1Amsterdam 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.Amsterdam is one of the greatest small cities in the world. From Amsterdam canals to world-famous Amsterdam museums and historical Amsterdam sights, it is one of the most romantic and beautiful cities in Europe. Canal cruises are a popular way to see the city from the perspective of its canals.Amsterdam is also a city of tolerance and diversity. It has all the advantages of a big city: rich culture, lively Amsterdam nightlife, international restaurants, good transport – but is quiet, and largely thanks to its extensive canals, has a little road traffic. In this city your destination is never far away, but get a bike for an authentic local experience. And if you are staying for longer, consider a daytrip from Amsterdam to see also the surrounding towns and villages.Popular times to visit are during tulip season (mid-Mar–early May), summer (Jun–Aug) when the weather is mild and warm, and fall (Sep–Oct). Key events include King’s Day (Apr), celebrated with flea markets, outdoor concerts and an abundance of orange, the national color. Gay Pride (Aug) is a citywide street party with a parade of boats down Amsterdam’s canals. Winters are cold and damp.