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...

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...

UNESCO World Heritage List

In August 2010, Amsterdam’s 17th-century Canal Ring was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List, raising the total number of listed sites in the Nethe...

Canal-side museums

Amsterdam’s maritime success in the Golden Age not only led to urban expansion, but a boom in trade and architectural development. This was marked by ...

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...

Amsterdam's cycling history

A typical Amsterdam street scene sees countless cyclists either heading to or from work, transporting young children to school, or carrying anything f...

Milestones

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