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AMSTERDAM is the capital and most populous municipality of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, status as capital is

mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands, although it is not the seat of the government, which is The Hague. Has a
population of 851,373 within the city proper, 1,351,587 in the urban area, and 2,410,960 in the metropolitan area.The city
is located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The metropolitan area comprises much of the
northern part of the Randstad, one of the larger conurbations in Europe, with a population of approximately 7 million.

Amsterdam's name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city's origin around a dam in the river Amstel.
Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the
world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the
city was the leading centre for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries the city expanded, and many new
neighborhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century
Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Since the annexation of municipality Sloten in
1921 by the municipality of Amsterdam, the oldest historic part of the city lies in Sloten (9th century).

As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an
alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the
Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and seven of the world's 500 largest companies,
including Philips and ING, are based in the city. In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city to live in by the
Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer.
The city was ranked 3rd in innovation by Australian innovation agency 2thinknow in their Innovation Cities Index 2009.
The Amsterdam seaport to this day remains the second in the country, and the fifth largest seaport in Europe.

Famous Amsterdam residents include the diarist Anne Frank, artists Rembrandt van Rijn and Vincent van Gogh, and
philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world, is located in the city center. Amsterdam's main
attractions, including its historic canals, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage
Amsterdam, Anne Frank House, Amsterdam Museum, its red-light district, and its many cannabis coffee shops draw
more than 5 million international visitors annually.

CANALS Amsterdam has more than 100 kilometres (60 miles) of canals, most of which are navigable by boat. The three
main canals are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, and Keizersgracht. In the Middle Ages, Amsterdam was surrounded by a
moat, called the Singel, which now forms the innermost ring in the city, and makes the city centre a horseshoe shape. The
city is also served by a seaport. It has been compared with Venice, due to its division into about 90 islands, which are
linked by more than 1,200 bridges.

In the early 17th century, when immigration was at a peak, a comprehensive plan was developed that was based on four
concentric half-circles of canals with their ends emerging at the IJ bay. Known as the Grachtengordel, three of the canals
were mostly for residential development: the Herengracht (where "Heren" refers to Heren Regeerders van de stad
Amsterdam (ruling lords of Amsterdam), and gracht means canal, so the name can be roughly translated as "Canal of the
lords"), Keizersgracht (Emperor's Canal), and Prinsengracht (Prince's Canal). The fourth and outermost canal is the
Singelgracht, which is often not mentioned on maps, because it is a collective name for all canals in the outer ring. The
Singelgracht should not be confused with the oldest and most inner canal Singel. The canals served for defence, water
management and transport.

Construction started in 1613 and proceeded from west to east, across the breadth of the layout, like a gigantic windshield
wiper as the historian Geert Mak calls it – and not from the centre outwards, as a popular myth has it. Subsequently, the
construction of residential buildings proceeded slowly. The eastern part of the concentric canal plan, covering the area
between the Amstel river and the IJ bay, has never been implemented. In the following centuries, the land was used for
parks, senior citizens' homes, theatres, other public facilities, and waterways without much planning. Over the years,
several canals have been filled in, becoming streets or squares, such as the Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal and the Spui.

CLIMATE Amsterdam has an oceanic climate strongly influenced by its proximity to the North Sea to the west, with
prevailing westerly winds. Both winters and summers are considered mild, although winters can get quite cold, while
summers quite warm occasionally. Amsterdam, as well as most of the North Holland province, lies in USDA Hardiness

Muntplein. Joost van den Vondel. Amsterdam is truly a biker’s city. which foreigners sometimes might see as rude. of which Roman Catholics form the majority. and one in Amsterdam-Noord. vegetables and a piece of meat. In the Zuid borough. Show-offs and people who brag about how much money they're worth are usually put to their place. because Amsterdam is surrounded on three sides by large bodies of water. Other parks include Sarphatipark in the De Pijp neighbourhood. Nieuwmarkt. Other squares include Rembrandtplein. There's a Dutch saying (Doe maar gewoon. is Beatrixpark. Iris van Herpen. Between Amsterdam and Amstelveen is the Amsterdamse Bos (Amsterdam Forest). Also. In the park is an open-air theatre. very direct and speaking their minds. The Dutch are very open to other cultures. BlueBlood. while it could easily be −12 °C (10 °F) in Hilversum.or herself understandable in English and/or another language. and fashion designers like Mart Visser. Leidseplein. which dates to 1636. Citybeach "Het stenen hoofd" (Silodam). and the Van Gogh Museum boasts a sensational collection of works. Gsus. though Islam (currently 14%) is rapidly growing in popularity and is predicted to be the largest religious group within a few years. fair trade denim brand MUD Jeans. to give that person three ‘’kisses’’ on the cheeks. Van Gogh Museum. is located in the Oud-Zuid borough and is named after the 17th century Amsterdam author. Stick to walking and you won’t be disappointed. The original inhabitants are (in)famous for being straightforward. Oosterpark in the Oost borough. and Waterlooplein. with 10%). When meeting a Dutch person. The city has four beaches. near to Amsterdam is the Nekkeveld estate conservation project. Summers are moderately warm with a number of hot days every 8b. Frosts mainly occur during spells of easterly or northeasterly winds from the inner European continent. the Nemo Beach. PICHICHI. besides Dutch. with inhabitants from all over the globe. The city has many open squares (plein in Dutch). although pedaling along the labyrinthine streets can get a little chaotic. 10 feet and Warmenhoven & Venderbos. That doesn’t mean that the residents won’t appreciate it when you. But don't worry! It's (usually) not meant that way! :-) One of the other main characteristics of Dutch people is that they're very down-to-earth. RELIGION Christianity (17%. A big no-no is to ask someone how much money he or she makes in a year! Asking that would be considered VERY rude and would end up in getting a snappy answer like ‘’none of your business’’. PARKS Vondelpark. and Stedelijk Museum. Yearly. the largest park in the city. Traditionally. as well as having a significant heat-island effect. and Westerpark in the Westerpark neighbourhood. As it being such an open and internationally orientated country. 25 kilometres (16 miles) southeast. Sheila de Vries. Museumplein hosts various museums. the largest recreational area in Amsterdam. FASHION brands like G-star. Viktor & Rolf. The gentle canals make a perfect backdrop for exploring the Jordaan and Rembrandtplein square. Marlies Dekkers and Frans Molenaar are based in Amsterdam. it’s very common to shake hands or when you know someone better. including the Rijksmuseum. named after Queen Beatrix. Blijburg. Even then. Amstelpark in the Zuid borough houses the Rieker windmill. then you're acting crazy enough as it is!''. The namesake of the city as the site of the original dam. Pop into the Red Light District if you must—if only so you can say you’ve been there. You’ll probably find though that people tend to rapidly switch to English. Current Dutch Culture The Netherlands is a culturally very diverse country. Modelling agencies Elite Models. Spui. Dam Square. almost everyone can make him. the park has around 10 million visitors. The Anne Frank House is one of the most moving experiences a traveller can have. Touche models and Tony Jones have opened branches in Amsterdam. dan doe je al gek genoeg!) which would literally translate into something like: ''Just act normal. try to speak Dutch. something that reflects on the cuisine as well. Especially in the large cities: Amsterdam for instance has people from 170+ nationalities living there. nights rarely fall below −5 °C (23 °F). a playground and several horeca facilities. as a foreign traveler. . but foreign products and ingredients are more and more added to the daily cooking. is the main town square and has the Royal Palace and National Monument. a standard evening meal would consist of potatoes. since they feel that to be easier and faster.

