Photographing the Seven Bridges

It’s easy to get swept away in the raucous local nightlife and forget that one of Amsterdam’s most romantic canals flows through this neighbourhood. The Reguliersgracht, aka the 'canal of seven bridges', is especially enchanting by night, when its humpbacked arches glow with tiny gold lights.

Though the best views are from aboard a boat, you can still get great vistas from land. Stand with your back to the Thorbeckeplein and with the Herengracht flowing directly in front of you to the left and right. Lean over the bridge and look straight ahead down the Reguliersgracht. Ahhh. Now kiss your sweetie.