Although the seat of Netherlands government is in The Hague, Amsterdam is the nominal capital. It is also the country's largest city, with a population of almost 750,000, and the most visited, with over 3,5 milion foreign visitors a year.
The Netherlands is a country situated in Western Europe, bordering Belgium to the south and Germany to the east. To its north and west is the North Sea. Although the Netherlands is the country's official name, people often call it Holland. The provinces of North Holland and South Holland form only part of the Netherlands.
History of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, probably the most planned city of northern Europe, has long been a well-known city. In the 17th century Amsterdam was the centre of world economy, and nowadays the city is known for its tolerant character.
A Dutch holiday can add a festive note to your trip, particularly if it involves a parade or special observance somewhere in the country. But expect banks, shops, and most museums to be closed, and public transportation to operate on Sunday schedules for the listed holidays.
Amsterdam is where modern architecture developed organically between facades of historical buildings. Since it is not a big city, all sites of interest are within an acceptable distance. This is why Amsterdam is so popular with lovers of architecture.
Amsterdam in figures
Some interesting figures on how many bicycles, bridges, canals, cinemas or markets one can find in Amsterdam, as well as some statistics about the tourists and day visitors to Amsterdam.
Timing your visit
Any time can be the best time to visit Amsterdam. The peak of the tourist season is July and August, when the weather is the finest. Weather, however, is never really extreme at any time of year, and if you're one of the growing numbers who favor off-season travel, you'll find the city every bit as attractive during these months. Not only are airlines, hotels, and restaurants cheaper and less crowded during this time (with more relaxed and cheerful service), but there are also some very appealing events going on. For example, the bulb fields near Amsterdam are bursting with colour from mid-April to mid-May.
(Source: Amsterdam info)
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xavshot (69835) 2007-03-12 15:50
une très bonne gestion de la lumière et un excellent relief grâce à la prise juste avant l'obscurité... voilà une photo bien composée et d'une belle netteté. Les reflets sont superbes. Beau travail
claudeD (39247) 2007-03-12 15:53
fantastic night shot which I like very much.Very good composition and pov.The reflections in the water give a special effect to your picture.Very good work.
Thank you for sharing.
With regards from Luxembourg
leo61 (0) 2007-03-12 15:54
Good,sharp nightshot with nice red lights and wonderful reflections.Good details at the facades and a nice view at the trees against this nice,deep blue sky.
pat0500 (21561) 2007-03-12 15:57
Lovely great picture by night, good light and very pretty colours.
Very beautiful reflection coloured on water, very beautiful quality of image for a picture of night.
Very good shot and thank you for the good note.
serp2000 (44284) 2007-03-12 16:02
Good evenining, George,
Great, as always!Very nice night picture! I envy...
Buin (42466) 2007-03-12 16:27
Here one word is enough! B e a u t i f u l !
Thank you for this "eye-candy"!
Greetings from Germany!
sleon (9402) 2007-03-12 16:29
This is a great view of a typical Amsterdam scene, well exposed to give a cosy atmosphere. The warm lighting balances nicely the colder sky.
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-03-12 17:03
Nice light with still a nice blue sky. i also like the cpmposition with the reflection in water.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2007-03-12 17:06
Once again, another very good image with a great definition. Your notes are always interesting and long. congratulations for these photos realize with so little light.
jean11-3 (2799) 2007-03-12 17:22
Lovely night shot of Amsterdam George.
The buildings are so photogenic and with all the lights and reflections,this is a memorable picture.
Good management of light,tfs,regards Jean.
hay_kes (31435) 2007-03-12 17:29
Very beautiful night composition.
Superb light, colors and reflections.TFS.
lilimih33 (9918) 2007-03-12 20:35
Another wonderful night shot from Amsterdam!
Lovely colours, light, clarity and perspective!
sabyasachi1212 (19779) 2007-03-12 23:39
I must say I am very impressed with the performance of 350 D under limited light conditions. Good combination of natural and artificial light. Perfect exposure.
With Greetings from India
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-03-13 3:13
Another great shot in blue hour. Excellent colours, sharpness and POV. I also like the reflections in the water and your POV
TFS and greetings
vincz (19113) 2007-03-13 4:19
Beautiful night shot with wonderful reflections of these orange lights. light management is perfect here, exposure seems to be spot on. great job.
danyy (0) 2007-03-13 5:43
l'heure bleue dans toute sa splendeur.
Avec en prime les belles couleurs chaudes des élcairages publics.
Une très chouette ambiance.
marjan (6279) 2007-03-13 6:02
hi george, nice and quality. Good intro and POV
ninaL (21348) 2007-03-13 6:30
Une belle photo nocturne avec le ciel sombre mais encore blue.
