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!

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

Photo 9: The snow soon arrives…
A snowy Kloveniersburgwal canal.
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.

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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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