Amsterdam Architecture Cruise

An Architecture Cruise Through the New and Old Amsterdam

Amsterdam not only houses more historic buildings and sites than any city in the world but also some of the most-stunning modern architecture in Europe, much of which can be found on the waterfront. Enjoy a sail, a drink and some small bites while you feast your eyes on the architectural treasures.

The Face of the IJ

On a Rederij Belle Architecture Cruise, you are guaranteed to see the best and most-fascinating modern architecture in Amsterdam. Your captain will sail through the Eastern Docklands and along the new islands. You will pass famous buildings such as the passenger terminal for cruise ships, the EYE Film Institute, the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ (Music Building on the IJ) and the converted warehouses. On the Eastern Docklands, you
will see the famous Lloyd Hotel which housed thousands of workers from Eastern Europe in its heyday before they embarked for America. And, of course, you will also get a look at the intricate Jan Schaefer Bridge which tunnels through a piece of industrial history, the De Zwijger warehouse.

New Buildings, New Canals

The cruise also takes you along Java Island where the architecture is modelled after the seventeenth-century canals of Amsterdam. Here there are four newly-dug canals.

KNSM Island, Singelgracht and More Architecture

On the KNSM Island, you will find large, residential buildings with an un-Dutch feel situated in the midst of old port buildings – a combination of new and old which is striking. At the KNSM Island we recommend that you also admire the architecture on foot. A tour around the Singelgracht, once the outer moat of Amsterdam, will show you the architecture of the 1990s. These are designs of architects from around the world. The duration and details of your Architecture Cruise are fully customisable. You might also combine your cruise with a visit to a (architecture) museum or restaurant.


The price for three hours on the Amsterdam Architecture Cruise is € 69, – per person, including service, onboard drinks, ship rental and taxes. Contact us for a customised quote.

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