City Canal Cruise – dock Hard Rock Cafe

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75 minutes

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Culture Vultures, Family Friendly, First Timers, History Buffs, Uniquely Dutch

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Dutch, English, Espanol, Francais, German, Italian, Japanese, Portugese, Russian

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Check In Time

15 minutes prior to departure

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Discover the best of Amsterdam during this 75-minute City Canal Cruise – dock Hard Rock Cafe. Amsterdam is best viewed from the water. Take in the amazing scenery as your canal cruise takes you along the historic sights of the city.

Depart right in the city center, near the Leidseplein (Leidse square), opposite Hard Rock Cafe. On this City Canal Cruise, experience the best of Amsterdam. Sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the 17th-century buildings. During this era Amsterdam experienced a massive economic boom that led to the creation of the canals around the city. It was designed to enable quick transport of goods. Hence, houses for working and living purposes were built along the canals. Today, you can admire these impressive buildings and beautiful gables.

The City Canal Cruise – dock Hard Rock Cafe also shows you the 21st-century city that Amsterdam has become.  See new architecture and bridges, showing a city that is rooted in history yet continues to develop and change. Enjoy a 75-minute canal cruise and see the diversity of the city; from the Golden Bend to Overhoeks, the city’s newest quarter, and from the Music Building in the harbor to the impressive replica of a VOC ship, next to the Maritime Museum.

The City Canal Cruise is an ideal way to see the city when you are a first-time visitor. This tour is perfect for children; a special story audio tour for kids is available.


Note: The Museum Square is just a few steps away; a perfect opportunity to visit the Van Gogh Museum or Rijksmuseum.


  • Discover the best of Amsterdam during this 75-minute City Canal Cruise'
  • Sit back, relax and enjoy the views of the magnificent 17th century buildings
  • See the diversity of the city, from the Golden bend to the city's newest quarter the Overhoeks
  • Get to know the city from a different perspective
  • Enjoy a family friendly tour offering a special story audio guide for kids


  • 75-minute City Canal Cruise
  • Multilingual guide (special audio guide for kids)


  • Food & drinks

Meeting Point

Created with Sketch. Stadhouderskade 501, Amsterdam, Netherlands


Can I bring my own food?
Unfortunately it is not allowed to bring your own food and/or drinks on board the city canal cruise or the evening cruise.
Can I bring a pram/stroller onboard?
Strollers have to be folded up as much as possible and left at the dock.
Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed on regular cruises (except guide dogs). 
Do you have a special children price?
Children under 5 are free, provided they sit on their parent’s lap. For children aged 5-12, we have a special children’s rate.
What are the stops during the cruise?
There won’t be any stops during the cruise. The final destination is the same location as where you got on the boat.
Is there a toilet onboard?
Yes, every boat has a toilet.
Is the City Canal Cruise wheelchair accessible?
Yes, it is! Six of the party vessels are equipped with a wheelchair lift, so you can come on board without having to leave your chair. Please note that, if you require wheelchair access, it is ALWAYS necessary to make a reservation.
What does the Kids Cruise include?
When you buy a kids ticket you’ll receive a pirate work book and a pirates binocular. During the cruise the kids will listen to their own audio story (available in Dutch and English) via the Personal Audio System.
Is the boat open or closed?
A few of the boats have an open deck, but during the summer all the roofs can be removed. And in the winter the heating will keep you warm.
Where is the departure point?
The departure point is right in the city center, opposite the Hard Rock Cafe. From Central Station you can take tram 1, 2, 5,11 and 12 to the tram stop at Leidseplein. From here, the dock is just a 2 minute walk.
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