There are over 2,500 houseboats lining the Amsterdam canals, with many of them dating back to the turn of the century. When walking throughout Amsterdam, I saw many styles made in a variety of shapes and materials. Some are made of concrete, others of wood and many flat-top barges made of metal. Most of the canal boats are residential properties but if booking in advance, you’ll be able to rent one.
To buy a boat, it would cost approximately €290,000 – a steal compared to the canal mansions which go for €1,200,000 – 3,000,000! The canals are not tidal and the speed limit is only 7.5 km which means we didn’t have a concern of sea-sickness while on board.
When booking, our choices were a bit limited due to late requests but we found a beautiful half-barge with one bed, a mini fridge with coffee maker and the bathroom was a bit spartan but clean with a shower above the toilet. It was perfect for two nights! Plus, we were able to sit on the roof of the barge when we had a few friends join us on the boat!