Amsterdam at a glance
Founded in the late 12th century as a small fishing village on the banks of the Amstel, Amsterdam is now the largest city in the Netherlands and is undoubtedly the cultural centre. Known for its friendly, free-spirited liberalism, Amsterdam is home to a creative mix of outstanding museums, picturesque canals, the red light district and millions of bicycles.
The city is made up of 90 islands with 400 linking bridges, many of which are beautifully lit at night. Steeped in old world charm, Amsterdam is home to 7,000 historically registered buildings, many of which exist along the city’s narrow waterways. Construction of Amsterdam’s canals began in 1613 with numerous merchant houses springing up in the city centre. Today many of these historic homes and businesses have been lovingly preserved, some of which have been converted into museums and hotels, so that they continue to be a part of the Dutch landscape.
Amsterdam is a virtual hive of eclectic experiences, with many art galleries, religious sites and gardens to explore.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Historical sights
- Café culture
- Arts and culture
Canal tours offer a unique perspective of many of the city’s historic buildings and bridges, while the city’s narrow streets are best navigated by bike. Known as a cyclist friendly city, it is estimated that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than people. It should come as no surprise then that special traffic lanes and signals have been devised for cyclists in the city.
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Amsterdam designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice (not just Saturday to Saturday!)
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of Amsterdam hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 2,332,773 Languages Dutch Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Interesting facts
For a really fun way to get around the city, hire a bike and join the hundreds of locals who are mad about cycling!
- Featured accommodation
- Distance from airports
Schiphol 18 km
- Railway stations