4%. 3. If you think we’re still wearing them. Muslim 4. Dutch also take pride in decorating their bikes. Antilleans. But as a collective whole. euthanasia. Yes. Men are unlikely to pay for their dates. 7. We make them so you tourists can buy them. Every season. such as gay rights or marriage. That doesn’t mean that locals can’t get extremely upset sometimes when it comes to ‘’drug tourism’’.70 for women. Netherlands is a very generous country with a high percentage of their GDP. The Role of the Family . The Dutch are greedy There must be a reason why splitting the bill is called ‘Going Dutch. other 17% (of which 9% are non-Western origin mainly Turks. All Dutch are tall. have blond hair and blue eyes This stereotype is indeed true only if you consider the people who are ethnically Dutch. mainly in the northern province of Friesland. Turkish and Arabic are also spoken in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the unofficial Europe’s gay capital. 2. There is probably nowhere else you will see many women in elegant dresses or skirts pedaling on their bikes.000 people. 4. or at least something they are infamous for. where it is recognised as an official language. If you like to be dined and wined while in Amsterdam. almost twice as high. (Ladies. As in all liberal societies. take a clue. Surinamese and Indonesians) (1999 est.2% of the population. 5. but perhaps this explains why there are not many beggars on the streets in Amsterdam compared to other mega cities in Europe. Ethnic Make-up: Dutch 83%. the fact that soft drugs are more or less legalized in the Netherlands actually contributes to the lower numbers of addicts and users compared to the high percentage. 6. You will find street artists in other European tourist destinations complain about greedy Dutch who won’t spare changes for their acts.6%. Dutch people are the tallest people in the world with 1.84m on average for men and 1. Around 350. This has made it easier for gays to come out of the closet and for society to open them. summer or winter Dutch are seen on their bikes. However. people prefer biking over driving and walking. The Netherlands was also the first country in the world to allow gay marriage in 2001. this once-a-fact can be just another stereotype. unaffiliated 40% Dutch. 1. going Dutch is not going to be a solution. rain or shine. Every morning thousands of Dutch school kids will take their bikes and ride distance up to 20km to get to school.) I am no sociologist. abortion etc. Locals in Amsterdam for instance love tourists. is spoken by around 90% of the population. At least half the population is gay Most Dutch are very tolerant towards the gay community. you allowed to do and say a lot but you also have to get along and compromise and be diplomatic to keep the peace. speak Frisian as their first language. Smoking a joint in public is not recommended and could give you a lot of angry faces. but can’t stand people who only go there to get stoned and/or drunk.6% of the population. For short distances.The Netherlands is also well known for it’s liberal attitude towards specific subjects. The Dutch are stoned all the time This might be the most common stereotype about Dutch people. Every Dutch shed keeps at least a dozen bicycles There are more bicycles than people in the Netherlands. Waitresses on the tourist squares are more likely to approach you in English than in Dutch and even if you try to speak Dutch. or 2.’ It’s true that many Dutch keep a tight watch over their money. freedom of speech. the official language. You can ask for pretty much anything in Netherlands. with the arrival of immigrants from all over the world. soft drugs. each by over 0. there are two sides of the medal.) Religions: Roman Catholic 31%. The Dutch wear wooden shoes Yeah only if they come with Oilily. Dying your hair blond and putting on blue contact lenses won’t make you feel any special in the Netherlands. Moroccans. However. of soft drug users in the USA. Protestant 21%. other 3. All Dutch speak English Dutch study English from an early age in a good education system and this combined with the similarities between the two languages ensures that you never have to bring a language guide to the Netherlands. the Dutch will almost always switch to English in order to make it easier for you (or to brag their language skills). They are quite popular with little kids and people in rural areas. But this doesn’t mean that most of the population is gay and that in 100 years there won’t be any heterosexual children. fine as long as you buy a lot of them.

practical and well organized. as they run counter to their egalitarian beliefs.  At the same time.  They dislike displays of wealth. and repetition of your name. Egalitarianism  The Dutch are egalitarian and highly tolerant of individual differences. the Dutch are very private people. no matter how close.  The boss may be the final decision maker. which.  Even in hierarchical organizations. a book. or flowers to the hostess. also increase the tax burden on workers.  Shake hands with everyone individually including children.  They do not draw attention to themselves and do not value the accoutrements of success highly prized by other western societies.  Self-control is seen to be a virtue.  Very close friends may greet each other by air kissing near the cheek three times. .  The Dutch do not ask personal questions and will refuse to answer should you be foolish enough to intrude on their privacy. however. often with only one or two children. conservative.  Everyone is valued and shown respect. Dutch Privacy  The Dutch are reserved and formal when dealing with outsiders.  If a friendship develops at work and is carried into the personal arena.  The Dutch see the family as the foundation of the social structure. hardworking.  Wait until invited before moving to a first-name basis. this camaraderie will not be brought into the office.  They are disciplined. accompanied by a smile. a potted plant.  This allows mothers to be more available to their children throughout the entire day.  This egalitarian outlook is carried over into the workplace. which is unlucky.  They see themselves as thrifty.  Their children are raised without gender biases.  There is practically no abject poverty in the country because of the social programs. and pay attention to the smallest details. every person has a right to their opinion and to have it heard.  They place high value on cleanliness and neatness. Dutch Demeanour  Appearances are important to the Dutch. starting with the left cheek. Gift Giving Etiquette  If invited to a Dutch home bring a box of good quality chocolates.  Personal life is kept separate from business.  Flowers should be given in odd numbers. Meeting and Greeting  The handshake is the common form of greeting.  They do not boast about their accomplishments or their material possessions. but he/she will typically want input from the workers and will strive for consensus.  They are private people and do not put their possessions or emotions on display.  Families tend to be small. but not 13.  Most Dutch only use first names with family and close friends.  It is firm and swift.  Personal matters are not discussed with friends.  Relatively few women work outside the house full-time as compared to many other cultures.

