"Amsterdam, The Netherlands" Amsterdam by skipbourque

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Canals are an easy way to travel around the city.

A municipal canal-bus system travels three different routes throughout Amsterdam. The canals also serve as a home for those who choose to live on one of Amsterdam’s many houseboats that line the city's waterways, and you may even be able to arrange to rent one for your vacation.
To maintain sanitary conditions, the canals are flushed three times a week when the locks are open and water flows in from the North Sea. Despite this, it’s important to remember that the canals are used as sewage dumps for the houseboats. For that reason, it’s never a good idea to go swimming in the canal, though you’ll see barges regularly cleaning out debris.

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  • Intro Updated Jul 12, 2009
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