Known as the Venice of the North because of its many canals, Amsterdam is as avant garde as it is old fashioned. Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the Netherlands, located in the province of North Holland in the west of the country. The city has many attractions for visitors. Amsterdam is the 5th busiest tourist destination in Europe, receiving more than 4.2 million international visitors annually.
Being part of the province North-Holland, Amsterdam is located in the northwest of the Netherlands next to the provinces Utrecht and Flevoland. The river Amstel terminates in the city center into a large number of canals that eventually terminate in the IJ. The town’s most famous sight is the system of canals, that spreads over the whole city centre.
Cobbled streets are cheek by jowl with glittering night clubs. Here are 10 experiences you should take home with you from the capital of the Netherlands.
1. Amsterdam’s cafes
Known for providing customers with more than just coffee, Amsterdam’s coffee houses abound. It won’t be difficult to find one: there are around 1500 in the city! In Amsterdam, the words “cafe” and “bar” are nearly interchangeable. Dutch pea soup, called erwtensoep, is a specialty made with ham, smoked sausage, thyme, and cloves. It is served with rye bread spread with mustard. Read more