Life On The Water In Amsterdam

There are about 2500 houseboats in Amsterdam.

The ships were used to transport goods while the owner and his family lived in the small quarters below deck. After retirement, the ship owner would moor the ship and continue living on it.

Houseboats are all connected to the electricity, cables … Since 2005 all houseboats are obligated to connect to the city sewage.

You need a special permit called a β€˜ligplaats.’ The amount of ligplaatsen in Amsterdam are very limited and there is a high demand.

Some boat owners have transformed their boats into bed-and-breakfasts.

Each boathouse has its own character and is well maintained, quite unique.

It was a fascinating tour, and fun to learn about the boathouse in Amsterdam.

Thank you for visiting! πŸ™‚

77 thoughts on “Life On The Water In Amsterdam

  1. Good morning, Amy!
    I’ve never really been to Amsterdam, only passed through. But I did sail Dutch canals and lakes and enjoyed it. As to living on the water: the Dutch really know how to.
    Have a wonderful day,

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  2. (EN) Fascinating and fun tour indeed.They turn something made for traveling into a “home”.Great post Amy
    (IT) Affascinante e divertente tour davvero.Trasformano in “casa” qualcosa fatto per viaggiare.Fantastico post Amy


  3. Very interesting Amy. Here in India (Kerala) there is houseboat concept, but basically, they are a hired boat with the cook on board. Amsterdam houseboats are lifestyle built into that. That’s what makes it special. Hope one day I stay for a night there!

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  4. The houseboats in Amsterdam are fancier than the ones in Hong Kong if there are any left. The younger generations don’t want to live in the houseboats. The canal winds through Amsterdam, so it makes sense to have houseboats. Thank you for the tour!

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  5. Fascinating Amy! I had no idea there were so many houseboats in Amsterdam and that people live on them. I would love to take a houseboat around Europe someday. I got intrigued after reading the book, The Little Paris Bookshop….(I believe that is the title) about a guy who sets off on his houseboat which is a bookshop from Paris all the way to the south of France.

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