Are You Interested to Explore Amsterdam More Than City?Admin@ | February 1, 2019 | 0 | Business
Most of you must be aware that Amsterdam has much greater number of canals than Venice and these waterways in this city add up to almost 60 miles or 100 kilometres. The city is also quite liberal about sex and drugs and a few residents here live on boats.
Here in this article, we shall talk about the things that most of you, may not have heard about this place before.
- Here bikes outnumber humans
As per the statistics that we have, current number of bikes available in Amsterdam are around 880,000, which means that the number is about 30,000 more than the humans living in this city.
2. You can find lots of cycle paths
The city has fully adapted for 2-wheeled transportation and hence approximately 67 per cent people use their 2-wheelers inside the city, in order to move within the city. Its bike path covers more than 400 km of ground and it is still expanding.
3. You can find cycle path even inside the Rijksmuseum
Originally the underpass which runs under the Rijksmuseum was so designed that it could accommodate trams, however now it has been changed to cycle path. This is the lone museum in the whole world, where you can find internal bike path.
4. Thousands of bikes every year end-up in the canals
Due to some reason or the other, every year a large number of bikes are found in the canal of Amsterdam. Therefore, to keep the waterways of the city free from bicycles and many other debris, the municipality of Amsterdam regularly dredges all the canals with the help of massive boat-mounted claw.
5. The city of Amsterdam was in fact created around a dam
From the name itself you can make out that Amsterdam was created around a dam which connected the Amstel river’s east and west side banks. All this important construction work was carried out during the thirteenth century and finally it became totally landlocked because of other nearby waterworks.
6. Maximum areas of the Amsterdam are below the sea level
Most of the Amsterdam lies few metres below the sea level, and many areas in the city was built on certain artificial islands. Its main Station, stands upon 3 manmade mounds, which were reclaimed during late 19th century from the IJ river.
7. Around 1/3rd of Amsterdam is World Heritage Site of UNESCO
A sizeable portion of Amsterdam’s Centrum and its neighbourhood is protected by UNESCO due to their World Heritage Site status. The well-known seventeenth century canal belt of the city houses over thousand national monuments such as Anne Frank Huis, Westerkerk, and FOAM.
8. Royalty was not the owner of Amsterdam’s Royal Palace
Although we all know that all the stately buildings that are on the west side of the Dam-Square is now called the Royal Palace, however it was not always associated with royalty and it was originally property of Amsterdam’s city council. It was used as town hall for almost 150 years, and after that it was in 1806, Louis Napoleon converted it into palace, when France’s brief was reigning over the Netherlands. It was around a decade after, bequeathed to the Royal-House of Orange.
9. Amsterdam is the Netherland’s capital, but not of North Holland
While we all know that Amsterdam is one of the largest cities of Netherlands and also the capital too, but it is not the capital of North-Holland. In fact, Haarlem is the official capital of North-Holland since the early nineteenth century.
You may also like to visit the website http://www.tripindicator.com/amsterdam-day-trips.html to know more about your Amsterdam visit.