typically dutch

Be sure to experience everything that’s typically Dutch on your visit to Amsterdam. Take a canal cruise, taste Dutch cheese and other speciality cuisines, sip on local beers and spirits, tour a historical windmill or learn how to make a pair of clogs.

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...

Language

The official language of the Netherlands is Dutch. The majority of Amsterdam’s residents speak English well and are often fluent in one or two languag...

Society

Dating back to the 13th century, Amsterdam got its start as a trading city. Even in its earliest days, Amsterdammers saw the value of building relatio...

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.