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What You Should Know About Visiting The (Family Friendly) City of Amsterdam

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If you’re looking for vacation therapy, or just to get away for relaxation, consider visiting Amsterdam. This bike-friendly city is the capital of the Netherlands and is governed by the Dutch legal system. Amsterdam is visitor friendly to vacationers and expats alike. In fact, due to its fair-business practices and status as a leading financial centre – Amsterdam is home to expats from many countries around the globe.

Location

Amsterdam Canal

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Nicknamed “Venice of the North” – the City of Amsterdam is located in the province of North Holland and is the capital and financial business centre of the Netherlands. The city operates under a Dutch legal system with laws that are fair to residents, visitors, and expats. After visiting Amsterdam and discovering all that is has to offer, many people choose to make Amsterdam their temporary (or permanent home.) This family-friendly city has a unique appeal that draws visitors from all corners of the globe. Amsterdam is surrounded on three sides by water making it an excellent port city for financial trade. The Port of Amsterdam is Europe’s fifth-largest port and handles many European imports and exports daily.

Culture & History

Home to famous names like Anne Frank, Rembrandt, and Van Gogh, Amsterdam is built on a canal system similar to that of the water-based travel system in Venice Italy. Amsterdam has a network of 60 miles of canal that can be travelled by boat. The canal and bridge system was constructed for defence, water management and transport. The city also has over five-hundred bridges within the city centre. (Another two-thousand bridges pepper the landscape of Amsterdam.) When you visit the local museums, galleries, and botanical gardens you’ll find that Amsterdam is the home of the Van Gogh museum and popular works of artwork like those created by Rembrandt.

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Known for its extensive bike path system. Amsterdam offers its visitors the option to see these museums, art galleries, nature enclaves, and historical buildings that date back to the time of the 80 years war for free with an all-access visitors pass that can be purchased online. The 80 years war in Amsterdam was fought for Dutch independence from Spain. At the time of the war, Amsterdam was considered the wealthiest city in the western world. As a result, the country had to fight for independence as Spain attempted to impose its own taxes and laws.

Economy

The Amsterdam stock exchange is considered to be one of the oldest (if not the first) stock exchanges in the world. As a result, Amsterdam is still considered as a world financial leader today. The local currency of Amsterdam is the Euro. This bike-friendly country is considered as one of the world’s most multicultural cities with over 150 nationalities represented in the country’s population. This formal financial power centre boasts over fifteen-million visitors each year and is home to over one-million residents year-round.

Make your preparations in advance if you’re planning to visit Amsterdam by visiting the website for the City of Amsterdam here. If you’re looking for a family-friendly getaway that is also an ideal environment for work and play, the City of Amsterdam may be just what you’re looking for!

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Last updated on January 12th, 2020.

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