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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Canal houses

Once homes for the wealthy, many canal houses are now open as museums, offices and hotels. In 2010, Amsterdam’s picturesque canal district was added t...