Amsterdam Photo Gallery

Parking Your Bike at Bartolotti House

The flamboyant Bartolotti Housewas built in 1617 for Guillielmo Bartolotti, who began life as Willem van den Heuvel and switched to the fancier moniker after he made a bundle in brewing and banking. It was probably designed by architect Hendrick de Keyser; today, it's bikes, not horses, that pull up to this elegant mansion, which houses part of the collection of the Theatermuseum.

Photo by: Georgios Makkas

Gazing at the Stained Glass of Nieuwe Kerk

Originally built in the 13th century as the city's second Catholic Church, Nieuwe Kerk passed into Protestant hands in 1578. Since 1814, when the king was inagurated here (Dutch monarchs are not crowned), much of its original gradeur has been restored. Don't miss the elaborately carved altar, the great pipe organ, and--of course--the highly detailed stained glass panels.

Photo by: Georgios Makkas

Relaxing With the Locals in Vondelpark

This mosaic of lakes, meadows, and woodland contains 120 tree varieties. It's the site of skateboarding, Frisbee-flipping, in-line skating, model-boat sailing, pickup soccer, parties, picnics, and arts-and-crafts markets. From June to mid-August you can enjoy one of the many free concerts, theater, and dance performances at the Vondelpark Openluchttheater (Open-Air Theater).

Photo by: Georgios Makkas

Eating a Raw-Herring Sandwich

Order your fresh herring sandwich with pickles and onions, just like the locals do, at city favorite Van Dobben. The taste of the North Sea will whet your appetite for all the food that's to come on your visit to Amsterdam.

Photo by: Georgios Makkas

Discovering the Delicacies of Albert Cuyp Market

Visit the Albert Cuyp Market in the morning, and get lost in the frenzy of shoppers as you marvel at the rows of fresh fish, fruit, vegetables, and textiles on display. Along the streets that intersect the market, you'll find many cafes.

Photo by: Georgios Makkas

Going Back in Time at the Museum Van Loon

This elegant home was owned by the Van Loon family from 1884 to 1945. A marble staircase with an ornate balustrade leads up through the house, connecting restored period rooms that are filled with richly decorated paneling, stuccowork, fireplaces, furnishings, porcelain, chandeliers, rugs, and more.

Photo by: Georgios Makkas

Enjoying the Never-Ending Flower Show

The Dutch passion for flowers is always on display in Amsterdam, which has its own dedicated flower market, the Bloemenmarkt. Gerda's Bloemen & Planten, one of the most elegant florists in the city, boasts a fantastic selection of exotic flowers and unusual plants artfully arranged.

Photo by: Georgios Makkas

Browsing for Delft China

The process of creating genuine Delftware has changed little over the centuries, and the decorating of each unique product is still done by hand. The delicacy of the brush stroke, the richness of color, and the sheen of the secret glazes make the items produced highly prized.

Photo by: Georgios Makkas

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