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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 country.

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.

Colourful and artistic street organ in Amsterdam

Arts and Events in Amsterdam

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 20th century.

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

Tullips in Holland
Holland is known for its tullip flowers
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.

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.

Tipping Service

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.

Canal boats transport in Amsterdam

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 Airport.

Amsterdam Weather

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.

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