Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Amsterdam Houseboats

⬅️⬅️⬅️ see them everywhere in Amsterdam!

After WW2, the city suffered from a housing shortage and lving on water became popular. The Dutch saw an opportunity in retrofitting a surplus of old cargo ships into affordable living spaces.
According to our tour guide, there are 2500 houseboats line in Amsterdam canals and many have been afloat for more than a century.

Also, Amsterdam has laws about the houseboats and the wooden ones need to be repainted every three years.

The houseboats in Amsterdam are permanently anchored to a specific address. A special permit called a ligplaats entitles a houseboat owner to moor their home in a certain spot. These permits are in high demand, and as with all properties, a prime location significantly increases the value of a houseboat. -