amsterdam
Country : Netherlands
Currency : Euro (EUR)
Language : Dutch
Population
City: 747 093 (2008)
Metro: 1 482 287 (2008)
Time
Zone: Central European Time (CET)
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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
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.
Montelbaans Tower, Amsterdam
The Montelbaanstoren is a historic tower, built in 1512 as part of a defensive wall around Amsterdam. The tower's decorative spire and clock were added in 1606.
Rembrandt Square, Amsterdam
This popular and often crowded square was originally created in 1668 as the Butter Market. A statue of the famous Dutch painter Rembrandt graces the center of the square.
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.




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