Amsterdam is one of the most photogenic cities in Europe, with delightful views around every corner. But for a truly panoramic vista you’ll need to take a step back or head sky high at one of these Amsterdam viewpoints. Don’t forget your camera!
- Discover the best photo opportunities in Amsterdam.
- Find out where to enjoy a drink or a meal with a view.
- Fly 100 metres above the ground on Europe’s highest swing!
Amsterdam bars and restaurants with fantastic views
There are plentiful opportunities to peer over Amsterdam’s rooftops whilst enjoying a drink or meal. Pull up a deckchair at NEMO Science Museum’s roof terrace café to enjoy a panoramic view of the National Maritime Museum and many church spires and towers. If you like a cocktail with your view, then the SkyLounge bar at the DoubleTree by Hilton (near Central Station) or Floor 17 at the Ramada Hotel will oblige with spectacular panoramas from their chic rooftop terraces. Other popular dining spots with great views are the centrally located Blue Amsterdam, which enjoys 360-degree views from its position at the top of the Kalvertoren shopping centre, and the swanky Hotel Okura in De Pijp, home to a 23rd-floor cocktail bar and Michelin starred restaurant.
Views from the north of Amsterdam
For the most spectacular views of Amsterdam’s waterfront cityscape, hop on a free ferry to the district of Amsterdam Noord (North) and take in the city from across the River IJ. Within three minutes the Buiksloterweg ferry will transport you to a range of cultural and culinary attractions with magnificent open vistas, such as the Tolhuistuin restaurant, with its elevated summer terrace, and the airy restaurant at EYE Amsterdam, which enjoys panoramic views of Amsterdam across the water. A 15-minute ferry ride will take you to NDSM Wharf, a former shipyard turned creative haven with far reaching views of Amsterdam from its post-industrial beach bars like Pllek and Noorderlicht. Or for an especially dramatic view of the city, you can climb a former shipping crane, now converted into an exclusive hotel, for a bungee jump experience.
Lookout at A’Dam Tower
For breathtaking aerial views of Amsterdam, take the lift up the landmark A’Dam Tower to the aptly named A’Dam Lookout – a rooftop observation deck featuring the highest swing in Europe. The A’Dam Tower is also home to sky-high restaurant bar Madam, and revolving 19th-floor restaurant Moon.
Editor’s tip: visit the SkyLounge at the DoubleTree by Hilton for sunset to watch the sun going down over Amsterdam’s rooftops while you enjoy a delicious cocktail.