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“CATS EVERYWHERE” 5 of 5 stars
Review of De Poezenboot

De Poezenboot
Singel 38 G, 1015 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Canal Ring (Grachtengordel))
+31 20 6258794
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Ranked #60 of 576 things to do in Amsterdam
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“CATS EVERYWHERE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I absolutely love cats, so a cat houseboat is like a dream for me. Make sure you check the opening times, we went around noon, but had to come back because the boat is only open from 1-3 and not on Saturdays and Wednesdays (as of June 2014).

There is no fee to see the cats, but donations are accepted. We got to spend time with two really friendly cats who couldn't get enough cuddles.

Visited June 2014
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“A must if you like cats, give it a miss if you don't”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

Check the web site for current opening times, when we visited in June 2014, it was 1pm to 3pm. There is no fee but there is a donation box and mementos (t-shirts, fridge magnets etc) for sale. The staff are happy for you to take your own treats along for the cats. Despite the fact that they’re obviously well fed, we quickly had half a dozen friendly cats sitting at our feet munching the cheese flavour Dreamies we’d taken with us. The sign in the boat isn’t that big and could be easily missed so I imagine (although we didn’t try this) that it would be easier to spot the boat from the other bank where you’d see the mesh enclosed cat run on that side of the boat. It’s not your typical tourist attraction but if you’re a cat lover then it should definitely be on your list.

Visited June 2014
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“A must for cat lovers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This was high on our list of off the beaten track attractions in Amsterdam. As cat lovers we seek out unusual attractions while on vacation, including shelters that are a little different. This is on a boat on the Singel and open for a couple of hours in the afternoons. There is no fee but donations help care for the cats. We bought a great tshirt as a less touristy souvenir. The cats are well loved and cared for and we had a great time sitting with other cat lovers playing and tickling the cats. We visited the katten cabinet the same day which made a great pair of activities if you are looking for something a little different and more "real" in Amsterdam.

Visited May 2014
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

This place is wonderful if you are a cat lover which my daughter and I are. All the cats there are stray or abandoned and the cat boat is their home. It is a charity and monies are donated by the visitors. The cats have an outdoor space as well on the boat and come and go in safety. Its a truly magical place.

Visited May 2014
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“I <3 cats!!! ”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

I loved this place what a fantastic idea! Free entry but they rely on donations to "keep afloat" so make sure you donate or buy a postcard/badge. It was quite busy when I went which surprised me. They only open at certain times /days so check out their website before you visit :)

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