Col­lo­qui­ally known as the ‘Venice of the North’, Am­s­ter­dam has some­thing for ev­ery­one

Amsterdam Business Travel Guide - - AMSTERDAM - Writer: Emily Jarvis

The fi­nan­cial, cul­tural and cre­ative cen­tre of the Nether­lands, Am­s­ter­dam is one of the great­est small cities in the world fre­quented by more than 11 mil­lion tourists each year. Af­fec­tion­ately known as the ‘Venice of the North’ thanks to its world-renowned belt of wind­ing canals, im­pres­sive ar­chi­tec­ture and more than 1,500 bridges, the cap­i­tal is home to world-fa­mous mu­se­ums, his­tor­i­cal points of in­ter­est, lauded nightlife and an in­cred­i­ble din­ing scene.

With all the ad­van­tages of a big city within cy­cling dis­tance or a short ride on a well-linked trans­port net­work of trams, met­ros, buses and even via its canals, Am­s­ter­dam re­mains a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for short breaks. With plenty to of­fer to dis­cern­ing busi­ness trav­ellers with ei­ther a few hours or few days to spare, there is plenty on of­fer to keep you en­ter­tained, es­pe­cially lovers of ar­chi­tec­ture; with most of the city’s pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tions lo­cated within one of the best-pre­served his­tor­i­cal town cen­tres in the world.

Housed within this eight square kilo­me­tre cen­tre, you’ll find 7,800 mon­u­men­tal build­ings – pri­mar­ily from the 17th and 18th cen­turies – ap­pear­ing along­side mod­ern ar­chi­tec­ture de­vel­oped to com­ple­ment the ex­ist­ing his­tor­i­cal build­ing fa­cades. Am­s­ter­dam Cen­tre also sports more than 2,200 shops – a quar­ter of all shops in the city – and close-to half of all the city’s res­tau­rants and cafes.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the wider-met­ro­pol­i­tan area has a lot to of­fer; with ex­cur­sions to the Cheese Mar­ket at Alk­maar, the tra­di­tional fish­er­mens’ vil­lages of Marken and Vold­en­dam and the unique Dutch coun­try­side north of Am­s­ter­dam all wel­come places to es­cape the crowded city cen­tre.

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