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The Guide to Amsterdam
The Guide to Amsterdam
During the last decades, Netherlands also known as Holland has become the symbol of
freedom due to its legalization of light drugs, euthanasia and marriages between gays and
lesbians. Amsterdam, its capital, is the most visited city in the country but besides the
access to the above-mentioned liberties visitors have a great chance to see very beautiful
city with a lot of cultural attractions.
The government of Amsterdam now is trying to make the city one the world leading business
centers and their efforts have a success – now Amsterdam hosts a significant number of
international fairs, business meetings and conferences. Many of the influential
multinational corporations have their headquarters in Amsterdam.
Netherlands’ capital is a mix of the new and old – ancient houses of the XVII century border
with the up-do-date office buildings.
Amsterdam received its name in the honor of the river Amstel crossing the city. It was
founded in XII century as a small fishing village. Now Amsterdam status has some paradox –
although it’s a capital of the country, the capital of its province is Harlem and the
country’s government is situated in Hague.
Amsterdam has rich, glorious history. It reached it highest peak in the XVII century the
most of the historical attractions belong to that time. In XVII the famous Amsterdam
channel net was created. Due to the huge number of channels Amsterdam has become a city of
bridges. Now there are about 1200 bridges of different styles, sizes and beauty. A lot of
Amsterdam's canals were filled in the beginning of the 20th century because of the
The city has a numerous amount of the museums, some them are world-famous. The
Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum and Stedelijk Museum are the most renowned, but the full list
counts about 50 names. There are a lot of hotels and also holiday rentals in Amsterdam to choose from.
The centre and the heart of the city is Dam Square, a place with historical significance,
still boasting beautiful buildings, one of which is Royal Palace. Koninklijk Paleis - The
Royal Palace dates back to 1648. Another Dam square’s attraction is Nieuwe Kirk dating back
to the 15th century. Although Amsterdam is trying to escape the reputation of the world’s
drug capital coffee shops belong to the things Amsterdam is famous for. There are few
hundreds of coffee shops in Amsterdam. Popular ones are the commercial and franchised
Bulldog and the Grasshopper.
Coffee shops in the country are allowed to sell only small amounts of cannabis.
Furthermore, coffee shops must not sell to anyone under 18 and they must not sell more
than 5g to any customer. Hard drugs are strictly prohibited.
Another thing Amsterdam is famous for is Red Lights district. It occupies the significant
part of the historical centre of Amsterdam.
The whole Holland is known for its love for flowers. Vondelpark is considered to be one of
the most beautiful parks in the world. Its style reminds of the best examples of the
English style of the XIX century. A lot of lakes, meadows, walking routes present the
great opportunity to spend your free time.
Article written by Constance Blair, Amsterdam hotels.