Amsterdam City Guide

Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and modern art at the Stedelijk.


Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are 400km of cycle paths. In the centre of city is Dam square. East of the Centraal railway station is the East Dock (great views from the roof of NEMO science museum). A canal boat trip is a popular way of seeing the city.

Nemo Amsterdam

Science Center Nemo is a science center in Amsterdam, Netherlands

As the commercial capital of the Netherlands and one of the top financial centres in Europe, Amsterdam is considered an alpha world city by the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) study group. The city is also the cultural capital of the Netherlands. Many large Dutch institutions have their headquarters there, and seven of the world’s 500 largest companies, including Philips and ING, are based in the city.

Moving to Amsterdam

In 2012, Amsterdam was ranked the second best city in which to live by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and 12th globally on quality of living for environment and infrastructure by Mercer. The city was previously ranked 3rd in innovation by 2thinknow in the Innovation Cities Index 2009.

Bringing your pet to Amsterdam needn’t be a problem but it is a process that can take between 6 to 12 months of preparation so it’s essential you begin as early as possible.

Familiarise yourself with the employment market in the city before you move. Moving to Amsterdam with the intention of starting a company? Be sure that you have the necessary residence and work permits.

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a relatively compact city. When looking for a place to call home, research the different neighbourhoods of Amsterdam to look for characteristics that fit your requirements and begin checking out the variety of options for house and apartment rentals advertised online.

Budgeting your moving costs is fairly easy. Check out this guide on how to calculate moving expenses.

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