Barge Hildebrand

The boat

The “trekschuit” can be roughly translated as “a pulled barge” and refers to one of the most interesting types of boats in Dutch history. Originally these boats had no engine and were moved forward by using an ingenious system of poles, ropes and horses walking along riverside paths to “pull” the boat forward. This became a sophisticated system with various schedules and routes transporting people and goods throughout the Netherlands and was partly responsible for the late introduction of the railway system, which replaced it.


€ 250,- per hour ex 6% tax

The Hiledebrand and the Jacob van Lennep, both named after famous Dutch writers, have been completely refitted to accommodate a comfortable cruise in the canals of Amsterdam. And, although the horses have been replaced with environmentally friendly electric motors, you can still see traces of a former era. At the bow you’ll see the collapsible wooden masts to which the ropes that pulled the barge were attached.
These historic barges are a great way to experience the canals in an original way. The roof can be opened up, weather permitting, and both have a rear deck which is perfect for sitting back and enjoying the sights. Along with standing room inside and a cosy bar, these boats are ideal for a private party with friends or a networking happy hour with colleagues and associates. And for the ultimate Amsterdam experience we can definitely recommend an evening dinner cruise through enchanting Amsterdam.


  • electrically powered
  • cruises up to 60 persons
  • buffets up to 45 persons
  • sitting dinner up to 30 persons
  • sound system with iPod plug-in
  • international bar
  • toilet and heating facilities
  • includes skipper and one hostess (additional personnel quoted as needed)


  • canal cruises and city tours
  • private and corporate events
  • weddings and parties
  • buffet and dinner cruises
  • theme tours

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