IntroductionAmsterdam is situated in the northwest of the Holland District within the Netherlands, and is in close proximity to the North Sea. With its myriad of canals (165 to be precise) the city has developed into one of the world’s most accessible and top tourist attractions. Amsterdam is largely split into the geographic areas of north and south with the emphasis being placed on the numerous ‘pleins’ for identification. As the city of Amsterdam is so compact it has a unique feel to it, with all its different races and religions living harmoniously together.
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.