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Amsterdam is the capital city of the Netherlands, which was founded in 1275. Amsterdam came from the word “Amstelredamme” which means “a dam in the river Amstel.” The city is often called the Venice of the North because of its great number of canals. The city has over 60 miles or 100 kilometers of canals.
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Key Facts & Information
Brief Historical and Geographical Background
- The total population is almost 850,000, making it the most populous city in the Netherlands.
- It is located in the North Holland province.
- The Netherlands is divided into 90 islands which are connected by over 120 bridges.
- The city has a total land area of 84.7 square miles (219.4 square kilometers) and is 6.6 feet below sea level.
- The official language of the city is Dutch.
- The most dominant religion in the city is Christianity.
- In its southwest area is a man-made forest known as Amsterdamse Bos.
- 12% of Amsterdam’s land area is nature reserves and parks.
- The three main canals of the city are Prinsengracht, Herengracht, and Keizersgracht.
- Singel refers to the moats that surrounded the city in the middle ages.
CITYSCAPES / LANDMARKS
- Rijksmuseum – Rijksmuseum is a museum that was built in 1809. It has more than 250 rooms and is home to over 35,000 books and manuscripts.
- Anne Frank’s House – Anne Frank was a young Jewish girl who kept a diary of what her family went through during the German occupation, which lasted for two years. Some of her famous lines include:
- “Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be! How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!”
- “What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again.”
- “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that still remains.
- “Whoever is happy will make others happy too.”
- Van Gogh Museum – Vincent Van Gogh was a well-known Post-Impressionist artist whose paintings were characterized by striking color, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms. One of his most famous works is “The Starry Night.”
- Royal Palace of Amsterdam – The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is located in Dam Square. The palace is used for Royal Official Dutch functions by the royal family, but is still open to visitors.
- Canal Belt – The Canal Belt is a UNESCO World Heritage site which was built in the 17th century. It is made of four canals: the Singel, the Herengracht, the Keizersgracht, and the Prinsengracht.
- Keukenhof – Keukenhof is also known as the “Garden of Europe” and is known as one of the largest flower gardens in the entire world. Generally, the garden houses over 7 million tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths.
- Bloemen Market – Bloemen Market is the world’s biggest and only floating flower market. It was established in 1862 at the Singel canal between the Koningsplein and the Muntplein.
- Heineken Brewery – The Heineken Brewery was built in 1864 and is well known for its Heineken Beer.
- Vondelpark – The park was developed in 1865. It is constantly sinking. It is renovated every now and then to prevent it from totally sinking. Some of the most famous spots in the park include the Openluchttheater, the rose garden, and the Vondelparkpaviljoen.
- Herengracht – Herengracht is one of the four main canals which make up the Canal Belt. This is the area where the socialites of Amsterdam built their grand houses.
- Jordaan District – The Jordaan District, built in the 17th Century, is famous for its beautiful houses, nice restaurants, and original shops.
- Begijnhof – Begijnhof is an almshouse which became the home of the the Beguines.
- EYE Film Institute – The EYE Film Institute Netherlands is formerly known as the Dutch Film Museum which was originally located at 19th C. pavilion in the Vondelpark.
- ARTIS Amsterdam Royal Zoo – The Zoo was founded in 1838 and houses over 900 animal species and 200 tree species.
- Amsterdam is a thriving tech hub with more than 1,650 tech companies.
- The city is also known for its creative industry with over 300 international creative companies.
- Amsterdam is the third-largest exporter of TV formats in the world.
- It is home to Europe’s 3rd-largest gaming market.
- Some of the famous companies in the area include EA and Guerrilla.
- It is the home of the world’s first museum dedicated to sustainable clothing, the Fashion for Good.
- Amsterdam is home to leading international companies such as Boeing, GE Aviation, Embraer, Bell, and CAE.
- The world’s first central bank was established in Amsterdam.
- It is known as one of Europe’s leading financial centers and is the center of the Dutch banking sector.
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Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Amsterdam Facts
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