5 things you do not want to miss when visiting Amsterdam
Updated: Sep 14, 2020
General Facts about Amsterdam 📚📐
Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands! These days the city has a population of just over 790.000 inhabitants and is the largest city in the country. Amsterdam is located in the province ‘Noord-Holland’, situated in the west.
It is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, receiving more than 4.5 million tourists annually. Amsterdam also has 165 canals that give it the name of " Venice of the North".
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HISTORY: The Heineken company was founded in 1864 when the 22-year-old Gerard Adriaan Heineken bought a brewery known as De Hooiberg (the haystack) in Amsterdam. In 1869 Heineken switched to the use of bottom-fermenting yeast.
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The Heineken Brewery Tour takes you through the company’s history in a fun and interactive way. As you walk through the impressive old building you’ll be able to see the gigantic copper tanks that were used to brew the original Heineken beer, the company’s old advertisements, and even draft your own beer in the Heineken Museum bar.
4.Van Gogh Museum
Vincent van Gogh: was a Dutch post-impressionist painter who is among the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. In just over a decade he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings.
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Most famous piece:
"The Starry Night"
You will need an average of 4 to 5 hours to get a good feel of the museum's finest collection of art and history.
The building of the Rijksmuseum was designed by Pierre Cuypers and opened in 1885.
The museum was renovated for cost € 375 million in 2003.
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2. Red Light District
This area in the oldest part of Amsterdam is known for the red neon windows that display barely-dressed prostitutes advertising their services; it's all perfectly acceptable as long as it stays inside this designated area of the city.
Prostitution in Amsterdam is nearly as old as the city itself. As early as the 15th century and possibly earlier, the first prostitutes arrived to earn a living in the harbour of Amsterdam. The Red Light District is still located in the oldest part of the city. The women initially plied their trade in the streets.
1. Dam Square
History: The Dam derives its name from its original function: a dam on the Amstel River, hence also the name of the city. Built-in approximately 1270, the dam formed the first connection between the settlements on the sides of the river.
Dam Square lies in the historical centre of Amsterdam, approximately 750 meters south of the main transportation hub, Centraal Station. It is roughly rectangular in shape, stretching about 200 meters from west to east and about 100 meters from north to south.
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