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Everything you need to know for your visit to Amsterdam.


  • Please be aware that the waterways are also used by commercial vessels.

  • Ensure that you know the navigation rules. Visit Safe boating! to be sure.

  • Look up your route in so-called ‘Junction Booklets’ which describe the most important waterway junctions in each region. You can download these booklets for free on (in Dutch).

  • Check to see if there is anything obstructing your passage through the sea lock at IJmuiden, Amsterdam’s canals or regional waterways before you leave.

  • Pay attention to signs saying what ports are not accessible to recreational vessels.

  • A visit to the Port is not free. Payment can be made via the City of Amsterdam or at one of the marinas.

  • Make sure you understand which are the correct VHF channels to use in particular circumstances.

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