About Amsterdam

Skylines and views        

Dam Square

Spui, Canal Ring


De Wallen
Red Light District

The heart of Amsterdam   Famous squares, Canal Ring   The hostel, Oude kerk
Old Town part 1

Old Town part 2

  Old Town part 3

Binnenstad: Station area, Muntplein
Damrak, Bieursplein,


Binnenstad 2: Waterlooplein,
Jewish Quarters/Jodenbreestraat,
, Flower market, Stopera, Singel


Binnenstad 3: Zuiderkerk, Dancing houses, Sint Antoniestraat


Jordaan Grachtengordel Oud-Zuid and Oud-West districts,Museumkwartier, Rijksmuseum    

West of city center








Rembrandt Museum
Willet-Holth. Museum

Anne Frank Huis






Amstel Business Park
  Zuidas   Eastern Docklands
Overhoeks Harbour
Tallest buildings, Amstel Station   CBD in South Amsterdam   Oostelijk Havengebied, harbour

Schiphol Airport   Districts in the outskirts    
Airport   Ajax, West CBD, more    

Amsterdam by night       View from canal boat


Population: 791 000 (metro 2 290 000, 7 millions in Randstad)
Capital of Netherlands
Tallest building: Rembrandt Tower (150m)
District: Noord-Holland
Founded year (city rights): 1306
Area: 219 km² (metro 1 815 km²)

Year visited: 2012


Amterdam is the largest city and constitutional capital of the Netherlands (though the Hague has the government buildings). The city is famous for its many canals and its many charming, narrow canal houses. The city center consist of numerous islands built up on poles. Amstel, a former river, is the most famous canal. The modern harbour is situated in the IJ, known as Amsterdam's waterfront. The famous river Rhine also falls into Amsterdam's harbour. The landscape is very flat so many people go by bike. The 4 largest cities of Netherlands form Randstad, a metropolitan area where Amsterdam is the largest city. The city is famous for its vibrant nightlife and its liberate view on drugs and prostitution, with many coffeeshops and a large red light district. Amsterdam is a very cultural city with a lot of museums, some really famous ones. Many ships and boats in all sizes can be seen on the canals and in the harbor. It is also famous for typical Dutch things, as a large flower market and many cheese stores. In the city center you can find many pedestrian streets and squares with open air restaurants. It is easy to walk in the city center, but you can also take the white and blue trams that you see everywhere, and trains take you easily to the outskirts or to nearby towns. There are also nice canal boats that tour the city, and many many bikes.The largest square is called Dam and is like a hub of the city. Nieuwmarkt, Liedseplein and Rembrandtplein are nicer and more relaxed squares with outdoor restaurants. While you mostly see old buildings in the center, in the outskirts and in the harbor you can find very modern office blocks and brand new skyscrapers. Amsterdam feels like a liberate, modern, old and young city at the same time.

My point of view:

I visited Amstedam for 6 days in the end of May, flying to Schiphol from Copenhagen. I stayed at a hostel in the red light district, called Heart of Amsterdam. It might feel strange, but the area is actually pretty safe, even after dark, and it is centrally located between Dam and Nieuwmarkt. The weather was really good during my visit, unusual for Holland, it was about 25C and sun all the time. I made day trips to Rotterdam, the Hague and Utrecht, the  4 biggest cities of Holland (separate threads will be created for them). You can reach all of them within just one hour by train. I also passed by Leiden, Delft and Haarlem.  I haven’t been in Holland since the 80s, as a child. I visited 4 museums, met new friends at the hostel took a ride at the canal boat and went to 2 rock concerts.

I also visited Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht (see main page).

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