Amsterdam (/ ˈ æ m s t ər d æ m / AM-stər-dam, UK also / ˌ æ m s t ər ˈ d æ m / AM-stər-DAM, Dutch: [ˌɑmstərˈdɑm] ⓘ; literally, "The Dam on the River Amstel") is the capital and most populated city of the Netherlands, with The Hague being the seat of government.
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1. Amsterdam is not a 24/7 city. Amsterdam establishments keep very regular hours. Opening hours in shops are generally from about 10am to 6pm, and 8pm for supermarkets. Many shops and grocers do not open on Sundays (with the exception of busy tourist areas like Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat ).
Amsterdam, city and port in the western Netherlands that is the capital and principal commercial and financial center of the country. The city is known for its network of canals that divide Amsterdam into some 90 ‘islands’ that are connected by over 1,300 bridges and viaducts.
There are endless things to do in Amsterdam in any weather and many of the most rewarding experiences lie beyond the well-trodden tourist paths of the city centre. To lead you through the wealth of wonders, we’ve whittled down the selection to this essential guide.