history

Amsterdam has some 800 years of history and many stories to tell, from its early beginnings as a dam on the River Amstel, through to its growth and international glory during the Golden Age, onwards to the industrial revolution and the modern, sustainable city that’s evolving today. Whatever your interest, there is a wealth of history to explore in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam in the movies

There’s always a sense of excitement when you’re watching a movie and somewhere familiar pops up. And as Amsterdam is such a unique and visually recog...

Weird and wonderful houses

From the narrowest house in the world to a house with many heads, there are many weird and wonderful buildings to explore in Amsterdam. Read on to fin...

Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn has remained a household name all around the world for centuries. But who was Rembrandt and why does he have such lasting fame? Del...

Amsterdam School

Wandering through the city, touches of Renaissance and Art Deco design are evident in Amsterdam's beautiful architecture. But it's the intricate brick...

Architecture

Amsterdam is best known for its luxurious canal houses and charming gabled facades, but the city has enough architectural treasures to keep design lov...

Windmills in Amsterdam

Windmills are an iconic part of the Dutch landscape, and a visit to one is a must for visitors to the Netherlands. And with eight windmills located in...

Milestones

For many, Amsterdam is considered to be the birthplace of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Homosexuality was decriminalised in th...