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Stunning windmills, tulip fields, and medieval buildings are just a few of the many photographic delights the Netherlands have to offer.  The entire country has a unique style that is all its own. Built largely on reclaimed land, the Dutch have a unique relationship with water, using canals, windmills, and ingenuity to redefine their landscape. The result is the Netherlands, a country like no other in all of Europe. For the travelling photographer, the Netherlands has something for everything. Here is a selection of our absolutely favorite shooting locations, plus a few extra at the bottom of the page. Each photography spot is easy to locate by using our handy-dandy PIXEO map.

Damrak - Photo by Pierre Pluviaud

Damrak - Photo by Pierre Pluviaud

Known for its symmetry and architecture, the Damrak may be the best and most popular photo spot in all of Amsterdam for photographing the surreal water-fronted buildings the area is known for. Multicoloured during the day, and spectacular at night it is hard to recommend the best time to shoot. But any photography visit to Amsterdam must include a stop at the Damrak to take a few photos. (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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Zaanse Schans Windmills - Photo by Michal Soukup

Zaanse Schans Windmills - Photo by Michal Soukup

Recreating a Dutch Village from the 17th and 18th centuries, Zaanse Schans is an open-air museum with period houses and stunning waterfront windmills. These windmills would redistribute water for irrigation and to pump water away from reclaimed land. This location is extremely popular with photographers because it typifies the look and feel of the Netherlands. (Zaandam, Netherlands)

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The Scheveningen Pier - Photo by Bart Ros

The Scheveningen Pier - Photo by Bart Ros

The Scheveningen Pier opened in 1959, and for years has been a mainstay of entertainment along the Dutch beachfront. The pier is home to an observation tower, Ferris wheel, and more amusements. The pier itself is a great spot to photograph at dawn and dusk and often enjoys stunning sunrises and sunsets. (Den Haag, Netherlands)

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Lekkeresluis View of Bridge 59 - Photo by Ansgar Scheffold

Lekkeresluis View of Bridge 59 - Photo by Ansgar Scheffold

A perfect viewpoint of older architecture and a 1754 Stone arch canal bridge, makes this one of the best photo spots for capturing the unique character of Amsterdam. This location is particularly nice to photograph at blue hour or late into the evening when the city lights are on full display. (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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Espel Tulip Fields - Photo by Wynand Van Poortvliet

Espel Tulip Fields - Photo by Wynand Van Poortvliet

A wonderful place for shooting vanishing point views of the tulip fields. Surrounded by wind turbines these tulips fields are extremely photogenic. The Netherlands tulip season is typically from mid-March to end-May. At this time the tulips are at their very best. (Espel, Netherlands)

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Basilica of Saint Nicholas - Photo by Tim Trad

Basilica of Saint Nicholas - Photo by Tim Trad

A beautiful waterfront basilica located very near the train station. This stunning structure is the primary Roman Catholic Church of the city and dates from the late 1880s and is a wonderful place to photograph particularly on a partly cloudy day. (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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Bridges at Leidsegracht and Keizersgracht - Photo by Michael Bußmann

Bridges at Leidsegracht and Keizersgracht - Photo by Michael Bußmann

A favourite photography spot for photographers in Amsterdam, the intersection of Leidsegracht and Keizersgracht bridges is very photogenic. Form this unique viewpoint, photographers can capture the traffic of canals, pedestrians, and the unique architecture Amsterdam is known for. (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

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Blokweer Museum Mill - Photo by Ken Gyssens

Blokweer Museum Mill - Photo by Ken Gyssens

Built-in 1630, the Blokweer Museum Mill is one of the most photogenic in the Dutch village on Kinderijk. Blokweer is the only mill in the region for which its original proof of purchase is on record in the city archives, proving it is the oldest in the village. This windmill is part of a series of mills along the Het Nieuwe Waterschap that redistributes water for Kinderdijk and the surrounding area. The region of Kinderdijk is a photographer's dream, with idyllic trails and paths dotting the waterways, each punctuated by one of its 19 historic windmills. (Kinderdijk, Netherlands)

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Deventer City View - Photo by Bart Ros

Deventer City View - Photo by Bart Ros

Situated on the banks IJssel River, the Dutch village of Deventer is superb for taking pictures. Thanks to the imposing spire of the St Lebuïnus Church, this small village in the Netherlands, is very photogenic. This shooting location is at a public pier on the river, and perfect for capturing the city in all its photogenic glory. This photo spot in Deventer is excellent for shooting at sunset when the waters are calm to maximize colour and reflections in your photograph. (Deventer, Netherlands)

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Eierland Lighthouse - Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski

Eierland Lighthouse - Photo by Evgeni Tcherkasski

Eierland Lighthouse is a historic lighthouse that sits on the northern tip of Texel island. It features a spiral steel staircase leading to panoramic vistas at the top. (De Cocksdorp, Netherlands)

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Keukenhof - Photo by Vinicius Melo

Keukenhof – Photo by Vinicius Melo

Keukenhof is an expansive, 19th-century park showcasing multicoloured Dutch spring flowers. Approximately 7 million flower bulbs are planted annually in the 32-hectare park. (Lisse, Netherlands)

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