Amsterdam - a compact metropolis!
The Dutch capital has been through the centuries- a renowned cultural, scientific and commercial centre and has always been characterised by its open mindness and tolerance. It cherishes a long tradition of unrestricted exchange of ideas. Although Amsterdam is one of Europe's leading capitals, it still has the charm of a village. No other European city can rival Amsterdam's 7.000 historic buildings, some of which date back to the 14th century. The well-known symmetrical rings of canals with over 1.000 bridges summon up visions of Holland's Golden Age. Amsterdam has a dazzling array of cultural attractions with something for everyone. Virtually all points of interest are well within walking distance. Besides, Amsterdam can be reached quickly, directly and comfortably from all over the world.