Amsterdam is the capital and most populous city of the Netherlands. It has a population of 838,338 within the city proper, 1,335,115 in the urban area, and 2,431,000 in the Metropolitan Area.
Amsterdam’s name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Originating 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), a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries the city expanded, and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
I visited Amsterdam in Novermeber, 2013 and I really liked it. Its canals and old buildings are beautiful. At times, I felt I was in a fairy tale while contemplating the beautiful and peaceful canals with its boats, and bicicles parked on the bridges, all sorrounded by trees.
Note: All photos published on this blog were taken by me. Thanks.