Welcome to Amsterdam,
A dam on the river Amstel, that is what the name Amsterdam means. The capital city of Holland is Amsterdam and it is considered to be the largest city of the Netherlands, as well as the most important cultural and financial city. Amsterdam used to be a significant port and a commercial trade centre. During the 20th century Amsterdam grew bigger and became wealthier. Amsterdam’s climate is mostly temperate with mild winters and warm summers. The city contains many canals and it is only two meters above the sea. The canals that date back to the 17th century are called Grachtengordel and surround the heart of the city. The canals are part of the attractions of the city along with the oldest part of the town the de Wallen. Amsterdam is without doubt a true gem in Europe, with its beautiful architecture. The old city is the ideal area to see many architectural styles and in the city’s centre there are a lot of historic buildings. The city of Amsterdam is a famous tourist destination and the number of visitors is increasing. Numerous hotels are located in the centre of the city and offer excellent accommodation.
Museums, Attractions, Monuments, Culture, Entertainment, Festivals and Nightlife
The largest square in Amsterdam, known as the Museumplein, has the major Museums in Amsterdam, the Van Gogh Museum, the Stedelijk Museum, the Rijksmuseum and the Rembrandt Museum. Some of these museums have exhibits of classical Dutch art and some have modern art exhibits. There are of course some other museums that are equally important such as the Anne Frank House, and the Rembrandthuis, the Amsterdams Historisch Museum, the Verzetsmuseum, the Joods Historisch Museum and the Tropenmuseum. The majority of the museums are located near the centre of Amsterdam.
There are also many monuments and attractions to visit in Amsterdam including various bridges such as the Magere Brug and the Blauwe Brug, many historical buildings such as the Royal Palace, the Central Station, the Montelbaanstoren, the Munttoren, the Rembrandt Tower , the Olympic Stadium and so many more.
Amsterdam has been a patron city of the arts for centuries. The city is proud to have a symphony orchestra, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra which is world famous. There is also a Great Hall in Amsterdam were plays are performed. Stopera is also a very famous building, actually two famous buildings, the opera house and the city hall. There are some more concert halls like the Heineken Music Hall, the Paradiso and the Melkweg.
Amsterdam has the oldest Zoo in the Netherlands, the Artis and a beautiful park the Vondelpark which dates back in the 19th century.
There are many interesting squares in the city with historical building and monuments worth visiting. Some of the squares are the Dam square, the Markenplein, the Waterlooplein and of course the Museumplein that we have already mentioned. Amsterdam is known for its red-light districts and its markets with food, drink, flowers. People gather to the every day markets to buy products. Festivals in Amsterdam take place all year long and there are approximately one hundred and more festivals during the year. So we can definitely say that the city of festivals is Amsterdam. During the festivals there are parades, events and celebrations taking place in the entire city.
There are a lot of cafes in the city some small and old fashioned with faint lights and relaxed atmosphere located in alleys and narrow streets and some large and modern. There are also many restaurants in Amsterdam, with various ethnic cuisines. There are expensive and cheap restaurants in the city. There are quite a few restaurants inside hotels and there are also many near the hotels.
The nightlife in Amsterdam is actually renowned. The city is vibrant at night with clubs and discos near the Leidseplein and the Rembrandtplein.
Accommodation: Hotels & Apartments in Amsterdam
The hotels in Amsterdam are more than 350 and they offer exceptional accommodation and great prices. Most of the hotels are situated in the centre of the city and only a few minutes away from all the museums and sights.
The numerous restaurants in the city offer Italian, Chinese, French, Arabian, Indian cuisine. But the Dutch cuisine is also thought to be quite good, although the traditional food is the potato. The potatoes are usually boiled and served with vegetables and meat with rich gravies and not many spices.
Riding a bicycle in Amsterdam is one of the easiest things. Amsterdam provides the bicyclists with bike lanes and paths all over the city. In Amsterdam there are tram lines, metro lines, buses but also water buses, water taxis and ferries. Many people in Amsterdam prefer the public transportation instead of driving a car.