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Instatrip: Amsterdam Photos

Sunset Over the Amsterdam Canals
(Last Updated On: September 4, 2019)

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. 

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  • Reply Agness January 2, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Beautiful pictures, girl!!!!!!! XxX

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 3, 2015 at 7:54 am

      Thank you Agness! I’m so happy that we got the opportunity to meet while I was there. <3

  • Reply Mary @ Green Global Travel January 3, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    What a beautiful city. Glad you enjoyed your return trip as much as your first!

  • Reply Cheryl Howard January 4, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Thank you Mary! Amsterdam really is quite beautiful.

  • Reply Marta Kulesza January 6, 2015 at 7:19 am

    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.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 6, 2015 at 8:33 am

      Hi Marta,

      It really is a beautiful city! Thanks for your kind comment.


  • Reply Muza-chan January 15, 2015 at 2:00 am


    • Reply Cheryl Howard January 15, 2015 at 5:47 am

      Thanks Muza-chan! Amsterdam is absolutely picture perfect! <3

  • Reply olive January 30, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    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-

    • Reply Cheryl Howard February 1, 2015 at 7:29 am

      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.


  • Reply Holly Hopscotch March 22, 2015 at 11:11 am

    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.

    • Reply Cheryl Howard March 26, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Hey Holly – I’m proud to say that I’ve never once been to the red light district. 🙂

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