There are about 2500 houseboats in Amsterdam.
The ships were used to transport goods while the owner and his family lived in the small quarters below deck. After retirement, the ship owner would moor the ship and continue living on it.
Houseboats are all connected to the electricity, cables … Since 2005 all houseboats are obligated to connect to the city sewage.
You need a special permit called a ‘ligplaats.’ The amount of ligplaatsen in Amsterdam are very limited and there is a high demand.
Some boat owners have transformed their boats into bed-and-breakfasts.
Each boathouse has its own character and is well maintained, quite unique.
It was a fascinating tour, and fun to learn about the boathouse in Amsterdam.