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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...

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...

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...

Facts & figures

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the latest estimates conclude that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than permanent residents! Have a look at the list below f...

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.

Global warehouse

After 1585, Amsterdam grew to become a powerful and rich city of international significance. Over a period of a hundred years Amsterdam was the world’...

A unique outlook

Construction of the Canal Ring made Amsterdam’s street plan unique, because in contrast to most canal cities, the canal pattern was not right-angled. ...