Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
The city's three main canals are the Prinsengracht, Herengracht, and Keizersgracht.The city is also served by a seaport. Amsterdam has an oceanic climate (Köppen Cfb) strongly influenced by its proximity to the North Sea to the west, with prevailing westerly winds. While winters and summers are generally mild, temperatures can vary year by year. There can occasionally be cold snowy winters and hot humid summers.
The Port of Amsterdam is the fourth largest port in Europe, the 38th largest port in the world and the second largest port in the Netherlands by metric tons of cargo.The Amsterdam Stock Exchange (AEX), now part of Euronext, is the world's oldest stock exchange and is one of Europe's largest bourses. It is near Dam Square in the city centre.
Amsterdam is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.Several fashion brands and designers are based in Amsterdam. Amsterdam is famous for its vibrant and diverse nightlife. Amsterdam has many bars. They range from large and modern to small and cozy.