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Amsterdam – Did you know?

Amsterdam can be a pretty odd place. There are all sorts of little facts and things that locals know about but strangers would never expect. I bet you didn’t know any of these things about Amsterdam.

The name Amsterdam comes from the combination of the river Amstel and the dam that was built on it in order to found the original village there. You might have heard of Amstel as the name of a beer that was named after the river, because that’s where it was brewed.

Amsterdam has the most museums of any city in the world, measured per square metre. There’s a museum around almost every corner, covering all sorts of weird and wonderful topics, from famous painters to (inevitably) the history of marijuana.

If global warming causes the sea levels to rise, Amsterdam will be one of the first world cities to get flooded, because it’s so close to sea level and is almost entirely flat. Better see it while you can!

You can’t visit Amsterdam’s parliament building, because there isn’t one. Although Amsterdam is the largest town in the Netherlands and is the official capital, all of the government functions take place at the Hague.

When it comes to transport, Amsterdam boasts over 600,000 bicycles, almost 250 trams, over 150 canals – and around 1,200 bridges. Hardly anyone drives in the city centre, and it’s almost impossible to find anywhere to park there.

Finally, you almost certainly won’t know that one of the canal boats in Amsterdam, known as the Poezenboot, acts as a home for stray cats. A woman who had been re-housing stray cats had the idea of getting them a houseboat – after all, if people can live in them, why not cats? Forty years later, the volunteers at the shelter look after seventy cats at a time.

Comfort And Tranquility In Budget Hotels Amsterdam

Art is part of Amsterdams culture, several museums and historic houses can be found in the town. Anne Frank House is very popular in the entire world because in this place, Anne Frank wrote her famous daily. Dont miss the opportunity of visit it. Book any Budget Hotels Amsterdam in the downtown, majority of Amsterdams attractions are close to the downtown.

If you want to save money, you ought to rent a bike to get around in Amsterdam. However, there are different ways to move in the city. Centraal Station connects the entire town by buses, trams and trains. Be punctual or youll miss your ticket. Please, dont forget to buy a chain if you pretend to rent a bicycle.

During the year, Amsterdam offers a variety of cultural events and festivals. The most famous are Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival (9 – 20 April 2008), Queensday (Every year 30 April), Art Amsterdam (7 – 12 May 2008), Amsterdam Literary Festival (16 – 18 May 2008), Vondelpark Open Air Theater (1 June – 24 August 2008), Amsterdam Roots Festival (Mid – June 2008), Amsterdam International Fashion Week (19 – 27 July 2008), Grachtenfestival (16 – 27 August 2008), etc.

Plan your visit according to the festival that you want to enjoy. Always remember to book Budget Hotels Amsterdam. If you dont speak Dutch, you will need to speak English to communicate in Amsterdam. Approximately 85% of the population speaks English, German and French.

Nightlife in the Red Light District is popular both for tourists and for residents. Here, prostitution is legalized and the sell of soft drugs (marijuana) is permitted. Red Light District also has an attractive architecture, atypical squares and a vibrant cosmopolitan mix of inhabitants. Amsterdam will come true your dreams visit it and stay in Budget Hotels Amsterdam.