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Scenic view of Amsterdam city and the river Amstel bridge at night (it's the Magere brug)
Image from Koen Smilde

Best spots for marriage proposals in Amsterdam

If you’re reading this you’re probably planning to pop the question on your trip to Amsterdam. We’re here to help with some inspiring places, from beautiful spots to the most romantic restaurants.  


Reguliersgracht (Seven bridges)

Amsterdam is a city of bridges, and whether you’re standing atop them or on a boat passing under, they’re a distinctive city sight – and will make an unforgettable experience unique to the city. No stretch is quite as special as the so-called love tunnel at Reguliersgracht, where seven arched brick bridges can be seen together.

Secluded city gardens

Spring at the Open Garden Days With Tulips Amsterdam
Image from Tom Elst

Behind those charming canal houses are some truly stunning gardens. Escape the crowds to a little-known garden, where you can surprise your other half in relative seclusion. Canal house museums, for example Museum van Loon, Museum Willet-Holthuysen (pictured) or Huis Marseille, all have cute gardens.

Botanical gardens

Hortus Botanicus greenhouse outside
Image from Koen Smilde

Have you and your loved one managed to successfully nurture a fiddle-leaf fig and feel you’re ready to take your commitment to another level? Let plants be the theme by marvelling at the exotic specimens at Hortus Botanicus, Amsterdam’s botanical gardens. Pop the question beneath the palms or head up to the treetop walk inside the greenhouse for a proposal with a view.

Skinny bridge

Guys walking on the Magere bridge in spring with tulips
Image from Pauline Arkesteijn

This historic wooden drawbridge was once so narrow that it was difficult for two people to pass each other. Luckily there’s now enough room for you and your partner to enjoy this charming spot on the water. And, legend has it that couples who share a kiss on or under this beautiful little bridge will be blessed with everlasting love. The best time to visit is in the evening, when thousands of lights illuminate the bridge. 

Keukenhof Gardens

Keukenhof, also known as the Garden of Europe, is the world's second-largest flower garden. It is situated in Lisse, the Netherlands.
Blossoming tree.
Image from Koen Smilde

 What better place to get the Instagram-friendly engagement shot than among bright and beautiful flowers as far as the eye can see? If you arrive in spring, the famous Keukenhof tulips will be the perfect backdrop for a proposal, or explore the Flower Strip by bike. And, if the answer’s yes, you might as well start discussing wedding flowers.

Hidden gems in Vondelpark

Vondelpark trees
Image from Merijn Roubroeks

If you’re feeling like stretching your legs pre-knee bend, take a loop around Vondelpark, the green heart of the city, where there are plenty of charming spots for a very important question. Check out the pavilion, one of the park’s bridges, or the historic Vondelkerk with its Gothic architecture giving a hauntingly romantic backdrop. Make sure to pack bubbly for a celebration picnic.

A private canal cruise

Canal view upon the lit up bridge
Image from Claudia Camillo

There are many canal cruise companies in Amsterdam offering private cruises and onboard dinners for a romantic sail around the city. Vaartuig offers a proposal package with Champagne and flowers (and boasts a 100% ‘yes’ rate), or hop aboard the charming luxury saloon boat from Amsterdam Odyssey. Lovers offers a candlelight canal cruise for an intimate experience.


There are many romantic restaurants in the Amsterdam Area where you can wine and dine your partner and enjoy a truly special evening. Here are some of our favourites: 


For a romantic restaurant with a view, head up to the revolving restaurant Moon offering a 360 degree panorama on the 19th floor of the A’DAM Tower. The slowly rotating restaurant goes full circle once every hour, providing a truly unique experience in Amsterdam. Discover more places with a view in Amsterdam.

Cafe-Restaurant De Plantage

Perfect for the animal lover in your life, this conservatory-turned-restaurant next to the Artis Royal Zoo offers a breathtaking atmosphere under twinkling sycamore trees and an impressive menu.

Vuutoreneiland (Lighthouse Island)

Hop aboard a romantic boat ride before dinner. A reservation to the rugged, historic Vuurtoreneiland located in Amsterdam Noord includes a sail across the river, with snacks and an aperitif. A six-course dinner awaits at the greenhouse-style summer restaurant, or during winter, the atmospheric military fort. 

De Bokkedoorns

With not one but two Michelin stars, De Bokkedoorns located at the edge of a lake in the middle of expansive dunes outside Haarlem has wonderful views and an even better menu.


This pirate-TV-station-turned-restaurant sits atop an 80-foot-tall, red and white platform in the North Sea. A truly extraordinary site for a breathtaking, possibly slightly windswept, proposal. 

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