J'aime bien le cadrage et les reflets sur l'eau.
isabela_sor (47748) 2007-03-13 6:31
The lights here are magical... Composition works well,perfect POV,splendid place,George
Thanks for sharing
carper (96) 2007-03-13 13:15
another very good night shot of yours geroge,
very good point of view, great quality, good ligth and a marvelous photo job here, very good job.
john_c (24666) 2007-03-13 13:45
A well composed shot taken in the magnificent blue hour. I like the blazing reflections of coppery fire in the water here. Your exposure really worked out well, and there is enough light to discern the fine architectural details of the facades. The POV is well chosen, with the bridges intersecting. The stately trees further enhance and provide that needed touch of nature. Very fine work, George.
veve (4189) 2007-03-13 13:50
Very good night shot!
I like all those red lights on the street and the reflections on the water!Very beautiful place!
Excellent quality of image!
bostankorkulugu (42430) 2007-03-13 18:50
superb shot george... the "orange" reflections on the canals are very dutch for sure... very well done...
snunney (100062) 2007-03-14 6:40
Another fine night shot taken in the 'blue' period. Exposure is perfect with no apparent hot spots or loss of detail. The reflected lights in the canal are gorgeous. Great work.
agbonavita (0) 2007-03-14 15:37
Beautiful red colors reflections. The depth where we can see till the background buildings is great.
I'm in doubt about which photo of Amsterdam lights I like more.
capthaddock (28790) 2007-03-14 21:39
Hi George - this may be the best of the Amsterdam series from you so far, the orangle lights and blue sky and canals make a very appealing combination, I like the way the bridges are lit to make the arcs stand out.
Silvio1953 (144378) 2007-03-15 9:33
Hi George, an other wonderful nocturn view of Amsterdam with splendid light and colors, great POV, very well done, ciao Silvio
Flavia (10352) 2007-03-15 13:47
Wonderful night picture of this beautiful city. Nicelly composed and good control of light.
izmirli (3989) 2007-03-17 22:28
merhaba my friend george
beautiful night and amsterdam.wonderful lights and colours.well done.
dorte_s_t (2287) 2007-03-18 7:12
Hi , George .
Another " golden " dusk shot with a very pleasant athosphere , great perspective and colours which makes me feel very relaxed and comfortabnle just by looking at it !
pablominto (53746) 2007-03-18 7:17
Good night shot, that also gives attractive details in the fine old architecture!
Lovely colours and inviting streets, good point of view and the image is nicely composed...
And let me add, the feeling of depth is pleasant!
zeca (19762) 2007-03-18 12:15
Beautiful view! The city is wonderful and you´ve captured it at nice hour, with the sky still blue and the lights already on, making those nice reflections. Very nice mood!
Cretense (68703) 2007-03-18 13:02
Amazing blue hour shot, excellent in any aspect. Great composition and reflection of lights. Perfect exposure and amazing definition for a nightshot. Congratulations!
Have a nice new week,
berek (50504) 2007-03-19 3:15
lovely blue time taken. I like reflection and composition very much. have a nice week.
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2007-03-20 13:22
What a great POV and lightning! This is really amazing. I really like this composition and exposure.
paura (47186) 2007-03-22 19:55
Excellent noturne shot. This is a beautiful place indeed. Nice lights reflections.
jaywalker (16101) 2007-03-24 12:38
Hi George, this isa gorgeous night shot, the depth is very good & you have caught the blue hour wonderfully well, excellent reflections & beautifully composed, I love the three arches, kind regards Wilson.
faubry (35447) 2007-03-28 5:49
bonjour George, very beautiful ligh shot from Amsterdam, great detail, superbe picture...
anesugur (18789) 2007-03-28 13:42
Excellent contrast between colors.
Gorgeous lights and nice reflections in the water.
I like this picture very much.
TFS and have a nice day. Uğur
nivaldo (15417) 2007-03-29 10:51
Need no more extra words...
ahmetgedikli (25605) 2007-03-30 13:51
Very beautiful scenery. Perfect colors, lights and excellent reflections. Great work!
Have a nice weekend.
Tue (37898) 2007-03-31 18:18
Great photo of Amsterdam! I love the warm colours of the light contrasting with the blue sky. You captured the typically Dutch facades very nicely too and the composition is good with that bridge at the left hand side. Good work!
chrisnet (22978) 2007-04-02 12:45
A beautiful night shot! I like the wonderful reflexions on the water, you have very well managed the exposition, the lights are superb, excellent work.
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-03-04
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Canon Digital EOS350D
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Your Favorites, Amsterdam at night [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2007-03-12 15:47
- Favorites: 1 [view]