The gorgeous city of Amsterdam is well known for its architecture and elaborate network of canals. Join in in the summer of 2020 as people from all over the world meet for the SAIL festival in August. Hop on a houseboat or canal tour and enjoy the show!
Not only will you be able to enjoy the soothing sways on the canals, but you will also be able to see the amazing city from a different perspective and bring your architectural experience to the next level. In Amsterdam, 2020 is all about boats, in all sizes and shapes.
If you are curious or just love the water and boats, Amsterdam is the place to go in August. From the 12th -16th of August, a full fleet of tall ships and other special floating vessels will sail down the River IJ before docking closer to the city center. As this is an event that only takes place every five years, plan your trip ahead with Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center. Keep up-to-date and check out the route on their website to find out where you need to go and when, when the time is right.
This year’s events
Put on your sailor hat, and striped shirt to join the hundreds of thousands of visitors joining in to partake in the celebration of the maritime culture and history of Amsterdam at the tenth edition of the SAIL festival. Not only will there be some spectacular ships present, but also concerts and other maritime-themed events that will fill up your itinerary. Festival organizes an outside movie theater showing maritime films as well as different concerts every night.
The biggest attraction is the crew parade, where all of the crews walk the streets of Amsterdam, usually, starting at the Kattenburgerstraat and ending at an unknown location in the city. The military crews wear their beautiful, official uniforms and play their instruments while parading the streets, and the civil crews wear incredible, eye-catching costumes.
Head out for a canal cruise
With 165 canals in an intricate network around the city, there are few things you’ll miss by taking the popular canal cruise. Being on the UNESCO list, the canals themselves are not a bad sight either, which makes the comfy boat rides the perfect way to discover Amsterdam. There are plenty canal tours you can take, depending on what you want to see and do in the city such as the lovers candle light tour, open boat, closed boat, bike boats and hop-on-hop-off. The Blue Boat Company has a great selection of tours including a lovely dinner, drinks, stops by popular attractions or you can even get married on the boat!
The houseboat experience
You may think that houseboating is not for you, but we encourage you to give it a chance. There is little difference from being in your own apartment, with fully functional kitchen, tables, chairs and a comfy bed, only with a more original and much better view. Also, who wouldn’t love to be able to change up the view a bit without actually having to move all of your belongings?
The I amsterdam City Card
With this clever city card you get a lot of handy discounts, and it can be purchased for either 24, 48 or 72 hours. The 24 hour card costs €59, and you get free entry at several of the popular museums and attractions and discounts throughout Amsterdam and its surroundings. Stay at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center in the downtown area for easy access to all of these wonderful attractions. From the hotel, the tram stop Spui is only 400 meters away, so it is even easier to get around town for free!