Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
Random Facts about Amsterdam:
1. Amsterdam has more bridges than Venice
2.The tilted houses are called Dancing Houses.The houses were built for the wealthy bankers and merchants and did double-duty as both houses and work spaces. The soil was so swampy that they had to built on stilts and that caused them to wobble and sink into the river, so now they are each a little off kilter!
3.There are 2500 houseboats in Amsterdam.2500 houseboats line Amsterdam canals and many have been afloat for more than a century. There are different types of houseboats and the concrete kind are the most desirable as they don’t need to be taken to the shipyard for repairs.
4. French impressionist Claude Monet painted the South Church 13 times during his visit to the Netherlands and the captain stopped for us to admire the exact angle as the Monet painting with the Groenburgwal canal leading up to it.