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Where to Find the Best Views in Amsterdam


Where to Find the Best Views in Amsterdam

With its historic canals, bridges, and architecture, plus colorful tulip fields, there’s no shortage of epic viewpoints in Amsterdam. Whether you’re looking for panoramic city views or countryside scenery, here are a few of the best views in Amsterdam. 


NEMO Science Museum

From the rooftop terrace of NEMO—Amsterdam’s ship-shaped science museum—you’ll get views of the historic harborfront and city center. There’s also a café, bar, and an open-air sculpture exhibit. The terrace is free to visit. 

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A'DAM Lookout

For 360-degree panoramic views of the entire city, head to the top of the 22-story A'DAM Lookout. The top-floor observatory also features a rooftop swing, where thrill-seekers can swing over the edge of the 328-foot (100-meter) tower. 

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People swing off the A'DAM Lookout in Amsterdam, the Netherlands
The A'DAM Lookout is the perfect place to get panoramic Amsterdam views. Photo: Gregorio Koji / Shutterstock

Oude Kerk Tower

Set within the confines of the Amsterdam Red Light District, the Gothic Oude Kerk is surrounded by red-lit windows and cannabis shops. You can climb to the top of Oude Kerk’s bell tower for a bird’s-eye view of the iconic district.

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Evening canal cruises

Set sail on an evening canal cruise to see Amsterdam’s canal houses and bridges illuminated by night. Go casual on an evening cocktail cruise or step up the romance with a candle-lit dinner cruise

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Evening cruises are great ways to enjoy the city after dark. Photo: Maximilian Mann / Viator

Bridge of 15 Bridges

From a single viewpoint on a bridge near Rembrandtplein, you can see 15 of Amsterdam’s bridges. The Bridge of 15 Bridges guarantees great views during the day and when illuminated in the evening. 

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Zaanse Schans and the Keukenhof Gardens

If you’re visiting in spring, a trip to the tulip fields is a must. Most day trips combine a visit to the windmill village of Zaanse Schans with stops at Keukenhof Gardens and the tulip fields of the Dutch countryside. 

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