 Salad is not cut. Dining Etiquette  Dining is fairly formal in the Netherlands. telephone immediately and offer an explanation.  The business community is rather close and most senior level people know one another.  Information is shared across departments and corporate strategies and goals are usually communicated to all employees. as the host may already have selected the wines for dinner.  The host gives the first toast.  Finish everything on your plate.  They do not use hyperbole.  Meetings are rather formal in nature.  Punctuality for meetings is taken extremely seriously.  Your word is your bond and making claims that later prove to be untrue will brand you as unreliable.  Do not give pointed items such as knives or scissors as they are considered unlucky. including sandwiches.  Most food is eaten with utensils.  Gifts should be wrapped nicely.  The Dutch are hospitable.  Being late may mark you as untrustworthy and someone who may not meet other deadlines. as these are associated with funerals.  Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel across the right side of your plate. It is offensive to waste food in the Netherlands. do not ask them to work late or come in over the weekend if you want to foster a good working relationship.  Gifts are usually opened when received.  Avoid giving white lilies or chrysanthemums. do not demonstrate emotion or use exaggerated hand gestures. Business Meeting Etiquette  Do not try to schedule meetings during the summer (June through August).  Decisions are often consensus-driven in these cases. yet this is often reserved for family and friends.Men generally remain standing until all the women have taken their seats. .  They will want to know your academic credentials and the amount of time your company has been in business. An honoured guest should return the toast later in the meal. with everyone entitled to their opinion.  They may sound blunt if you come from a culture where communication is more indirect and context driven.  Always appear modest and do not make exaggerated claims about what you or your company can deliver.  Remain standing until invited to sit down.  Always start with small amounts so you may accept second helpings.  Cancelling a meeting at the last minute could jeopardize your business relationship. ideas will be discussed quite openly at meetings.  Do not begin eating until the hostess starts. Building Relationships & Communication  Many Dutch are familiar with doing business with foreigners since the Netherlands has a long history of international trade.  The Dutch take a long-term perspective when looking at business. Little time is spent on pleasantries.  Since the Dutch value their personal time. although it is not mandatory. You may be shown to a particular seat.  Older.  In general.  If you expect to be delayed. and likewise they expect to be told yes or no in clear words.  The important thing is to demonstrate how your relationship would be beneficial for both sides. fold the lettuce on your fork. In business they tend to be reserved and formal.  They do not touch one another and appreciate it when those they do business with maintain the proper distance.  If you have not finished eating. more bureaucratic companies may still judge you by how you are introduced so it is wise to have a third-party introduction if possible. cross your knife and fork in the middle of the plate with the fork over the knife. especially in more entrepreneurial companies.the fork is held in the left hand and the knife in the right while eating.  The Dutch are extremely direct in their communication.  Table manners are Continental -. so be clear what your company's intentions are.  Wine is not a good gift if invited for dinner. as this is a common vacation period.

Probably. so in spring Keukenhof is painted in all colors of a rainbow. This becomes even more important to the fashion industry. do not express the feeling of superiority as it will certainly cause a lot of negative emotions.  Communication is direct and to the point. . which attracts florists from all countries of the world.  Once a decision is made. including starting and ending times. this is one of the reasons why Amsterdam remains a popular tourist destination for so many years. Many people here speak English perfectly and are well aware of the lifestyle. Such competitions have a special panel of judges and only for €200. This fact often surprises visitors. careful and watch out for pocket lifters. In April tourists have a brilliant opportunity to witness annual Flower Parade or Bloemencorso in Dutch. and may seem blunt. The period starting from April and up to May is the time for colorful fair trades dedicated to flowers.  Contracts are enforced strictly. and festivities. The so-called Cannabis Cup is a famous annual festival. As it has been mentioned already.  Maintain direct eye contact while speaking.  Decision-making is consensus driven. Every year several millions of tulip bulbs are planted in this beautiful park. which greatly increases the time involved in reaching a final decision. By the way. they greet everyone.Moderation in everything – this is one of the main traits of this nation’s character. Each April the grand opening of Keukenhof Park is held in Amsterdam. haze-filled bars and cafes. Already old hat that lots carnivals take place at every step. it will not be changed. which serve munchies with a “secret” ingredient. The locals are very friendly. Many people use bicycles simply to prevent themselves from spending hours in traffic jams. The Dutch are detail-oriented and want to understand every innuendo before coming to an agreement. Amsterdam is a unique and famous world capital for its legal prostitution and use of soft drugs. food festivals and even euthanasia. and truffles. Late summer is the time for a large sale of tulip bulbs. respect to environment). so each and one tourist will find an activity after his or her own heart. Also be aware of that it’s forbidden to take photos and videos of the prostitutes in the windows – this will be taken as the sign of the disrespect. culture and worldview of the British. When talking about Amsterdam. sex-shops and strip-shows. vice houses. Loyalty to distribution and use of soft drugs and has also long become a hallmark of the local way of life. Negotiations  The Dutch prefer to get down to business quickly and engage in relatively little small talk. which happens at the end of autumn. as well as thrift (this concerns many issues. the locals show much respect and care for the environment. This is one of most beloved and anticipated national holidays of the country. You will certainly see a big bicycle parking near each public institution. Another striking feature of Amsterdam is the abundance of road cyclists. carnivals. traditions. you can become its member! Everything you have heard about the Red Light District is the truth: prostitutes in the red-light windows. When dealing with the natives. Here you can legally purchase up to 5 grams of marijuana. Tourists and visitors can enjoy the competition between small coffee shops. The local people are very hospitable and are always ready to help. sometimes it’s really hard to find a free space in such parking lot.  Make sure your arguments are rational as opposed to emotional. It is worth noting attraction and respect for everything made in the UK from the side of the local residents. This way they show their care for the environment. space cakes. Anyone who might be affected by the decision is consulted. gay pride. even in public transport and stores. for example. Tulip remains one of the most famous symbols of the Netherlands. This amount is legal.  Avoid confrontational behaviour or high. Do not attempt to deviate from the agenda. tolerated and will not be prosecuted by the authorities. hashish.  Meetings adhere to strict agendas. Many citizens choose two-wheel transportation because of their beliefs. so visitors of the city will also need to show respect and in no way disturb the natural harmony of this place. various festivals.  Use facts and figures to confirm your statements. the first association coming to one’s mind is a notorious Red Light District and weed coffee shops. Residents of Amsterdam have always been famous for honesty and sincerity.pressure tactics.  Business is conducted slowly. and you can say “good-bye” to your camera as well. When strolling around the neighborhood .

Different costumes are found in different regions of the Netherlands. lesbian and transgender communities. In Haarlem. VBO – Students enter for 4 years. stripped apron. depending on the child’s skills and what they want. It is celebrated on April 27. During this week you can party. VBO prepares them for vocational education. Sport In the winter. It is not uncommon to see Dutch people in the northern parts of the Netherlands skating along the canals. In the middle of summer. MAVO – Also 4 years in length. Education In the Netherlands. However. the city itself is actually one huge place of interest. This day is celebrated with street parties and wearing orange. cinema and sports events hosted by gay communities and be welcomed. they can choose from 4 different types of high schools to enter. shawl and a lace hat along with wooden shoes (Klompen) are what most people believe to be the traditional dress. the Dutch love to cheer on their favourite speed skaters. Thousands of native people and visitors abroad gather at Noordwijk. HAVO – This is a higher general secondary education and is 5 years in length.[Not an official holiday]  Easter Monday (Tweede paasdag)  King's Day (Koningsdag) . Traveling with family? Take them to Sail Amsterdam and watch the most impressive sailing ships in Amsterdam Harbor.The day after Whitsunday  Sinterklaas . next day. visit galleries and art exhibitions. But you need to come early to find a good spot and enjoy the procession. from where all the floats pass a long way (42 km) to Haarlem. . which are well known all over the world. or Artis ZOOmeravonden and learn about various nocturnal rituals animals have. Amsterdam is well-known for its open mind towards equality of the gay. Buiten Westen or Dekmantel Weekender.December 5 [Not an official holiday]  Christmas (Eerste Kerstdag) – December 25  Tweede Kerstdag (Tweede Kerstdag)– December 26 Koningsdag or King’s Day marks the birthday of the King Willem-Alexander.The procession consists of 20 huge floats and 30 decorated carts that carry and display the flower masterpieces. you can admire all the flower installations where the floats remain till the evening. In love with dance and music festivals? In summer you can enjoy your time at Pitch or Verknipt Festival. Traditional Dress The Netherlands does not have a national traditional costume. Holidays  New Year's Day (Nieuwjaarsdag) . you have a chance to observe the Amsterdam Gay Pride – one of the world’s largest celebrations that last for a week.April 27  National Remembrance Day (Dodenherdenking) – May 4 [Not an official holiday]  Liberation Day (Bevrijdingsdag) – May 5 [Official holiday only every 5 years]  Ascension Day (Hemelvaartsdag)  Whit Monday (Tweede pinksterdag) . VWO – This level of schooling prepares students for university and takes 6 years to complete. The Vollendame costume consisting of the black skirt. all children from the age of 4 to 12 go to the same kind of elementary school. HAVO prepares students for a higher lever of vocational education. Amsterdam is not a kind of city that is full of various places of interest. Soccer is also another tremendously popular sport in the Netherlands. is considered a lower general secondary education.January 1  Good Friday (Goede Vrijdag) . At the age of 12. Whit Monday comes seven weeks after Easter Monday and usually marks the beginning of the disciples missionary work.

