Amsterdam in December

2014-12-25T14:00:51+00:0016 December 2013|Netherlands, Seasonal, current, UNESCO World Heritage|

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…


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…

Amsterdam canals

Amsterdam canals

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The Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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  1. Ana (Ana Travels) 16 December 2013 at 2120 - Reply

    How beautiful! I’d love to visit Amsterdam one day. Do you think Queen Maxima will have tea with me? 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 December 2013 at 1534 - Reply

      Surely she will. Fellow Argentine and all 🙂

  2. Gil 17 December 2013 at 0349 - Reply

    Unbelievably beautiful!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 December 2013 at 1535 - Reply

      It is indeed a picturesque city.

  3. Andrea 17 December 2013 at 0511 - Reply

    Just love your new header for the site, Sophie! =) Amsterdam is so beautiful any time of year

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 December 2013 at 1535 - Reply

      Thanks, love the header, too 🙂

  4. Corinne 17 December 2013 at 1042 - Reply

    Love the photos. We were in Amsterdam last month, and it was cold then. Love the Christmas feel, though. Nice shots!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 17 December 2013 at 1535 - Reply

      Amsterdam is Nice in all kinds of weather.

  5. Stephen 18 December 2013 at 0514 - Reply

    Wow looks so good! I am hoping to spend the winter months in Europe next year!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2226 - Reply

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

  6. Agness 18 December 2013 at 0759 - Reply

    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!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2227 - Reply

      Thanks – and a happy new year to you 🙂

  7. Muza-chan 18 December 2013 at 1438 - Reply

    So beautiful…

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2228 - Reply

      Beautiful city…

  8. Natasha von Geldern 20 December 2013 at 1258 - Reply

    Well that’s timely – I will be there next week! Looking forward to getting out and about with my camera – love your shots!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2228 - Reply

      Look forward to seeing your photos, Natasha.

  9. Cheryl Howard 20 December 2013 at 1623 - Reply

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

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2229 - Reply

      Glad to hear it 🙂

  10. Mette 26 December 2013 at 1342 - Reply

    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.

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2229 - Reply

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

  11. Marysia @ My Travel Affairs 29 December 2013 at 2136 - Reply

    Shame you didn’t have snow, it looks magical all in white 🙂

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2230 - Reply

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

  12. Gayla 30 December 2013 at 1629 - Reply

    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 😉

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2232 - Reply

      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 at 2024 - Reply

    I love this city and you’ve captured its magic in these photos. Happy New Year and Happy Travels in 2014, Sophie!

    • Anne-Sophie Redisch 30 December 2013 at 2232 - Reply

      And to you, Jackie 🙂

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