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About Amsterdam

Immerse yourself in everything that makes Amsterdam great: its rich cultural heritage, high quality of life, dynamic economy and unique outlook.

Culture and history in Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam can look back on a long and interesting history, and today it prides itself on a rich cultural life and a diverse population. This is illustrated by the fact that the city's neighbourhoods are hugely varied – each has its own character.

About Amsterdam

People & culture in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is an international city with a rich history and a highly diverse population from 180 different backgrounds enjoying a broad range of arts a...

Amsterdam history & society

From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village on a river bed to its current role as a major hub for business, tourism and culture, Amst...


Each area of Amsterdam has its own character and charm, and its own unique offering of schools, shops, parks, restaurants and cultural activities. And...

Metropolitan Area

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area (AMA) is comprised of several surrounding municipalities, including the cities of Amsterdam, Almere, Amstelveen, Dieme...

Getting around Amsterdam

Get around the city by car, bus, boat, scooter, tram or the most popular form of transportation in Amsterdam: the bicycle. The inner city is also comp...