The City came to life in the thirteenth century when a small settlement emerged at the Dam on the River Amstel, hence giving the city its name. Despite a lot changing since the early days it still has a small town feel with many of the current buildings, houses and architecture worthy of museum status. The locals are very proud of their history and this is made apparent by Amsterdam’s vast array of museums. The amazing architecture of the Rijksmuseum (built in 1885) and the contrast of the modern Van Gogh building take center stage on the Museum Plein.
Amsterdam lies only a 50 minute journey away from The Hague (the governmental quarter) via the excellent double-decker train from Centraal Station, or just a 40 minute journey from Rotterdam.