Amsterdam Museums and Galleries
Known as the 'Venice of the North', Amsterdam is built on ninety islands. Thirteen hundred bridges (four hundred of which are stone) link the islands across 100 kilometres (62 miles) of canals, which fan out from the heart of the old city. The first settlement on the banks of the river Amstel, Amstelredam, was founded in 1275 following the construction of a dam to offer protection from the IJ to the north.
As well as its 100-plus canals ('grachten'), Amsterdam is also famous for the gabled houses that line the waterways. Most of these date from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and 7,000 out of the 20,000 buildings in the historical city centre are now protected.
The city is home to forty-two museums and galleries reflecting Amsterdam's cultural diversity and appealing to a wide range of interests, from the tiniest specialist studio to some of the finest European art collections in the world.
The layout of the city makes sightseeing on foot quite easy, with most of the museums situated close together. Canal cruises provide a relaxing and unique view of the old town and its impressive buildings whilst the 'Museum Boat' offers a shuttle service linking twenty museums and sightseeing attractions. For longer excursions there are water taxis, trams or the ubiquitous bicycle (550,000 at the latest count).
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