Did you know that the first canal cruise in the history of Amsterdam took place in 1621? Queen Elisabeth Stuart was welcomed in a parade of decorated boats with thousands of people on bridges and canal sides cheering the Queen of Bohemia.
Treating VIPs to a cruise on Amsterdam’s famous canals became a tradition as Winston Churchill, the Beatles and Nelson Mandela followed her example.
After the Netherlands won the European Football Championship in 1988, the team with captain Ruud Gullit and top scorer Marco van Basten sailed through Amsterdam’s canal while a massive crowd of orange fans cheered them on during their victory ride.
No longer exclusively for VIPs, canal cruises are now the most popular tourist attraction in the Netherlands. Canal tours in Amsterdam attract more than 3,25 million passengers each year.
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