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Introduction to Amsterdam

Information you should know about Amsterdam before visiting it.  Despite its rich and sound historic background, Amsterdam is one of the cities that remained devoted to the value that it mainly promotes - liberty. Amsterdam has evolved from a small city to the cultural capital of Holland. For those of you who are planning to visit Amsterdam soon, we provide a live guide with useful information about the main aspects of the city.


The historic centre of the city was built in the 17th century and is known as one the biggest in Europe. Those days brought Amsterdam its famous structure made of semicircular canals, which were built around the old centre of the city. Newer streets were built later and are currently inhabited by houses and shops that give life to the city, creating one of the most typical Holland images. This structure has also gained Amsterdam the name of “Northern Venice”.


As every European city that wants to live up to its expectations, Amsterdam offers a variety of different transport ways in order to facilitate the access of tourists to its hot spots. Amsterdam benefits from connections with trains that cross the whole of Holland, four metro lines, 16 tram lines and 55 urban buses lines. Choosing public transport in Amsterdam would be a shame though considering that the bicycle is one of Amsterdam’s symbols. For those willing to see the city from the two wheels of a bike, Amsterdam offers an exceptionally wide range of options and facilities. Travelling by car, taxi or public transport through the centre of Amsterdam is both difficult and expensive, whereas viewing the city by bike turns out to be one the most enjoying transportation experience.

More information about transport in Amsterdam


Holland is known for being the country which possesses the highest number of museums for square foot. This reflects five centuries of architectonic glory. Amsterdam is a sweetheart for art lovers that wish to see a lot of it while visiting a city. Amsterdam gathers on its streets the Rijksmuseum, the modern art museum Stedelijk and the Rembrandt museum; the latter was the house and the workplace of Rembrandt. Amsterdam also accommodates the Van Gogh Museum that owns the biggest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the world.

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