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Amsterdam is a destination that has some of the most photogenic architecture I’ve ever seen. And it’s not just the landmarks, it’s pretty much every building that you walk past. Amsterdam is also the kind of city where you’ll be guaranteed to capture some good shots, whether it’s a unique perspective or something classic. Below you will find some of my top suggestions for Instagrammable photo spots you shouldn’t miss during your visit. You’ll also find a link to the spot on Google Maps, the best time to take pictures and if the location is free or not.

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Consider an I amsterdam Card for your trip. This gives you free or discounted entry to 44 of the city’s attractions, unlimited use of the public transport, and various other discounts.

Here are the best and must-visit spots in Amsterdam for Instagram and Photography.

1. ‎Corner of Sint Olofssteeg

The corner of Sint Olofssteeg provides a unique perspective of the canals and typical Amsterdam architecture. This spot is a bit different from most around the city as there is no sidewalk around the buildings.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

Sint Olofssteeg corner, Amsterdam
Sint Olofssteeg corner

2. ‎Bridges at Leidsegracht and Keizersgracht Intersections

Probably my favourite spot in Amsterdam to take photographs is the bridges where Leidsegracht and Keizersgracht meet. It makes for a great spot to capture light trails of boats going past, such as seen below and in the first photograph above. The bridges also have a ring of lights around them which looks great at night.

Best time for pics: Blue hour
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

Canals and architecture in Amsterdam at night
Bridges at the Leidsegracht and Keizersgracht canals intersection
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3. ‎Groenburgwal towards Zuiderkerk Church

Along the Groenburgwal canal, you’ll get a great perspective towards the Zuiderkerk Church. My picture below isn’t the best as it was a little late, so I would recommend checking this spot during the day too.

Best time for pics: Sunrise-blue hour
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

Groenbuigwal canal towards the Zuiderkerk at night
Groenbuigwal canal towards the Zuiderkerk at night

4. Corner of Kalkmarkt and Binnenkant

For perfect Amsterdam architecture and potential reflections head to the corner of Kalkmarkt and Binnenkant. I felt this corner is a great representation of the city.

Best time for pics: Morning
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

Kalkmarkt and Binnenkant, Amsterdam
Kalkmarkt and Binnenkant, Amsterdam

5. ‎Damrak

The Damrak is the most famous spot in Amsterdam for taking pictures and has some of the funkiest looking buildings such as seen below. You can come here anytime to take photographs, but I did find it looked a lot better during the blue hour/night.

Best time for pics: Blue hour
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

Amsterdam Damrak at night
Amsterdam Damrak at night

6. ‎Rijksmuseum

The Rijksmuseum is a classic spot and in the winter you’ll find a skating rink, perfect for capturing wintery images. There also used to be a sign that was very popular for selfies, but has since been removed. If there’s no wind you may also get perfect reflections in the water feature.

Best time for pics: Anytime
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

Rijksmuseum via pexels-photo-208733
Rijksmuseum – CCO

7. ‎Carpark near Bloemenmarkt

One of the best high vantage points of the city is from a car park that you’ll find near the Bloemenmarkt. You’ll find the exact location via the link below. I came here at night but it would probably be a good spot for sunset, the blue hour and maybe even sunrise if it’s open.

Best time for pics: Sunset/night
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

High views of Amsterdam
High views of Amsterdam
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8. ‎Bridges at Binnenkant

From the bridge at Binnenkant you’ll get views across the Waalseilandgracht (canal). This canal is quite nice as you have docked boats and it also curves a little. I came here both in the morning and at blue hour and I found the reflections particularly good.

Best time for pics: Morning/blue hour
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

Architecture and reflections in Amsterdam
Architecture and reflections in Amsterdam

9. Bushuissluis Bridge

From the Bushuissluis (bridge) you can capture views towards the historic De Waag. This building lights up at night in a bright yellow, but if you come too late it’ll make balancing your exposure for that and the surroundings quite difficult.

Best time for pics: Morning/blue hour
Cost: Free
Location: View on Google Maps

Bushuissluis towards De Waag
Bushuissluis towards De Waag
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Photography Tips for Amsterdam

Here are some photography tips for the city.

  • Head out early to capture the canals while they are still and without any boats moving, and you may get perfect reflections.
  • Try and include local elements in your photographs such as the bikes and also docked boats.
  • Definitely take pictures at night throughout the city. Use a decent tripod and my recommended techniques for night photography.
  • Try and take pictures of the trams at night/the blue hour to capture light trails.
  • Take pictures around sunrise and sunset when you might get beautiful colours in the sky and reflecting in the water.
  • Make or buy presets and actions for Photoshop and Lightroom to speed up your editing, or to create a cool effect.

Head to my page Travel Photography for lots more tips and techniques.


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Summary

It’s pretty hard to take bad photographs in Amsterdam and I’m sure you will leave with full memory cards and have had a great trip.

You may also want to read about some of the other wonderful cities to visit in the Netherlands.

Need a place to stay in Amsterdam?

Below are a few recommendations:

Recommended Hostel: ClinkNOORD Hostel – Close to the city centre and Amsterdam Centraal station, and has a mix of privates rooms and dorms..
Recommend Luxury hotel: The Toren – A luxury hotel in a great location and with stunning furnishings and design.

Mike Clegg

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