Where to Go for the Best Panoramic Views in Amsterdam

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Photo of Tom Coggins
5 January 2018

Due to the city’s notoriously flat geography, it can be quite difficult to find a decent lookout point in Amsterdam. Fortunately, there are several sky-scrapping hangouts spread around Amsterdam that offer visitors incredible, panoramic views across the city and its surroundings.

Canvas

Bar, Restaurant, European, $$$
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Canvas
Canvas offers panoramic views of the city | Courtesy of Canvas
This popular bar, restaurant and nightclub is perched on top of a trendy boutique hotel in Amsterdam-Oost called Volkshotel. The venue features impressive, 360-degree windows and trails onto an open-air terrace that towers above Amsterdam’s eastern neighbourhoods. Many of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks are visible from this classy spot, including the city’s tallest churches and the canal belt.

A’DAM Toren Lookout

A’DAM Toren stands on the northern banks of the river IJ and contains several different cultural initiatives that are spread over the building’s 20 floors. There’s an incredible, open-air observation deck located on the tower’s roof that’s accessible via a high-speed elevator at its base, which features the highest swing set in Europe. This hair-raising attraction dangles around 100 metres above Amsterdam and offers visitors an adrenaline-fuelled ride above Amsterdam’s skyline.

A’DAM Lookout, A’DAM Toren, Overhoeksplein 5, Amsterdam +31 20 242 0100

NEMO

Museum
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Science Center Nemo is a science center - located at the Oosterdok in Amsterdam-Centrum
NEMO Science Museum juts out on the Oosterdok in the centre of the city | © Ivan Nesterov / Alamy Stock Photo
Amsterdam’s cutting-edge science museum, NEMO, resembles an enormous ship that’s about to set sail from the city’s harbour. It is possible to scale a large staircase on the building’s southern side and access an awesome, slanted terrace that faces Amsterdam’s city centre. This panoramic spot edges onto a charming café and bar that serves refreshments throughout the day.

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  • Blue Amsterdam

    This cosy café and restaurant is housed inside a glass tower that stands in the centre of the city’s historic canal belt. The whole venue is tailored around panoramic views, and guests can enjoy meals or drinks whilst marvelling at Amsterdam’s skyline.

    Blue Amsterdam, Winkelcentrum Kalverpassage, Singel 457, Amsterdam +31 20 427 3901

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    Helicopter Tour

    If you’re looking to splash some cash while visiting Amsterdam, it’s definitely worth checking out this exclusive helicopter tour above Amsterdam’s skyline. The helicopter in question seats four people and flies over Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks, allowing travellers to experience the city’s charming historical sights from the air.

    See Amsterdam’s charming cityscape from the air with this helicopter tour | © pixabay

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