Amsterdam is the capital and the largest city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, for which the seat of the government is The Hague. Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme, linking the city’s origins around a dam in the river Amstel.
Starting as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports in the world during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), as a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading centre for finance. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Amsterdam is one of the world’s top tourist destinations and featured museums in “Joy of Museums” are the following:
- Van Gogh Museum
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- City: Amsterdam
- Country: Netherlands
- Population: 2.4 million Metro
- Origins of Name: Amstelredamme – a dam in the river Amstel.
“Take care of the pennies and the pounds will take care of themselves.” Dutch Proverb
Photo Credit: By Lies Thru a Lens (Amsterdam – the Canal Ring) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons