A report on Amsterdam and Amstelveen

The Oude Kerk was consecrated in 1306 AD.
Map of Nieuwer-Amstel, 1865–1870
Amsterdam citizens celebrating the Peace of Münster, 30 January 1648. Painting by Bartholomeus van der Helst
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.
Topographic map of Amstelveen, September 2014
View of Vijzelstraat looking towards the Muntplein, 1891
Photochrom of Amsterdam's Dam Square at the beginning of the 20th century
KPMG head office
The rebuilt Magere Brug, around 1938.
Downtown Amstelveen
People celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands at the end of World War II on 8 May 1945
Line 25 tram leaving the Amstelveen Poortwachter stop
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.
Jan Peter Balkenende, 2006
Satellite picture of Amsterdam and North Sea Canal
Jan Cornelis Hofman, self portrait, 1929
Topographic map of Amsterdam
Famke Janssen, 2013
Large-scale map of the city centre of Amsterdam, including sightseeing markers,.
Jolanda de Rover, 1981
Nieuwendammerdijk en Buiksloterdijk, Amsterdam-Noord, winter 2010
Robbert Schilder, 2008
The Westerkerk in the Centrum borough, one of Amsterdam's best-known churches
Brandweer, Amstelveen
A 1538 painting by Cornelis Anthonisz showing a bird's-eye view of Amsterdam. The famous Grachtengordel had not yet been established.
Paulus Kerk
Rokin – November 1977
Boathouse Bosbaan
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

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

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These farmers were starting the reclamation around upstream Ouderkerk aan de Amstel, and later at the other side of the river at Amstelveen.

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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.

Another seven municipalities have a population between 50,000 and 100,000 inhabitants (Hilversum, Amstelveen, Purmerend, Hoorn, Velsen, Den Helder and Dijk en Waard).

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

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Main international airport of the Netherlands.

Main international airport of the Netherlands.

A Ford being used to power a winch for towing gliders at Schiphol in 1933
The air traffic control tower at Schiphol in 1960
Airplanes and service vehicles on the apron in 1965
Map showing the six runways of Schiphol
The main entry of Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
Check-in hall interior at the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
KLM Cargo Boeing 747-400ERF on the Taxiway Bridge crossing the Highway A4 E19.
Schiphol Tower
All the airport's 6 runways viewed from an aeroplane taking off at dawn.
Schiphol Group offices
The Convair Building, which houses KLM Cityhopper and KLM offices, and the original Schiphol control tower
The construction of the tunnel and railway station in 1992
The crash site of El Al Flight 1862 in 1992
The crash site of Turkish Airlines Flight 1951 on 25 February 2009
Queues to the security control in June 2022

It is located 9 km southwest of Amsterdam, in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer in the province of North Holland.

Its current head office in nearby Amstelveen had a scheduled completion at the end of 1970.


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Municipality in the west of the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

Municipality in the west of the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

Topographic map of Haarlemmermeer, June 2015
Historic map of the Haarlemmermeer before reclamation.
Pumping Station Cruquius
Cruquiusmuseum entrance, taken from Cruquiusmuseum park
TransPort Building - Houses the head offices of Martinair and Transavia.com
Calatrava bridge - Cittern
Schiphol Airport
Boardroom of the local government in Hoofddorp
Hendrik Colijn, 1925
Tineke Netelenbos, 2015
Fanny Blankers-Koen, 1988

But it was not until a furious hurricane in November 1836 drove the waters as far as the gates of Amsterdam, and another on Christmas Day sent them in the opposite direction to submerge the streets of Leiden, that the mind of the nation was seriously turned to the matter.

Its current head office in Amstelveen had a scheduled completion at the end of 1970.

Amsterdam Metro

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The 1968 plan for the metro
Wall decorations remembering the demolition in the Nieuwmarkt neighbourhood and protests against it
Route network of the Amsterdam Metro with years of opening
Map of current Amsterdam Metro routes
Waterlooplein station, opened in 1980, seen before its 2010s renovation.
A M5 metro at Kraaiennest station
New Bijlmer Arena station (2007)
Route 51 lightrail vehicle at Zuid Station, where it changed from third rail to overhead wire power supply.
Platforms of the North–South Line at Amsterdam Centraal
Ticket barriers for the OV-chipkaart at Venserpolder metro station
1974 original design at Diemen Zuid station, featuring M.O.L. typeface
1991 style sign at Zonnestein station
1995 style sign at Isolatorweg station
2009 style sign at Bijlmer ArenA station
2016 style sign at Amsterdam Centraal station

The Amsterdam Metro (Amsterdamse metro) is a rapid transit system serving Amsterdam, Netherlands, and extending to the surrounding municipalities of Diemen and Ouder-Amstel.

Until 2019 it also served the municipality of Amstelveen but this route has been closed for conversion into a tram line.


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Municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

Municipality and a town in the Netherlands, in the province of North Holland.

