Country : Netherlands
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Language : Dutch
City: 747 093 (2008)
Metro: 1 482 287 (2008)
Zone: Central European Time (CET)
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
Central Station, Amsterdam
This beautiful transportation hub was built at the end of the 19th century in neo-renaissance style. Built at the banks of a river, 8600 pilings were required to keep the building stable.
De Gooyer Windmill, Amsterdam
Once ubiquitous in the Dutch landscape, windmills have become a rarity in Amsterdam. The De Gooyer Mill, situated to the east of the historic center, is one of just six surviving windmills in the city.
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.
Royal Palace, Amsterdam
This former palace was originally built as a city hall in the 17th century. Napoleon's brother Louis turned into a palace at the beginning of the 19th century.

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