Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is among the world's finest and most interesting cities. It derives its specific character from numerous canals and historical monuments. Most of the 7,000 monuments date from the 'Golden Age' in the 17th century, when trade brought great affluence to the city. Amsterdam is often referred to as one of the most colorful cities in the world
as these pictures show.
The Royal Palace is located on the Dam in Amsterdam. It was built 350 years ago as the City Hall of Amsterdam. It is not Queen Beatrix's place of residence but she occasionally receives important guests there.
In Madame Tussauds Amsterdam you can meet famous Dutch and foreign personalities. There are 130 life-like wax figures on display.
The Rijksmuseum is sometimes called Holland's treasure trove. The largest museum for art and history in the Netherlands, is world famous for its collection. The Rijksmuseum has five departments: Paintings, Sculpture and Applied Arts, Print Cabinet, Asian Art and Dutch History. The centerpiece of the collection is the renowned paintings from Holland's Golden Age. Here you will find works from Vermeer, Frans
Hals, Jan Steen and Rembrandt.
Van Gogh Museum: There is no other place in the world where you can see so many of Vincent van Gogh's paintings under one roof. The Museum is situated on the Museumplein in Amsterdam, between the Rijksmuseum and the Stedelijk Museum.
Beurs (Exchange). The renowned Amsterdam architect H.P. Berlage designed the Beurs in 1903, better known to the Amsterdammers as
"Beurs van Berlage." With its sober, brick facades, its restrained ornamentation and its iron roof, the Beurs marks the beginning of modern architecture in Holland.
The Anne Frank House is situated in the center Amsterdam: the hiding place where Anne Frank wrote her famous diary during World War II.