June and the coming of the Summer Solstice provide some of the longest days of the year. The sun sets in Amsterdam at around 10pm during these long days, and because of the city’s fairly northern geographical positioning, the sky is a beautiful eruption of red and orange. You will see a spectacular sunset sky from anywhere in the city, but there are definitely a few places worth visiting to catch an Amsterdam sunset in all its glory.
In Amsterdam no street or canal is straight or parallel, so it’s very easy to get disoriented. An easy reference point is the River Ij, running along the northern bank of Amsterdam and located right behind Centraal Station. There are free ferries operated by city transit running every few minutes across the river, connecting Amsterdam to the residential neighborhood of North Amsterdam (Amsterdam Noord).
If the touristy canal boat tours are not the thing for you, or if you’re simply looking for a free alternative, then jump on the ferry for a trip across the river. Not only will you get a rare glimpse of the Amsterdam skyline from the water, if you time your trip right, you will also be able to look out west at the beautiful sunset.
Another great place to watch the sunset is from the bridge outside the currently closed for renovation Scheepvaart (shipping) museum. From here you’ll be able to see some of Amsterdam’s most prominent buildings, including the St. Nicolaaskerk (St. Nicholas Church) and Centraal Station against a beautiful sunset backdrop.