Amsterdam is the cultural and economic center of Netherlands and definitely one of the most famous cities in Europe, perhaps in the world. The city is known for it's numerous canals, coffee shops that attract marijuana smokers from all over the world, a vibrant red-light district and night life and generally a very laid-back approach to life. Amsterdam might be one of the most liberal cities in the world and those who visit, usually combine the city with pleasure.
1. My impression of Amsterdam
For me Amsterdam is a mix of red-bricked houses along the canals, that cause nostalgia and modernistic cubes with glassy facades, that cause wondering. Although Amsterdam is a big and important European city, the life feels very laid-back. That might be due to the relaxed nature of the Dutch people. Bicycles rule the streets, everything's optimized for biking, which is the quintessential Dutch thing. The public transportation is very well developed and walking around the center is as easy as eating a pie. I like Amsterdam in a way, but I don't love it.
2. My photos of Amsterdam
Following are the photos of my stroll around Amsterdam's center. Enjoy:
3. Amsterdam in conclusion
Amsterdam is one of those European cities you should not miss, if you come to Europe. It has a very special ambiance that will captivate you. Unfortunately, it's not famous for good food, something I always look for, when I travel, but it has a lot of historic sights and beautiful spots, that will make it up for it.