The name of the city the name Amsterdam comes from the combination of two words, the river the "Amstel" and Also the "Dam" the beer brand "Amstel" is to this river.
Inhabitants did you know that there are 170 nationalities living in Amsterdam? On 23 after living there in Amsterdam official inhabitants of all 193 countries in the world.
Amsterdam below sea level!
The reason that Netherlands is almost flat as flat as a pancake, is because most of the land is reclaimed from the sea. If there are no dykes, the country will disappear in the foreseeable future in the North Sea.
You can reach Schiphol Airport in a one meter under NAP, this can cause problems for large if the pilots are not aware. The plane can then in fact 1 meter fall down. Fortunately, all pilots who fly on Amsterdam aware of this fact.
Dutch people are experts in water and stop to prevent Netherlands turned into a second Atlantis.
Amsterdam is largely built on poles
Because the Amsterdam soil consists of a thick layer of peat and clay, are buildings built on wooden piles which extend to the sand layer that on some 11 meters deep. The Royal Palace on the Dam square is built on 13.659 wooden posts and the main train Station is built on 8687 piles.
Amsterdam-Venice of the North
Amsterdam consists of more than one hundred kilometres of canals, about 90 Islands and 1,500 bridges. They call Amsterdam "Venice of the North" the three main canals, Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals were dug in the 17th century during the Dutch golden age. To these canals are well 1550 monumental buildings. In 2010 the Amsterdam Canal belt is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It underlines what we all already knew: the canals of Amsterdam are a monument of werelformaat!
Amsterdam has over 1 million bicycles, but only 800,000 inhabitants
with its narrow streets and canals Amsterdam is certainly not a car-friendly city. The high parking fees make it look all Netherlands has not improved. more than 35,000 km of cycle paths, so the use of a bicycle to discover Amsterdam is a must! Amsterdam is one of the few cities in the world where you can find a parking garage for bicycles.
Amsterdam has the most museums in one city of the world!
As a result of the rich heritage of Amsterdam Netherlands, has the highest number of museums of all cities in the world. In Netherlands you can find over 70 large well-known museums, of which more than 40 are located in Amsterdam.
Schiphol Airport is the only airport in the world where you find a museum! You can find it on the Holland Boulevard, in the area behind the passport control between the E-and F-Pier. The museum is open every day from 6 am to 8 pm and admission is free.
Coffee shops in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has more than 300 coffee shops, which sell soft drugs to 5 grams per person. A funny fact is that it is prohibited for soft drugs in coffee shops to buy.