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Amsterdam photography guide

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Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands with more than a million inhabitants in its urban area. One of the most visited cities in Europe, it is notable for its network of picturesque canals and over 1500 bridges.

Amsterdam has over 7,000 registered historic buildings, meaning it is easily one of the most extensive historic city centres in the world. Impressive historic architecture truly can be found all over the city, with many, many photogenic viewpoints waiting to be discovered. (Remember to add your discoveries to PhotoHound!)

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Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is 15km southwest of the city and is one of the world's busiest, acting as a hub for national carrier KLM and exceptionally well-connected with international flights.

International visitors may also arrive by rail. The city's main train station, Amsterdam Centraal Station, serves many international destinations such as Brussels, Paris, London, Berlin, among many others.

Getting around the city is easy thanks to its extensive public transport network. Buses, trams, metros and trains serve all areas of the city. The Netherlands has a contactless smart card system for public transport, but as a visitor you may also be interested in the iAmsterdam City Card. 

The iAmsterdam City Card gives the holder access to all public transport, over 70 museum, plus some extra bonuses such as a canal cruise and one bicycle rental. There are also discounts for restaurants and attractions.

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The classic canal scenes can be photographed all over the city. Some of the best viewpoints are found at Damrak, Leidseplein and Rembrandtplein

Amsterdam has a remarkable collection of museums, most notable for a photographer would be the immense Rijksmuseum which has a large collection of paintings from the Dutch Golden Age.

The windmills of Zaanse Schans are a beautiful scene in the early morning.


There are several events of particular interest to photographers visiting the city throughout the year.

In April and May, thousands of people flock to see the tulips. These will have been planted just a few months ago, but already transform acres of land into a stunning and colourful display. The best place to see them is at Keukenhof.

Amsterdam light festival takes place in the winter, where the city streets and canals are decorated with lights and specially-created art installations.

Though the Netherlands is not as renowned for Christmas markets as their neighbours in Germany, nonetheless Amsterdam becomes an absolutely magical city during the festive season.


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If you want to explore beyond Amsterdam, we have 111 photo spots and 1 event that you can visit in Netherlands.

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