The Afar Guide to

With its Golden Age canals, 17th-century mansions, world-class museums, and well-established counterculture, Amsterdam is a European capital with an edge. While some come for tulips, cheese, and windmills, others are drawn by the city’s reputation for easy sex, drugs, and rock ’n’ roll. Whatever brings you to this charismatic global village, you’re sure to be charmed by its fairy-tale landscapes, tolerant vibe, and historical legacy that harks back to the small, 13th-century fishing village on the Amstel River that would become an international capital.

Essential Amsterdam Facts to

know before you go

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Melissa AdamsAmsterdam Local Expert

Before falling in love with a soggy patch on the European continent and adopting it as home, Melissa wooed words as a travel writer, ghostwriter, copywriter, newspaper columnist and freelance journalist in sunny Southern California. She now blogs about cultural immersion in a mellow global village, where she enjoys living with seasons and the quirky Dutch. Read more at UnClogged in Amsterdam: An American Expat Plumbs Holland, WordGeisha, Ink, The Write Brain and Matador Travel Network.