canals to its world-famous museums and historical centers, Amsterdam is one of
the most romantic and beautiful European cities. There is nothing quite like
this small capital and its deep cultural heritage. Not only is Amsterdam
colorful, serene, and romantic, it is also exciting and sophisticated.
Amsterdam is a cosmopolitan city and is visited each year by over four million people. Visitors can enjoy
Amsterdam's outstanding architecture, musuems, art galleries and other tourist sights. Amsterdam is just 9.5 miles from
Schiphol Airport, the fourth largest airport in Europe, is also close to the
continental motorway network, and is a major port used by ocean-going liners.
Amsterdam is a cultural,
historical, and architectural marvel. The city is laid out in concentric rings
of canals around the old center, crosscut by a network of access roads and
alley-like connecting streets. Most of the museums are clustered at the edge of
the canal district and are among the best in Europe. In addition, visitors will
want to see Europe's first stock exchange, which now serves as a grand concert
hall and exhibition space, and pause for coffee at one of the first coffee
houses in Europe. There is also the Anne Frank house, where the famous diaristís
family hid during World War II. The Museum of the Resistance provides
educational and historical information about the Holocaust.
Artis Zoo houses over 6,000 animals, most of whom live in outdoor enclosures
that provide surroundings representing their natural habitats. The adjoining
aquarium boasts one of the world's largest collections.
Interactive exhibits at the
Science and Technology Museum provide children and adults with hours of
Other highlights of Amsterdam are its Floating Flower Market, where the
merchandise is displayed on barges, and the Diamond District. Many of the
city's diamond polishers give free demonstrations of diamond cutting and offer
sales of set and un-set stones.
Amsterdam's amazing energy, vitality and vibrancy extend throughout. Dam Square
is the real heart of the city. The markets and streets are full of organists,
peddlers, vendors, and performers of all kinds. Many
important buildings overlook this vast and bustling open space, including the
Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the War Memorial. Primary uses of the square
include ceremonies for the royal family, political demonstrations, street
performers, remembrance day celebrations, and social gatherings.
might guess, the nightlife in Amsterdam is truly amazing! The Red Light District
Clubs everywhere are open until the wee hours of the morning, as are many coffee
houses and bars.
The Holland Casino
Amsterdam, one of Europe's largest casinos, provides entertainment to guests 18
at a map of Amsterdam, the city appears too large to explore on foot. It is
actually possible to cover the entire flat expanse of the city during a four-
hour walk. Trams and
water taxis are available when youíre ready for a rest or prefer to travel at a
more leisurely pace.
is city of incredible beauty and charm in a land of canals, windmills, dikes,
and picturesque countryside. Its museums house some of the world's
masterpieces, and its history is an important part of the story of Europe
itself. This is a city in which culture, commerce, ambience, and romance combine
with a proud and lively sense of humor and vitality. It is not to be missed!