There’s not a single city in the world which has the level of tolerance towards drugs and sex as Amsterdam. This economic center of the world has become a symbol of the progressivism that Dutch people embody better than anyone. The city’s foundation is written on its very name: the capital of the Netherlands was born in the 14th century next to a dam over the river Amstel and quickly became one of the most important European trading centers.
Since its independence from the Spanish Kingdom, Amsterdam became a paradise for artists, scientists, philosophers and urban engineers. These people built a wonderful city which is indeed a pleasure to visit any time of the year. The old city center, with its iconic small and colorful houses, is perfect to get lost for several hours; the city’s cultural heart, Museumplein, is a buzzing art center; its multiple parks are a preferred place for tourists and locals alike on sunny days.
Amsterdam is also widely accepted as the European capital of Jazz and there are countless bars and Jazz clubs all around the city. Oh, and if you’re staying in the city for more than just some days don’t forget to get your We Are Public card, which provides free tickets and discounts for cultural events ranging from concerts at the Bimhuis and the Concertgebouw to temporal exhibits at several of the city’s museums. Discover much more on our articles about Amsterdam!