Children fill their shoes with carrots and hay for Sinterklass’ horse. Liberation Day is a more joyous occasion to celebrate the end of German occupation. The Dutch have a very rich culture and it is well known for his many famous painters. Spiced cookies. wooden shoes and about a country that uses the bicycle as its main transportation. The Netherlands have a close business community and a lot of senior level people know each other. Raw herring served with raw onion is extremely popular in the Netherlands. The Dutch people are known to be very private. Hagelslag – chocolate sprinkles usually eaten on bread. Most Dutch are very comfortable when doing business with foreigners since The Netherlands has a long history of international trade.Aniseeds with a colored outer layer of sugar. Their common greeting is a handshake and a smile. Herring and onion are sold everywhere by street vendors. Rembrandt van Steen and Vincent van Gogh. Dutch supper consisted of boiled potatoes. known as Taai-taai. Nasi Goreng – Indonesian influenced rice dish. On this day. At 8pm the Dutch gather at local war memorials to commemorate the fallen and to observe 2 minutes silence. Dutch Cuisine Traditionally. Then on December 5th he will . is another style but uses flat noodles instead of rice. Bami. the Dutch look toward the future instead of looking in the past. just to name a few. Very popular snack shops in the Netherlands sell them and you can get them in vending machines at the train stations. When a new baby is born the mother will serve either pink (girl) or blue (boy) "muisjes" on pieces of rusk. It is basically a shrimp or fish flavoured cracker. they are very hospitable and will give you a feeling you are always welcome and respected. When people think about The Netherlands they quickly think about the tulips. Famous literature written in the Dutch Golden Age from Joost van den Vondel and P. the Dutch Masters. But this little country has more to offer than these cultural icons. Listed below are a few food related Dutch traditions. Very close friends will kiss each other three times on the cheek. Muisjes . Hooft to philosophers like Erasmus also fill our rich cultural history. they are known to not ask personal questions and they refuse to answer them. Boerenkool met worst – boiled potatoes mashed together with kale and a Dutch sausage that is simmered on the top while cooking.Sinterklass was an archbishop who would give his wealth to the poor. The arrival (intocht) is shown live on television. Sinterklass comes from Spain on a horse with his assistant Swarte Piet giving presents and candy to children. Sinterklaas Every year about three weeks before December 5th. Poffertjes – similar to mini pancakes doused with sprinkled sugar. In the Netherlands.C. the mills. Remembrance Day is a solemn occasion to remember those who died in World War 2. vegetables and a meat selection. People are very formal when they deal with each other. For the next three weeks Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Piet helpers tour the Netherlands visiting children at school. They have high self control. Even if the Dutch are very keen on their privacy. Indonesian influenced meals were also popular. cheese. Kroketten – rolled up left over meat in a paste rolled in breadcrumbs and then fried. Sinterklaas and his band of helpers arrive in the Netherlands from Spain by steamboat. Keropok (Kroepoek) – Is an import from Indonesia. are popular during this holiday. Although I believe its widespread use of the bicycle should be hailed as the future of sustainable transportation and my country should be recognized for it.

The Carnival festivities. Eating oliebollen .000 bicycles. Traditionally citizens sell goods on the street on Queen's Day which is why the streets turn into a giant flea markets. You will not need to know any Dutch in order to enjoy your visit to Amsterdam.visit you at home with his big book and tell you whether you have been good or bad and you will get showered with presents. Every year the start of this season is celebrated in June. de Dam — is Amsterdam’s best-known square.000 bikes are fished up from city’s canals. though nowadays the erstwhile dam is no longer visible. The roots of Carnaval stem from the Catholic period before Lent the 'feast' before the 'fast'. in the south by Belgium. How many people live in Amsterdam? Last time we checked.on New Year's Eve. It is located in the Southeastern part of the province of North Holland. she decided to keep the celebrations on the same day. What is the Dam? Dam square — in Dutch simply. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.000 in Amsterdam proper. By the way: do not call Amsterdam ‘The Dam. The Queen's Day Market April 3rd is Koninginnendag (Queen's Day) and is the birthday of Queen Beatrix's mother.5 million in the metropolitan area. commemorating those who died during the Second World War. The city is home to people from 187 nationalities. is supposed to give tribute to the times 1380 when the herring fleets would coming home. Eating Herring. in 2034 some 1 million people will call the city home. The start of the new herring season is always a major media circus. 78% of people 12 years and older owns at least one bike. music and LOTS of beer hit the streets in February. the city may actually have been named after a dike built years earlier. The Netherlands — often also called Holland — is located in the Northwestern part of Western Europe. However. Oliebollen is a traditional dish served in The Netherlands as well as in Belgium. It is derived from the Hebrew ‘makom. Carnaval. This tradition was mostly celebrated in the south of the country but over the years lately it has spread northwards. and in the west and north by the Northsea.deep-fried donuts . What does ‘Amsterdam’ mean? The name Amsterdam is derived from the city’s origins: it grew around a dam in the river Amstel. In the English language they are known as "Dutch Doughnuts" or "Dutchies". At the current rate of growth. Featuring the Royal Palace.000 and 15. so you will hear a lot more than just Dutch and English. When Beatrix succeeded her mother in 1980. and altogether about 2. Juliana. known as the the day of the little flags.’ What is Mokum? Mokum is a popular nickname for Amsterdam.especially when the "Hollandse Nieuwe" hit the shops. native language is Dutch. The official.000 residents (442.91 bicyles per household. but most people in Amsterdam also speak quite a bit of English. It is bordered in the east by Germany. You cannot get more Dutch than eating herring . How many bicycles are there in Amsterdam? According to the most recent figures. which is a public holiday. What language do they speak in Amsterdam? That depends on who ‘they’ are. and it is a handy central location from which to explore the medieval city centre. That represents 1. which is in the west of the country. the 850. New King Willem-Alexander decided to rename it "Koningsdag" and shift it forward three days to his birthday on April 27th. The Oliebollen are usually served with powder sugar. complete with lavishly decorated floats. Dam square often is the focus of events of national importance — as in the annual Remembrance Day (May 4) ceremonies which take place at the National Monument. Bonus fact: each year between 12. Vlaggetjesdag.693 households) of Amsterdam together own 847.’ which means ‘place. nearly 850. It’s the site of the dam mentioned in the previous answer.’ . On New Year's Evening the people in The Netherlands traditonally serve Oliebollen.

