Amsterdam, the capital city of the Netherlands, attracts much
attention both at home and abroad for a wide variety of reasons. For
example, Amsterdam has one of the world’s most important, most
interesting historic city centres. More than a third of the buildings
in the historic city centre date from before 1850. The big old city,
covering 0.8 square kilometres, consists of 90 islands separated by
some 100 kilometres of canals and connected by over 200 bridges.
With nearly 750,000 inhabitants originating from 140 countries, Amsterdam
is the biggest city in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is also one of the
Netherlands’ most densely built cities, with a housing density
of 2,100 homes per m².
The economy in Amsterdam and the surrounding region is based on five
important cornerstones: industry and technology, the ICT and service
sector, the Amsterdam harbour, Schiphol Airport and tourism. 2.8 million
tourists take a boat tour of the canals each year, making the canal boat
tours one of Europe’s major attractions. 16 million tourists visit
Amsterdam and its surroundings each year, coming to see Amsterdam, Haarlem,
Zaanstad and Zandvoort
Together with Utrecht, Rotterdam and The Hague, Amsterdam is part of
the Randstad, one of Europeans most important urban and economic areas.
The Netherlands’ most important airport, Schiphol, is located about
20 kilometres from the capital city.
Good connections are absolutely necessary in this densely populated, highly
constructed area. Public transport is an indispensable asset to mobility. The
size and nature of the Amsterdam region are ideal for public transport and
offer a range of opportunities for the Amsterdam city transport company GVB.
to official Amsterdam website.