Where can you get the best view of Amsterdam?

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Cecily Layzell

Famously flat—few inclines are steeper than a canal bridge—Amsterdam may seem like an unlikely place for panoramic views. There are exceptions to every rule, though, as our guide to the city’s best vantage points reveals.

1. Twenty Third Bar. Take an elevator up to the twenty-third floor of Hotel Okura and enjoy jaw-dropping vistas with an expertly mixed cocktail in hand. Sightseeing doesn’t get much more stylish than this.

2. Felix Meritis. In celebration of its 225th anniversary, this venerable cultural center has reopened its astronomical Observatory to the public. Until the end of October 2013, revel in the unimpeded panoramas of Amsterdam’s historic center, or focus on 10 of the city’s most significant buildings through carefully positioned telescopes.

3. Westertoren. Amsterdam’s skyline is punctured by numerous church spires. And the best place to see them is from the crown-topped tower of Westerkerk, a 17th-century Protestant church next to the Anne Frank House. The 275-foot tower is open to the public from April through October.

4. EYE Film Institute. Few buildings symbolize the resurgence of Amsterdam Noord more than the glittering white EYE Film Institute. Opened in spring 2012 on the north bank of the IJ River, EYE preserves and promotes Dutch movie history. For a visual feast of a different kind, bag a table on the institute’s fantastic waterfront terrace.

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