Amsterdam is known as the "Venice of the North" because of it’s charming canals that criss-cross the city, its striking architecture, and more than 1500 bridges, making it one of the most photogenic cities in the world.

The name Amsterdam derives from a dam on the river Amstel around which the city grew.

Amsterdam on the river Amstel

Houseboats on a Canal

Idyllic life on a Houseboat

One of the city's many beautiful bridges

The Blauwbrug is a historic bridge. This stone bridge is richly decorated, the bases being formed like ships bows.

The columns of the Blauwbrug bridge are decorated with leaf-motifs, masks, and the Imperial Crown on top. The lantern poles have shipping decorations and the lanterns themselves are again in the shape of crowns.

The Magere Brug "Skinny Bridge", a drawbridge over the river Amstel, is over 300 years old. 
A popular tourist attraction, it is one of the best spots to view the river and traditional Dutch architecture.

The counterweights at the top of the bridge balance the spans as they open upwards.

Amsterdam's signature glass-roofed canal boats - one of the best ways to discover the city.

These boats are flat-topped to allow them to pass through low tunnels under the bridges.

Bridge, after bridge, after bridge... look carefully and you will see seven bridges one after the other!

Fancy a canal cruise with Johnny?

Amsterdam has one of the most extensive historic city centres in Europe, largely unchanged since the 19th century, when it developed it’s unique architectural style of colourful narrow buildings, highly decorated and ornate, with oddly shaped windows and doors.

Many of the houses are tilted due to sinking into the swampy ground.

Beautiful Vine growing on a house along the Amstel.

The Royal Palace, home to the Dutch Royal family. 
Situated in Dam square, the centre of Amsterdam.

The basilica of St. Nicholas, which dates from the 14th century, is one of the most majestic buildings in Amsterdam.

Magnificent mansions built by wealthy merchants during the Dutch Golden Age.

De Gooyer, one of the eight windmills in Amsterdam, is the tallest windmill in the country. Built in 1814, it houses a brewery open to visitors.

Rembrandt Square, one of the liveliest places in the city, is known for its night life, cafes, pubs & restaurants.

Leisurely life around Rembrandt square.

The Amsterdam Flower Market is the only floating flower market in the world. The stalls rest on floating barges anchored in place, and sell flowers, bulbs, and cute little Dutch souvenirs.

The Flower Market is a place bursting with colour and fragrance, and teaming with tourists and locals.

Almost every street in Amsterdam has a cheese shop with a mouthwatering variety of cheese.

Bicycling is a way of life in The Netherlands, and is the most popular means of transport in Amsterdam. 
This huge bike park at the Central Station has space for 3000 bicycles.

The Rijksmuseum is one of the world's great museums. This museum boasts almost one million objects in its collection, and has a large number of paintings from the great Dutch Masters - Rembrandt, Vermeer, and others.

The magnificently decorated facade of the Rijksmuseum.

Rembrandt - the "Master of Light". 
One of the greatest artists of all, he is renowned for the exquisite use light and shadow in his paintings. 
His reputation as the greatest etcher in the history of the medium has never questioned.

The Night Watch 
This is Rembrandt's stunning masterpiece, one of the greatest paintings in the history of art. 
The painting is renowned for its colossal size 15'x12', its sublime use of light & shadow, and its perception of motion. 
It has a 3-dimensional quality, with the Captain's hand seeming to leap out of the painting.

Dedicated to the works of one of the world's best loved and influential artists, Vincent van Gogh, this museum maintains the largest collection of his art, as well as works of his contemporaries.

Self-Portrait - Vincent van Gogh. 
van Gogh's paintings are characterised by his dramatic style of bold colours, and rhythmic brushwork, making him one of the most beloved artists of all time.

The Royal Concertgebouw. 
Renowned for its superb acoustics, this concert hall is home to the Concertgebouw Orchestra, one of the finest orchestras in the world. This is a beautiful building, richly decorated both inside and out.

The stunning interior of the Royal Concertgebouw. 
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