A cosy barge in Amsterdam
Rent a nice boat in Amsterdam! The Hildebrand 60-person pulled barge (built in 1890) was originally a passenger ship pulled by a horse from the shore. The Hildebrand is still just as environmentally friendly. The beautiful barge sails electrically: clean and whisper-quiet. We can open both sides of the spacious barge and the roof, ideal for a summer trip through the Amsterdam canals, but also for boat trips in the wider area.
In good weather we can open the roof or windows.
The Hildebrand is a spacious and robust barge that, with its year of construction in 1880, is the oldest passenger vessel in the Netherlands. Ideally suited for a private party of up to 60 people.
For a party of up to 30 people, we can transform the classic boat into a sailing dining room for a surprising dinner. We have equipped the barge with all modern comfort, such as a ship’s bar, toilet, heating and music system. We can adjust the interior for every occasion. The 60-person barge is often used for company outings, guided boat trips and as a cocktail boat.
The Amsterdam Satay-Boat is the most frequently booked package on the Hildebrand.
Popular All-inclusive Packages
We have a very wide selection of packages. These are the most popular. All packages are complete and arranged in this way, but customization is possible with us! So if you want something extra special, we are happy to help you. You can complete the application form or call: +31 (0)20 42 33 006.
The oldest sailing passenger boat in The Netherlands
The Hildebrand is the oldest sailing passenger boat in the Netherlands. The barge was built in 1880 and is still sailing! The ship was being pulled by a horse. The ship’s crew comprised three people. The skipper kept the helm. The servant paid attention to the passengers, but as he approached a bridge, he stood on the deck. In this way he could loosen the rope with which the horse pulled the barge in time. The third crew member was the hunter. He rode the horse along the quay.
In 1808 no fewer than 392 barges were active throughout the country. Around 1900 the steamboat and the train had displaced the barge. These days the Hildebrand sails electrically on the Amsterdam canals. This makes the oldest sailing passenger boat in the Netherlands just as quiet as in the 19th century.
A boat trip in the Amsterdam Canals is an experience and there is no need for a guide on board to enjoy the tranquility of the water, the architecture along the shores and the highlights on the canals. But maybe you and your party have sailed more often in the center and you want to offer your guests some extras this time.
In that case you can make your boat trip even more special by hiring a professional guide who tells everything about the history of the city, the architecture and interesting facts about its UNESCO heritage.