During a 50-year project in the 17th century, Amsterdam grew to four times its previous size, becoming the 3rd largest city in the world after London and Paris. Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, but the Dutch parliament is seated in The Hague.
Central to that plan was the Canal Belt, a network of concentric canals now UNESCO listed.
Built on reclaimed land, Amsterdam is a feat of ingenuity. Still, it crackles with the ambition, cultural tolerance, and enterprise that drove the 17th-century Golden Age when the Netherlands led the world in trade, maritime power, culture, and economic might.
This is the city of Rembrandt, Anne Frank, the Red Light District, Johan Cruyff, and the Dutch East and West India Companies; there’s a world of fascinating stories, spellbinding art, and architecture that has stood the test of time. Let yourself be inspired by our recommendations www.netherlands-tourism.com/amsterdam.