An evening walk is one of my favourite things to do in Amsterdam. When the crowds have gone and the lights come on, the Amsterdam city centre transforms into an absolutely magical place (if you avoid the busy nightlife areas). The still water of the canals become a glassy mirror, reflecting the beautiful houses and bridges. It’s simply a wonderfully romantic experience to walk along the canals just to see the lights and the reflections in the water. For photographers, it’s the perfect time of day to capture absolutely enchanting images of Amsterdam. One evening, I decided to go for a stroll around the city centre and take photos of various photogenic spots in Amsterdam. Follow me on my Amsterdam evening walk:
I started off at the Central Station. Just across from the station, along the Damrak avenue, is one of the few places in Amsterdam with a row of houses that directly front the canal (most have a road that separates the houses from the canal). This row of houses has quickly become one of the most iconic canal scenes in Amsterdam, primarily due to the quirky (leaning) façades and the amazing reflections in the water.
From here, I continued along the Damrak to the Dam Square, where the Royal Palace is located.
From here, I backtracked a bit and headed towards the Red Light District. Normally a buzzing place in the evenings, the district was absolutely serene during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under normal circumstances, I would usually avoid this area at night due to the (boisterous) crowds. Haha!
I walked right through the district and reached one of my favourite squares: Nieuwmarkt. This square, with its markets, restaurants and cafés, is also normally a lively place.
From here, I continued on my Amsterdam evening walk to the pretty Oudeschans canal. Near the top of the canal is the Montelbaanstoren, a 16th century tower that used to form part of the city’s defenses.
My next stop was the Amstel River, just a short walk away. From the Blauwbrug (Blue Bridge), I had some gorgeous views of the river and historic monuments, like the Hermitage Museum, Carré Theatre and Skinny Bridge.
I continued along the river to another photogenic spot on a bridge near the Muntplein (Munt square).
My last stop before heading home was the famous Rembrandt Square.
Map of my Amsterdam evening walk
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