Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, and it is also the largest city in the country. Within the city limits the population of Amsterdam is 783,364, but the total metropolitan population is 2,158,592. The city is located in the west of the country.

The city of Amsterdam is the cultural and financial capital of the Netherlands. There are many Dutch corporations that have their headquarters located in the city. Amsterdam has a lot to offer all of those who choose to visit it. Over the past decade, the number of tourists has steadily increased and the city receives over 4 million international visitors a year.

If you are looking for a place to stay, four and five-star hotels contribute to approximately 42% of the number of places available in the city. If you are lucky, then you may be visiting Amsterdam during a themed season. For example, in 2006, the city declared a “Rembrandt 400 theme.” This was in celebration of Rembrandt van Rijn’s 400th birthday. There were several hotels that offered special activities and arrangements, and most places had a reduction.

One of the most popular places to visit is the coffee shops. The coffee shops legally sell marijuana and through the spread of rumours, it is actually unlikely that they will be shutting the doors on tourists any time soon. There was legislation being debated that would require citizens to carry cards in order to purchase cannabis and not allowing non residents to partake in this. However, this is unlikely to pass as the legalisation of marijuana among other things, is the main reason why Amsterdam is one of the most popular cities in the world for tourism.

If you enjoy shopping, you will not be disappointed in Amsterdam as there are large department stores and small specialty shops from which to choose all scattered around over the city. The Kalvertoren Shopping Centre is the largest in the city.

When visiting Amsterdam you will discover that the use of cars is widely discouraged. However, if you want to visit other parts of the country, make sure you check out car hire in Amsterdam. You can hire cars for your whole trip or just for specific days.

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