The public library of Amsterdam is useful for more than just library related activities (or for borrowing a computer to let someone know your phone is currently dead). It also provides a great view of the city from the 6th floor.
A view of the city from across the canal. I actually like the appearance of the construction equipment in this shot — the area was undergoing renovation when I visited in 2010. I am not sure if it is completed yet.
Here is a view of what the ground looks like below. Just don’t forget where you parked your bike!
And there is the Sea Palace, a floating Chinese restaurant, as well as abundance of trees on the other side. I wonder how much the palace moves if there are any waves…
All in all, a great view of the city, and comfortable library chairs to sit in to look out over it all.