Aalsmeer in 1866.
Topographic map of Aalsmeer, June 2015
Aalsmeer Town Hall
Flower Auction Aalsmeer.
The Water Tower of Aalsmeer was completed in 1928 in an Art Deco style.
Windmill: stellingmolen De Leeuw
Peter R. de Vries, 1995

The town is located 13 km (8 mi) southwest of Amsterdam.

171 - Aalsmeer - Bovenkerk - Amstelveen - Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA Station


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Flag carrier airline of the Netherlands.

Flag carrier airline of the Netherlands.

KLM poster featuring the airline's first commercial slogan. It is likely dated around the late 1920s, after it started service to Batavia.
KLM Fokker F-XVIII departing from the Dutch East Indies, 1932
KLM Douglas DC-2 aircraft Uiver in transit at Rambang airfield on the east coast of Lombok island following the aircraft being placed second in the MacRobertson Air Race from RAF Mildenhall, England, to Melbourne in 1934
KLM Douglas DC-3 at Manchester Airport in 1947
Lockheed L-749A Constellation of KLM in 1953
KLM Vickers Viscount 803
KLM Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprop airliner in 1965
KLM Boeing 747-206B in 1971
KLM Douglas DC-8-63 at London Heathrow Airport in 1982. The DC-8 was the mainstay of the KLM narrowbody jet fleet.
A KLM Boeing 737-700 with a "100 year" livery taking off from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
KLM head office in Amstelveen
A Boeing 747-400 Combi in KLM Asia livery. Pictured is PH-BFC, the aircraft involved in the KLM Flight 867 incident. This aircraft served the subsidiary from 1995 to 2012 before being transferred to KLM and repainted in the mainline KLM livery, where it remained in service until its retirement on 14 March 2018.
Evolution of the KLM logo
A current KLM pilot wing
One of KLM's Douglas DC-6s in 1953
A KLM Lockheed L-188 Electra in the airline's 1950s livery
PH-BKA in a special 100 Years livery
PH-BVA painted in a special "Orange Pride" livery
A Business Class seat on board a former refurbished KLM Boeing 747-400
Economy Comfort and Economy Class seats on board a KLM Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
KLM Delft blue houses
At the time of the accident, the Boeing 747 named Rhine was only six years old.

KLM is headquartered in Amstelveen, with its hub at nearby Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

In 1919, a young aviator lieutenant named Albert Plesman sponsored the ELTA aviation exhibition in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Zuid station

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Overview of the station. To the right of the station, the HQ of ABN Amro is just visible.
Combino tram at Amsterdam Zuid station. Note that this photo was taken when trams still had their stop inside the station, rather than the current two stops just outside.
View of the station from between the Zuidas offices.

Amsterdam Zuid ("Amsterdam South") is a railway station situated in the borough of Amsterdam-Zuid in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Line 51 was opened in 1990 as a hybrid metro/sneltram line; it ran as a metro using the third rail from Centraal Station to Zuid, and then as a sneltram (light-rail) line using pantographs south of Zuid to Poortwachter in Amstelveen sharing the rails with tram line 5.


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River in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands.

River in the province of North Holland in the Netherlands.

Map of the river Amstel from ca. 1575
Amstel near Nes aan de Amstel, between Uithoorn and Amstelveen
Amstel near the Rembrandt Tower in Amsterdam
17th-century drawing of the river Amstel by Rembrandt

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

Seal: Maiden in the Garden

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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Seal: Maiden in the Garden
Seal: Maiden in the Garden
Bust of Abraham Kuyper, founder of the VU, in the Main Building.
Former Chemistry Laboratory (1932) at De Lairessestraat.
The upper floors of the Main Building's eastern wing, housing library stacks and showing the University emblem.
The main building has an inhouse restaurant serving pizzas, pasta, sandwiches and soup
VU Main Building Entrance
VU Cultural Centre 'Griffioen', located at Uilenstede campus
Former eastern entrance to the campus, since 2010 the location of a new building for the Faculty of Law.
The Main Building, viewed from campus square
The Sciences Building
Left: Sciences Building; Right: Main Building.
New 'O2' Lab Building under construction (January 2014).
De Rode Pieper ('red potato'), housing the Institute for Health and Wellness
De Boelelaan/VU metro and tram station
ACTA Building (2010) at Gustav Mahlerlaan, housing the joint VU/UvA school of dentistry.

The Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (abbreviated as VU Amsterdam or simply VU when in context) is a public research university in Amsterdam, Netherlands, being founded in 1880.

The satellite campus 'Uilenstede' is located further south, in the municipality of Amstelveen.

Amsterdam metropolitan area

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The Amsterdam metropolitan area (Metropoolregio Amsterdam) is the city region around the city of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands.

Municipalities of Aalsmeer, Almere, Amstelveen, Amsterdam, Beemster, Beverwijk, Blaricum, Bloemendaal, Diemen, Edam-Volendam, Gooise Meren, Haarlem, Haarlemmermeer, Heemskerk, Heemstede, Hilversum, Huizen, Landsmeer, Laren, Lelystad, Oostzaan, Ouder-Amstel, Purmerend, Uitgeest, Uithoorn, Velsen, Waterland, Weesp, Wijdemeren, Wormerland, Zaanstad and Zandvoort