Amsterdam introduces new traffic rules for its canals

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is a wonderful city any time of the year, but even more so during the sunny months. When the weather is fine, many Amsterdammers take to the water.

The city has 165 canals with a total length of 100 kilometers. This accounts for the fact that Amsterdam is a city of 90 islands — and some 1500 bridges. No wonder Amsterdam is called “The Venice of the North.”

Over the past ten years, the number of pleasure boats coursing through the canals has doubled to 14.000 vessels.

That is why Amsterdam is introducing some new rules for the watery road (as well as highlighting some old ones too few people observe).

Pictured here is Prinsengracht near Noordermarkt. In the distance is a commercial tour boat. The canal is lined by houseboats.