Amsterdam-NL Tourism

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Known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canals and 17th-century relics!

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Ajit Sridharan

Ajit Sridharan4.3/5

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Very beautiful, tourist friendly city

This review is going to be a little long. My intention in writing this review is to also provide a sort of guide for Indians who are travelling to Europe for the first time. I did my first Europe trip in 2018, and having gone there, I felt that I would have been much better prepared if someone had guided me on what to expect. I have now visited 6 countries in Western Europe, and there are quite a few things that are common, which might benefit people if known beforehand . . I hope some fellow Indians benefit from this if they are travelling for the first time. I am a vegetarian who does not even eat eggs. The first time I travelled to Europe, my 4 year old son was with me, so our restrictions in terms of food and travel would probably be more than most people General tips for travelling to Europe:. 1. Many Indians visit Europe through organized Tours like Kesari Travels, Thomas Cook or Heena Travels. What most of these Tours do is to pack a lot of places over 2 weeks or so, so people feel it is great value for money. The thing with Europe though, is that each place has its own flavour, its own character, and its own unique attractions. Spending just 1 or 2 days in any European city would mean that you end up doing only the 'touristy' things, and completely miss out on many other things that the city has to offer. If you are fine with just seeing the main tourist attractions, Tours will do just fine, but if you like to get a flavour of each place, going on your own, and simply booking local Tours might serve you better. To give you an example, a Paris tour might take you to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc the Triomphe, and the Champs Elysees in one day. However, just the Eiffel tower requires about 3-4 hours if you want to understand the background of the place, identify the famous landmarks you get to see from the top, and understand the history behind each of them. For the Louvre, even a whole day may be insufficient if you want to go through every exhibit that they have. Simply walking around the entire Louvre without stopping to see anything takes about an hour and a half! My personal opinion is that any European city requires at least 4 days if you want to see most of the things the city has to offer, and experience some local food 2. The best thing about Europe is

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Rajat ryan

Rajat ryan5.0/5

1 review

Amsterdam-NL

Didn't do much of sight seeing, but partied a lot, met amazing people. Weather was great, cold at times but fresh and breezy . Food and Shopping: I am really not a foodie but the doner kebab joints around Amsterdam are a must try. Specially the Turkish pizza . Highlight of the trip: Too much awsomeness to compress into 2 lines.

Amsterdam-NL Overview

Located in the west of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is the largest city of the Netherlands. Situated in the province of North Holland, the city is also the capital of the Netherlands. This city has derived its name from the word Amstelredamme, which was also one of the most important ports during the Dutch Golden Age.

The centre of the world economy in the 17th century, the city is now known for its tolerant character and independent culture. The history of this city of diamonds dates back to the early 13th century. The city came into prominence in 1204 AD when fishermen built a dam across the river Amstel, and was called Aemstelledamme, which eventually became Amsterdam.

In 1300, the city rights were granted to Amsterdam. It developed owing to the growing trade with the Hanseatic cities of Europe and also because of becoming an integral part of a pilgrim route. During the 16th century, Protestantism grew in the entire city, marking a new phase in the history of Amsterdam.

The Dutch rebelled against the Habsburg King Philip II of Spain, who was a Roman Catholic. The war was fought because of the suppression of Protestantism, which was accompanied by imposition of high taxes in Netherlands. The Dutch army was led by William of Orange. In 1581, the Dutch won the war and consequently Netherlands became one of the first republics in the world.

Owing to immigration of a number of individuals from all across the globe to liberal Amsterdam, the city received financial boost. In 1602, the United East India Company was founded and during the same year, the city saw the establishment of the world’s first stock exchange. As a result of all this, Capitalism was born in Amsterdam. The period from 1585 to 1672, was regarded as the Golden Age in the history of this city.

The Golden Age was followed by the Silver Age of Amsterdam, which started from 1672 and continued till 1795. The rise in power, culture and wealth came to an end in 1672, which was also known as the ‘Year of Disaster’.

The years from 1795 to 1814 were marked as the period of return of monarchy in the city. During these years, conflicts between Orangists and Patriots occurred and were followed by the French revolution.

In 1848, the revolutionary force again stirred up the whole continent of Europe, including Netherlands. King William II of Netherlands was compelled to accept the liberal constitution. In the second half of the 19th century, the colonial empire again gained power and dominion over new colonies.

From 1914 to 1945, two World Wars were fought, which were difficult times in the history of Amsterdam. The city saw several changes during the 1960s, when Netherlands was immensely influenced by the hippy and counter culture movements. This marked the beginning of the liberation period of Amsterdam.

Owing to the rich culture and history, the city is home to several monuments, museums and landmarks which have strong Dutch influence. With more than 4 million visitors travelling to city each year, Amsterdam has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It can be visited year round; however, the best and the busiest months with respect to tourism are July and August.

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Dam Square, Amsterdam-NL

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Dam Square, Amsterdam-NL
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Vondelpark, Amsterdam-NL
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam-NL

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Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam-NL
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam-NL

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Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam-NL

Getting to Amsterdam-NL

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Transit time: 12 hrs from major cities

Cost ₹ 24,000 per person

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