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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

General Information


Amsterdam is one of the most important cultural centers in Europe. With around 75 festivals held in the city each year, Amsterdamís reputation as a City of Festivals is justly deserved.


Amsterdam has a staggering 51 museums, with diverse permanent collections and temporary exhibitions. The largest and most renowned institutions include the Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Anne Frank House and Rembrandthuis. There are also a surprising number of smaller museums. In recent years, photography and multimedia exhibitions have become commonplace.


Amsterdammers consider sport to be a major part of life. Dutch sports people also compete at the highest level in sports such as hockey, tennis, squash, ice hockey, basketball, swimming, cycling and football.


With everything from multi‑level department stores to one‑of‑a‑kind boutiques, antiques to contemporary Dutch design, Amsterdam inspires even the most cultivated shopper.


Amsterdamís dining choices are as diverse as its population. Home to 177 different nationalities, the city offers a wealth of international cuisines and dining options. Many of the cityís restaurants are large enough to accommodate groups and banquets, while the smaller establishments offer guests a more relaxing dining experience.

Superb Surroundings

Travel just 15 minutes from the center of Amsterdam and you will feel as though you have stepped into a 17th‑century landscape painting. The fishing villages of Marken and Volendam are like open‑air museums, with perfectly preserved examples of historical Dutch houses and windmills. Springtime visitors can tour the spectacular bulb fields or take in millions of blooming flowers at the enormous Keukenhof garden.


During the 17th century, Amsterdam was a center for trading. Today its location on the edge of Europe positions the city as a central marketplace for the free and efficient exchange of knowledge and ideas. With two highly developed universities and several laboratories, Amsterdam is planted firmly on the world map as a fertile breeding ground for knowledge and innovation. The city draws many prominent academics and has become an attractive meeting place for science and research professionals.