The train to Amsterdam takes about 45 minutes and gives one a nice view of the countryside. We had decided to take a canal cruise and that seems the best way to ”see” Amsterdam and it was great.
There are many houseboats along the canals and, apparently, there are no more moorings to be had.
The houses along the canals are called ”dancing houses” because the area was so swampy the houses were built on stilts.
One of the attractions we decided to forego was this:
We were told or read that there are more bicycles than people in Amsterdam. We believe it. The canal boat driver said the canals are 3 metres deep – 1 meter water, 1 meter something and 1 meter bicycles.