Amsterdam in December

Amsterdam in December

A short post today, with just a few images of Amsterdam in December.

The shops are brimming with Christmassy cheer…

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… baubles, toys and fancy bags. And colours. Bright, warm colours inviting you in from the cold.

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I like Amsterdam in winter. Bikes are out in all kinds of weather, of course…

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The Canals of Amsterdam in December

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…however, my favourite feature is the city’s waterways. On a cold winter night, the canals exude a kind of magic, the romance of times gone by. I can stand here for ages, imagine I’ve time-travelled to a different era. In my mind’s eye, I see people dressed in old-fashioned winter clothes. Some bike across the bridges. Others lean on the railings (like I’m doing), chatting, flirting, laughing…

Near Westerkerk, two young girls, hidden from the world peek carefully through a chink in the curtains at the dark water flowing past…

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Amsterdam canals

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The Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Here are more UNESCO World Heritage sites around the world.

26 Responses to “Amsterdam in December”

  1. Ana (Ana Travels) 16 December 2013 2120 #

    How beautiful! I’d love to visit Amsterdam one day. Do you think Queen Maxima will have tea with me? :)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 December 2013 1534 #

      Surely she will. Fellow Argentine and all :)

  2. Gil 17 December 2013 0349 #

    Unbelievably beautiful!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 December 2013 1535 #

      It is indeed a picturesque city.

  3. Andrea 17 December 2013 0511 #

    Just love your new header for the site, Sophie! =) Amsterdam is so beautiful any time of year
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 December 2013 1535 #

      Thanks, love the header, too :)

  4. Corinne 17 December 2013 1042 #

    Love the photos. We were in Amsterdam last month, and it was cold then. Love the Christmas feel, though. Nice shots!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 December 2013 1535 #

      Amsterdam is Nice in all kinds of weather.

  5. Stephen 18 December 2013 0514 #

    Wow looks so good! I am hoping to spend the winter months in Europe next year!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2226 #

      Europe is very nice in winter. And much less crowded.

  6. Agness 18 December 2013 0759 #

    Without a doubt, Amsterdam looks so amazing! I was there 4 months ago, but it does look more beautiful in winter! Wish you a Merry Christmas!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2227 #

      Thanks – and a happy new year to you :)

  7. Muza-chan 18 December 2013 1438 #

    So beautiful…
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2228 #

      Beautiful city…

  8. Natasha von Geldern 20 December 2013 1258 #

    Well that’s timely – I will be there next week! Looking forward to getting out and about with my camera – love your shots!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2228 #

      Look forward to seeing your photos, Natasha.

  9. Cheryl Howard 20 December 2013 1623 #

    I visited Amsterdam in December too and loved it there that time of year! Thanks for bringiing back the great memories

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2229 #

      Glad to hear it :)

  10. Mette 26 December 2013 1342 #

    Never been to Amsterdam in the snow, but I can imagine what it must be like when all the Christmas lights are reflected in the canals. Beautiful.
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2229 #

      Absolutely worth a visit in winter – and just a quick hop from Denmark :)

  11. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs 29 December 2013 2136 #

    Shame you didn’t have snow, it looks magical all in white :)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2230 #

      There was snow briefly (very pretty), then it all vanished by the time I took the camera out.

  12. Gayla 30 December 2013 1629 #

    Beautiful photos of a beautiful city. Thank you, Sophie! Amsterdam is one of our favorite destinations and it’s surprising how enjoyable it is even in the dead of winter. Can’t wait to get back there. I think we may be going for a day trip in the coming weeks ;-)
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2232 #

      Amsterdam is quite compact (feels compact, at least), so you can see and do quite a bit even in just one day.

  13. Jackie Smith 30 December 2013 2024 #

    I love this city and you’ve captured its magic in these photos. Happy New Year and Happy Travels in 2014, Sophie!
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    • Anne-Sophie Redisch
      Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 2232 #

      And to you, Jackie :)

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