Amsterdam – City Video Guide


With just over 1.2 million people, Amsterdam
is the largest city in The Netherlands, a country most people know as Holland. This multicultural city warmly embraces tourists, with over 3.5 million people visiting each
year. The Dutch are very tolerant and fun to talk
with, and everybody speaks English. The heart of the city is so picturesque that
it is like an historical open-air museum. No wonder that the inner canal district is
an internationally protected heritage site. In the 17th century Amsterdam was a center
for world economy and many of the canal houses and old warehouses
date from this Golden Age. Some landmarks, such as the Oude Kerk in the
Red Light District even date back to the 13th century. Just a short walk from the Central Station
is iconic Dam Square, built nearly 750 years ago. Its purpose gave the city its name: Amster.
Dam. A dam built around the river Amstel to protect
it from an inland sea. The square is dominated by the Royal Palace. From its windows you can see the National
Monument, dedicated to the many Dutch victims of World
War II. The Dam also houses Madame Tussauds’ wax collection. The impressive wax collection combines humor with an insight into Holland’s gripping history. Listen to fragments of Anne Frank’s famous
diary, or visit her old hiding place to understand
what life was like for Jewish families during Nazi occupation. It’s not surprising that Europeans call Amsterdam
‘The Venice Of The North’: No less than 165 canals – crossed by a thousand
bridges – divide the compact city center. Forget about cars, the best way to see the
city center is by foot, or, as the Dutch would say: “Just get on your bike!” Alternatively, take the tram across the city
to the Museumplein. Art and history lovers insist that you haven’t
seen Amsterdam if you haven’t seen the paintings by the Dutch
masters that are on display here. The Rijksmuseum focuses on Dutch painters
from the Golden Age. But don’t forget, there are over 1 million
other artworks on display in this museum with 200 rooms. Located nearby is the Van Gogh Museum, dedicated to a poor but legendary 19th-century
painter. Sadly, he didn’t live long enough to see his
work become world-famous. Witness the fine art of transforming rough
stones into sparkling jewels in the Diamond Museum. For centuries, Amsterdam was the diamond polishing
center of the world. A gentle 10-minute stroll northwest brings
you to the popular Vondelpark. On sunny days it bursts into life as locals
and tourists alike come here to relax and people watch. If you are a beer lover, make your way over
to the old Heineken Brewery. It is the place to sample one of the world’s
most popular lagers. Submerge yourself in the interactive Heineken
Experience! From the tulip-filled stalls of the Flower
Market, follow the broad canal northeast to the Nieuwmarkt. In the old days, Dutch traders used to come
here to weigh in their butter and cheese. Leaving the Nieuwmarkt, you can walk through
Chinatown to the Central Station, or take a short detour to ‘De Wallen’, one of the world’s oldest and most famous
Red Light Districts. Today, coffee shops and adult emporiums keep
the ‘anything goes’ spirit of this neighborhood alive. As evening sets, head to the Leidseplein, a square that is buzzing with live music and
nightlife. After dark, the canal district takes on a
romantic air – the perfect backdrop for a moonlit walk before
you retreat to your hotel. There is no other city like Amsterdam. With its seafaring history, charming gabled
houses, remarkable art, and cosmopolitan people- it is a place that you won’t easily forget!

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