amsterdam
Country : Netherlands
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Language : Dutch
Population
City: 790 110 (2012)
Metro: 1 482 287 (2008)
Time
Zone: Central European Time (CET)
Amsterdam
closeAmsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, even though neither the Dutch government nor the head of state resides in Amsterdam. The largest city in the Netherlands is also the country's biggest tourist-draw.
Most of Amsterdam's top attractions date from the city's heyday during the seventeenth century when it was a financial and political powerhouse. Most of the city's famous canals and harmonious architecture stems from this era.
Random Amsterdam Highlights
Beguinage, Amsterdam
Historic houses, including Amsterdam's oldest building, line this tranquil courtyard. It was created in the 14th century to house the city's Beguines, a community of pious women.
Berlage's Stock Exchange, Amsterdam
The Beurs van Berlage, built at the turn of the 20th century as Amsterdam's new stock exchange building, is seen as the precursor of modern Dutch architecture.
Stopera, Amsterdam
The Stopera is a combination of a city hall and opera building. The modern structure was built in the 1980s in a central historic district and contrasts starkly with its surroundings.
Leidse Square, Amsterdam
Amsterdam's Leidseplein is an often crowded square, popular with young people who hang out here on weekend evenings. The square is dominated by the neo-Renaissance Stadsschouwburg.




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