The canals of course are one of the major attractions of the 'Venice of the North'. By daytime already very charming, by night they become even more enchanting because a lot of the canal houses and bridges are beautifully illuminated. You can sample the canal views by taking a canal tour with one of the shipping companies on the Damrak or Rokin. A basic tour will cost around €15 with special arrangements like 'candle light cruises' available. You could also try the more adventurous pedal boats: rental outlets are at strategic points in town, including the Anne Frank house and the Rijksmuseum. Life on water is very different from life ashore, and if you care to venture into the canals on your own you'll soon find out that it's difficult to get your bearings while afloat. Bring a good map!