Amsterdam, full of colorful homes, canals and bridges, is one of Europe’s most picturesque capitals and one of the most important ports in the world.
Amsterdam‘s name derives from Amstelredamme, indicative of the city’s origin as a dam of the river Amstel. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, Amsterdam became one of the most important ports during the Dutch Golden Age (17th century), a result of its innovative developments in trade. During that time, the city was the leading center for finance and diamonds. In the 19th and 20th centuries the city expanded, and many new neighbourhoods and suburbs were planned and built. The 17th-century canals of Amsterdam and the 19–20th century Defence Line of Amsterdam are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Amsterdam is the capital of the Kingdom of the Netherlands since 1814.
Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife, international restaurants, good transport – but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience.
Amsterdam in Veil of Dense Fog:
Photos and text by Anton Ermachkov
This is one of my favorite cities. At this time the city was shrouded in a veil of fog dense, but the city went to joke that the reason “Cannabis Cup”, which was held here at this time.
1. Going out at night from the building of the Central Station, I did not know the city so unusual familiar place looked in the mist:
2. The next morning, the situation has not changed:
3. Pleasure boats are sad, with a visibility of tourists they can not see:
5. Bridges over channels in such weather, look particularly attractive:
7. Like the houses on the water:
10. chic decor of balcony:
12. The oldest surviving structures of the capital of the Netherlands – the Gothic church of Oude Kerk (Old Church):
14. Trams in Amsterdam:
15. Chic façade:
16. We were pleased with parking on the right, we must not relax when you exit the car 🙂
18. In the central streets are surprisingly not crowded:
20. In the evening of the third day the fog began to dissipate:
21. On the morning of his no trace:
22. A Maritime Museum in a former naval warehouse built in 1656, near the moored ship, similar to those that went between the Netherlands and the West Indies:
25. Door liked. And my stylish cyclists:
26. Building “Weigh House» (Weigh house) of the 15th century building where traders weighed brought back grain, measured by a variety of goods intended for sale:
27. The Museum Quarter:
30. strikers. As I noted, to protest and Amsterdam is a pleasure – I put the tent and sit, sip bong:
31. Cool the boat:
33. Amsterdam beautiful you, see you soon …