Situated in the north of Europe, near the North Sea, the Netherlands' capital, Amsterdam, is a key travel hub. Whether it is your main destination, or simply a stopover point, Amsterdam is an exciting and unique city to experience. One of the best-preserved cities in Europe, with almost 7,000 buildings that predate the 18th century, Amsterdam's elaborate canals and narrow buildings with gabled facades echo the settings of the 17th-century golden age. Not only does this city capture the essence of Rembrandt's time, it has also embraced modernity, with a fun, exciting, and artistic atmosphere.
Originally a 13th-century fishing village, Amsterdam has evolved into a vital hub for commerce, culture, and tourism. Amsterdam is renowned for attractions suited for a variety of travelers. This compact city has the excitement of a modern metropolis, without the disadvantages big cities have. World-famous canals line the city, creating 60 miles of waterways and adding to the beauty of the surroundings. They also reduce traffic, making Amsterdam pedestrian-friendly.
Renowned for its cycle-friendly attitude, renting a bicycle will get you anywhere you want. However, public transport via trams, metros, and buses is also excellent and affordable. Buy the OV chip card (OV-chipkaart) at a ticket vending machine or counter, or ask the driver for a tourist pass, to help you use public transportation to navigate the city during your stay.