It just makes you sound dumb. Reportedly most drowning victims are men who. via the North Sea Canal. Along with the river Amstel. The Dam is Dam square. simple structures to custom-built. there are some 3. use the colloquial ‘Mokummer’ instead. [Amsterdam’s climate and current weather] What is “Het IJ”? The IJ is the river behind Central Station. But how do you pronounce “IJ”? The name ‘IJ’ consists of a digraph — two letters that are pronounced like a single letter. The bulb fields — with tulips and other flowers — near Amsterdam are in bloom from mid-April through mid-May.” It’s not.’ Amsterdam is also known as the ‘Venice of the North’ due to its many canals.753 — many of which can open to let ships pass. It is one of Europe’s busiest marine corridors. It connects the Port of Amsterdam. Winters are relatively mild but can be cold and wet nevertheless.050+ houseboats — anything from small. the IJ has played an important role in the founding and history of the city. to the east. let’s just say that not yet all of the houseboats are connected to the sewage system. with the best chance of good. ‘The bridge was open’ is a popular excuse for arriving late at school or work (regardless of whether your route actually includes a bridge…). Here’s some info on where to swim in Amsterdam.600 houseboats. After all. In the water: well. What do you call someone who lives in Amsterdam? Lucky! Actually: Amsterdammer. How many bridges does Amsterdam have? 1. If you take into account Greater Amsterdam as well (which the Amsterdam Tourist Board would really like for you to do). Underneath the water: lots and lots of discarded bikes in which you can easily get entangled. How many people a year drown in the canals? No one seems to know the exact number. Until 2002 the Dutch Guilder was used. On the water: lots of boat traffic. The cultural season runs from September to May. (Mind you. Some folks think it’s cool to refer to Amsterdam as ‘The Dam’or ‘De Dam. as well as converted commercial vessels. How many canals are there in Amsterdam? Amsterdam has 165 canals — with a combined length of 100 KM (60 Miles) Can you swim in the canals? Yes and no. How many houseboats are there in Amsterdam? Amsterdam has 3. See What is Mokum? How do you abbreviate Amsterdam? We’re not sure why you’d want to. You’ll hear locals refer to “Het IJ. along with most of Europe. What currency is used in Amsterdam? The Netherlands is part of the European Union and uses the Euro. but if you want to surprise your Dutch friends. The ICAO Code is EHAM. People do swim in the canals — illegally or at ‘official unofficial’ spots. canal swimmers have to take into account certain hazards. What is the airport code for Amsterdam? The IATA Code for Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is AMS. and continues to do so. while drunk. And then there’s Amsterdam City Swim an annual fundraising event — prior to which extra sanitation of the water takes place.What are some other nicknames for Amsterdam? Before the Second World War Amsterdam had such a large Jewish population that the city was referred to as the ‘Jerusalem of the North. multi-story floating homes. of course. by the way. The summer season is very popular. but reports from the Public Health Service and the Police indicate that 7-15 people a year drown in Amsterdam’s canals. sunny weather. but here goes: A’dam (which you can pronounce as ‘Adam’).” so use that when asking for directions: something like ‘hat eye’ will work fine. There are an additional 2250+ so-called ‘non-numbered’ bridges — most of them far less significant than the numbered ones. The main tourist season is July and August. but Amsterdam is a fun and fascinating city any time of the year. 80 of these bridges are within the famous ‘grachtengordel’ (‘belt of canals). . What is the best time of the year to visit Amsterdam? That depends on what you are looking for. Pronounce IJ like ‘ay’ or ‘eye’. with the North Sea to the West — and the rest of the Netherlands. In Dutch both letters are capitalized. many would say that one has to have been born and/or raised in Amsterdam to be considered a ‘real’ Mokummer). is illegal). attempted to relieve themselves into a canal (which.

and an outdoor observation deck. Journeywoman. centuries ago. some ugly — and many that appear to be a terrible waste of space. The GSM system is compatible with mobile phones sold in Australia.” Why do so many buildings in Amsterdam tilt forward? Many of these homes are converted warehouses where good would be hoisted to different floors. and the third oldest zoo in the world. Amsterdam is traditionally a city of immigrants. However. That said. Many travelers prefer to use ATMs (cash dispensing machines). Other popular European tourists destinations are ranked quite a bit lower: Barcelona (15).800 16th. Can you use your cell phone or mobile phone in Amsterdam? Like most countries in the world the Netherlands uses the GSM cellular phone system. The Rembrandttoren is located in the south of Amsterdam. Jews from Spain and French protestants found a safe haven. Paris (23) and Rome (27). some building tilt — whichever way — because the foundation has been damaged. Is there a public-access observation deck? The tallest building in town is not open to the public. Those warehouses were built with a slight tilt to prevent the goods from damaging the building’s facade on the way up or down. Amsterdam ranks as the 5th safest city in the world. What is a brown café? A brown café is a pub with a dark wood interior. Is there a zoo in Amsterdam? Yes. Artis is the oldest zoo in the Netherlands. Why is Amsterdam so tolerant? Historical reason: Amsterdam is a city where trade has always been more important than ideology or religion – overly strong views would only hamper relations. and intact historic city centers. founded in 1838. Brussels (22). the oldest zoo in Europe.’ calls Amsterdam ‘female-friendly’ and recommends it as a city where women travelling alone can feel comfortable and safe. the UK. named after the painter. 2016.” Those who (claim to be) in the know say it involves criminals executing each other. Amsterdam ranks 69th (down from 39th in 2014). is 135 meters tall — 150 if you count the spire. How many old buildings are there in Amsterdam? Amsterdam has 6. 17th and 18th century buildings. conducted by Mercer Consulting. When it comes to prostitution or the use of drugs the Dutch feel that if it’s going to happen anyway it is better to legalize and control it than to let it fester underground. Not tall by international standards. since 2012 Amsterdam has seen a number of high-profile ‘incidents’ of what the police refers to as “liquidations in the criminal circuit. National Geographic says the old town as “one of Europe’s best preserved. ‘The Premier Travel Resource For What is the tallest building in the city? The 36-story office tower Rembrandttoren. photogenic. That approach was copied in other buildings as well. Too. but there are many disadvantages and pitfalls to take into account. nicotine-stained ceiling and low-wattage lighting. and most of Asia. London (18). Is Amsterdam safe? In the Safe Cities Index 2015 White Paper published by The Economist. . but tall enough when you take into account that the average building height in the city is just 30 meters — and only 15 meters in the medieval center. How many statues and sculptures are there in Amsterdam? 302: some pretty. What is the cost of living in Amsterdam? In the Worldwide Cost of Living survey 2015. the attraction opens May 14. but Amsterdam features more of them than any other city in the Netherlands. However. Can women safely travel around Amsterdam? Amsterdam is a safe city for women of all ages traveling alone or together. the nearly 100-meter tall ADAM toren — at the north bank of the river IJ — includes both an indoor.What it the most convenient and best place to change my money? The most convenient places — money change offices at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and at Central Station — are not the best places to change your cash. You can find brown cafés throughout Holland. Named ADAM Lookout. money and other resources.

