A report on Amsterdam and Amstel

Map of the river Amstel from ca. 1575
The Oude Kerk was consecrated in 1306 AD.
Amstel near Nes aan de Amstel, between Uithoorn and Amstelveen
Amsterdam citizens celebrating the Peace of Münster, 30 January 1648. Painting by Bartholomeus van der Helst
Amstel near the Rembrandt Tower in Amsterdam
Courtyard of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by Emanuel de Witte, 1653. The Amsterdam Stock Exchange was the first stock exchange to introduce continuous trade in the early 17th century.
17th-century drawing of the river Amstel by Rembrandt
View of Vijzelstraat looking towards the Muntplein, 1891
Photochrom of Amsterdam's Dam Square at the beginning of the 20th century
The rebuilt Magere Brug, around 1938.
People celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II on 8 May 1945
The 17th-century Canals of Amsterdam were listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2010, contributing to Amsterdam's fame as the "Venice of the North". Along with De Wallen, the canals are the focal-point for tourists in the city.
Satellite picture of Amsterdam and North Sea Canal
Topographic map of Amsterdam
Large-scale map of the city centre of Amsterdam, including sightseeing markers,.
Nieuwendammerdijk en Buiksloterdijk, Amsterdam-Noord, winter 2010
The Westerkerk in the Centrum borough, one of Amsterdam's best-known churches
A 1538 painting by Cornelis Anthonisz showing a bird's-eye view of Amsterdam. The famous Grachtengordel had not yet been established.
Rokin – November 1977
The Egelantiersgracht lies west of the Grachtengordel, in the Jordaan neighbourhood.
The Scheepvaarthuis, by architects Johan van der Mey, Michel de Klerk, Piet Kramer is characteristic of the architecture of the Amsterdam School.
The Begijnhof is one of the oldest hofjes in Amsterdam.
The Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam and Conservatorium van Amsterdam, two examples of 21st-century architecture in the centre of the city
The Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the oldest stock exchange in the world
The Zuidas, the city's main business district
Boats give tours of the city, such as this one in front of the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.
De Wallen, Amsterdam's Red-light district, offers activities such as legal prostitution and a number of coffee shops that sell cannabis. It is one of the main tourist attractions.
An Amsterdammer waits for a traffic light to change at the Muntplein in the heart of Amsterdam.
The Rijksmuseum houses Rembrandt's The Night Watch.
The Van Gogh Museum houses the world's largest collection of Van Gogh's paintings and letters.
The Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam is an international museum dedicated to modern and contemporary art and design.
Rembrandt monument on Rembrandtplein
Coldplay performing at the Amsterdam Arena, 2016
The Concertgebouw or Royal Concert Hall houses performances of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and other musical events.
Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam's best-known theatre
One of the decorated boats participating in the 2013 Canal Parade of the Amsterdam Gay Pride
AFC Ajax player Johan Cruyff, 1967
Femke Halsema has been the Mayor of Amsterdam since 2018.
Boroughs of Amsterdam
Police headquarters of Amsterdam
King Willem-Alexander, Princess Beatrix, and Queen Máxima greeting Amsterdammers from the Royal Palace of Amsterdam during Willem-Alexanders inauguration in 2013
A tram crossing the Keizersgracht
The Amsterdam Metro is a mixed subway and above ground rapid transit system consisting of five lines.
Amsterdam Centraal station, the city's main train station
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol ranks as Europe's third-busiest airport for passenger traffic.
Police bicyclist crossing a bridge over the Prinsengracht
Bicyclist at Amsterdam
The Agnietenkapel Gate at the University of Amsterdam, founded in 1632 as the Athenaeum Illustre

It flows from the Aarkanaal and Drecht in Nieuwveen northwards, passing Uithoorn, Amstelveen, and Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, to the IJ in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam was founded at the Amstel, that was dammed to control flooding; the city's name derives from the Amstel dam.

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North Holland

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Province of the Netherlands in the northwestern part of the country.

Province of the Netherlands in the northwestern part of the country.

National Park Duinen van Texel
Damrak, Amsterdam
Hartekamp, Heemstede
Government house of North Holland province, Villa Welgelegen, in Haarlem
Broek in Waterland
Satellite image of the North Holland, Friesland and Flevoland
Satellite image of the south of North Holland
Map of North Holland (2019)
A Highland in Zuid-Kennemerland National Park

161,265). The province's largest city and also the largest city in the Netherlands is the Dutch capital Amsterdam, with a population of 862,965 as of November 2019.

Holland was split up into five departments named "Texel", "Amstel", "Delf", "Schelde en Maas", and "Rijn".

Dam Square with the Royal Palace (center) and the Nieuwe Kerk (right) in 2005

Dam Square

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Dam Square with the Royal Palace (center) and the Nieuwe Kerk (right) in 2005
National Monument, with the Hotel Krasnapolsky on the right.
The Dam in 1544, as an actual dam in the river Amstel. View faces roughly southwest. On the right hand side are the old town hall and the Nieuwe Kerk.
The Dam with the weigh house, late 1600s by Gerrit Berckheyde.
Dam Square just after the shooting, 1945.
The Dam during the 1980 riots.
Several times a year there used to be a large funfair on Dam Square.

