Some places leave an indelible impact on your mind, and Amsterdam is one such city. It's full of life, and there's something in store for everyone. Irrespective of your place of origin, Amsterdam will make you feel at home with its own unique charm. Read on to know more about this magical city that's just a short flight away.
From a fishing village to fiesty and fun town
Let's go back in time and start our tour of Amsterdam when it was just a fishing village in the 12th century. The village got its name from the Amstel river on which it sat, and when a dam was built to protect the village from flooding "dam" was added to its name. Initially the name Amstellodamus was used, which later evolved into Amsterdam.
The first thing that you'll notice when in Amsterdam is its colorful tilted houses. All of Amsterdam is said to have been built on water. Since the soil was extremely swampy, the houses were built on stilts. Because of their off balance structure, they're often called the dancing houses by the locals.
Love for bikes
The dancing houses demand attention, but the many bikes around the city are something you can't miss. Bikes are everywhere in Amsterdam. A quick Google search will tell you that there are more bikes than people in Amsterdam. Some say there are more than 800,000 bicycles, and every year more than 10,000 bicycles are fished out of canals. If you know how to cycle, then be ready to bike around the city.
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It has 1,281 bridges
When a city has so many canals, there have to be bridges. Amsterdam is no different, but you might be surprised to know that it has three times more bridges than Venice. That's right, Venice with 409 bridges gets completely overshadowed by Amsterdam's 1281 bridges.
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This small, white wooden bridge is also known as the skinny bridge. It's the most visited bridge in Amsterdam and it raises every 20 minutes for boats to pass beneath. It's said that it used to be so narrow that it was difficult for two people to pass each other. This led to the creation of a wider bridge in 1871.