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

Living in the Netherlands can get just a tad bit too much when you begin missing the sun, and start dreading going outside to brave the wind. Ominous, gloomy clouds loom over your head almost every day while you desperately try to master the Dutch art of biking with an umbrella.

Nevertheless, there are also a lot of things to appreciate about Dutch weather. You cherish the warm days more, you learn how to make the indoors a lot cosier, and you become really grateful for just one warm cup of just about anything.

So, what better way to prepare for the upcoming autumn than being reminded of how beautiful Dutch cities can be during the colder months!

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When we 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 emphasising the sombre weather outside, but also the splashes of bright warm tones from the street lamps, or lights shining through windows.

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Get ready to snuggle up with a cup of tea! Image: Christina Kooiker

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

Alkmaar

It’s so unfortunate that so many smaller cities in the Netherlands fall off 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!

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Look at all this charm! Image: Christina Kooiker

Amersfoort

Did you know the royal family sometimes visit this cute, little city for King’s day? And why wouldn’t it be on everybody’s list? Just look at this picture Christina took! Looks so scenic, doesn’t it?

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This is giving us all the autumnal vibes we need. Image: Christina Kooiker

Amsterdam

No list of the Netherlands is complete without at least a mention of the capital: Amsterdam!

If you’ve just moved there, and are still starry-eyed about the city, you might need a few survival tips for living in Amsterdam. But even if you thought you’d seen everything there is in the capital, these pictures will make you fall in love with the city all over again!

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Who woildn’t want to go for an evening stroll here? 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.

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It doesn’t get more charming than this! 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.

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Switch up those Amsterdam canals once in a while and head to Breda. 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.

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Delft has everything from cute canals, to a cosy market square, and old churches! Image: Christina Kooiker

READ MORE | Scenic Delft: 15 great photos to make you wanna visit (Another Dutchreview Photoreport!)

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!

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Which boat do you want? We’ll take the first small one! 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!

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Just beautiful. Image: Christina Kooiker

Enkhuizen

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

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Lake views anyone? 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.

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Could this be more Instagrammable? 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.

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Immaculate vibes. Image: Christina Kooiker

Houten

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

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A new colourful take on the Dutch row house. Image: Christina Kooiker

Kinderdijk

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

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Anyone else fancy a hot chocolate looking at this? 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!

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We’d like the tiny orange house! Image: Christina Kooiker

Middelburg

Zeeland can be beautiful sometimes:

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Did we just drop into the set of Harry Potter? 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!

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It doesn’t get more magical than this. Image: Christina Kooiker

Ootmarsum

We don’t know where this is, but sure looks lovely. 😍

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Look at the pretty pattren made by the street light! 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.

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Reading a book and looking out the windows of these old houses is all we want to do on a Sunday evening. Image by Christina Kooiker

Urk

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

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Windmills dissapearing into the horizon. 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!

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Midnight stroll anyone? Image: Christina Kooiker
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Evenings spent by the canal side are the best. Just remember to bundle up! 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!

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Old Dutch architecture blended into one building! Image: Christina Kooiker

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

Did you experience the pictures like we did? Was it different? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Christina Kooiker/Supplied

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published in March 2019, and was fully updated in September 2021 for your reading pleasure.

Kavana Desai
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.

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  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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