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Welcome to Amsterdam

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.

All about Amsterdam

History and society

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, Edwin van Eis
Find information on Dutch language and society, Amsterdam's rich history and the ways in which the city is making its mark today.

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.

Facts and figures

Estimates conclude that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than permanent residents! Read our list of interesting facts and figures about Amsterdam.