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The 12 best photo spots in Amsterdam

We might be biased, but to us the city of canals, bridges and merchant houses is one of the most picture perfect places on earth. There are photo opportunity's around every corner. We listed some of the best places to update your Instagram or model portfolio, create a TikToks or take some amazing photo's for yourself. Here are some of the best views in Amsterdam!

1. Damrak

The Damrak street takes you from Amsterdam Central Station to Damsquare. Coming from the station, you will find a stunning view on the left side of the street, overlooking the water. A great place to take some photos with the typical merchant houses. When the street is not full of people, the street itself is also worth some shots!


2. Red Light District

The Red Light District is a beautiful area, but can be very crowded. Taking pictures of the girls behind the windows is of course prohibited. For a respectful photo opportunity, visit the Red Light Secrets museum and have a picture taken of you or your friends behind a red-lit window.

3. Dam Square / Royal Palace

You never guessed who used to live here! It was Napoleon...-'s brother. The palace was initially built to be the City Hall. When Louis Napoléon Bonaparte took residence in the building as his palace, this gigantic house remained a palace ever since. It is still used by the royal family for important visits and parties.

The square is always bustling with people, protests, shows and photo opportunities with or without pigeons. One of the best places to admire all of it is at the upper floor at Ripley's Believe it or Not! museum.

4. Lomanstraat

Find this street in Amsterdam Oud-Zuid, close to Vondelpark. The street with Amsterdams housing and the slanted trees is a sight to see. Especially in fall, when the leaves are changing colours this street should be on your list!

5. NDSM Wharf

Situated in the North at the other side of the IJ river, this is a modern hub full of street art. With your Fatbike Tour you will visit this place and of course, there will be plenty of time to take pictures here.

6. The Nine Streets

The picturesque nine streets are an area with, as you have guessed, have nine small streets with shops and eateries. In winter the streets are lit up with Christmas lights, making them extra special.

7. Windmill De Gooyer

One of the few classic windmills in Amsterdam is found in Oost. Not only is this a great photo break, it is a beer bar as well!

8. Prinseneiland

In the city centre, but away from all the crowds. This island has it all: the merchant houses, houseboats and bridges. You will cross this place on your Fatbike tour. Explore this area that most tourist tend to skip!

9. Skinny Bridge

This icon of Amsterdam crosses the Amstel river. It is especially wonderful when it's lit up at night, but always a sight to see.

There is an urban legend that if you kiss your lover under the skinny bridge, you stay together forever. Does not hurt to try right?

10. Herengracht

You can never have enough photo's of the canals. The Herengracht is one of te most famous canals in Amsterdam and part of the canal belt that circle the city. This UNESCO world heritage site is lined with houses that were mostly built in the seventeenth century.

Explore this area by foot and see the boats passing by, pose on one of the many bridges and take in the views of the canal. Hop on board of a canal cruise for a whole other experience and admire Amsterdam in its full glory.


11. Rijksmuseum & Cuypers Library

Build by the same architect as the one who built the Central Station, Pierre Cuypers mixed influences from the renaissance and gothic era. Admire the building from outside and wander the Rijksmuseum gardens for free.

Inside the museum get a glimpse of the Cuypers library. The biggest and oldest art history library in the Netherlands. From the balcony you can view this amazing historic study area, to actually work and study inside the library you need to make a reservation.

12. Brown bars

Typcial Dutch bars are great locations for your new Insta post. These old bars are called brown bars, or bruine bar or kroeg in Dutch, because of the wooden interior. You can find them all around town! Some favourites: Karpershoek, de Gaaper, Café Slijterij Oosterling, de Barones, De Fluiter, In ’t Aepjen and Café anno 1890.

Photo: De Druif (Instagram)