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Spotlight: Amsterdam

Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series, Spotlight, we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

The Netherlands’s capital city, Amsterdam, is alive with sights and sounds. Hundreds of thousands of bicycles weave across the 1,281 bridges that span the city’s many canals. Amsterdam is lush with parks, classical architecture and plenty of museums that make it one of the most important art sites in Europe.

Want a first-person tour of Amsterdam? We put together a list of some amazing Instagrammers from in and around the city.

  • Freek Geurts, the city through the seasons — @regalphis
  • S Fennema, atmospheric shots and reflections — @sfennema
  • Dirk Bakker, Amsterdam through patterns and lines — @macenzo
  • Phil, film-inspired stills of daily life — @p_d_y

To explore the city in depth, you can also browse the location pages for some of Amsterdam’s most popular landmarks:

  • De Riekermolen, one of Amsterdam’s most photogenic windmills
  • The Rijksmuseum, home of the most important collection of classical Dutch art
  • Magere Brug, one of the many beautiful drawbridges spanning the canals
  • Amsterdam ArenA, home to Amsterdam’s football team, AFC Ajax

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Spotlight: Moscow (Москва)

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

Moscow is known for its extravagant side. The Russian capital is the most expensive in the world: home to the most billionaires, the costliest cups of coffee and—opening in the next few months—the biggest building in Europe. But Moscow is also experiencing a creative explosion, evident in the growing number of talented Instagrammers from the city.

Want to see Moscow for yourself? We’ve gathered together a group of exceptional Instagrammers who are snapping pictures from the heart of it all. Be sure to follow them:

  • Ilya Mikhaylov, frozen moments from travels with friends — @russian_moscow
  • Roman Palchenkov, media producer with an eye for angles — @palchenkov
  • Julia Panina, snowscapes and cozy indoor scenes — @myatna
  • Katia Mi, art director with crisp, minimalist still lifes — @katia_mi

Off the Beaten Path

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@drewkelly — North Korea

@yeatoeh — Bhutan

@_meanwhile — Tajikistan

@xulgun — Mongolia

Know any other Instagrammers taking photos in remote locations? Send us a note through Tumblr.

Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to nearly every corner of the globe. The four Instagrammers above are living in some of the most restricted, isolated and unoccupied parts of our planet. If you don’t have the money or the correct visa to get you to these remote destinations, they’ll take you there through photos!

On the Road

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@fosterhunting — Surfing nomad

@youngthegiant — American band on tour

@ayoumali — Globetrotter based in Hong Kong

@alifewortheating — Traveling software engineer and foodie

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” – Robert Louis Stevenson

Many call themselves seasoned travelers, but it’s not everyone that can call traveling a lifestyle. The four Instagrammers above fall into that rare category of people that are seemingly always on the move, and they bring us along with them via their photographs. Be sure to check out their Photo Maps to see where they’ve stopped in lately.

Spotlight: London

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@chaiwalla

@charlala

@flicpic

@theophilousus

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show. — Samuel Johnson

It’s been a great year for Londoners. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee brought exhibitions, concerts and royal events to the city, and the Olympic Games will usher in hundreds of thousands of visitors when it kicks off this Friday, July 27th.

Want to see London for yourself? We’ve gathered together a group of our favorite users who are snapping pictures from the heart of it all.

Spotlight: Berlin

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@berlinstagram

@davidgnad

@tzuio

@lindaberlin

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

Hunting for the world’s center of fashion, art, design and music? Berlin’s the city to watch. The German capital is chock full of creatives from all around the world, soaking up the city’s open, experimental vibe.

German Instagrammers are in the heart of it all, capturing Berlin’s Zeitgeist. Above are some of our favorite accounts.

Spotlight: Barcelona

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@markabbawi

@barrut

@gabbjana

@lidpop

Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

Who doesn’t love Barcelona? Set on the Mediterranean coast, the city of 3 million is the capital of Catalonia and boasts some of the most breathtaking architecture in the world.

Don’t just take our word for how beautiful Barça is! See it for yourself through the lens of some of our favorite Barcelonian Instagrammers.

Spotlight: Israel

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Spotlight Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

Israel is as young as it is small. The coastal nation turns just 64 years old this year, having been declared an independent state in 1948. A full 70% of its 7 million inhabitants live in a narrow strip of land as little as 9 miles (14 km) wide.

Despite Israel’s compact size, the country manages to churn out some of the artsiest Instagrammers on the planet. The photo above is by @alonik and below are more of our favorites.

Spotlight: Paris

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Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

This week’s spotlight takes us to the City of Light, one of the most beloved places on the planet. Paris’ slew of vistas, iconic buildings and parks are ripe for stunning photographs. As the capital of France, the city will also be at the heart of May 6th’s hotly contested presidential election between @nicolassarkozy and François Hollande.

We’ve gathered together a group of Parisian Instagrammers that share their view of the city with us day in and day out:

@piarieu

 

@kerhouarn

 

@hernancampa

 

@juanjerez

 

@caroline_dreams

 

The photo at the top of this post is by @vutheara.

Spotlight: South Korea

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Since launching, we’ve seen Instagram spread from our headquarters in the Bay Area to every corner of the globe. In this series we’ll highlight top users from countries and cities with thriving Instagram communities.

Since 1953, the Republic of Korea - not to be confused with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea - has been territorially defined as the land below below the 38th parallel on the Korean Peninsula. 

The mountainous nation of 50 million boasts Asia’s fourth largest economy, one of the world’s leading educational systems and oodles of faithful Instagram photographers. To get a peek into daily life in South Korea, here are four Instagrammers sharing stunning shots straight from the streets:

@kimpro

 

@torero

 

@optimismm

 

@selfproducer

 

The photo at the top of this post is by @dianafakhoury.