|Medieval bridges at Amsterdam Canal District|
A walk through Amsterdam's perfect preserved old centre with the canals is bound to be an enriching experience, or make a canal cruise and enjoy the beautiful view from the water. Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, with a population of around 800.000 and a metropolitan area of about 7 million residents. With its characteristic monuments, buildings and canal district ( Unesco World Heritage ) surrounded by narrow 16th and 17th-century houses, Amsterdam is certainly worth a visit.
Amsterdam, Venice of the north
Amsterdam, where to sleep?The accommodations in Amsterdam are generally of good quality and come in a wide variety from luxury hotels to low rate hostels and what do you think about sleeping on a houseboat in the canal district? Amsterdam has more than 1000 properties available and all major hotel chains are represented, it is very practical to stay near the old center because everything is easy to walk, but other districts of Amsterdam are all easily accessible by public transport. There are also lots of very good bed and breakfasts and guest houses available in and around Amsterdam.
The seventeenth-century canal district area of AmsterdamThe world-famous canal district of Amsterdam, built in the early 17th century, was a project for a new port city. It comprises a network of canals to the west and the south of the historic old centre and the medieval port that encircled the old historic town and was accompanied by the repositioning inland of the city's fortified boundaries. This urban extension was the largest and most homogeneous of its time.
The Royal Palace on the Dam Square
|Dam Square Amsterdam|
The old city centre of Amsterdam with the Dam Square, Rokin and the Red Light District is the oldest part of the city. The oldest building is the Oude Kerk ( Old Church ) at the heart of the Red Light District, consecrated in 1306. Most historic buildings in the old city centre are houses, such as the very famous merchants houses lining all the canals.
Amsterdam, one of the greatest commercial centres of Europe
|Amsterdam old city centre|
Amsterdam top attractions
What should you see definitely when you visit Amsterdam? Read this list of all Amsterdam top attractions. Each country has its own celebrations, take a look on our selection of Amsterdam festivals, events and holidays especially King's Day and Gaypride are very popular. Is there anything we have to know more about Amsterdam? Check out this summary of the most asked questions about Amsterdam. The city has a lot of attractions to entertain tourists of all ages and many of them are located in the heart of the city and are easily accessible by public transport.
Public transport is good maintained, comfortable and runs on time. The taxi service of Amsterdam is fast and good but not among the cheapest of Europe.
|Amsterdam Canal Cruise|