2013. space cakes. and sometimes freshly-squeezed juices and sandwiches. but retains the stipulation that only legal residents may purchased at coffeeshops. tea. What is a Wietpas? In an effort to combat nuisance caused by drugs tourists the previous Dutch government wanted to turn coffeeshops into private clubs open only to legal residents of the Netherlands. Will tourists be banned from coffeeshops? The previous Dutch government planned to introduce a pass card/membership system for coffeeshops. but in the end Amsterdam won out. Is it true that the coffeeshops are closing? No.000 locals in the world’s largest street party. by law all prices in the Netherlands include tax and tips. then Prince Willem-Alexander. decided to keep the holiday on April 30 as the weather on her own birthday. What is the difference between a Coffeeshop and a Koffie Huis? A coffeeshop is a place where you can legally buy soft drugs (marijuana or hashish). tended to prohibit outdoor festivities. tourists can continue to smoke. who succeeded her mother Juliana in 1980. nixed the Wietpas. Smaller cities and towns did best in the survey. tourists are still welcome in Amsterdam’s cannabis cafes. How many tourists visit one or more coffeeshops in Amsterdam? A 2007 report by Amsterdam’s Department for Research and Statistics shows that of the 4. the Dutch themselves also ranked Amsterdam at number 11. 26% visit a coffeeshop. . Members would receive what the government called a ‘club pass.’ but the foreign media preferred the term ‘weed pass. In addition. a spokesman for the justice minister said ‘not so fast…’. By that time the city expects there will be 160 coffeeshops left — more per resident than any other town in the Netherlands. but retains some of its proposed rules. Amsterdam has always opposed the pass. The current government has — under its provisional governing pact adopted in October. Amsterdammers love their architecture.5 million tourists who spend the night in Amsterdam during a given year. How much should I tip in Amsterdam? While tipping is common. And yes. There were too many of them in close proximity. King’s Day — which pretty much resembles Queen’s Day — is therefore celebrated on that day. On April 30. Holland’s Queen Beatrix abdicated in favor of her son. Amsterdam has closed some coffeeshops (or Cannabis Cafes. but are concerned about the availability of (affordable) housing. A koffie huis (coffee house) is the same thing. and increase illegal drugs trading on the streets. but it appears that the new government will leave it up to individual cities to enforce the resident rule. coffee. 10% of tourists even mention this as a primary reason to visit the city. According to the Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board. Queen Beatrix. 2012 declared that all 220 coffeeshops in Amsterdam will remain open to tourists. available only to legal residents of the Netherlands — effectively barring tourists.’ using the Dutch colloquial term for marijuana. Cities may now determine whether or not to allow tourists into coffeeshops. What was Queen’s Day? Queen’s Day was the annual Dutch national holiday in honor of the late Queen Juliana’s birthday — and later of the birtday of Queen Beatrix. bars. On Queen’s Day there were celebrations throughout the Netherlands. King Willem-Alexander’s birtday in on April 27. A few hours later. Overcrowding (particularly the high number of tourists in the city center) is seen as a negative as well. Vondelpark is the most popular park not just in Amsterdam. In the 2015 survey Steden en Streken (Cities and Regions) survey by Dutch brand consultancy firm Hendrik Beerda. but in all of the Netherlands. Queen’s Day has been replaced by King’s Day. 31 coffeeshops are being phased out because they are located too close to high schools. However. most of these coffeeshops were superfluous. leaving a tip (fooi — sounds like ‘foy’) is customary in restaurants.’ The incoming Dutch government has nixed the pass idea. Another suggested name was ‘grass pass.What is the quality of life in Amsterdam? In the 2015 version of its annual listing of the World’s Best Cities to live in (Quality of Living Rankings). Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan on November 1. In the Project 1012 zoning/clean-up plan for the area. The language is somewhat unclear (they’re government types after all). January 31. In Amsterdam. What is the most popular park in Amsterdam? With 10 million visitors a year. 2016. Mercer Consulting ranked Amsterdam at number 11. claiming that it will hurt tourism. the most popular destination is Amsterdam where up to one million visitors join the 850.’ Normal people referred to it as the ‘wietpas. minus the soft drugs and space cake. between now and January 1. It was held annually on April 30. However. as some foreign media refer to them) in the Red Light District. Amsterdam’s leaders opposed those plans. 2012. and pubs.

so get your mind out of the gutter. Well. St. but also to convey to the city’s hugely diverse population that we’re all one — and should be proud of it. Overall Amsterdam has the same mild climate as the rest of the Netherlands.515: That’s the number of bars and cafes in Amsterdam. so there you have it. 4: That’s the number of meters Schiphol. Most historians say they represent crosses of Saint Andrew. also known as the Skinny Bridge. 11. A typical house has around 10 wooden poles keeping it out of the muck.000: That’s the number of bicycles that end up in Amsterdam’s canals each year. Let’s hope that doesn’t happen. is the most famous bridge in the city. In total these waterways add up to more than 100 kilometers or about 60 miles. King’s Day replaced Queen’s Day — which took place on April 30. RADISSON BLU HOTEL.000. 10 FUN FACTS ABOUT AMSTERDAM IN NUMBERS 165: That’s the number of canals in Amsterdam. It sounds like there are quite a few bicycles still lurking under the waters. they say only 8.5 feet) high and 24 meters (26 yards) long — has become one of the most photographed sights in Amsterdam. AMSTERDAM WALDORF ASTORIA HAUNTED PLACES: Spooksteeg (Ghost Alley). is meant to convey Amsterdam’s inclusiveness: everyone should be able to say. Though every single city and village in the Netherlands joins the party. “I Am Amsterdam. What does ‘IAmsterdam’ mean? ‘IAmsterdam’ is the advertising slogan with which the City of Amsterdam brands itself. on April 27.000 bikes are pulled out of the canals annually. the IAMSTERDAM logo — 2 meters (6. Magere Brug. The bad news: at times it seems like it could be true anyway. Or it could symbolize the three kisses that Dutch people give when greeting. but Centraal Station is supported by nearly 9. right? 3: That’s the number of Xs in Amsterdam’s coat of arms. Wow! That’s a lot of Heineken. Amsterdam is quite the pole dancer! 25. Oddly. which hails from the House of Orange. Dam Square. actually.000: That’s the approximate number of wooden poles that support Amsterdam’s buildings. Amsterdam’s airport. 1. All of the structures in the city are supported by 15 to 20 meter long wood poles that sink through the mud and are fixed in a sandy layer that is 11 meters deep on average. 1. A smaller copy of the motto is moved around the city. sits below sea level. Orange is the color of the Dutch Royal Family. But you probably want a more extensive explanation. but the weather in Amsterdam remains somewhat unpredictable. Located in back of the Rijksmusem. The XXX on the city’s coat of arms does not stand for pornography.000 houten palen. So pretty. the airport might have to be transformed into a shipping port.” It is meant to serve not only as part of the city’s tourist and business promotion activities. we do — but only on certain occasions.Bloedstraat (Blood Street). If sea levels rise.281: That’s the number of bridges in all of Amsterdam. There are 80 bridges within the center of Amsterdam. Andrew was a fisherman who was martyred on an X-shaped cross in the 1st century. The motto. The Seventeenth-century canal ring area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht became part of the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2010. lots of people head to Amsterdam on that day. Amsterdam was originally a fishing village.000 25. You decide. designed in 2004 by advertising agency KesselsKramer. Why not visit a few of our favorite bars in Amsterdam. What is the weather like in Amsterdam? The good news: the old joke about Amsterdam having four seasons a day is just not true.What is King’s Day? King’s Day is a nationwide celebration of King Willem-Alexander’s birthday. Why is everyone wearing orange clothes? Huh? We don’t. In 2014. The crossing of Reguliersgracht and .

