The canals of Amsterdam in photos


A typical scene in Amsterdam.

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.

Photos of the Amsterdam canals

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 16 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.

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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.


Here’s another look at the Brouwersgracht.


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: when I studied at the University of Amsterdam, I often passed this canal, Oudezijds Voorburgwal, on my way to class.


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.

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

When the trees are bare, the beautiful canal houses become visible again.


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


Groenburgwal – one of Amsterdam’s most picturesque canals – in the summer.


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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Photo 11: As it gets warmer, the trees begin to blossom.

The first leaves start to appear.


Photo 12: The highlight of the summer on the Amsterdam canals is the Gay Pride Canal Parade during the first Saturday of August.

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32 Responses to “The canals of Amsterdam in 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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