De Poezenboot

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Neighborhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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  • Amsterdam Centraal Station • 7 min walk
  • Amsterdam Centraal • 7 min walk
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lib_xx
Hertfordshire, UK15 contributions
Couples
Visited in December after finding the cat boat through trip advisor & absolutely fell in love with the cats. Some cats are friendlier and are happier for fuss and attention than others, but any cat owner will know this is standard amongst cats. There are no two truly the same. I’m sure after people coming in trying to stroke them one after another, there are times where the cats do want to be left alone, so to anyone visiting please be mindful of that. However, they’re not open to visitors every day so the cats do get their quiet time away from the visitors too. The boat is free to visit, and you can book a 15 minute slot online, however they are a non-profit organisation that rely on donations, so please make a donation on your way out, as it allows them to continue their much needed work. Will definitely visit again on my next trip.
Written September 1, 2020
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webwalker222
Edmonton, Canada319 contributions
Solo
This floating cat shelter has reopened on certain days only and a reservation is required via their website. I visited in early April having just flown in from Canada. I had visited in April 2019 and wanted to pay my respects to Kasumi, their resident diva. She was lovely, as always! It's a small canal boat and the feline residents were either roaming freely or some timid ones languished in spacious cages with a good view of the canal. Very clean, not too cat-smelly, and a small gift shop where I always leave a donation to the cause. The cats love the attention, too.
Written May 8, 2022
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Martin G
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If you love cats, then you MUST visit the Cat Boat here in the 'Dam on the Singel - populated with up to 50 rescue cats of all shapes, sizes and ages, it is a feline lover's paradise. This is a working cat rescue centre and not strictly a tourist attraction but it has become part of Amsterdam sightseeing. Lovely staff and a really relaxed atmosphere to escape the hustle and bustle of the rest of the city centre....There are queues sometimes as it is so popular and it only opens for two hours per day so ensure you have the correct times to avoid disappointment. On entry, you donate voluntarily as there is no mandatory admission fee. Donations help to keep this place going and they are much welcomed. You can also buy merchandise, tote bags, postcards and other small novelty items here. Do not miss it.
Written February 1, 2020
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Sch123
Midrand, South Africa5 contributions
Couples
My boyfriend loves cats so we went to De Poezenboot in order for him to get his feline fix. A great place to go if you are a cat person as you can pet about 20 different cats. Not the best if you are not a cat person as it A) is filled with cats and B) smells a lot like cat.
Written January 10, 2020
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v_paulien
Hasselt, Belgium21 contributions
Friends
beautiful lovely cats on a boat. sort of wet dream for cat lovers.
well it was very unique, ofcourse was it different with the COVID things.
anyway, you could play and socialize with the cats for 30minutes, it's short but worth it.
Written July 16, 2020
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Moonlight
Los Angeles, CA2,193 contributions
Family
Love the concept of cat shelter on a boat. The gray Persian cat by the entrance just wants to escape and super grumpy in an adorable way. Pet him and you will get scratched - so be aware!
Free admission, and donations are appreciated. I picked up couple of teeshirts that are really cute too. Fun visit!
Written June 29, 2022
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maureen W
Heathfield5 contributions
Couples
If you like cats you will love to visit De Poesenboot on the Singel canal in Amsterdam. Small sanctuary run by volunteers. Beautiful conditions with an excellent homing record. Everybody was very friendly and welcoming.
Written May 1, 2012
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ninya99
Nowra, Australia50 contributions
Friends
A must see for cat lovers. Cats roaming free and in cages, some friendlier than others but all have had a rough life and have been rescued. Some are re-homed and others remain permanent residents. All clean and well cared for.
Written January 26, 2015
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jwall915
New York City, NY33 contributions
Couples
This is a group of people who have taken in stray cats around Amsterdam and they lovingly keep them in a shelter on a boat. Visitors are allowed two afternoons a week. It's free of charge but they accept donations.

The cats are in a room with some in cages and some allowed to roam around. They socialize the strays and really care about them. The cats are very well cared for. Some of them are friendly and let you pet them, and others are still skiddish and shy. They allow you to take pictures if you don't use flash. One of the coolest things is that there's a little cat hole going to the boat's balcony so the cats can get some fresh air. If you are a cat lover, this is a great way to spend an hour of your visit to Amsterdam.
Written January 6, 2012
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GaelicKaz
Dublin174 contributions
Couples
As a cat lover, I had to pop by the cat boat on the single, near the train station. I am friends with them on facebook so was aware that opening hours is 1-3pm Monday to Saturday except Wednesday. The volunteers are all very friendly and helpful. One thing i noticed some other people appeared to think that it was a place to play with cats. But once in, you realise that the cats that are freely wandering the boat are actually anti social cats that cannot be adopted out, and as they are healthy, they live on the boat instead.
Some cat shelters put cats down because they cannot be rehoused, but the boat appears to adopted the cats themselves and allow them to live on the boat, Houdini has been there 7 years already.
Its touching really, and just nice to sit down and watch the great selection of cats and their characters. I love Valencia, a beautiful black cat whom we were allowed to pet.
Definitely a must for anyone, but its not a museum, just a cat shelter. Its 40years running, and all by donations and volunteers. Dont forget to donate when you leave!
Written September 12, 2011
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