April 17, 2012
20 Photos of Amsterdam That Will Make You Want to Go Right Now
Amsterdam has a worldwide reputation as a fun city. People forget to mention that it’s also stunningly beautiful and endlessly interesting. The entire city center is aggressively preserved to look as much like it did in the 17th Century when most of it was built, and the canals provide beautiful reflections while keeping most car traffic away. Enjoy the photos below and you’ll be ready to book a nonstop ticket yourself.
In the early evening when the canals are still, you will appreciate all the different styles of bridges in the city center.
- Amsterdam is one of the world’s biggest flower-trading centers worldwide, and flowers are available at stalls along one canal all year round.
Most Amsterdam canals have small roads along them, but some like these are more like those in Venice.
There are frequent festivals and carnivals held in Dam Square all year round, so you might get to ride the rides yourself if your timing is right.
The colors of Amsterdam really come out when the sun is out and the water is still in the canals.
If you like Heineken you aren't going to want to miss the new and expanded Heineken Experience attraction, which of course ends with some samples.
Pedestrians rule in many smaller alleys in Amsterdam's center.
This historic guild hall is just at the edge of the Red Light District in the oldest part of Amsterdam.
Even when it rains, the city is gorgeous.
The Heineken Horse Cart still does symbolic runs through the city.
This building is the Magna Plaza, which is a modern shopping mall on the inside but totally restored to its original look on the outside.
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the largest and finest in all of Europe, soon ending a decade-long renovation.
Museum Square behind the Rijksmuseum is a perfect place to relax when the weather is nice.
It's very easy to get lost in Amsterdam, and it's worth it.
Amsterdam feels calm around the clock because there are so few cars and only a few busy roads in the whole center.
If you have a room on a high floor you can appreciate the sunsets like this one.
Relax with a cappuccino at a coffee shop or one of the outdoor cafes in every neighborhood.
If you feel like a snack you can get something at any time of day or night.
Rembrandt Square is one of the centers of nightlife that gets busier the later it gets.
Leidseplein (Leidse Square) is the other main nightlife center, featuring over 100 restaurants in a small area.
Photo credits: Daniel Peckham, Arte_ON, highrockphoto, termie, Paul MacDougall, elsamu, William Beutler, -QIQ-, Emilio Santacoloma, KP Tripathi, MorBCN, John Kannenberg, Fulvio Minichini, Roger Wade.