Impressions Of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam is one of my very favorite European cities. While I may not love it as much as Berlin or Budapest because it lacks that rough, gritty Eastern European edge I like so much, it’s definitely a very cool city in it‘s own right and on my “top five” list. If I was to ever leave Germany for some reason, I would actually consider relocating to Amsterdam to live and work.

When visiting for a long weekend last December, I tried to discover an alternative side to Amsterdam. I generally avoided the top rated tourist sites and instead sought out weird and offbeat sites such as a cat sanctuary on a boat, the city’s vibrant street art scene and even the brand new Tattoo Museum.

As I walked through the streets, I soon found myself falling in love with the more traditional aspects of the city too. I suddenly dreamt of having an Amsterdam apartment with a canal view and thought excitingly about how I’d bike to and from work each day alongside the thousands of other cyclists.

Every city leaves an impression on you. You remember what it felt to be there, what it smelled like, what it looked like. Each and every very impression involves a highly unique personal experience. These photos highlight just some of my personal impressions of Amsterdam.

I’d also highly recommend checking out these beautiful photos of Amsterdam, when the streets are empty of the usual tourist crowds. 

Impressions Of Amsterdam. An Early Morning Subway Ride.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Communal Art Space at the Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Modern Architecture in the Eastern Docklands Neighborhood 

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Amsterdam Street Art.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Flowers and Reflections.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Biking in Amsterdam.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Biking in Amsterdam.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. This Home is Filled with Love.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Iconic Canals.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Amsterdam by Night.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. Amsterdam by Night.

Impressions Of Amsterdam. The Hemp Hotel (the only bar in Amsterdam where you can drink and also smoke marijuana).

What are your favorite impressions of Amsterdam? Can you recommend any offbeat sites that I should check out when I’m there next?

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


  1. Wowowow gorgeous photos! Need to get myself to Amsterdam – flown through the airport a few times, but never gotten myself into the city. Love the window with the hearts in it, and the focus on the bike with the canal in the background šŸ™‚

  2. Avoiding the real touristy sights is great way of getting a feel for a city – I try to do the same. I love your photo of the canal with the bikes in the foreground – that is exactly how I imagine Amsterdam šŸ™‚

  3. Lovely cross section of photos, Cheryl. I was in Amsterdam back in the 1970’s and these make me want to go back!

  4. Your photos just remind me that I need to visit Amsterdam! Still can’t believe I haven’t been yet…

  5. @Cherina – I still took in some of the tourist sites but I really looked for a different side of the city. Was a good time! And thanks re: the bike photo. šŸ™‚

  6. I’m interested to see how you like Brussels, I spent 12 hours there and didn’t think much of it but I’m sure there has to be another side.

  7. Great shots Cheryl! Amsterdam is such a vibrant and cool place. And you really managed to find some offbeat places, I need to explore more when I go there next time.

  8. @Jarmo – Thanks soo much! I heart Amsterdam too … can’t wait to back.

    @Nicole – Thanks! Let’s have a nerdy meet-up soon. I have loads to ask you and Adam.

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