Every spring, a number of towers around the city open their doors for Open Tower Day. But there are also plenty of spots that offer a spectacular vista all year round. From modern lookout points to historic towers, here are our 10 of the most stunning views over Amsterdam.
Right on the banks of the IJ River, the A’DAM Tower is a dynamic hotspot that you can admire from afar. The tower has 22 floors – with the A’DAM LOOKOUT observation deck as its crowning glory. Those who dare to enter the sky deck will be rewarded with a spectacular 360° panoramic view over Amsterdam’s historic centre, the harbour, the polder landscape and its iconic canals. Adrenaline junkies can test their nerves on a 100-metre high swing that extends over the edge of the tower. And to make the most of the skyline, pull up a chair in the revolving restaurant, Moon or indoor panoramic restaurant and bar, Madam.
A’DAM Tower, Overhoeksplein 5
In addition to a trendy concept store, hotel and restaurant (Mr Porter), ultra-modern design hotel W Amsterdam treats its guests to an impressive view of central Amsterdam. Take in the extraordinary view spanning the Royal Palace and Amsterdam’s city centre from the stylish W Lounge, located on the sixth floor, while enjoying a delicious cocktail in a luxurious setting. And you can also do a spot of people watching, as swimmers do lengths on the roof terrace swimming pool!
W Amsterdam, Spuistraat 175
You’ll find the REM Eiland located 22 metres above Amsterdam’s harbour. It’s a unique piece of architecture with breathtaking views of the IJ River, the Minerva Harbour and the Spaarndammerhout neighbourhood. This raw, industrial structure, previously used to broadcast pirate radio and television, has been transformed into a restaurant with a sunny roof terrace.
REM Eiland, Haparandadam 45
As the name suggests, sky bar Floor17 can be found on the 17th floor of the Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre. Enjoy gourmet dishes whilst sipping champagne and taking in the amazing Amsterdam skyline. To reach even greater heights – take the lift to the nineteenth floor and step out onto the Rooftop Terrace. At 85 metres high, this roof terrace offers fantastic 360° panoramic views, whatever the season. Floor17 also hosts an interesting programme of events, from curling to rooftop movie nights.
Ramada Apollo Amsterdam Centre, Staalmeesterslaan 410 (Roof terrace opening times are subject to weather conditions)
Canvas op de 7
You’ll find this hip hotspot on the seventh floor of the lively Volkshotel in Amsterdam East. A bar, restaurant and club in one, Canvas op de 7e provides exquisite scenery wherever the night takes you. Enjoy the twinkling skyline with a heavenly cocktail in your hand, soak up the summer sun on the chilled-out roof terrace, or party all night to see the most spectactular sunrise.
Canvas op de 7e, Wibautstraat 150
Standing at 85 metres, the Westerkerk tower is the highest church tower in Amsterdam. For a stunning view over the Jordaan and city's historic architecture, climb to the first balcony of the Westertoren. The ‘ouwe Wester’, as it is affectionately known, features in many an Amsterdam folk song, as well as the Diary of Anne Frank. Although it provides picture-perfect views, the tower is a sight to behold in its own right, with its bright blue crown and gold detailing.
Westerkerk, Prinsengracht 281
For a lesser known, but equally impressive view of the city, the Fletcher Hotel, located along the A2 in Amsterdam Zuidoost, is the place to be. On the 18th floor of this stylish hotel, designed by architects BenthemCrouwel, who were also responsible for the Stedelijk Museum and Ziggo Dome, you’ll find the tastefully decorated SKY restaurant Pi. Classic dishes using local ingredients are served alongside an unparalleled panoramic view of Amsterdam.
Fletcher Hotel, Schepenbergweg 50
Twenty Third & Ciel Blue Restaurant
For a jaw-dropping view of the charming De Pijp neighbourhood and its surroundings, head to the lavish Okura Hotel. The 23rd floor of this international five-star hotel is home to the chic Ciel Bleu Restaurant, crowned with two Michelin Stars, and champagne and cocktail bar, Twenty Third. Admire the luxurious ambience and treat yourself to culinary delights and innovative cocktails as hundreds of lights sparkle in the background.
Okura Hotel, Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
The Zuiderkerk (Southern Church) – the first Protestant church in Amsterdam – offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the former Jewish district and the Nieuwmarkt area in the city centre. Although this pseudo renaissance-style basilica hasn’t held services for some time, during the summer months you can climb the 68-metre high Zuider Tower to the first level and take in the great views over the city.
Zuiderkerk, Zuiderkerkhof 72
Skylounge & Amsterdam Public Library
The Skylounge on the 11th floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Amsterdam Centraal Station provides one of the most spectacular sunsets in the city overlooking the IJ River. This award-winning lounge bar, located on the Oosterdokseiland, is open 365 days per year and is a luxurious spot for sipping a cocktail and gazing out at the world. Just a stone’s throw away, the Amsterdam Public Library (OBA) restaurant and roof terrace offers an equally stunning budget-friendly alternative.