Amsterdam is geographically very flat - in fact, some places in the Netherlands ("the low lands") are below sea level so there are not many hills for panorama seekers to take in the view!
In addition the authorities have not allowed tall skyscrapers to be built around the historic centre. That said, there are a few locations around Amsterdam which offer good vantage points to get a perspective of the city.
Below we review the places which provide the best panoramic opportunities in the city. From old church towers and public buildings to rooftop café/bars...up we go!
|A'DAM Toren Lookout|
|Panorama deck with 360° views of Amsterdam.|
|Doubletree Hotel Skylounge|
|Great views and ambience at this hotel's restaurant-bar terrace.|
|Nemo Panorama Terrace|
|Piazza-like terrace on the roof of the Nemo science museum.|
|Breathtaking panorama from the city's tallest church bell tower.|
|View from the old church tower in the red-light district.|
|Zuiderkerk Tower (closed for renovation until March 2017)|
|Great views from this church bell tower near Waterlooplein.|
|Beurs van Berlage Tower|
|Excellent view around Damrak and Beursplein.|
|V&D La Place OBA|
|South-facing panorama from the 7th floor café terrace of the library.|
|Café on the top of Kalvertoren shopping centre with great views.|
|Café and club with terrace on the 7th floor of the Volkshotel.|
|Metz café Amsterdam (closed)|
|Note, the Mcafé is currently closed as Metz has moved out.|
Also see the Top 10 tallest buildings in Amsterdam
The 75m high Okura Hotel (Ferdinand Bol Straat 333, tram 25) in De Pijp district has the trendy Twenty Third Bar (open daily, 1800-0100) and the Michelin star rated French restaurant Ciel Bleu both up on the 23rd floor - with great views of the surrounding area. At night, the buiding also acts as a city barometer - glowing blue for coming good weather and green for bad weather.
|Rembrandt Tower - At 150m and 35 storeys, this is the highest building in Amsterdam - located at the Omval area near Amstel station. The Rembrandt Tower Boardroom at the top of the building is the highest point in Amsterdam. It has 2 large boardrooms, a meeting room and lounge available for hire - and has a unique view of the southern part of the city.|