Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands, with a population of 866,737 within the city proper, 1,380,872 in the urban area, and 2,410,960 in the metropolitan area. Amsterdam is colloquially referred to as the “Venice of the North” due to its large number of canals which are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, receiving more than 4.63 million international visitors annually, this is excluding the 16 million day-trippers visiting the city every year.
Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.
Two-thirds of the hotels are located in the city’s centre. Hotels with 4 or 5 stars contribute 42% of the total beds available and 41% of the overnight stays in Amsterdam. The majority of tourists (74%) originate from Europe. The largest group of non-European visitors come from the United States, accounting for 14% of the total.
- The Rijksmuseum is the national museum of the Netherlands.
- The Van Gogh Museum specialises in works by Vincent van Gogh.
- The Stedelijk Museum specialises in modern art.
- The Rembrandt House Museum specialises in works by Rembrandt van Rijn.
- The Anne Frank House Prinsengracht 263.
- The Museum Het Grachtenhuis (The Canal House Museum), gateway to the canals, Herengracht 386
- The Hermitage Amsterdam a dependency of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg.
- The Tropenmuseum anthropological museum.
- The NEMO the science museum in a building that looks like a sinking ship.
- The Verzetsmuseum the Amsterdam resistance museum.
- The Amsterdam Museum Amsterdam’s historical museum.
- The Allard Pierson Museum Archaeological Museum of the University of Amsterdam.
- The Bijbels Museum where the Bible, art and culture meet in a monument full of history.
- The Filmmuseum Holland’s museum for cinematography.
- The Joods Historisch Museum The Jewish Historical Museum collects objects and works of art associated with the religion, culture and history of the Jews in the Netherlands and its former colonies.
- The Museum Van Loon a home on the canal. The double-sized canal house dates from 1672.
- The Nederlands Scheepvaart Museum museum about Dutch maritime history. Reopened on the 1 October 2011 after renovations since January 2007.
- Diamond Museum Amsterdam a museum at the Museumplein about the history of diamonds.