The Netherlands, situated on the lowlands in the northwest of Europe, has a long a proud history as a great seafaring nation. Dutch sailors have plied the waves for centuries and even today Amsterdam and Rotterdam are great ports, intimately connected to the global economy. Amsterdam’s stately architecture makes for picturesque postcards. The city has more canals than Venice and a host of world class museums and cafes. People come from around the world to see classic Dutch tulip farms and their iconic windmills. In The Hague, visitors can tour the world-famous Peace Palace, home to the International Court of Justice and the Permanent Court of Arbitration. In Maastricht, youthful energy abounds in the city’s arts and cultural scene. There is much to recommend in the Netherlands. It’s a great place to visit as part of any European adventure.
Located in the heart of Amsterdam, Dam Square is known as the “navel” and is a landmark in Amsterdam. There are a variety of cafes, restaurants and bars on Dam Square. The majestic buildings around Dam Square are also worth a visit. The imposing blue-top building on the west side of the square is the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. It is now used as a venue for the reception of the royal family and the new king's succession ceremony. The steeple Gothic church adjacent to the Royal Palace is a new church, which usually hosts organ concerts and exhibitions. To the south of the square is the famous Madame Tussauds, from which the huge round glass overlooks the entire Dam Square.
The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is one of the four royal palaces in the Netherlands. It was originally a town hall and court. As the political and economic center of the city, it is also an important part of the square and the artist's favorite theme. The highlights here are its architecture and the magnificent decoration in the palace. All places in the citizen's hall are covered with marble. The more eye-catching is the impressive map of the giant hemispheres drawn on the marble floor.
The Red Light District in Amsterdam's Old Town is perhaps the most famous Red Light District in the world. This place is known for its "tolerant" atmosphere. Come and enjoy fun that you won't get anywhere else! Visitors' curiosity about this place has made it one of the most popular tourist destinations in Amsterdam. Of course, the best time to visit the red-light district is at night. Things really ramp up at nighttime. Visitors can look through the large glass windows to see women in sexy outfits, or browse the shops selling "alternative" goods.