Amsterdam is a suitable capital for the Netherlands. It is not big in size, yet surprisingly diverse and great in terms of its history. Amsterdam's city center is famously ringed by canals which are lined up with "herenhuizen" (manors) and nowadays are a chaotic combination of city traffic, tightly parked cars, speedy locals on bicycles and tourists who can not figure out how all of these can possibly fit together. But in Amsterdam they do.
Within Amsterdam you can make your way on foot from the biggest van Gogh museum in the world, to the Anne Frank house and the National museum (Rijksmuseum) which houses Rembrandt's Night Watch masterpiece.
Having finished exploring the cultural highs, you can enjoy a stroll along the canals, unexpectedly pass by the red light district, and finally turn your attention to the many fantastic restaurants or "bruin café" (brown cafés, the Dutch variety of a pub) that Amsterdam has to offer. [Review by travelindicator]
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- Amsterdam is a city in The Netherlands's region of Noord-Holland. It has a population of 741,636, is situated at an altitude of 36ft and the best airport to fly into is AMS (Schiphol, Amsterdam)
- The main spoken language here is Dutch, and the average English skill is high
- The currency used in The Netherlands is the Euro (EUR)
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More Amsterdam travel resources
Lonely Planet: Amsterdam, Fodor's Travel: Amsterdam, Wikitravel: Amsterdam, Timeout Amsterdam, Travel and Leisure: Amsterdam travel guide
Amsterdam.info, National railways: Amsterdam travel ticket, iAmsterdam.com
Irene's travel blog: Amsterdam, Celine Chiam: Amsterdam travel guide