Amsterdam’s history dates back to the late 12th century when it was founded as a small fishing village on the Amstel river. As of 2021 the city has a population of over 2.5million in the metropolitan area and attracts over 5 million international visitors a year, becoming one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Immigration has turned Amsterdam into one of the most multicultural cities on earth, with approximately 180 nationalities represented. With over 100km of canals, 1,200 bridges and 2,500 houseboats, the city has been named ‘The Venice of the North’. One of the most popular attractions in the city is The Anne Frank House, a museum opened in 1960 in the house in which Anne Frank and her family hid from Nazi occupation during World War 2.
Food & Drinks
The Netherlands is not traditionally famous as a culinary destination however Amsterdam has some incredible food spots to try out. With influences from Suriname, Indonesia, Turkey and more, the food culture in The Netherlands has become increasingly multicultural throughout the last century. Amsterdam itself has over a thousand restaurants, so we’re sure there’s more than enough to satisfy your hunger! However, one of the best ways to eat your way through Amsterdam is by snacking on the go. Grab some Herring from a traditional fish stand, a freshly baked stroopwaffel at the market or some patatje oorlog while strolling the canals. When you inevitably end up at the pub, why not grab some bitterballen or a kroket to go with your pint of Heineken!
There are over 425 museums in The Netherlands and over 90 in Amsterdam alone! Ranging from the world renowned Rijksmuseum housing famous works of art from painters such as Rembrandt, to the Hortus Botanicus, one of the worlds’ oldest botanical gardens, the museum choices in Amsterdam cover all bases. The hash, hemp and marijuana museum gives visitors a insight into the medicinal & cultural purposes of marijuana along with offering information about the various agricultural and industrial uses of hemp. Foam photography museum, opened in 2001 has four separate exhibitions at any one time, emphasising street, documentary and portrait photography, whilst highlighting up and coming artists. With trams running throughout the city and Amsterdam itself being easily walkable, you could learn about the history of Heineken, medieval torture devices and sustainable fashion all in one day!