An ancient city born when the river Amstel was dammed in the 13th century.
Amsterdam is the central nervous system of all things arts, culture and architecture in Europe. The floating city built on pylons anchored in the water is one of the most colourful in the continent, hardly surprising since it was the home of renowned artists, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. While the city feels incessantly lazy and relaxed, the markets that are characteristic of Amsterdam keep the pulse of the city very much alive.
Fast facts about Amsterdam