A museum with a collection and story that’s sure to impress. a free open air theater (June. Best thing to do here? Have a picnic in the park and go people-watching. Canal Cruise A great and relaxing way to view some of Amsterdam is by taking a cruise on what Amsterdam is famous for: it’s many canals. the pizza cruise. the hop-on-hop-off canal bus. 20. For this reason it is best to put this activity on your first day. there are only about 799. and 700 letters by Vincent van Gogh. you can see a total of 15 arches into the distance. Visit one of the many typical Amsterdam pubs.000: That’s approximately the number of tourists and day-trippers who visit Amsterdam in a year. drinking a beer or smoking a joint. That might account for the discrepancy between the numbers of residents and bicycles! 2. It comprises 200 paintings. 3. Especially during the spring and summer many are relaxing and enjoying the sun while having a picnic. The Anne Frank House The Anne Frank House (Dutch: Anne Frank Huis) is where Anne Frank and her family hid during the German occupation in World War II.000: That’s approximately the number of bicycles in Amsterdam. Since 1904 the market has grown to over 300 stalls. a clog demonstration. check out the Houseboat Museum. And just check out the reviews these tours get. Albert Cuypmarkt Named after the Dutch artist Albert Cuyp this large street market is the largest in the Netherlands. 6. there’s the sightseeing cruise.Herengracht is known as the Bridge of 15 Bridges. An Amsterdam City Walk This is the activity I recommend the most. Pretty! 881. 8. Van Gogh Museum This museum houses the largest collection of works from Vincent Van Gogh in the entire world (how surprising right:)). You’ll learn more about the city it’s rich history and the guide knows the best places to visit. several cafe’s. You even have to be careful not walking into one:) So what better way to enjoy Amsterdam and its surroundings than a bike tour? There are many tours available. If you stand in the right spot. rollerblading. the secret annex and an exhibition on discrimination and persecution. 1. The Royal Theatre Carré If you’re into theater (and possibly even when you’re not!) this is one stop not to be missed! This theater only seems to be getting raving reviews on how wonderful a show was given. Especially the guided tours (check the reviews of the guide beforehand) are a must for everyone visiting Amsterdam. July and August). Today its also known as the Latin Quarter of Amsterdam and is surely one of the most vibrant districts of the city. Yes I know… I’m all about the tours… but I seriously think its the best way to get the know the city. That’s about 20 times as many tourists as locals! Luckily it is still possible to find peaceful places to relax. 5. as well as a means of transport as a hobby and exercise.000 exhibitions of works of art and historical artifacts highlighting the rich and storied culture of the Dutch. Its a historical museum showcasing Anne’s life. the tips you’ll get will help you to make the best of the following ones. how great sounds was and how beautiful the building. the must see Albert Cuypmarket with its many shops and try one of the international restaurants. Oddly enough. The Rijksmuseum The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national art and history museum that features over 8. Check out some of Amsterdam’s beautiful parks. a peaceful oasis in a bustling neighborhood. 9. With over 10 million visitors each year it surely is one of Amsterdam’s most visited ‘attractions’.000 bicycles are stolen each year. monuments and more. You can go for a day cruise or a night cruise. 10. Van Gogh is one of most famous painters in the history of the Netherlands (and the world!). a cocktail and many more. Most of the houseboats you see on Amsterdam’s canals are occupied by residents but some are available for rent to visitors. to enjoy the nightlife and to grab a bite. The Vondelpark Vondelpark is the largest park in Amsterdam and the most popular and well known park all throughout the Netherlands. I already mentioned it in my paragraph on the ‘De Pijp’ neighborhood but it’s worth mentioning separately as well! Experience the real multicultural Amsterdam. 400 drawings. countryside tours and many more. Some estimates say around 100. 7.400 people living in the city. this makes that De Pijp is a melting pot of cultures and nationalities. just to name a few. Take a Bike Tour The Dutch love traveling by bike. especially at night. Frans Hals. It is the most popular museum of the Netherlands and I personally love this one! It showcases the works of famed artists. There’s people jogging. 2. You’ll notice that there are an enormous amount of bikes in the capital city and see lots of people going about on their ‘fiets’ as they are called in Dutch. So why not attend one of the shows? . Vermeer and Rembrandt.000. And afterwards you can relax with a stroll through the Sarphatipark. seems like everyone is truly enjoying them. The quarter was built to ease the overpopulated Jordaan district and to house laborers. There’s even a special houseboat just for cats. De Poezenboot on the Singel canal! If you are curious about houseboats. And if you’re together with your loved one I would definitely go for a romantic dinner/candlelight cruise! 4. like tours that include a cheese tasting. Visit the ‘De Pijp’ neighbourhood De Pijp in Amsterdam is by many considered their favorite neighborhood and translates into ‘The Pipe’. A cheaper option would be to rent a bike and plan your own trip or free roam the city.500: That’s approximately the number of houseboats in Amsterdam.

