Amsterdam historic city

Amsterdam Tourist Information

Amsterdam is a very attractive city to visit, it's a mixture of 17th century historical atmosphere with a very modern metropolis, this together with the liberal and free mentality of the multicultural residents gives Amsterdam a very special atmosphere.( more than 165 nationalities ) The beautiful center with 1,281 bridges, the splendid canals, the famous historical buildings and a bar on every corner creating Amsterdam to a very special holiday destination. You can easily walk the center but the best way to get around Amsterdam is on a bike. The city has also the highest museum density in the world!

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You can take the world famous canal tour of Amsterdam and you can discover the historical canal district with 165 canals which were added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010. While any canal tour will be an experience to remember, there are a lot of options to make a wonderful first expression; from a romantic tour with candlelight till a boat with open roof or outer deck. Find out why "Venice of the North" is one of Amsterdam's famous nicknames.

Medieval City

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Amsterdam's special intimate character is best reflected in the narrow streets of the old city centre, where much of the population still goes about its business. This modern liberal people who live in a medieval city remains fascinating to watch. While there are reminders of the glorious past (gabled houses, noble brick façades clad with sandstone, richly decorated comices, old historic monuments, towers, palaces and churches and the beautiful music of carillions and barrel organs) the realities of life in the modern metropolis often belie this romantic image. Amsterdam is a great experience in the largest sense of word.

17th Century, The Golden Age

The Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn ( 1642 )
The Night Watch, Rembrandt van Rijn ( 1642 )
The Golden Age was a very rich period in Dutch history, in which Dutch trade, science, art and military were among the most acclaimed in the world. The Dutch dominated trade with Japan and China with the Dutch East India Company and also were able to gain control of the trade between European countries. This had the effect that the national industries continued to expand as well, laborers and workers were generally paid better than the rest of Europe and enjoyed comparatively high living standards with also a very high tax system. With this public money the Dutch architecture was taken to a new height in the Golden Age whose citizens of Amsterdam still take advantage with tourism these days.

Amsterdam Tourist Information