The Amstel, Amsterdam

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Take advantage of great photo backdrops from one of Amsterdam's historic bridges, go for a stroll or a bike ride by the water, or have a coffee at a riverside cafe. No matter your choice, you'll never be too far away from The Amstel. The river is the soul of the city, and along with multiple canals, it greatly influences the city's layout and gives it its distinctive look and atmosphere. A dam on the river gave Amsterdam its name. Residents and visitors flock to the river these days for many different events, such as the annual Liberation Day concert, rowing races, and the Canal Parade. Take a boat tour for one of the most popular ways to experience the river. With our custom trip planner, Amsterdam attractions like The Amstel can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • The Amstel is the river of Amsterdam and crosses the whole city. Originally Amsterdam, whose name means "dam on the Amstel", was a fishing village that developed at the end of the 12th century. near a dam. It is very relaxing to walk along its embankments, going up to the locks, crossing the numerous bridges, such as the Magere Brug or the Blauwburg, to capture characteristic views, with houses that seem to dance on the water. Well yes, the famous Dancing Houses, the typical crooked houses of Amsterdam. The reason is due to the fact that, because of the marshy and unstable subsoil, the buildings had to be as light as possible, and also in ancient times were built on wooden poles, which over time have become less robust, It is one of the aspects that make Amsterdam is a special and fascinating city.
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  • Amsterdam took its name from the river. The city developed from a small fishing village named Amstelredam, built during the 13th century alongside a dam at the mouth of the river. The hamlet developed...  more »
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