Amsterdam – The World’s Most Liberal City

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Started as a small fishing village in the 13th century; Amsterdam was founded by two Fishermen. According to legend, two Frisian fishermen wandering in the sea looking for surplus fish landed on the coasts of the Amstel rivulet in a small rowboat with their puppies. The village got its name after these fishermen reached the dam by the Amstel river, thus the name ‘Amster-dam’.

In the 21st century, it is the capital of Holland (Netherlands), known for its liberal mindsets, dreamy and rich culture, and architecture. The city has miles of stunning channels, also stunning architecture, great art collections, and interesting museums.

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Early structures persist, but the gothic Oude Kerk (little houses and an old church), the Nieuwe Kerk (little houses and the New Church) and the Wooden House). The archaic centre was considerably constructed during the Golden economic Age in the 18th century, when the city was one of the most affluent cities on the globe, with trade ties to the Baltic, Africa, North America, Indonesia, Africa, and Brazil. Its stock exchange market was the foremost to trade continuously in the world. This era saw the construction of the classical Royal Palace on the Westerkerk, Damplein, Zuiderkerk, and many trench houses, including DE Gecroonde Raep (the Crowned Turnip) and De Dolfijin (Dolphin)

Netherlands’ capital has many fantastic museums, including the Rembrandt House Museum Stedelijk Museum, and the Rijksmuseum. The Van Gogh Museum is home to the largest assemblage of the artist’s work in the world. The infamous Anne Frank Residence is where the unfortunate Jewish diarist hid during World War II to evade Nazi capture and is a must-visit.

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Amsterdam is well-known for its channels. The three major channels spread from the city walls and the IJ lake, most at various courses in time. The innermost is the lord’s Canal Herengracht (Herengracht). Beyond it lie the Emperor’s Canal (Keizersgracht) and the prince’s canal (Prinsengracht). They are best appreciated by boat, or by bike along the diverse streets. Known as ‘Venice of the North; smaller channels cross the main channel, splitting the city into numerous islands, and nearly 1,200 bridges the canals of this stunning city.

Also quite famous for its nightlife, with its incredible discotheques, restaurants, cafe, clubs, classic ‘brown’ bars, theatres and broadway. These are largely centred around the Jordan, the Rembrandtplein, and the Leidseplein. Many tourists go for the shady Red Light District, with its legalized strip joints, prostitution and sex stores.

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