Amsterdam Eastern Islands

Old and New Ports

A tour of Amsterdam’s ports satisfies both the eyes and the mind. For example, you can see how the IJ harbor and the Entrepothaven have found new uses for industrial and port areas which had once been dilapidated. This cruise gives you a clear picture of the recent urban and architectural developments and combines well with our other cruises through Amsterdam’s canals and along the ramparts.

The Skyline of the Eastern Islands

From the starting location, the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ concert hall, you sail towards the IJ harbour. On the left you see the city apartments on Java and KNSM Islands, on the right the converted warehouses in which both homes and offices are located. Your canal boat then heads to the Entrepothaven and sails back towards the city passing the trendy Harbour Club restaurant. At the end of the Entrepothaven, you pass under the bridge towards the New Entrepotdoksluis. As you sail the Nieuwe Vaart canal, you will spot the eye-catching De Gooyer Windmill, known in Amsterdam as just the Mill. This windmill was constructed in 1664 and has been used since 1983 by Brouwerij ‘t IJ, a modern brewery that produces organic blonde and dark beers. You can even dock at the Mill to visit the tasting room. Further along the
Nieuwe Vaart, you sail past the beautiful Kromhoutwerf, which houses vessels up to 80 tons. Here you will also find the Maritime Museum which can be rented as a reception venue and is an official wedding location of the Municipality of Amsterdam.

Along the Open Havenfront

At the end of the Nieuwe Vaart, you arrive at the Oosterdok near the National Maritime Museum. From here, you will starboard along NEMO, then sail to port along the New Library, the Schreierstoren and St. Nicholas Church. Passing through the Open Havenfront and Singel canal, you reach the IJ once again.

Modern Architecture with Old Structures

As you sail the IJ, you will see the spectacular EYE Film Institute. Our saloon boats can dock near the EYE, which has a free-access bar and restaurant that offers a panoramic, cinematic view of the water and the city. Near the EYE you will find the former Shell site and Overhoeks, the diverse, new district on the IJ, right across from the bustling center of Amsterdam. Continuing down the IJ, you see the Silodam outside of the Old Houthaven where two former grain silos now serve as contemporary apartment buildings. The multicolored buildings, constructed in 2002, are a well-known example of modern architecture along the banks of the IJ in Amsterdam.

The Palace of Justice

As your cruise winds down, you will sail past a jewel on the IJ: the Palace of Justice on the new IJ-dock peninsula which houses the Magistrates Court, the Public Prosecutor, commercial spaces and apartments. Your cruise through the old and new ports of Amsterdam will then come to an end as you return to the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ.

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