Well, it took me long enough! After so many years in Paris always looking for the next great view from above, and having only found a couple of cool high-up views in Amsterdam, I finally decided to look into potential view spots in Amsterdam last year. Although there are no options like the Tour Montparnasse or the Eiffel Tower to boost you well over the surrounding buildings, there are a few decent options, namely in the city’s church towers. It wasn’t until this Spring, that I made it to the top of two of the towers. I can confirm that they are indeed Amsterdam’s best options for letting people enjoy those gorgeous gables from a higher perch. In June, I enjoyed views from the tops of the Oude Kerk in the Red Light District and the Westerkerk on Prinsengracht. Each tour includes local Dutchies giving 30 min. tours for about 7€ each.
This week’s Waterlogue features a couple of the views from the Westerkerk, which can be found at the crossing of Prinsengracht and Raadhuisstraat. The church is situated next to the block of houses where Anne Frank was in hiding with her family during World War II. The queue for the museum – not so visible in the watercolor – was longer than I have ever seen it when I was peering down; I suspect it’s among Amsterdam’s top five tourist destinations. A definite must for your visit to this beautiful city, but please make your reservations in advance!
Check out information here on visits to the church towers: http://www.westertorenamsterdam.nl