Amsterdam is on the bucket list of travel destinations for many people looking to visit Europe, and it truly isn’t hard to see why. The city has plenty of history to soak in, from the Anne Frank House to several art museums featuring some of history’s best-known artists, including Van Gogh and Rembrandt and plenty of culture to soak in as well. Naturally, you’ll want to take plenty of pictures to remember your trip with, including some that you’ll want to share with your Instagram followers. To learn about the most Instagrammable places in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, to land your best Instagram pictures, be sure to read on.
1. Floating Flower Market Bloemenmarkt
With it being the only floating flower market in the world, how could you miss Bloemenmarkt while in Amsterdam? (The answer – you can’t!) The market was established back in 1862 and it is located between Muntplein and Koningsplein in the southern canal area of the city. Stalls are located on houseboats and no matter the season, the flowers give off a wonderful, inviting scent. So, come snap your best pictures among the tulips and geraniums and buy a bouquet to take with you.
2. Herengracht Canal
Often considered to be the most important canal in Amsterdam, Herengracht Canal also makes for a great photo op. Trees line the banks of the canal in an aesthetic manner, while boats are docked along the sidewalks, adding further character to your pictures. Be sure to take a canal sightseeing tour of Herengracht to capture even more pictures.
3. A’DAM Lookout
Experience a full 360°, unobstructed view of Amsterdam when you visit the A’DAM Lookout deck, which stands 20 stories in the air. All of the city is viewable from the deck, from the historic downtown district to the canals that snake their way through the city. For those brave of heart, be sure to swing on Over the Edge, which is Europe’s highest swing; get someone to snap a picture of you swinging for the best Instagram shot of all.
4. The Oude Church
Put a bit of history in your Instagram feed by stopping by the Oude Church while in Amsterdam. This church is both the oldest church and building in the city, having been founded in 1213. You’ll find Oude is wonderfully photographable from many angles, and it features large windows that catch the viewer’s eye, so get creative with your shots!
5. Narrow houses of Damrak
In a city full of photographic opportunities, the narrowly designed homes found throughout the city make for great shots. Some of the best narrow houses can be found in the Damrak neighborhood, which is located in the center of Amsterdam. The canal that sits in the foreground only serves to add a bit more character to your snapshots.
6. Amsterdam Windmill at Brewery ‘t Ij
In a land well known for having an abundance of Instagram worthy windmills, you’ll definitely want to add this one to your list of ones to visit. Being attached to a brewery is a definite perk for a variety of reasons, and in this case, one of those reasons is the aesthetic that the brewery adds; the two together make for a very becoming photo. Take some great pictures and then head inside to sample some of the best brews around.
7. Hortus Botanicus Amsterdam
Botanical gardens are an easy place to get some great shots to throw on Instagram, and Hortus Botanicus in Amsterdam is no exception. There are three greenhouses to explore, one of which is the Butterfly Greenhouse, where hundreds of tropical butterflies reside. Venture outside and you’ll find the gardens area, which includes a pond and small hedge maze. Talk about plenty of great opportunities!
8. Magere Brug
Built in 1934, the Magere Brug crosses the Amstel River just outside the heart of Amsterdam between Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht. The center section of the bridge is painted white and is covered in lights, making it a prime candidate for some memorable photographs. Be sure to wait around a bit, as the bridge opens multiple times a day to allow the river traffic to pass through; you may get some great pictures like this as well.
9. The WALL Gallery
The WALL Gallery is located, unsurprisingly, in Amsterdam’s trendy art district and the gallery itself typically features up and coming artists. Just outside the front door, though, is where you’ll want to get your phone’s camera ready. Here, you’ll find WALL’s well-known mural, which reads “Wake me when I’m famous”, and it even has a bench perched in front of it for the perfect photo op.
Keukenhof is one of the largest flower gardens in the world, spanning approximately 79 acres (32 hectares) and featuring around 7 million bulbs. With such large numbers, you know there has to be great photo opportunities lurking here! Be sure to check out the windmill and some of the sculptures and lakes for even more Instagrammable spots at Keukenhof.