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About life in Amsterdam

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

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 districts and neighbourhoods are hugely varied – each has its own character.

Essentials for life in Amsterdam

Getting around

Amsterdam tram
Make your way around the city by bike, public transport, car or boat.

Moving to the Amsterdam Area in 10 easy steps

Amsterdam de Pijp CC BY 2.0 Moyen Brenn via Flickr
Follow our handy guide to getting started in the Netherlands in just 10 easy steps.

Amsterdam neighbourhoods

Delve further into the individual neighbourhoods around Amsterdam.

Practical information

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum, Edwin van Eis
From public holidays to phoning home, browse through this practical advice on Amsterdam.

Living in the Amsterdam Area

Amsterdam boating
The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is comprised of several surrounding municipalities.

History & society

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam John Lewis Marshall
Learn more about Amsterdam's history and modern-day society.

City districts

Amsterdam canal aerial view Cécile Obertop
Get to know Amsterdam's seven city districts.

People & culture

Amsterdam Westerpark FatimaZahra Nouzi Marie Charlotte Peze
Meet and learn about Amsterdam's citizens.