Super fun to share with your friends and as a great memory! 23. 29. 13. Postcard Experienc 24. Tropenmuseum Explore the world in the Tropenmuseum. and social phenomena from around the world and is one of the leading anthropological and ethnographic museums in Europe. 28. bars. the Bols Shop and the Bols Bar Tending Academy. 26.11. Leidseplein is the most popular square in all of Amsterdam. 16. belongings and other items that were part of the children’s life during that period. or the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. Among others it features an aquarium. Great starting point for day of fun. known as Rembrandthuis in Dutch. 19. Artis Royal Zoo named Naturis Artis Magistra. the oldest brand of spirit in the world. Be prepared to climb some stairs. this zoo dates back to 1838 which makes it the oldest Zoo in Holland. 20. The Diamond Center. Especially the interactive exhibits make for a fun visit for young and old alike. 22. 15. It can also be considered as Amsterdam’s nightlife hub as you’ll find many of the most popular cafes. Part of the museum is dedicated to the younger visitors and features stories. The building is used for both religious and cultural activities and is open to the public. besides coffee shops maybe. Museum of Bags and Purses Ladies… how about a collection of more than 4000 bags dating from the late Middle Ages until today? I’ve been told it’s truly a great experience and fun museum to visit. Bols Flairbooth. planetarium and an insectarium and butterfly pavilion. The Nine Streets (De Negen Straatjes) The Nine Streets is the ultimate authentic shopping experience in Amsterdam and is named after the nine side streets connecting the main canals. 21. 14. 27. Madame Tussaud’s Although the main museum of Madame Tussaud is located in London the branch in Amsterdam is also definitely worth a visit. The history and displays are truly amazing. Madame Tussauds and more. It is often used for Royal Events and official receptions and open to the public most of the year. This vibe still lives on today. or Oude Kerk. . is a unique museum that allows visitors to catch a glimpse of what Rembrandt van Rijn’s life would have been like during the 17th century. Most famous is the restored wooden house that dates back to 1528. Heineken Experience Heineken is one of the most popular beers in the world. The Red Light District really has it’s own charm and whether or not you approve of the pragmatic approach of sex trade in the Netherlands this is an area to be included in your list of area’s to visit. Tip: don’t make photo’s of the ladies as it might get you in trouble. is the oldest building in the city and the church of the Red Light District. Awesome experience as is proved by winning the Dutch Design Award for Best Exhibition & Experience. Be aware that you’ll have to be at least 18 years old or accompanied by an adult (of course you also won’t get to taste any alcohol under the age of 18). Flower Market Be sure to check out the Flower Market floating on the Singel canal! Although the flowers are not delivered by boat anymore. the Royal Palace. This museum displays a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions about domestic and foreign culture. House of Bols This cocktail and jenever tasting bar is named after the Lucas Bols spirit. The Resistance Museum (Amsterdams Verzetsmuseum) The Dutch Resistance Museum holds a fascinating collection of memorabilia recording the activities of Dutch Resistance workers in World War II. Our Lord in the Attic Museum Located in the Red Light District this small canal house has a little secret church at the top which will make for an interesting stop. that tourists think of when thinking of Amsterdam. Fun both during the day as a great starting point in the evening to explore the nightlife. 12. Royal Palace of Amsterdam The Paleis op de Dam. So what’s the main thing tourists do here? Well taking pictures of themselves together with the wax sculptors of celebrities like Lady Gaga and Brad Pitt. Magna Plaza. There’s even an interactive space specifically designed for the young. Full of shops and places to eat or have a drink it boasts a great and unique atmosphere that is described in many guides as a must visit area of the city. now wonder they’ve made an attraction about it:P Get a first-hand look at the brewing process and journey through the history of Heineken beer and the Heineken family. the ethics and the culture still remains strong and it’s sure fun to walk by. Rembrandt House The Rembrandt House Museum. The Red Light District One of the first things. Old Church Old Church. 25. Around the square you’ll find highlights like the Bijenkorf. Begijnhof This is one of the oldest inner courts in the the capital city and consists of a group of nice historical buildings around a courtyard and used to be a Béguinage. is located in the very heart of the city on Dam Square. the Mirror Bar. There are several area’s in the House of Bols: Hall of Taste. The museum is located in a building in the Plantage neighborhood of Amsterdam. 17. clubs and restaurants around the square or the surrounding streets. 18. Dam Square is a square created in the 13th century and was renowned for its Dam Square hippies in the sixties. Science Center NEMO Uncover the secrets of life and technology at Science Center NEMO! It’s the fifth most visited museum in the Netherlands and has five floors filled with exhibits and hands-on experiences. The museum is housed in the very same home that Rembrandt lived in for two decades. It is one of three palaces that are at the monarch’s disposal thanks to an Act of Parliament. Don’t buy a postcard on of the streets vendors but go to the Postcard Experience to get your digital postcard instead! In this small studio your will get your own video (you’re filmed in front of a green screen) of your visit in Amsterdam.

live actors you’ll get a truly unique experience. This museum houses artifacts from ancient civilizations around the world. Its also known for its folk singers (among the Dutch that is of course) of whom you’ll find several statues. Hermitage Amsterdam Explore Russian Culture and History in the Heart of Amsterdam in the Hermitage Museum. It’s the first museum of fluorescent art and amazes many by its beautiful art and colors. importer and exporter of of a girl’s best friend: diamonds is located in an impressive building which was a former diamond factory. Low-priced and considered by many to be a great and impressive visit. that used to be powered by steam. paintings. 37. well what better location to learn about the city. Both Baroque and Renaissance styles can be seen in the construction. The IJ Brewery A taste of tradition and history. And as the name suggests you’ll find Asian shops. maps. 42. Museum van Loon Centrally located on the Keizersgracht in the city stands the house of the Amsterdam regent family Van Loon. there’s as well laughing as screaming involved. 33. Amsterdam Museum A complete museum about the city itself. Jordaan District The Jordaan has risen from a working-class district to one of the upscale neighborhoods of the city and is known for the boutique restaurants. 39. De Poezenboot Poezenboot or Catboat is really one of a kind. Known as Sint-Nicolaasbasiliek in Dutch. a better name should be Asiantown as it’s not mainly focused on China. Did you know this museum often works together with the Rijksmuseum and van Gogh museum to display special works of art? Well it does:) Highly recommended. the church sits in the Old Center in Amsterdam. Highlight is the Chinese Budhist Zeedijk Temple which is an impressive building with cool bright colors and typical Chinese roofing.30. 45. 31. 35. Nicholas The Basilica of St. Be generous and leave a donation! 32. Be aware. Willem van Loon was the co founder of the Dutch East India Company. Wester Church (Westerkerk) You’ll only get to the top by guided tour only but climbing up the Westerkerk Tower is surely to give you one of the best panorama views on Amsterdam. Do the tour and of course… taste the beer! 40. globes. This number 4 on the most visited museums in the Netherlands. Amsterdam Dungeon Are you brave enough to enter the Amsterdam Dungeon? With 11 shows. its history. polisher. Nicholas was built over 125 years ago and owes most of its beauty to Adrianus Bleijs. Allard Pierson Museum Explore the world of ancient archaeology at the Allard Pierson Museum. Lisa Emma Julia laura . Its located in the Kalverstraat which is one of the most famous shopping streets in the country! 46. including Egypt. The Cat Cabinet Again I love cats so no wonder this is one is my list… This museum features an impressive collection of art of the feline persuasion. Gassan Diamonds This cutter. especially by cat lovers. Basilica of St. culture and traditions. The IJ Brewery (in Dutch: Brouwerij ‘t IJ) is a small microbrewery producing organic beer. Maritime Museum Discover the maritime history of the Netherlands in this really awesome museum… and if you’ve read into Dutch history a little you know we’ve been a big player in the maritime world throughout history. Singel – The Narrowest House Well most of you will know that you’ll find some narrow houses along the canals of Amsterdam but this one is narrowest and barely wider than its own front door! Located at Singel 7 its really fun to see and I’m sure you’re gonna want to take a picture of this one. The house is open six days a week so the public can have a look at the beautiful collection and garden. 36. You’ll be able to see the diamond cutters at work and if your wallet allows it you can get some really nice stuff. There’s model ships. other objects and even a replica of a VOC ship that you can board. 34. Electric Ladyland This is a museum of which no other exists int he entire world. 41. It’s the only animal sanctuary that literally floats as its located in a houseboat on the Amsterdam canal belt and has become a world famous attraction. 43. restaurants and markets in this neighborhood. This is actually a branch of the Hermitage Museum found in Saint Petersburg. specialty stores and galleries it houses. Amsterdam Cheese Museum Interesting museum on which Holland is famous for: Cheese! It’s located across the canal from the Anne Frank House so it might be a fun idea to combine the both… and entrance is only one euro. Russia and features exhibitions on Russian history and culture. Greece and the Roman Empire. 38. 44. housed in an old windmill called De Gooyer which is national monument and the tallest wooden mill in the country. Chinatown is located next to the Red Light District and the Nieuwmarkt.

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