Open-hearted, welcoming, and prosperous, Amsterdam is a good-time city in Netherlands that merrily opens its arms to all arrivals. It embraces its tourists, its cyclists, its boat-folk, and its multi-cultural community. It is friendly, unflappable, and approachable; a city confident in its own skin but with one eye fixed on the future, buzzing with creativity and bonhomie. Let us know some interesting facts about this Venice of North, Amsterdam.
1. Venice of North
Amsterdam has more canals than Venice has. There are more than 100 kilometers of canals, about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges in Amsterdam. Some of the major canals in the city are Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht.
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2. Magnificent Architecture
Amsterdam is a fascinating architecture mixture of the 17th century and the modern architecture. Most of the 17th century-inspired buildings are made of brick and the modern-architecture doesn’t have any specific material that are made of, but the shapes and the heights of these buildings are various.
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3. City of Legalized Prostitution
Prostitution in Amsterdam is legal and regulated. Operating a brothel is also legal. The largest and best-known red-light district, De Wallen in Amsterdam, is a destination for international sex tourism.
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4. Cannabis Lover City
Selling Cannabis is legal in the city and the country. Coffee shops are allowed to sell marijuana. Where ever you go in the city, you can find cannabis coffee shops. Strong cannabis (THC higher than 15%) is prohibited and tourists are not allowed to enter any coffee-shops anymore.
5. City of Bicycles
People of Amsterdam love riding Bicycle. Driving a car in Amsterdam is discouraged. But lots of people are using the local transport, because it is fast and environmentally friendly.
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6. City of Museums
Amsterdam is also known for its Museums. Amsterdam is one of the Capitals with most Museums in the World. There are hundreds of Museums around the city; some famous Museums are Amsterdam Museum, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam Dungeon etc.
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7. City was built on Stilts
The entire city of Amsterdam was built on stilts. The massive stakes that are driven into the ground. These stilts laid the foundation for every building in the city. It means that if you stay at one of the many Amsterdam hotels, you are actually staying on stilts. Over 6,000 piles are used to hold up Central Station. Regular maintenance keeps these piles in load-bearing condition.
8. Amsterdam may soon disappear
City of Amsterdam is below the sea level. At its lowest point, it is 6.7 meters below sea level. If climate change causes even a small increase in global sea levels, Amsterdam may vanish.
9. City filled with Polyglots
Amsterdam is full of Polyglots. Polyglot is a term for those who are fluent in more than two languages. Due to the Proximity with Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg and France. Apart from Dutch people of Amsterdam can speak German, French. Almost Every person speaks English in Amsterdam.
10. Natives of Amsterdam are tallest in the World
The average height for a Dutch male is 184 cm, and the average height for a Dutch female is 170 cm. As per many different studies, this height is attributed to their DNA and healthy eating habits.
11. One of the Largest Coffee Consumer Cities
Residents of Amsterdam are the second largest consumers of Coffee in the world. On Average, an Amsterdam resident consumes a minimum of 140 liters of coffee per year or about 3.2 cups of coffee per day.