On Open Tower Day, high-rises around the Dutch capital open their doors to the public every spring. However, there are also lots of venues offering a stunning vista throughout the year. Compiling everything from historic towers to modern lookout points, here is our list of five most spectacular views over Amsterdam city. Stop by during your private walking tour Amsterdam anywhere here, and take in the views.
A’DAM Tower Lookout
The A’DAM Tower located on the IJ River banks is a hotspot, which you can appreciate from afar. This tower has 22 levels, with the observation deck named A’DAM LOOKOUT being its crowning glory. People who dare to get into the observation deck are sure to be rewarded with 360-degree panoramic views over Amsterdam’s historic center, the polder landscape, the harbor, and its popular canals. Adrenaline junkies may want to test their nerve on a 100-meter swing, extending over the very edge of this high-rise building.
You will find REM Eiland situated 22 meters above Amsterdam’s harbor. It is a one-of-a-kind piece of architecture, offering stunning views of the Minerva Harbour, IJ River and the Spaarndammerhout neighborhood. This industrial structure, formerly used to air television and pirate radio, is now a Dutch restaurant with a roof terrace.
The 85-meters high Westertoren is the tallest church tower in the capital city of the Netherlands. For a striking view over Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighborhood and of the city’s historic architecture, reach the first balcony of this tower. It is affectionately known as the ‘ouwe Wester’ and has many a Dutch folk song. It offers picture-perfect views, but the edifice is also a sight to the sore eyes with its gold detailing and bright blue crown.
Zuiderkerkstoren is Amsterdam’s first protestant church, and it offers a unique chance to view the “New Market” (Nieuwmarkt) and Jewish district. This renaissance-style basilica has not held services for a while, but in the summer season, you can ascend the 68-meter tall Zuider Tower and soak in the views over Amsterdam.
As its name implies, Floor17 is a sky bar situated on the 17th level of the Ramada Apollo Center. Have gourmet dishes while sipping champagne and soaking in the stunning city skyline views. To reach greater heights, just take the elevator to the 19th level and step onto its rooftop terrace. This terrace offers 360-degree panoramas, whatever the season.