With its UNESCO-listed network of canals, its brick houses, its port, and its major trading and cultural activity, Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands, is sure to win you over. But the reputation of the "Venice of the North" does not stop here. This is a city that embraces the tenets of tolerance and a lust for life, an ethos you can see in action, for example, among the locals gathering for a relaxed drink at the end of the day. It is also a city that is constantly changing and one that is well worth visiting time and time again.
Amsterdam’s old docklands are enjoying a new lease of life as cultural venues and businesses fall over themselves to set up shop here. Visitors appreciate the lack of crowds, a break from the city centre museums and a chance to see this site in the throes of an exciting new development project.