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Amsterdam - Western Islands and NDSM Wharf by Boat

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Western Islands and NDSM Wharf by Boat

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(59 reviews)
Western Islands, Amsterdam, Netherlands
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

Mark and Lee take you on their boat through the Western Islands with its 1600s warehouses and beautiful small wooden drawbridges. These islands are a real hidden gem, almost overlooked by time as they were cut off from the city by the railway lines built in the 1800s. They are a sleepy enclave, right in the centre of the city but hidden away and there is no better way to see them than by boat. There are so many interesting views of houses with jetties and little parks backing straight on to the water, invisible from the street. The old warehouses of this area have been renovated and repurposed into apartments with glorious views over the canals of the islands. Not only houses, but classic old barges find new life here. The area is an interesting mix of old and new architecture. The second part of the tour takes you through the Houthaven, (old timber harbour) and across the iJ, the big water behind Central Station, to the NDSM Wharf. This is an old ship building area that is still an important landmark for Amsterdam's alternative art scene. Right next door is a fascinating new neighbourhood being developed with sleek modern buildings, a new village of double storey floating houses, and an experimental cafe and art-meets-technology experiment called de Ceuvel. The tour gives a wide and varied overview of how these Western Harbour districts, one from the 1600s, the other from centuries later, have been repurposed for the modern day.


Meet Mark - That Dam Guide

Mark - That Dam Guide

Mark has been sharing places and stories about Amsterdam, his adopted home, for 10 years now and he is still smitten by the place! He absolutely loves distilling chunks of history into bite-sized bits of fun. The vibrancy of the city takes his breath away, and he loves finding odd little details to share. Live-streaming tours are an exciting adventure as it is possible to open places and areas that are not accessible on in-person tours!


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Amsterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Amsterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Sue H.

24 April 2021

An interesting tour.

Angela H.

23 April 2021

Great water trip

Carla S.

23 April 2021

This was my first time watching. I enjoyed most of it, but was a little disappointed to see too many boats and too few of the nice old buildings. I was born in amsterdam and lived and worked there till I was 20 years old. I really did not know about all the west islands. Fascinating!

🇺🇸 Carol (California) O.

22 April 2021

❤️❤️❤️ Mark’s tours & don’t forget Captain Lee. These two lead great tours separately & together. This boat tour was lovely. Makes me want to go to Amsterdam & not for the coffee shops lol!

Loba F.

22 April 2021

Lovely!


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