Though we may not come across poised and have a huge camera to get the best shots, we still appreciate a good photo opportunity. Naturally, Amsterdam is a very pretty place and every corner and street is an amazing photo opportunity. But we have walked around to find some of the best photo spots in Amsterdam.
We were lucky enough to work with Iamsterdam city card to explore the wonderful city of Amsterdam. In exchange for an honest review of their card, we were given two 72 hour cards. This made it possible to travel to the further out neighbourhoods and explore more of the attractions.
When we picked up our cards we found lots of different information on the different neighbourhoods, attractions and places to eat. We were also given a map to help us get around the city, though it is all easy enough to work out.
There are a variety of places to visit and each one is different from the rest. We also planned for these spots to be used in different ways from selfies, photoshoots to beautiful scenery shots. We took a quiz with Iamsterdam to find out which neighbourhood we were to help us start exploring.
A -Python Bridge
Python Bridge is a red bridge that doesn’t just curve over the water like any other, it has a unique design feature. The bridge is curved and does a double bow. The bridge gives you great views over the water and would make a great place for an industrial style photoshoot.
B – First Red Bridge
We were actually looking for Python bridge when we saw this one first nearer to where we started exploring. If you are looking at getting a great view of Python bridge this one is a great place to stand and get some amazing clear pictures.
It is also in a quiet neighbourhood so you can go selfie mad without any frowning faces around you.
Shakespeare Street Art
We stumbled upon the street art on our walk to the De Hallen. The street art is located on a small side wall near the canal edge by a white bridge. It is off the beaten track in the neighbourhood of Oud West which is full of cute coffee shops, bespoke shops and the recently renovated De Hallen. I would have to say it was one of the best photo spots in Amsterdam we found.
C – Train & Stationary Inspired Street Art
While walking back towards the main centre of Amsterdam we walked down a cobbled street and noticed some colourful street art. Though there were some cars parked up though you could still admire the work of the art.
We managed a couple of photos and thought it would make a great spot for street art enthusiasts and some awesome selfies.
D -Windmill Viewpoint
You can’t visit the Netherlands without seeing a Windmill, it just has to be done. While we were wandering around we spotted … windmill. The windmill was very cute from the distance but even better up close. There is the option to have a beer and bite to eat in the restaurant/bar at the base of the windmill but if you are looking for a selfie op we have you covered.
There is a main street by the windmill so trying to get a good angle and not get run over is quite tricky so take a walk around to the other side to find a quiet place to get the shots.
E – Tunnel To Canal View
Walking along from the Windmill we spotted a cute spot between two building a tunnel had been built in. The tunnel had a decorative iron half circle gate at the top and had a passage through to the other side. Walking through the tunnel took you to a street and onto the canal side.
We really like the tunnel as it was very pretty. it would make a lovely shot for photoshoots of nice dresses or fashion editorials. We also really liked the architecture involved with the tunnel though it was simple.
F -Maritime Museum Courtyard
The museum is free to go in with your Iamsterdam card. The most impressive part for us was the entrance hall to the museum which is free to enter. The courtyard is completely flat on all side and has an impressive glass roof.
G – Dockside
Between the walk from the NEMO science museum and the Maritime Museum, there is a dockside are boats tied up. We found the dockside was a great spot to get the Maritime Museum at a beautiful angle.
H – Nemo Science Museum
The is no denying that the sloping roof of the Nemo Science museum isn’t a photographers paradise. The sloping roof gives you great views over the surrounding area of Amsterdam. The most fun part of the roof is that there are water fountains, great for scenery shots. If you are travelling with children it is hours of fun for them in the sunshine.
The roof can provide great scenery shots as well as those cheeky posed shots. I would even suggest using it as a base background for photo shoots. You can explore more into the dock areas to find more interesting spots. The museum itself is also really fun to explore especially if you have children with you. This attraction is also free entry using your Iamsterdam card.
