Amsterdam: a Cosmopolitan City
Amsterdam is renowned for its canals, unique culture, distinctive architecture, and the tolerant and easy-going nature of its residents, and as a result the city attracts more than 4million visitors per year.
Dating from the 13th century, Amsterdam is the modern financial and business capital of the Netherlands, home to the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and a rapidly expanding international business community based in the newly constructed Zuidas district.
In addition, the city boasts such cultural icons as the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum, which feature stunning classical and contemporary works of art. The city’s buildings also display some incredible and unique architectural features, and when it comes to relaxing then you will find a wide range of coffee shops and restaurants which provide plenty of opportunities to wine and dine in.
With such a diverse range of cultural interests on offer, visitors tend to build their own unique itineraries which could include an interest in all things modern, or alternatively from a historical perspective – including some marvellous Renaissance art and architecture. More likely most visitors will combine a selection of modern-day delights and features of historical interest.
But whatever draws you to Amsterdam, visitors cannot escape the canals which were constructed during the 17th century according to a well-defined, pre-determined plan. Of course, these days it is air travel in the form of flights to Amsterdam that bring the majority of visitors and a fair proportion of commercial goods to the city, but back in the late 1600s everyone and everything in the city travelled by water; therefore, being next to the canal was vital for Amsterdam merchants.
Their canal side properties, which still stand today, are very distinctive and uniquely associated with Amsterdam; tall and narrow with facades that feature a decorative gable top incorporating a pulley which was used to transport furniture and goods to the upper floors.
Away from the canals other tourist attractions include the Oude Kerk. Meaning ‘Old Church’ it is the oldest building in Amsterdam dating from the 13th century and is found a stone’s throw from the red-light district. There are also more than 50 Amsterdam museums in addition to the famous Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh museum and, of course, at the very heart of Amsterdam is the Dam Square, to which every visitor to this city is drawn.
Whatever the reason for a trip to Amsterdam, visitors will find it a welcoming and fascinating city with a very cosmopolitan outlook.
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