About Amsterdam

one of Europe's most popular tourist destination

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In Pictures

city impressions

Online Tickets

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Essential Information

checklist (a-z)

Maps & Apps

maps & guides for free download and print

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Nightlife in Amsterdam

The Best Bars, Clubs, and More


A Short History of Amsterdam

In the 13th century Amsterdam used to be a fishing village. Nowadays, it is the capital of the Netherlands.

The city is growing and attracting more and more residents and visitors.

Many new houses are being built and some parts of the city, like Amsterdam Noord, are developing rapidly. This has not always been the case.

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Amsterdam key figures

Inhabitants

873,200

Metro: 1,498,791

Houseboats

2,500

Paintings of Van Gogh

207

Distance from Dam Square to Schiphol Airport

15 km

Canals

165

with a total length of 120 km

Hotels

501

Bridges

2,558

16th, 17th and 18th century buildings

8,863

Why Amsterdam?

6 reasons to visit Amsterdam

Canal Cruises

The Best Way to See Amsterdam is by Boat

New Hotels

Amsterdam's brand new or recently renovated hotels