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Amsterdam Fun Facts

(This article was last updated on the 7th of March, 2018.)

Amsterdam Fun Facts

All the fun facts you should know about before visiting this wonderful city. Did you know for instance that Amsterdam has been declared the most cultural city on the planet? This rating was based on the total number cultural sites compared to the total number of inhabitant. They looked at the number of theatres, museums, art galleries, concert halls and Michelin Star restaurant and compared it to the other twenty-nine most visited cities in the world. And did you know that prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District have to be at least 21 years old? Check out more fun facts below.

Amsterdam Fun Facts

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Did you know that…

  • Amsterdam counts 426.820 female and 418.127 male inhabitants?
  • There are 180 nationalities in Amsterdam?
  • Amsterdam has 8 windmills and 165 canals?
  • Amsterdam has 1.515 cafes, 1.325 restaurants, 21 clubs and 55 cinemas and film houses.
  • Amsterdam has 50 parks, 39 markets, 6.073 shops and 83 museums.
  • Amsterdam has 459 hotels, 30.716 hotel rooms and 7 campings.
  • Prostitutes in Amsterdam pay 150 – 200 euro rent per night for their window brothels.
  • Vincent van Gogh Museum has 2.100.000 visitors per year.
  • There are 206 paintings of Van Gogh.
  • The public transport in the Red Light District is best rated (9) by the inhabitants of Amsterdam.
  • Amsterdam has 22 paintings of Rembrandt van Rijn.
  • Rembrandt’s wife is buried in Amsterdam’s Old Church, which stands in the heart of the Red Light District.
  • Sculptures of Rembrandt’s famous painting (The Night Watch) can be found on Rembrandt Square.
  • Amsterdam has 4 street organs, 9 carillons and 42 historical church organs.

Amsterdam Fun Facts

  • Amsterdam has 844.947 inhabitants and 881.000 bicycles?
  • That 12.000 bicycles are pulled out of Amsterdam’s canals every year.
  • Amsterdam has 2.500 house boats.
  • Coffeeshops may legally only sell you a maximum of 5 grams of weed/hasj per person.
  • The Fo Kuang Shan Temple in Amsterdam’s chinatown, was the first (and the biggest) traditional Chinese temple in Europe.
  • World’s first gay marriage took place on April 1st, 2001 in Amsterdam.
  • The Amsterdam Arena was the first stadium in Europe with a retractable roof! The Arena is now named after the late Johan Cruijff.
  • Most lights in the Red Light District are red-coloured, but some lamps have a purple colour. Usually (not always though) this means that there is a transexual prostitute.
  • With an average length of 184 cm for men and 170 cm for women, the Dutch are the tallest people of the world
  • In the Netherlands, the highest temperature ever recorded was 38.6 C. (101 Fahrenheit)
  • The minimum age for being a prostitute in Amsterdam’s Red Light District is 21.
  • The oldest building in Amsterdam is the Old Church, which was build 800 years ago.
  • Recently (December 2013), the Museum of Prostitution opened its doors. It’s the first museum in the world that is focused on prostituttion.
  • The founder of Heineken (Freddy Heineken) was kidnapped in 1983 by an infamous criminal called Willem Holleeder.
  • Amsterdam residents are the second largest consumers of coffee in the world.
  • There is a Dutch beer which is called Amsterdam Maximator and contains 11.6% alcohol.

Would you like to know more Amsterdam and Dutch facts? Check out these articles: 10 Amsterdam Drug Laws That You Should Know About Before Visiting and 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Drugs In Holland.

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