Photo Walk of Central Amsterdam

On my way to Lagos last month, I had a seven-hour layover in Amsterdam. There was no way I could sit in the airport for that long so I researched and made a plan to explore a bit while there. One of my coworkers frequents the city and gave me helpful pointers on what to see and do in that short time. It was about 7:00 am on a Thursday when I landed and it was King’s Day–a celebration of The Netherlands’ current monarch, King Willem-Alexander. The city was just waking (and cleaning) up from a night of partying in anticipation of the Dutch national holiday and officials were in the early stages of decorating for a block party. You’ll see orange banners and balloons to signify this. I took a subway style train from Schiphol Airport to Central Station (The train ride is just 15 minutes and costs about five Euros as of this posting.) and walked around central Amsterdam for a few hours in different directions from there.  Start scrolling to see what I saw. 🙂

Orange balloons decorating Victoria Hotel for King's Day in Central Amsterdam
Victoria Hotel
St. Nicholas Church, Amsterdam
St. Nicholas Church

Street sign near Central Station in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

street in central Amsterdam, The Netherlands

fresh-baked bread in a shop in Central Amsterdam, The Netherlands

tiled walkway between shops and restaurants in central Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Window display at Amsterdam Cheese Company in Central Amsterdam

Royal Palace in Dam Square, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Royal Palace in Dam Square

National Monument in Dam Square, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
National Monument in Dam Square


Madame Tussaud's in Dam Square, central Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Madame Tussaud’s in Dam Square

small car in alleyway in central Amsterdam, The Netherlands

on bridge over Singel Canal in central Amsterdam during the spring

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Orange balloons and streamers decorate the canals of central Amsterdam, The Netherlands for King's Day

Bikes lined up along rain in Amsterdam's Red Light District

Major Bosshardt Statue in Red Light District

bus near centraal station in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Central Amsterdam decorated for King's Day 2018

I plan to return to Amsterdam for an actual stay and would love to get your recommendations, if you’ve visited before. Let me know in the comments below. You might also want to check out photo tips for solo travel. Thanks for reading!

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  1. I would die to go here one day, its been on my list forever!!! I have done Norway and I just loved it. This will be next for sure. I love all your images look slike you had a really great time.

  2. These pictures are so beautiful! My husband was able to visit Amsterdam when he studied abroad, but I haven’t been yet – I’d love to go!!

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