Instatrip: Amsterdam Photos

Instatrip: Amsterdam Photos 

Ahhhh, Amsterdam. Certainly one of the prettiest cities in all of the Netherlands, maybe even Europe!

Amsterdam Photos Rowboating Along the Canals in Amsterdam
Row boating along the canals in Amsterdam.

Walking along the cobblestoned streets, you can’t help but marvel at the unique architecture both old and new, gaze dreamily at the canals filled with quaint houseboats and wonder what it would be like to actually live there.

I certainly had such thoughts when I visited for the first time three years ago. Perhaps, if Berlin did not work out, than Amsterdam would.

Funnily enough, just when I started my new job in Berlin last month, I was contacted by a headhunter about a job opportunity in Amsterdam! I obviously said no, but it leaves interesting possibilities for the future.

Instatrip: Amsterdam Photos 

Returning for a second time just last month, I had fun exploring the city again.

The first time I visited, I sought out weird and offbeat sites like a cat sanctuary on a boat, a museum filled with cat art and the Lloyd Hotel and Cultural Embassy (which happens to be the only hotel in the world with rooms ranging from 1-5 stars).

This time round I didn’t have a set itinerary and just walked, took plenty of photos and re-experienced my love for Amsterdam.

Recommended reading: This article about the best photo spots in Amsterdam and this one about how to spend two days in Amsterdam.  

I walked so much that I even developed a really painful blister. As such, I had to find alternative ways to get around. I ended up taking a very touristy boat tour and lived out a bucket-list dream by cycling through Amsterdam for the very first time!

All in all, I saw a whole lot of Amsterdam during my short stay.

Amsterdam Photos The Beautiful Canals of Amsterdam
The beautiful canals of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Photos Lovelocks in Amsterdam
Lovelocks in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Photos Stunning Architecture in Amsterdam
Stunning architecture in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Photos Solo Parking in Amsterdam
Solo parking in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Photos Church in Amsterdam
Church in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Photos Looking Down a Narrow Street in Amsterdam
Looking down a narrow street in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Photos Sunset Over the Amsterdam Canals
Sunset over the Amsterdam canals
Amsterdam Photos Dutch Patriotism in Amsterdam
Dutch patriotism in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Photos Skinny Bridge in Amsterdam
Bridge in Amsterdam
Amsterdam Photos I Amsterdam Sign at the Maritime Museum
“I Amsterdam” sign at the Maritime Museum
Amsterdam Photos Maritime Museum in Amsterdam
Maritime Museum in Amsterdam

As I shared my pictures on Instagram over the weekend and beyond, I got more “likes” than I’ve ever had on any of my photos. Seems that everyone else loves Amsterdam just as much as I do!

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If you like the photos in this post, follow me on Instagram (@cherylhowardblog) to see updates from my new life in Berlin and on the road. For inspiration about The Netherlands in general, read 10 Towns Worth Visiting That Aren’t Amsterdam from Spend Life Travelling. 

Founder of Canadian in Berlin. Frequent traveller now at 43 countries and counting.


  1. Amsterdam is one of my favourite places in Europe for the sole reason that it is such a photogenic city. My theory just proved itself in your pics.

  2. Hi Cheryl,
    I found you on twitter, then on instagram- am following you (under different names than you see in my profile, fyi)- and i’m in the process of trying to move from New York to Germany.
    Your site is FANTASTIC- and i’ve been reading up a few of the interviews and am slowly reading more and more….

    Your pics are gorgeous by the way. Amsterdam is something I’ve considered as well, however I think my “heart” is for Germany.
    I’m first-generation American so i’m getting my EU passport finalized right now (i think this will help me immensely- i’m not german though :/ ) — I was wondering if i had a couple of questions, would you mind if i emailed you directly at your email address?

    Just thought i’d ask politely here in the comments before coming on out of nowhere!

    Thanks so much- and your blog is beautiful, informative, and fun!

    Kind regards-

  3. Hey Olive –

    Thanks so much for following and your kind words. That’s so cool!

    If you have any questions, just send me an email. I’ll be happy to answer as best as I can.


  4. I love Amsterdam and even though it sure looks like it was grey and cold when you were there, the beauty shines through in your images! The town gets a bad rap for the Red Light District and things like that but as you showed a few steps down a side street in the Jordaan area and you are alone with a great view of a church or a peaceful bridge.

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