One of the best ways to know what to expect from your travels especially when visiting a new country is learning as much as possible about its capital city. A country’s capital is usually it’s center of power, culture, and the best representation of what the country and the people stand for.
This article is about the Dutch capital, Amsterdam and seeks to share tips on everything you need to know about this city prior to your visit.
Amsterdam is not the center of Government
One of the first things you must know about the City of Amsterdam is that unlike many other capital cities, it’s actually not the Dutch center of Government, that would be The Hague. Amsterdam on its part is not only the capital of Netherlands but also a center of the vibrantDutch cultural heritage which are synonymous with its artistic heritage, medieval architecture and its renowned canal system, which are legacies of the Dutch Golden Age during the 17th century. This is the best city to visit in the Netherlands if you are looking to learn and experience more about the history and cultural heritage of the Dutch people.
Amsterdam is the Dutch economic capital
Amsterdam is not only the commercial capital of the Netherlands, but also among the top financial centers in Europe. The city is home to the oldest stock exchange in the world, and the fifth largest sea port in Europe. This city has been ranked highly by many independent experts. Some include the rank as the second best city to live in in 2012 by the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranked third in innovation by the Australian Innovation Agency in 2009, and ranked 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer. Much of this journey to economic success began way back in the 17th century during what is commonly referred to as the Dutch Golden Age.
The climate of Amsterdam
The City of Amsterdam mostly has an oceanic climate which is mainly influenced by the city’s proximity to the North Sea which is located to the west of the city and responsible for the prevailing westerly winds. Generally, Amsterdam does not experience extreme weather therefore you can schedule your visit almost any time of the year. However, the best time to visit is between mid-April and mid-October when the weather is believed to be at its finest. The tourist season however is known to peak in between July and August. If you prefer travelling off season, Amsterdam is still a good bet because it remains lively and attractive throughout because of its friendly climate.
All in all, Amsterdam is a highly multicultural city, in fact, one of the world’s most multicultural cities with a representation from at least 177 nationalities from across the globe. This ranks this city among the best travel destinations in the world.