E-xperience a canal cruise
Watch one of the world’s most beautiful cities glide by on this video tour of a canal cruise through Amsterdam. The bridges, iconic gabled houses and beautiful clock towers that line the waterways make for a picturesque and surprisingly calming virtual experience. The perfect way to kick off a morning meditation.
Binge-watch the spoonbill cam
Like a feathery version of The Real Housewives, you can follow the daily lives of spoonbill couples as they nest in Amsterdam. This year, the first spoonbill was spotted in mid February and now about 25 couples have settled on the breeding island. The first chicks are expected any day now. Will they grow and thrive or make easy prey for the nearby spotted otters? Tune into nestkastlive.nl to find out.
Kick it in Keukenhof (from your couch)
Fill your home with fields of tulips via this online exploration of Keukenhof’s stunning flower park. More than 60,000 bulbs were planted last year, including 26 different varieties of tulips, and the technicolour imagery of these blossoms is pure eye candy. Daffodils, crocuses, hyacinths and many other flowers make appearances in Keukenhof’s collection of videos chronicling spring in their gardens.
See the city centre from above
Enjoy a birds-eye view of Dutch landscape with AirPano’s selection of interactive panoramas. You can zoom, swoop, drag and scroll your way through gorgeous aerial shots of around 60 regional all-stars, including Zaanse Schans, the Sint Maartensvlotbrug tulip fields, Central Station, Oude Kerk, and Vondelpark.
Walk through the web
Through Google Street View, you can wander the lush surrounds of the Fort Waver fortress in Waverveen or take in the forested grounds of Graveland's country estates in Gooi & Vecht. Natuurmonumenten has collected 19 of the most eye-pleasing walks in the Netherlands on their website.
See Amsterdam in 360
This 360-degree tour of the Amsterdam Area is a smorgasbord of Dutch scenery and the perfect introduction to the region’s windmills, castles, beaches, tulip fields and more. Local guides show off some of their favourite spots in the Amsterdam Area, from blokarting along the coastline of the North Sea to museum hopping in Haarlem.
Spy on Amsterdam’s most spectacular spots
There are webcams set up all over the region so you can scope out the cityscape from Dam Square to the windmills of Zaanse Schans in real time. Webcamtaxi and Webcam.nl have a nice variety of feeds both in the centre and further afield, like this one, live from the beach at Zandvoort.
Ready for some culture? See which Amsterdam museums you can visit virtually.