Amsterdam is Holland’s capital and its largest city with a population of over two million within the city and its suburbs.

The city grew up from a small fishing village in the 12th century into a major port during the Dutch Golden Age spanning the 17th century.

Present day Amsterdam is one of world’s foremost commercial and cultural centers, globally ranking 12th in Mercer’s quality of living index.

Although Dutch is the principal language, 90% of the people speak English as the second language.

The weather is good throughout the year, January-February being the coldest with temperatures between -1°C and 5°C and July-August the warmest with an average temperature of 22°C.

River Amstel flows into the city from the south and gives the city its name, but the ancient dam has disappeared under a department store now.

Known as the Venice of the North, lovely and navigable canals criss-cross the city with impressive buildings on both sides and more than 1,500 connecting bridges.

The city has several nearby international airports, Rotterdam being the major one and Schiphol the nearest, all of whom are connected to the city center by trains and buses.

Because of administration’s tolerant attitude towards drugs and legalized prostitution, you can see Cannabis Cafes and very visible “window prostitution” in certain quarters of the city.

Amsterdam has several places of interest like Van Gogh Museum and Anne Frank House poignantly reminding the horrors of Nazi persecution of the Jews.

Article Written by Dolphi D'Silva [251 Words]
Posted on Mar 5, 2014 with Views.

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