Amsterdam, also referred to as the “Venice of the North”, is the capital of the Netherlands. The city is known for its large number of canals, its financial influence, and its culture. Amsterdam is one of the top financial centers in Europe. There are many well-known companies that are based here, including Tesla, Uber, and Netflix. The city is home to Europe’s third-busiest airport, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, handling over 68 million passengers a year. Along with the business of the airport, the Port of Amsterdam is the second-largest seaport in the Netherlands.
Van Gogh Museum is an art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh. This museum houses the largest collection of his paintings and drawings in the world. It is the most visited museum in the Netherlands, with over 2.3 million visitors yearly. Some other museums around the city including science and art, are Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, Anne Frank House, and NEMO Science Museum.
The iconic green-bottled beer, Heineken, was invented and first brewed in Amsterdam. You’re able to visit the Heineken Experience, a historic brewery and visitor center. The building was home to the first Heineken Brewery in 1867, until they expanded.
Nieuwmarkt is a family-friendly venue in the center of Amsterdam. It is a square with many cafes and coffee shops, daily markets, weekend markets including organic foods, antiques, and books. In the 17th century, this location was used as a marketplace after the canals filled up. You will see a lot of locals here, and bikes, due to the city being one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country.
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