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Amsterdam — By Marianne on June 3, 2010 at 9:00 am
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10 Amazing Facts about Amsterdam

Amsterdam, city of bicycles, tulips and clogs, attracts thousands of visitors every year. Surrounded by romantic canals, you might feel as if you are strolling through an open-air museum. Hanging out at a sidewalk café and people watching is fun. Sniffing up culture is easy because Amsterdam has over forty-two museums, Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House are the top three. Off beat choices are the Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum and the Sex Museum. Did you know that the Dutch favourite sweet is salty licorice called drop? Stroopwafels (syrup waffles) are made in Gouda, the same city of the famous Gouda cheese.


  1. Schiphol Airport is 4.5 metres below sea level.
  2. Amsterdam is built on piles driven into the marshy soil, wooden ones for old houses and concrete for modern buildings.
  3. The Dutch drink coffee in cafés. Coffeeshops are places to smoke pot.
  4. Most Amsterdammers own two bikes. Of the 600,000 bikes in Amsterdam, 80,000 are stolen each year.
  5. World’s first same sex marriage took place in Amsterdam in 2002.
  6. Visiting the Dutch Parliament building in Amsterdam is not possible. Although Amsterdam is the capital city, all government functions are in The Hague.
  7. Amsterdam has 3,000 house boats and one cat boat known as Poezenboot, home for stray cats.
  8. The distance to New York, NY, is 5867 kilometres or 3646 miles.
  9. There are only two Starbucks coffee shops and not even in the centre. One is at Schiphol Airport, the other at Centraal Station.
  10. Amsterdam is a city of water; 1,281 bridges span 165 canals.

WHAT: Van Gogh Museum
WHERE: Paulus Potterstraat 7 (map)
OPENING HOURS: daily from 10 am – 6 pm, Fridays until 10 pm

WHAT: Rijksmuseum de Meesterwerken
WHERE: Jan Luijkenstraat 1 (map)
OPENING HOURS: daily 10 am – 6 pm

WHAT: Anne Frank House
WHERE: Prinsengracht 263 (map)
September – March: 9 am – 7 pm
April – June: 9 am – 9 pm
July – August 9 am – 10 pm
Secret Annex online: wander through the furnished rooms and listen to readings from the diary

WHAT: Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum
WHERE: Oudezijds Achterburgwal 148 (map)
OPEN: daily 10am – 11 pm

WHAT: Sex Museum
WHERE: Damrak 18 (map)
OPEN: daily 9.30 am – 11.30 pm
ADMISSION FEE: €4, minimum age 16.

WHAT: Poezenboot (cat boat)
WHERE: Singel 38G (map)
OPEN: 1 pm – 3 pm, closed on Wednesday and Sunday

photo credit: personal collection

Related places:
  1. A
    Van Gogh Museum
    Paulus Potterstraat 7, 1071 CX Amsterdam, Netherlands
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  2. B
    Stadhouderskade 42, 1071 ZD Amsterdam, Netherlands
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  3. C
    House of Anne Frank
    Prinsengracht 267, amsterdam, Amsterdam,, Netherlands
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  4. D
    The Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum
    Oudezijdsachterburgwal 148, 1012 DV Amsterdam, Netherlands
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  5. E
    Sex Museum
    Damrak 18
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  6. F
    Stichting De Poezenboot
    Singel 38 G, Amsterdam, , Netherlands
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