9 of the Most Instagrammable Places in Amsterdam
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Headed to Amsterdam for your next adventure? The Netherland’s capital city has always been fueled by art and design and photo opportunities are as abundant as coffee shops, tulips and stroopwafels. At once charming and fascinating, photographers will find endless ways to see the city, from the Red Light District — known locally as De Wallen — to centuries-old churches. These city scenes are waiting for you and all your signature hashtags. Here’s where to get your #Amstergram on.
1. Dam Square
For a wealth of Amsterdam attractions and places to explore, visit Dam Square. This part of town is just a few minutes walk from Centraal Station and is home to restaurants, shops, the Royal Palace, the New Church and Madame Tussauds wax museum. For an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the city and snap some pictures of stunning architecture, you’d do worse than to spend some time here.
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What’s more Dutch than criss-crossing canals? The very thing helping keep Holland above sea level is one of the most quintessential Amsterdam scenes, combining the beauty and ingenuity that keeps the city going. Whether you’re exploring them by boat, foot or bike, it’s definitely worth a photo.
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3. The Red Light District
Visiting Amsterdam can be liberating for travelers who like to take advantage of every opportunity. Exploring the red light district is one such moment, where freedom and pleasure come together in a beautiful way. Feel free to take pictures of the scenery, but please respect the privacy of the workers — also note that tourists have been known to lose their cameras to the canals for taking photos of the ladies here. The Belle Statue watches over the working girls and is a monument of protection and power.
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For a quieter moment, visit this peaceful courtyard. Still occupied by single women, the Begijnhof (Beguine convent) offers views of 15th-century architecture, although the property is said to date back to the 14th century. Take time to explore its medieval buildings and tranquil gardens.
En route to Prague via a quick stop in Amsterdam. I’ve been to the Netherlands a couple of times before, but the Begijnhof was my favorite new place in this visit! What’s your favorite spot in Amsterdam?
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5. The Gable Stones
Are you up for a little scavenger hunt? Grab your phone and hit the streets. Amsterdam’s gable stones — gevelstenen — are picturesque little tablets that decorate the façades of certain buildings, offering insight to what and/or whom lies within the walls. With more than 850 gable stones scattered around Amsterdam alone, finding them all is a challenge accepted by only the most intrepid traveler.
Found on the side or front of buildings, the carved and often colorful gable stones depict the identity (often the profession) of the family that lived there. For example a dentist’s stone would show a tooth. They date back to the 16th century. #gablestones #gevelstenen #iamsterdam
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If fields of tulips come to mind when you think of the Netherlands, check out the urban version of a flower farm. Bloemenmarkt (flower market) will give you the tools you need to start your own garden with its variety of seeds and bulbs. But if you’re simply there to enjoy the scene and the aroma, look up. The ceilings are draped with bouquets — a mix of fresh, dried and fake flowers as far as the eye can see.
fake flowers real flowers wooden flowers dry flowers – flowers everywhere #bloemen #bloemenmarkt #amsterdam #amsterdamshots #amsterdamcanal #iamsterdam #amsterdamcity #amsterdamworld #amsterdamcanals #amstergram #amsterdamlife #amsterdamlove #amsterdambound #flowerstagram #flowers #flower #flowerchild #flowergirl #flowershop #flowergram #flowerporn #flowerpower #flowermagic #flowerphotography #travelphotography #travelgram #traveling #traveler
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7. Vondel Park
For travelers who need a bit of a break from the bustling city streets, seek solace in Vondel Park. As the largest park in all of Amsterdam, there’s plenty of space for you and your travel companions to enjoy a walk or a bike ride and then relax. Invigorate your senses with all the surrounding beauty and don’t forget to take some photos.
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8. The I Amsterdam Sign
Perhaps one of the most Instagrammed visions in the city, the I Amsterdam sign outside the Rijksmuseum is a convenient spot to meet up with travel buddies, snap a few pictures and create your own Amsterdam travel itinerary. While the sign is a popular bucket list picture for many ‘grammers, don’t forget to check out the museum itself while you’re there.
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9. Amsterdam Coffee Shops
Experiencing a classic coffee shop here is mandatory, even if you don’t partake in their offerings — with a variety of substances available, this is truly a choose-your-own-adventure situation. Soak up the good vibes and admire the colors and funky decorations, then flip through your pics later to find the perfect Insta-scene.
Coffeeshop alert! This is probbably the most touristy place in Amsterdam. You can find loads of Brits ? enjoying their citytrip! #amsterdam #cityphotography #citylife #cityscape #amsterdamcoffeeshop #culture #dutch #onlyinamsterdam #redlightdistrict
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What are your favorite places in Amsterdam to post on Instagram?
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