"Amsterdam is not Holland. As Berlin is not Germany. It has a way of life that no words really do justice. It is a city of freedom, of alleged sin, of calm, of intensity - and there's no hiding from it." - Court Jeremiah.
DID YOU KNOW?
-The famous artist Claude Monet was a frequent visitor of Amsterdam and used it’s canals many times over in his paintings.
- Houses built for the merchants and the wealthy bankers of the city, who originally built them on swampy soil, which saw them sink into the ground in time. Eventually they were sat atop stilts – but this also caused them to wobble and bend – locals nicknamed them the ‘Dancing Houses’.
- On average 10,000 bikes are dredged out of the canals – a lot of people not looking where they are riding perhaps?
-Heineken beer has a heritage over 250 years old and is still the most popular Amsterdam brand brewed today.
- Anne Frank’s diary (from her time hiding with her family in Amsterdam) is the most translated Dutch book in history. Published in over 60 countries the book has been translated into 70 different languages.
- The 165 canals of Amsterdam collectively make up a total length of 100 kilometres!
- The Dutch are known to be the tallest people in the world!