the greatest figures of Dutch history, and the Anne Frank House, which commemorates the story of a Jewish girl in World War II. But apart from that, you can also go to unusual museums such as the Sexmuseum, the Hashish and Marijuana Museum and the Museum of Prostitution.

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Celebrations that make it worth picking up anchors

The central and southern Netherlands are inviting to visit all year round, but at certain times of the year you won't find it any more fun than usual. In fact, the country plays host to events that make the streets of its picturesque towns a little more lively. The most sought-after tourist attractions are undoubtedly the floral corsages. Who doesn't like the breathtaking processions of allegorical floats decorated with flowers and accompanied by bands of musicians? Flower lovers must also visit the so-called Garden of Europe, as Keukenhof Park is often nicknamed. Europe's largest flower park is only open from March to May and offers its visitors mainly a spectacle in the form of crocuses, daffodils and tulips. Other spectacular experiences, albeit from a completely different barrel, are offered by two major celebrations that are characterised by a bit of wacky fun - April's Koninginnedag and August's Gay Pride.

Typical Dutch mill and tulips

Recreation with everything

If you'd like to switch off for a while on your trip and enjoy a typical holiday where your only concern is where to go for lunch, head to the famous Loosdrechtse lakes. Thousands of Dutch people head to this area every year to relax by one of the seven lakes, which offer the perfect amenities for all holidaymakers. There are pleasant beaches, children's playgrounds, public barbecues and restaurants. Of course, there are also a variety of activities for all sportsmen. In addition, you won't miss the rich nightlife at the lakes, which easily rivals that of Amsterdam.

Where else but Holland on a houseboat! Let's pick one for you.

Cruises for 3–5 days

Vinkeveen - Amsterdam - Vinkeveen

Trip length: 3 days | 50 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 6

Vinkeveen – Amsterdam – Vinkeveen

This itinerary combines pampering at marina resorts with a visit to cosmopolitan Amsterdam. Vinkeveen is a popular holiday resort and you can try all kinds of water sports on the lakes. Amstelveen is a town with a population of 85,000. This city is part of the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

Woubrugge sailing area

Trip length: 3 days | 75 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 10

Woubrugge – Uithoorn – Nieuwkoop – Woerden – Bodegraven – Alphen aan den Rijn – Woubrugge

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Woubrugge sailing area

Trip length: 5 days | 85 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 12

Woubrugge – Leiden – Haarlem – Amsterdam – Woubrugge

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Cruises for a week

Vinkeveen - Amsterdam - Vinkeveen

Trip length: 7 days | 90 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 6

Vinkeveen – Amsterdam – Muiden – Utrecht – Vinkeveen

From the Vinkeveen base, sail south to join the Amsterdam Rijn Kanaal, then sail north on this canal towards the town of Weesp, where you can comfortably moor your boat at several public moorings. You might also consider visiting the town of Muiden on the Vecht. The magnificent castle here is well worth seeing. Other points on the route are Loenen and Maarsen.

Woubrugge sailing area

Trip length: 7 days | 124 km
Type of cruise: there and back
Number of locks: 3

Woubrugge – Leiden – Kagerplassen – Drecht – Woerden – Alphen aan den Rijn – Woubrugge

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Woubrugge sailing area

Trip length: 7 days | 150 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 6

Woubrugge – Amsterdam – Utrecht – Gouda – Woubrugge

The biggest attraction of this route is certainly Amsterdam – its museums and unique atmosphere. Not far from Amsterdam is the town of Weesp, located at the crossroads of several waterways. Weesp is one of the so-called 14 walled cities.

Loosdrecht_NL_map

Trip length: 7 days | 164 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 9

Loosdrecht – Amsterdam – Edam – Alkmaar – Zaanstad – Amsterdam – Loosdrecht

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Loosdrecht_NL_map

Trip length: 7 days | 168 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 14

Loosdrecht – Amsterdam – Uithoorn – Woerden – Gouda* – Oudewater – Utrecht – Loosdrecht

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Loosdrecht_NL_map

Trip length: 7 days | 169 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 11

Loosdrecht – Amsterdam – Lisse – Kager Plassen – Alphen – Gouda* – Oudewater – Utrecht – Loosdrecht

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Woubrugge sailing area

Trip length: 7 days | 180 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 4

Woubrugge – Amsterdam – Edam – Alkmaar – Zaandam – Haarlem – Lisse – Woubrugge

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Cruises for 10–14 days

Loosdrecht_NL_map

Trip length: 10 days | 225 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 13

Loosdrecht – Vinkeveense Plassen – Ouderkerk – Amsterdam – Aalsmeer – Kager Plassen – Katwijk – Alphen – Gouda* – Oudewater – Utrecht – Loosdrecht

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Loosdrecht_NL_map

Trip length: 10 days | 250 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 15

Loosdrecht – Amsterdam – Edam – Uitgeest – Amsterdam – Aalsmeer – Kager Plassen – Katwijk – Alphen – Gouda* – Oudewater – Utrecht – Loosdrecht

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.

Loosdrecht_NL_map

Trip length: 14 days | 315 km
Type of cruise: circular tour
Number of locks: 16

Loosdrecht – Amsterdam – Edam – Alkmaar – Zaanstad – Amsterdam – Aalsmeer – Kager – Plassen – Leiden – Alphen – Gouda* – Oudewater – Utrecht – Loosdrecht

Along the countless waterways, you will discover the true "fleur" of Holland – towns, villages, windmills and canal bridges mirrored in the shimmering water. Here you can experience the atmosphere or contrasts as we know them from the paintings of the old Dutch masters.