Pretty towns and perfect pics: these could be the best photos of the Netherlands you will ever see!

Living in the Netherlands can get a bit too much where you start missing the sun, and start dreading going outside to brave the wind. Ominous, gloomy clouds looming over your head almost every day keeps you down, and the winter months are nearly unbearable (for me at least, because I come from a warm country).

But I can still say that I don’t mind living here because there are still a lot of good things to appreciate. You appreciate the warm days more, you learn how to make the indoors a lot cozier, and you become really grateful for just one warm cup of just about anything.

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When I came across Christina Kooiker‘s photography account on Instagram, her photos translated these contrasting feelings into pictures. By playing with the warm and cold tones of the pictures, she doesn’t shy away from emphasizing the somber weather outside, but also the splashes of bright warm tones from the street lamps, or lights shinning through windows. They come together perfectly, where you can see them complementing each other: much like the contrasting and complementary nature of living in the Netherlands.

Image: Christina Kooiker

For more of this beautiful stuff from Christina, be sure to follow her Instagram-account @een_wasbeer 

Alkmaar

It is so unfortunate that so many smaller cities in the Netherlands can miss our radar, because sometimes, they can be the very essence of what the country is made of. Canals reflecting old Dutch buildings, and meandering streets that make for a gezellig day trip from Amsterdam!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Amersfoort

Did you know the royal family is visiting this cute, little city for King’s day this year? And why wouldn’t it be on everybody’s list? Just look at this picture Christina took! Looks so scenic, doesn’t it? It’s not too far for a daytrip from Amsterdam.

Image: Christina Kooiker

Amsterdam

No list of the Netherlands is complete without at least a mention of the capital: Amsterdam! Even more so because these pictures really capture a beautiful side to the city. If you’ve just moved there, and are still starry-eyed about the city, you will need a few survival tips for living in Amsterdam for sure!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Christina really has an eye for detail! Framing the picture so that your focus goes directly to the little grey Beetle in the centre is iconic.

Image: Christina Kooiker

Breda

One of the Netherlands’ best kept secrets – the medieval city of Breda! Fun fact: this city was the official residence for the royal family of Orange-Nassau, the house that the current king is a descendant of.

Image: Christina Kooiker

Delft

This city needs no introduction because I think all of us would have heard about it in passing here on DutchReview, or anywhere else really! If this picture is the first you’re seeing of it, I don’t think you could’ve asked for a better one.

Image: Christina Kooiker

This picture made you curious about Delft? Want more pictures? Check out this whole photo report on the city!

Den Bosch

Ever heard of this Dutch town? It is the capital of the province of North Brabant, which changes its name to Oeteldonk during the carnival days!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Deventer

See that beautiful piece of architecture standing out in the picture? That’s Deventer’s main church. It was built almost 1000 years ago, and it still stands tall!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Enkhuizen

One of the things I enjoy most about Christina’s pictures are the tones she uses to make the warm colours stand out more than the cold colours.

Image: Christina Kooiker

Groningen

Did you know that Groningen is one of the youngest cities in the Netherlands where almost 17% of the population is between the age of 20-25? The student population is strong in this one! No wonder you can find a lot of free things to do in Groningen.

Image: Christina Kooiker

Haarlem

Aah, the good ol’ city of Haarlem! Like a laid-back mini Amsterdam, with a lot of mini canals running through the city, this is a perfect place to live nearby Amsterdam.

Image: Christina Kooiker

Houten

You might have seen this scenery on Insta before, can’t really get enough of it, right?

Image: Christina Kooiker

Kinderdijk

The town of windmills, which is perfect day trip choice from Rotterdam!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Maastricht

It is on the border between the Netherlands and Belgium. Maastricht is good for a weekend trip, or a stopover during a roadtrip to Belgium for those beers!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Middelburg

Zeeland can be beautiful sometimes:

Image: Christina Kooiker

This picture really conjures up the lyrics of The Sound of Silence in my mind:

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

Somehow, it works perfectly, doesn’t it?

Muiderslot

Who else loves going to castles to soak up on some history? Head over to one of the most breathtaking medieval castles in the Netherlands in Muiderslot!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Ootmarsum

We don’t know where this is, but sure looks lovely <3

Image: Christina Kooiker

Rotterdam

A city we love here at DutchReview: it’s the city where old and new come together to give you the perfect mix of everything! If this picture prompts you to go there, there are a lot of free things to do in Rotterdam.

Image by Christina Kooiker

Urk

Guess you didn’t expect this town when you clicked on a ‘best photos of the Netherlands’ article?

Image: Christina Kooiker

Utrecht

After you learn how to pronounce the name (it’s youtrekt or am I wrong?), go to this city because of how beautiful it is!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Image: Christina Kooiker

Zaandam

The unique city of Zaandam has Zaanse Schans, a windmill park, as one of its neighbourhoods, quirky and colourful architecture, and a lot more! Go exploring!

Image: Christina Kooiker

Damn, those are some nice pictures! Did you experience them like how I did? Was it different? Let us know in the comments!

We feature Christina’s photos a lot on our Instagram page (@dutchreview) as well, so hit that follow button too while you’re there!

Kavana Desaihttps://medium.com/@kavanadesai
Coping with the aftermath of her 3-year stint in the Netherlands, Kavana is a writer, content creator and editor for DutchReview. Hailing from India, she frequently blogs about the Netherlands, being Indian in the Netherlands, and everything in between. She envisions herself to one day be the youngest person to win that Nobel Prize for Literature (she is also not very humble but welcomes only constructive criticism). In the meantime, she fills her days with writing for DutchReview, writing her master's thesis on art theft, and writing fiction that will hopefully see the light of day soon.

9 COMMENTS

  1. Even though I love the NL, I have to argue that all towns seem the same, look the same and feel the same in these photos apart from the castle, croningen and urk.

    By the way, it’s not a beetle, it’ s a Citroen, 2CV.

  2. Fabulous pictures!

    One tiny comment. The 2nd photo of Amsterdam – the car featured isn’t a Beetle, it’s a Citroën 2CV

  3. I am sorry but yes, you are wrong on the pronunciation of Utrecht. I have been looking for a pronunciation video (might make one myself to have a proper one present on the net) and except for one that comes fairly close to what it should be, they are all wrong. The best version would be the following
    https://youtu.be/cM7RMQ6WEoU

  4. The car in Amsterdam is a so called Eend (Duck): brandname Citroen 2CV. Rotterdam certainly does not look like that at all. The city was bombed in WWII and there is almost nothing left of the old city. Now it is a modern town with high-rise buildings.

    • @Truus van Dam, the Rotterdam picture is of Delfshaven, which in spite of its name is really in Rotterdam

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