Viewing Amsterdam by boat is the best way. There are many ways to do so, but the cheapest way is taking a ferry: it’s free. The Amsterdam ferries take you to the northern part of town. They depart right next to Central Station. Several ferries bring you to different parts of town. Just being on the ferry and viewing Amsterdam from a different perspective is great. After arrival you can immediately go back, or take a look at this interesting part of Amsterdam. You can take a walk, make a bike tour of have a drink at one of the trendy terraces, with a great view over the water of course: IJ-kantine, Noorderlicht.