Amsterdam - a walk through the city center

During a walk through the city center, we collected our first impressions of Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Nieuwmarkt Amsterdam

By metro we reached the Nieuwmarkt, where a small carnival takes place. In the middle of the square is an old city gate. The city was crowded with locals and tourists and the preparations for the Koninginnedag, Dutch national holiday, were in full swing. For the time being this will be the last Koninginnedag; Queen Beatrix will place the responsibility for the country in the hands of her son, King Willem Alexander. Within the next years, the Koningsdag (Kings day) will be on April 26th, the birthday of Willem-Alexander.

Canal Amsterdam Netherlands
Amsterdam has more than 1500 bridges, which picturesquely span over the canals. In 2013, Amsterdam celebrates the 400th anniversary of the canals.

Sluyswacht Amsterdam 
Along the Kloveniers Voorburgwal we reach the Raamgracht and the Rembrandt House Museum. For a while, we watch what happens on the Sluyswacht.

With the metro, we arrive the Central Station, the central hub of Amsterdam. The brick building in the style of the dutch renaissance was designed by the architect P.J.H. Cuypers; it has the shape of a town gate with two towers

Nieuwe Kerk AmsterdamAlong the Damrak we proceed to the Dam, the place with the royal palace, which was formerly a town hall, and the Nieuwe Kerk, where the kings and queens of the Netherlands are listed on a banner.

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