The canals of Amsterdam in ten photos

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Amsterdam is my home and there’s no other city I’d rather live in (ok, for now!). Amsterdam is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world with a vibrant arts, culinary and cultural scene, and it’s all within a relatively small area. There are world-famous museums like the Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum, and the city’s equally famous nightlife and tolerant attitude. One of the best things I enjoy about Amsterdam is its UNESCO World Heritage canals and the beautiful houses and buildings which line them. If there’s one thing I’ll never tire of in this city, it’s a stroll along the canals at any time of the year or a leisurely cruise on a summer evening.

Scrolling through my many Instagram photos of Amsterdam, I realised that I take LOTS of photos of the canals – I can’t help it and I’m sure you understand why! I sifted through my photos and selected ten of them, taken during my walks throughout the year. I hope you enjoy these scenes as much as I did! I’ve also included a city map below to show you where these photos were taken.


Photo 1: This spot where the Leidsegracht and Keizersgracht canals meet is one of my favourites in Amsterdam. Love the beautiful gables and arched bridges here.


Photo 2: This is another gorgeous spot, in the Chinatown/Red Light district area. It’s one of the few places in the historic centre where the houses are at the water’s edge.


Photo 3: A canal boat cruise is the best way to see the city. Many locals & visitors take their boat out (or they hire one) on a sunny day for some fun and sightseeing. This is the Brouwersgracht canal, one of the most picturesque.


Photo 4: My favourite time of the year in Amsterdam is the summer. I love strolling around the canals during those balmy summer evenings when the sunset and ensuing twilight seem to last forever… The colours are just magical!


Photo 5: I recently took this shot on one of those evening strolls. The sun was setting and I caught this amazing glimpse of it in this alley.


Photo 6: Autumns are rather iffy in Amsterdam. It could be very wet and windy but there are also many sunny days when I have the chance to walk around and admire the colours of the trees.


Photo 7: The trees soon lose their leaves and it becomes colder but the canals remain simply enchanting.


Photo 8: The Groenburgwal is one of the most beautiful canals in Amsterdam – all year round!


Photo 9: The snow soon arrives…


Photo 10: … and if it freezes for a prolonged period, the canals are soon covered by a thick layer of ice and the locals go ice-skating!

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27 Responses to “The canals of Amsterdam in ten photos”

  1. Joey 18/11/2015 9:40 am

    So beautiful!!!

  2. Jeff Titelius 26/10/2013 4:55 pm

    What a wonderful journey through the seasons in one of my favorite cities in the world! Superb photos too my friend! I need to get back SOON!

  3. Keith Jenkins 08/10/2013 9:44 pm

    Thanks Leigh! It’s just a small selection from my Amsterdam photos – my phone is full of them. :-)

  4. Leigh 08/10/2013 9:17 pm

    What a beautiful set of photos Keith.

  5. Keith Jenkins 01/10/2013 1:12 pm

    Enjoy Amsterdam!

  6. Paula McInerney 26/09/2013 9:14 am

    This is lovely and exciting as we are coming to Amsterdam next week. We have hired a houseboat on the Prinsengracht so am looking forward to watch life in this exciting city. Thank you, Regards Paula McInerney

  7. Noel 07/09/2013 11:36 am

    These are gorgeous images of Amsterdam. How l love to see these places in person. Amsterdam is one of the best destinations I’ll visit in my future travels. Thanks for showing them.

  8. Broderick | Sartorial Exposure 04/09/2013 2:12 pm

    Beautiful photos. I can’t wait to get back to Amsterdam some day

  9. Keith Jenkins 27/08/2013 8:20 am

    Thanks Maria! :-)

  10. Sarah @ travelcake 25/08/2013 9:07 am

    Looking at those pictures made me realise how much I miss the low lands! :) Lovely pics!

  11. Davide 25/08/2013 1:03 am

    I haven’t been to Amsterdam for a long time but looking at your pictures I think I will plan to go back there soon. Thank you for sharing!

  12. Maria 25/08/2013 12:49 am

    Love the canal shot in the snow. They’re very romantic (canals) and like sunsets and sunrises, you can see them daily but each time it’s just a little bit different so keep snapping photos and I’ll keep coming back to view them. Thanks *grin*

  13. Sand In My Suitcase 24/08/2013 1:50 am

    Yes, we’d say Amsterdam looks like a lovely city to live in! You must always be happy to return home after a trip :-).

  14. rob hermans 22/08/2013 9:00 pm

    i am also in love with this city! what a lovely article and pictures too

  15. Keith Jenkins 22/08/2013 1:05 pm

    Thanks Andi! :-)

  16. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures 22/08/2013 12:31 am

    What gorgeous pics!

  17. Aamlorie 21/08/2013 11:51 pm

    Good article and very clear and beautiful pictures
    thanks for sharing

  18. Keith Jenkins 21/08/2013 11:32 am

    Thanks Catherine. Glad you enjoyed the post. :-)

  19. Keith Jenkins 21/08/2013 11:32 am

    Hi Tracy,
    You should! :-)


  20. Keith Jenkins 21/08/2013 11:28 am

    Thanks Noel! :-)

  21. Keith Jenkins 21/08/2013 11:22 am

    Thanks Margie. Hope you make it to Amsterdam some time soon!


  22. margieinitaly 21/08/2013 4:43 am

    A great article and your photos are beautiful, Keith. I have not been here but would love to see it some day. The canals look wonderful

  23. noel 21/08/2013 4:24 am

    that’s interesting seeing Amsterdam with the change of seasons, I love the purple skies….dramatic!

  24. Tracy Zhang 21/08/2013 12:58 am

    These look great, I’ll have to make it out to Amsterdam one of these days to see the canals in person!

  25. Catherine @TheGoFever 20/08/2013 5:14 pm

    I can’t wait to explore your city Keith! Great photos, and thanks for the useful map!

  26. Celina Martins 20/08/2013 2:32 pm

    i love Amsterdam. and love evem more throught your lenses.


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