I – Street View
We found this quaint little street on a walk through more central Amsterdam to get back to the central station. Due to the lovely plants, sunshine and some unruly bushes, it became a great spot to get lovely photos. The bonus was that we were still far enough away from the main hustle that it wasn’t overcrowded with people. This street definitely had to be one of my best photo spots in Amsterdam as it was so cute.
J -Maritime Museum
The museum had plenty to offer and who knew there was so much to know about ships? The museum itself is fascinating and you get to go on board a real ship. Now transformed into a permanent feature of the museum but still great to explore.
If you are looking for photo opportunities there are plenty, even if you use the building and not the exhibition. The ship alone gave us plenty of comical scenes in which to giggle about later and some more serious spots.
K -De Hortus Botanical Garden
While travelling we always enjoy visiting gardens, parks and especially botanical gardens. We realised we like the tranquillity and of course amazing photo opportunities in the gardens. Amsterdam was no different so we hopped off the tram to check it out.
De Hortus was full of cool photo opportunities whether you are interested in the garden, selfies or more poised shots. I would recommend finding the greenhouse in the rainforest area to walk up and along the canopy of trees. There are also great shots to be found by the pond where we spotted dragonfly-like creatures dancing on the water.
My favourite part of the gardens had to be the secluded bridge found at the bottom of the canal. The bridge was blocked off from the other side and gave great views on either side. The best part was that there were no other people around to be in the photo.
I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the gardens and if you have any interest I would definitely check it out. I would say it was the best photo spots in Amsterdam. It was very diverse in what type of photos you could produce there which was great.
L – Wertheim park
This park is located just over the road from De Hortus Botanical garden and is a great place to relax. The park itself isn’t the prettiest but it leads onto the canal side with some beautiful big trees. A great place to sit and take plenty of pictures.
There is also a medium-sized water fountain to add to the background for optimum posed pictures. This is one of the more tranquil spots we found in Amsterdam.
M – Canal View
This was found while we were heading to the Vegan Junk Food Bar and spotted another pretty view from a bridge. This again had really nice views and would make a good spot to stop for some Instagram pretty photos. This has to be one of my best photo spots in Amsterdam as I love the canal houses and trees around.
N – De Hallen
De Hallen is an old tram station that has been converted into a multifunctional space with a food court, cinema and shopping area. It is located in the neighbourhood of Oud West and has plenty to offer. This isn’t just a great place to stop by for some amazing food, have a drink or even for the cinema. This place has some awesome photo opportunities.
Take a look around and visit the shops, bars and restaurants to find 10+ Instagram worthy shots. The coolest part by far is the Denim City Company shop. This collection of companies that have to come together to educate, create and research sustainable ways of the denim industry. It is full of sewing machines, rolls of denim so plenty of the best photo spots in Amsterdam.
O – White Arch Bridge
This bridge is located just after the Shakespeare street art, you will turn and the bridge is in front of you. There are more than enough bridges to photograph while in Amsterdam. But we just chose this one as it was small, cute and quiet. The bridge as most gave a lovely view over the canal and boats making it one of the best photo spots in Amsterdam.
P – Nieuwe Amstelbrug
We spotted this bridge on our way back from our day out and decided to stop. Though the bridge itself is bigger, busier and has a few more obstacles in the way it is worth stopping for the view. This is a nice place to stop for scenery shots or get some great ones of the passing cyclists.
Q – Stadhouderskade Bridge
This was spotted on our way home, just by the metro station we fell upon this place. Though the surrounding area wasn’t the most picturesque looking towards the canal was lovely.
Obviously, I would like to point out that every street, corner and building is picturesque. These are just a couple of our best photo spots in Amsterdam we managed to stumble on our trip out.
If you have been to Amsterdam before and found an awesome photography spot let us know and we can add it to the map. Also if you know of anywhere you think people should be visiting whether it is a shop, bar, restaurant or something else let us know in the comments. We would love to know if you find this map helpful and take any photos, feel free to tag us or use the hashtag #IOSphotomapAMS.