Be awoken by a sunbeam in your face and the sound of murmuring water, or
remember your first holidays in a small tent, while the rain clattered on your
roof! We offer you on this site the opportunity to experience how romantic
and exciting living on a houseboat could be. Besides that, where do you get
so much privacy, comfort and rest?
There are over 10.000 houseboats in Holland. Around 2500 lies flat in the canals
or outskirts of Amsterdam. There are real barges, turned into real homes and
modern houseboats, made on floating material like concrete.
The policy of the Amsterdam city council is to stimulate the boat owners to keep
historical ships (barges) in the canals of the city centre and not replace them for
new houseboats built on concrete. That leads sometimes to discussions,
because the boats are privately owned and it is very expensive to keep the boats
in capital condition.
New York Times, article and photo's.
The first barges, moored permently in Amsterdam, were privately owned by
retired shippers. Holland has a long history of transportation of goods over the
water. Lots of artists and young people were attract by this way of living, it was
a perfect alternative for the citizens, who didn't want to confirm themselves to
basic homes, all the same, in the outskirts of Amsterdam. Houseboats have one
thing in common: they are never the same! Besides that, Amsterdam is very full
and there are not enough houses for everyone, especial not in the city centre
which is much smaller then London, Paris or Rome.
Today, living on the water becomes a yuppie culture; young people can't afford
themselves anymore to buy a houseboat. There are no more moorings then
there already were 15 years ago and it's difficult to find a mooring with a nice
barge (for a reasonable price).
If you don't like to stay on a houseboat while you visit Amsterdam (we can
assure you that you miss a great opportunity!), but you are interested in history,
you can visit the Houseboat Museum on the Prinsengracht.
Please click here to visit their site with a lot of information regarding houseboats
in Amsterdam. The adress is: Prinsengracht, at the opposite of house number
296. Phone number: (020) 4270750.
Photo from the Houseboat Museum:
On the Singel, against house number 40, you find the cats boats! The Cat boats
are the only animal sanctuary in the Netherlands that literally floats. A refuge for
stray and abandoned cats which, thanks to its unique location two houseboats
in Amsterdam's pituresque canal belt, has become a world famous tourist
In Amsterdam you also find "Het Scheepvaartmuseum", a museum with the
history of ships in Holland (here you find a replica of the VOC ship, left on the
photo below). House-Boat B050 lies nearby this museum. Please click here if
you want to visit their website with English summary.
The address is: Kattenburgerplein 1, 1018 KK Amsterdam. Tel. 52 32 222.
Photo of the "Scheepsvaartmuseum":
Some global information and links about houseboats elsewhere:
A houseboat in Canada:
A US magazine regarding houseboats in the US
We just received a message from George Pearson who already
started a website about canalboats in Europe in 1995, with interesting
links to canalboat sites in Europe and the US www.canals.com