The popular Dutch city of Amsterdam started out as a small fishing village that began to grow as it developed as a port and commercial hub. A dam built on the Amstel river in the 12th century gave the town its name: Amsteldam.
For centuries it was a more important city than Rotterdam in terms of trade, and today is the Netherlands’ major intellectual hub, with visitors able to see historical buildings and spectacular museums, stroll through the city’s canal-lined streets and shop in the old town, all with Amsterdam’s bubbling energy in the background.
Of all Dutch cities, Amsterdam has grown into something unique because of the multiple options it has for both locals and tourists, and these are some of our top recommendations:
Although Amsterdam isn’t famous for its cuisine, visitors should try the city’s famous dishes, like patat (fries), a popular street-stall classic, as well as its mouth-watering cheeses like Edam and Gouda. We also recommend Hutspot, a veal stew with mashed potatoes and carrots, and the famous Erwtensoep, a typical Dutch pea soup.
We invite you to discover this fascinating city and stay at the Catalonia Vondel Amsterdam, a hotel in the heart of the city with every amenity imaginable. We’re confident that it will make your stay in the city an unforgettable
This gem of the Balearic Islands archipelago, just 41 kilometers long, has a lot to offer its inhabitants and visitors.