“We had a really special swap with this typical way of living in the Amsterdam \'s channals. Aico and Martjie welcomed us in their beautiful houseboat and we had a great time to live this unique experience. Our kid was amazed to see so many ducks and swin when he waked up in the morning. This houseboat gave us the opportunity to live in the nature but at the same time to experience the city of Amsterdam. Thank you again and we hope to repeat again this amazing experience.”
Aico's reviewsAs a host (5)
“Beautiful and charming vacation in Amsterdam in the house boat of Aico and Maartije. Thanks to the availability of Aico has equipped the house for four adults and the fact that the house is perfectly connected with the bus and ferry services to Amsterdam Central station we could make a wonderful holiday in their home. Thanks Aico and Maartije!”
“If you are looking for a home exchange and live like Dutch people, do not hesitate to make an swap on this authentic and charming house boat. there are two terraces, a very bright and large living room, when you have your breakfast in the kitchen you can see swimming in front of your window, ducks, herons, swans ... we slept like babies! the beds are very comfortable. the house boat is located 5 minutes from the ferry, crosses the river in 3 min to reach the center of Amsterdam and the train station. 2 minutes from the house, there are supermarkets, fruit and vegetable market the pretty villages of Nieuwendam, Monnickendam are ... 15 minutes biking and free parking for the car near the house. the contact with Aico and Maartje were always easy and clear. Moreover, they left us a Dutch bicycle, so we spent two weeks, as the Dutch, using bikes all day. we spent two unforgettable weeks thank you to Aico and Maartje”
“We spent 2 wonderful weeks on this lovely houseboat in August 2013. It is in a perfect location, a short bike ride and ferry ride across to Central Station yet when you are on the houseboat it is peaceful and green. We spent hours on the floating terrace, just watching the world go by but also lovely days out on the bikes making the most of all the super things Amsterdam has to offer. We would definitely recommend an exchange with Aico and Maartje who made us feel very welcome and took good care of our house too!”
“The location is near city centre but fully immersed in the environment. Birds come visit daily the house not only for food. Houseboat living is a lovely experience. The interior, simple but stylish, has romantic atmosphere.”
Where is it?
The boat is located in the North of Amsterdam, also called the sunny side of the city! Just a 15 minute walk, or a 5-minute bikeride, to the ferry that takes you in 2 minutes to the Central Station. The free ferry crosses the IJ-river every 5 minutes (and all night long every 10 minutes).
From the Central Station, which lies at the heart of the city, you can go anywhere (by train, metro, bus, tram, bike or walking): Anne Frank House in 5 minutes by bike, Damsquare & Red Light disctrict 5 minutes, Leidsesquare 15 minutes and the beautiful canals are on walking distance. We have 2 bikes available for you to use.
Our old industrial neighbourhood is urban, lively and upcoming as more and more artists and media companies are putting up their business here. In the evening it's nice and quiet.There is a fruit, vegetables and clothing-market every wednesday and saturday, on walking distance from the boat.
When you take the bike and cycle to the North you will soon (within 15 minutes) find yourself amidst pastures and cows and enjoying the typical Dutch countryside with traditional farms, windmills and houses. If you are lucky you can even buy eggs, milk or honey at the farm. So if you want to be able to easily reach the Dutch country-side as well as the exciting centre of Amsterdam, our neighborhood is the place to be.
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