Amsterdam ~, added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2011, has the highest museum density in the world and is home to cultural highlights, such as the Van Gogh Museum, Anne Frank House, Hermitage Amsterdam and the Rijksmuseum with Rembrandt’s world-famous Nightwatch. Other well known places of interest in Amsterdam are the Palace on the Dam, the Artis Zoo, Jewish Historical Museum and the Rembrandt House. Amsterdam is also one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe.

Amsterdam basic facts and figures:

Population: approx. 820,500 (city)

Time zone: CET (UTC +1 hour)

Telephone area code: +20

Country: The Netherlands (also known as Holland)

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The best time to visit Amsterdam is between April and May or September and November — right before or directly after the summertime high tourist season. You’ll contend with fewer tourists, you’ll enjoy somewhat mild temperatures (the city’s weather is notoriously finicky), and you’ll also experience Amsterdam as the locals do — at its laid-back best. Language is no problem; everybody speaks English so it’s easy to visit Amsterdam if you don’t speak Dutch.

The compact layout of the city: Amsterdam is a small city (compared to London, Paris or New York) so that visitors can get a real feel for its people, neighborhoods, sights & secrets.

Best attraction in town: a canal cruise. It’s an excellent introduction to the city’s many sights. Amsterdam is in the Top 15 safest cities in the world.

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