Dam Square or the Dam is a town square in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

Dam Square lies in the historical center of Amsterdam, approximately 750 m south of the main transportation hub, Centraal Station, at the original location of the dam in the river Amstel.


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Municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands with a population of 89,918 It is a suburban part of the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

Municipality in the province of North Holland, Netherlands with a population of 89,918 It is a suburban part of the Amsterdam metropolitan area.

Map of Nieuwer-Amstel, 1865–1870
Topographic map of Amstelveen, September 2014
KPMG head office
Downtown Amstelveen
Line 25 tram leaving the Amstelveen Poortwachter stop
Jan Peter Balkenende, 2006
Jan Cornelis Hofman, self portrait, 1929
Famke Janssen, 2013
Jolanda de Rover, 1981
Robbert Schilder, 2008
Brandweer, Amstelveen
Paulus Kerk
Boathouse Bosbaan

The name Amstelveen comes from the Amstel, a local river (as does the name Amsterdam) and veen, meaning fen, peat, or moor.

Map of Amstelland


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Map of Amstelland
1681 map of "Rhenolandia, Amstelandia". Amstelland is roughly the area on the lower centre part of the map.
Aerial view of northern part of Amstelland, including the wedge-shaped green area jutting into Amsterdam
1898 map of Amstelland
The Magere Brug in Amsterdam
The Amstel and Amstelland as seen from the Utrechtsbrug just south of Amsterdam
Nes aan de Amstel
Amstelland countryside near Nes aan de Amstel
Street scene in Amstelveen
De Zwaan windmill, near Ouderkerk aan de Amstel
Thamerkerk in Uithoorn
River Amstel south of Uithoorn

Amstelland is the area along the river Amstel in the Netherlands, beginning in South Holland and running north towards Amsterdam in southern North Holland.

Rokin in 2009


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Rokin in 2009
The Rokin in 2005, with construction on the North-South line underway.
Entrance to Rokin metro station.
Amsterdam in 1544, with Dam square in the centre and the Rokin in the top left. In 1936, the Rokin was filled in from Dam square to Spui square.

The Rokin is a canal and major street in the centre of Amsterdam.

Canal boats are now moored on the remaining part of the water, from the Amstel to Grimburgwal.

The Damrak in 2005, as viewed from Dam Square.


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The Damrak in 2005, as viewed from Dam Square.
A birdseye view of Amsterdam circa 1544, looking south. The Damrak is the waterway at the center.
The dancing houses at the Damrak.
Typical architecture of the Damrak.

The Damrak is an avenue and partially filled in canal at the centre of Amsterdam, running between Amsterdam Centraal in the north and Dam Square in the south.

The street was located on a rak (reach), a straight part of the Amstel river near a dam; hence the name.

Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

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Town in the province of North Holland, Netherlands.

Town in the province of North Holland, Netherlands.

Drawing bridge: de Kerkbrug
De Zwaan ("The Swan") windmill
View to de Ronde Hoep
Entering the town of Ouderkerk aan de Amstel
Ouder-Amstel Town Hall in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel

It is largely a part of the municipality of Ouder-Amstel; it lies about 9 km south of Amsterdam.

It is connected to Amsterdam by the river Amstel.

Boats on the Prinsengracht, 2018

Canals of Amsterdam

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Boats on the Prinsengracht, 2018
Numerous tourists view Amsterdam from canal boat tours (2015)
A map showing Amsterdam with its canals from 1662 CE.
View of the Westerkerk, c. 1660 CE.
Amsterdam's canal, second half of 17th century.
View of Oudezijds Voorburgwal, c. 1670 CE.
View of the Herengracht, c. 1670 CE.
The Martelaarsgracht, c. 1670 CE.
The Golden Bend, 1685 CE.
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, c. 1686 CE.

Amsterdam, capital of the Netherlands, has more than 100 km of grachten (canals), about 90 islands and 1,500 bridges.

The eastern part of the concentric canal plan, covering the area between the Amstel river and the IJ Bay, was not implemented for a long time.

Entrance of the Hermitage Amsterdam.

Hermitage Amsterdam

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Entrance of the Hermitage Amsterdam.
A 1693 etching of the Amstelhof, showing the building out of proportions.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Queen Beatrix at the official opening of Hermitage Amsterdam on 20 June 2009.
Katja, 1983 statue of a nude woman by sculptor Eddy Roos in the garden of Hermitage Amsterdam

Hermitage Amsterdam is a branch museum of the Hermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, Russia, located on the banks of the Amstel river in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Centraal station

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Aerial photograph of Amsterdam Central station, 1920–1940.
Amsterdam Centraal station, designed by Pierre Cuypers, c. 1890–1900.
First station roof (1889), designed by L.J. Eijmer, as seen from platform 2.
Amsterdam Centraal station at night, 2001
Amsterdam Centraal station from the side
Metro train at Centraal Station
Amsterdam Metro network
Stationsplein, tram stop for routes 1, 2, 5, 13, 17
A GVB route 33 bus leaves Amsterdam Centraal.
An EBS bus at the new bus station.
IJ lake ferry at Amsterdam Centraal.
EYE Film Institute Netherlands

Amsterdam Centraal Station (Station Amsterdam Centraal ; abbreviation: Asd) is the largest railway station in Amsterdam, North Holland, the Netherlands.

In the first proposal, the station would be situated between the Leidseplein and the Amstel river.