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.

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 ...

Canal Ring

Alongside tulips and windmills, the global image of Amsterdam is one of a city entwined with water. Since its development in the 17th century, Amsterd...

The 9 Streets

The quaint and quirky streets that straddle Amsterdam’s grandest canals form the city’s most photogenic micro-neighbourhood. Known to locals as De Neg...

History & society

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, Amst...

Dutch royalty

The Dutch royal family continues to play an important role in modern society and politics in the Netherlands. Amsterdam has many ties to the crown, in...

Clogs

You won’t see many people wearing clogs in Amsterdam, but they are still an important part of Dutch culture.

Anne Frank

Anne Frank is one of Amsterdam’s best-known historical figures. Anne and her family lived in hiding from the Nazis for more than two years in a house ...