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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