Video: incredible footage of 1920s Amsterdam in colour

Looking for a little diversion from reality? How about a mesmerising video of Amsterdam circa 1922 — in colour!

The city is brought to life in this delightful throwback, with crisp images capturing the capital from a rare colourful perspective. From the characteristic canal houses to the trademark cyclists, it’s the typical Amsterdam we know and love — with even more old-time-y charm.

In the remastered video, you can see aerial views from across the city. Try and spot landmarks such as Dam Square, the Westertoren, Centraal Station, and the Rijksmuseum as they looked a century ago!

From the inner canal belt to the outer suburbs, it’s an incredible glimpse into life in old Amsterdam. Life may look different now, but it’s a nice reminder that much of the old city still remains — albeit minus a few petticoats and flat caps…aaaand with the addition of several million people, bikes, and automobiles, of course.

What stands out most to you about this 20’s Amsterdam video? Tell us in the comments below!

Feature Image: Anonymous/Wikimedia Commons/Public domain 

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

Brin Andrews
Brin Andrews
Brin is an avid ice cream eater from the US, calling Amsterdam home since early 2019. As a lover of mountains, life below sea level has been a bit of an adjustment, but she manages to stay afloat with long runs, wine, and frequent travel. Incidentally, these are a few of her favourite topics to write about.

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