About the city of Amsterdam in Holland –
also known as the ‘Venice of the North’
Amsterdam Basic Facts
If you're planning to travel to Amsterdam, here are some basic facts
about the city. Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, also known as Holland. This is considered as the
greatest planned city in the world and is located in the province of North Holland, in the north-west of the
Amsterdam is a lively, vibrant and liberal city. It also covers an
area of about 207 square kilometers and is populated by around 1,730,000 inhabitants. Today, it is known as the
"Venice of the North" as it is built on 90 islands connected by 400 stone bridges across 100 kilometers of the
canals. With its strategic location, Amsterdam is relatively quiet with little traffic.
Arts and Events in
Amsterdam, Netherlands is
in the first place a place worthy of visit. It has more arts treasures per square kilometer than any other
country on earth. Also, it has a number of great museums, all serving as the home to the world’s richest and
most comprehensive collection of art masterpieces, dating back from the 15th century up to the
Aside from arts, Amsterdam is famous for its excellent performance
halls that play host to music, dance and the widely acclaimed performing arts festivals.
Dining in Amsterdam
A number of restaurants are now operating in Amsterdam. Their number is even
more increasing with multinationals such as Sony, IBM and Xerox choosing Amsterdam as their base for European
operations. The restaurants in the city of offer great dining with international menus that have been dramatically
increased, giving diners an extensive choice of cosmopolitan culinary options.
Holland is known for its tullip flowers
It is also interesting to know that local dishes are also served in
the restaurants, and include stampot, a down to earth meal consisting of mashed potatoes with carrots, onions,
bacon and smoked sausage. The poffertjes, small hot pancakes covered in powdered sugar are also delicate and sold
by vendors at fairs or similar events. However, just note that in Amsterdam the restaurants will close earlier than
you might expect as the Dutch tend to eat early in the evening.
In the city of Amsterdam a service charge is generally included in
restaurant prices and taxi fares. However, this tipping service is usual to round the total up to the nearest euro,
including a 10 percent for good service. And, the room service and doormen in most of the city's hotels will
generally expect a small tip for their services.
Transportation in Amsterdam
Amsterdam in Holland has one of the finest and most reliable
transportation networks in the whole continent of Europe. It is this fact that makes Amsterdam a popular location
for industry. As you might notice in the city, fast and frequent trains and buses run throughout the country and
are an excellent way to travel from the city of Amsterdam to other parts of the country. What’s more, both bus and
rail in the city provide effective connections to Central Station
and the Schiphol International
The climate in Amsterdam, like the rest of Holland, is generally
mild. It is characterized by rarely dropping below freezing in the winter or becoming too hot in the summer. Also,
like any other countries in the northern Europe, Amsterdam, Holland is very prone to occasional but unspectacular
periods of rainfall.