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About Amsterdam

Learn more about this picturesque & vibrant canal-side city, including the rich history and development of its tolerant society. Or jump to the modern day and find out about the city’s architecture and neighbourhoods.

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, Amsterdam has had a strong tradition as a centre of culture and commerce. Find out what has made Amsterdam into the dynamic city is is today.

About 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...

Itineraries

Amsterdam has something for everyone, but the sheer number of sights means that you might need some suggestions for where to start. Take a look at the...

I amsterdam Store

With a hand-picked selection of quality products from iconic Amsterdam brands as well as daily tips and advice on the best events and must-see attract...

I amsterdam letters

An introduction, a slogan, a statement of inclusion and a physical icon - I amsterdam is the city's and its residents' collective catch phrase.

Unesco sites

Amsterdam’s 17th-century Canal Ring was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010, raising the total number of listed sites in the Netherlands t...

Areas of Amsterdam

Amsterdam's many neighbourhoods all have their own special character and offer plenty of attractions to those who dare to venture outside the city cen...