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“Great views from the water” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Canal Boat Tours

Canal Boat Tours
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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“Great views from the water”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2013

There is a big difference viewing the historic buildings from the water then from the land...make sure you do both!
It costs only 9 euros for a 30 minutes tour. Life explanation is given by the boatsman in Dutch, French and English.

Visited February 2013
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 4, 2013

The capital of West Flanders is older than many of European capitals. And from the very beginning (roughly from 3rd century) the canals helped Bruges to gain wealth and fame. I dislike the primitive dubbing the city as “Northern Venice”, they are totally different, but each one has its own beauty and peculiarity. Canals in Bruges add the special spirit, and many tourists after getting the canal cruises see and feel Bruges much better than people who ignored this unique attraction – The Cruise. Yes, local canals are not that big as in Amsterdam or Venice, but they are very fine, elegant, even intimate. The Flemish name 'Brugge' is probably derived from the word 'Rogia' (which was the Latin name of the 'Reie' the river which flowed through Bruges). When in Bruges you don’t see the river and canals is more than enough to get as much pleasure as you could perceive. When on a cruise boat don’t try to count bridges, but I’ll help: there are 54 bridges in the city, 12 of them are still wooden…
Unfortunately Bruges has got the same bad fate as many European capitals and historical centers go through: commerce kills the history and beauty more and more. Look at Prague and Paris, Amsterdam or else, in the most unique places you see today more commercial signs than old structures. Same in Bruges, look at least on the Markt. That’s why any canal cruise in Bruges keeps you away from that commercial stress presenting you the real beauty and real spirit of this grand city.
Canals here like a music to my ears. So please see my gallery of lyrical "opuses" and let your soul to listen the same...

Visited November 2012
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“A must in Bruges”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 25, 2013

This was the second time I have been on the canal trip in Bruges and it doesn't fail to please me…Bruges is a large place to see if you only have a few hours..so what better way to rest your legs and take in the view from the water..I think the cost was €7.95 for the 25 min trip..a tip is advised at the end of the journey..when you think what a taxi would cost its well worth it..there are a number of boarding points and you will always get dropped off at the point where you joined.. the trip is the same whatever point you join (the canal boat doesnt stop at each boarding point like a bus so its an uninterrupted lovely trip)..DON'T FORGET TO TAKE YOUR CAMERA..enjoy

Visited November 2012
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“Cheesy, touristy, good fun!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2013

OK, first of all, I have to once again recommend that you buy the Bruges City Pass. If you do, you can ride the canal boat for free prior to 11am and after 2pm.

I am sure if this had been my first time in Bruges, and I had not seen much in the town yet, the boat ride would've been more instructive. All reservations aside, it was still fun, there were some wonderful vistas from the water, and it is always great to be out in a boat. So I enjoyed it.

I think my favorite part was seeing a small island that is occupied entirely by swans. That was a magical moment.

As others have said, the boat driver was very courteous and patient, which is great considering many of the folks on our boat were middle-aged and older.

Visited September 2012
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“A great way to see Brugge”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2013

If the weather cooperates, be sure to take a canal boat tour. This is a great way to see the town, and it is very relaxing being on the water. This is a good thing to do at the beginning of your stay to get a good overview of the city. The best spots on the boat are the very back or very front.

Visited May 2012
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