Amsterdam is definitely one of the most photogenic cities I know. Every corner seems to be even more picturesque than the other. Truth is I was having a hard time not putting out my camera all the time! The beautiful houses and unique architecture, combined with a delicious romantic atmosphere, make Amsterdam the ideal photo location. I am sharing with you the best photography spots you cannot miss in Amsterdam!
When it comes to Amsterdam best photography spots, Damrak Waterfront is most of the time on top of the list for everyone! You’ve probably seen it a few times all over social medias but it is even better in person. It’s the first place you’ll see if you arrive in Amsterdam with the train as it is right next to Amsterdam central station.
The name Damrak refers to the main canal which leads to the center of Amsterdam and the main train station. The houses which are built directly into the water are the photography highlight. I would recommend to go as early as possible around sunrise, before the wind & boats ballet start, so that you can get that perfect reflection shot (and get the place to yourself)!
De 9 Straatjes (the 9 streets)
Close to the beautiful Jordaan District (also my favorite!), it is the perfect area to capture a little of the everyday life in Amsterdam. From cute cafes to bikes along the bridges and boats driving slowly through the canals, it is a beautiful part of the Venice of the North!
Papiermolensluis bridge offers a stunning view on the typical canal houses and boats mooring on the side! It’s in my favorite Jordaan area and also one of my favorite photography spots in Amsterdam! I went there at sunrise but you can come anytime during the day, even sunset, as it is rarely crowded.
This cute bridge offers the best view of the church Zuiderkerk and the canals! It can get busy during noon but otherwise it’s a pretty quiet hidden gem!
The National Museum is dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam and displays many famous paintings by Dutch masters from the 17th century, like Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Johannes Vermeer. The museum is as beautiful from the inside than from the outside! It is also one of the best things to do in Amsterdam!
Amsterdam from the canals
This is probably one of my favorite way of exploring and admiring the city: to get on a boat! You’ll get a different perspective to capture the city and will have plenty of opportunities to explore your creativity!
These are the best photography spots in Amsterdam and also my favorites! But Amsterdam has no shortage of photography spots so my best recommendation would be to take your time to get lost and enjoy this beautiful city! I hope that this guide, combined with The Best Things to do in Amsterdam on a Weekend, will help you plan your next trip to the Venice of the North and hopefully make you fall in love with it like I did! If so, tag me in your stories and posts on Instagram so I can share it!
I love the pic of you dancing. Simply perfect. Amsterdam is great for taking pics all over the city.
Thank you so much! Yes it is!
Love this! Your pictures are gorgeous! Amsterdam is such a charming city, no wonder there are so many great photo spots
Thank you so much! Yes that’s so true!
I’ve been to Amsterdam, but DAM, I missed these photo ops 🙁 They are gorgeous.
Aren’t they ?! But I’m sure you’ve seen so many other photo ops!
We had one quick day in Amsterdam and always said we would return. This post shows me some great spots for a return itinerary. And some amazing photo stops. I love that you showed both day and night shots as cities change so much at night.
It does change a lot at night and I love it as much!
I clearly need to learn how to take better photos of myself! These are great! Thanks for the inspo 🙂
Aww thank you so much! Hope it inspired you to visit Amsterdam!
I’m Dutch and haven’t been to Amsterdam in years! Thanks for sharing as I’m inspired to visit again some time soon.
Aww you’re welcome!!! It’s such a beautiful city!
omg the ballet photo! so beautiful. these are some great recommendations – thank you!
Thank you so much for reading!!!
This is some incredible photography. I’ve only spent a day in Amsterdam on a layover, but I’d love to go back and explore some of the places you have taken photos of. Absolutely gorgeous.
Yeah it definitely deserves a few days at least! Thank you very much for your kind words!