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7 Facts About Amsterdam That Only Locals Know

Updated on November 11, 2019
Brenda Adlibitum profile image

I moved to Amsterdam years ago and I now enjoy the city like a local. Check this out to make the most of your stay in this city!

1. Amsterdam is one of the most diverse cities in the world

Amsterdam is one of the most multicultural cities in Europe. The city's population is made up of 49% Dutch citizens and 51% foreign. The city hosts individuals from 176 different countries!

2. Gezelligheid

Gezelligheid is a Dutch term with no official translation to English. The concept of gezelligheid includes a warm, cozy atmosphere. It is commonly used to describe gatherings with friends and family. However, you'd find Dutch people using it to describe a beer. Hmm... right...

Bikes vs citizens

The number of bikes is 875,000, whereas the number of Amsterdam inhabitants is 850,000

3. More bikes than people

Amsterdam's population is 850,000 inhabitants, The number of bikes in the city is 875,000. According to these numbers, and excluding children and elderly people, each of Amsterdam's residents would own 2 to 3 bikes. Crazy, right?

Video: Unbelievably busy bicycle crossing in Amsterdam

Would you dare crossing this intersection?

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4. Free stuff

It is widely known that Amsterdam is not a cheap city. However, one can find great deals - or even events for free sometimes!

Head over to classic music venue 'Concertgebouw' during Wednesday morning to enjoy some of the fines music pieces. The concert starts at 12, so make sure you arrive in advance!

5. About hip neighborhoods

Amsterdam has a great deal of cute neighbourhoods. Walk around Jordaan for a perfect canal view, or cycle through de Pijp before stopping at the bars and restaurants. Pro tip: de Pijp hosts a flea market where you can find typical Dutch food, clothes, and fresh fruit.

6. Sweets anybody?

Dutch cuisine is well known for having a fair amount of sweets. From 'Bossche bollen', a doghnut-like bread filled with creat and covered in chocolate, to 'Hagelslag', an all-chocolate sprinkle to add to your butter toast. Does this sound like you? Make sure you try them during your stay!

Hagelslag: also known as chocolate on toast
Hagelslag: also known as chocolate on toast

7. Free spirit as a lifestyle

Last but not least... Amsterdam citizens enjoy a 'live and let live' approach. This makes living in this city such a delightful experience

Traveling to Amsterdam soon?

We'd love to hear from you! Let us know in the comment section so we can get back to you with extra tips from a local perspective

© 2019 Brenda Adlibitum

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    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      3 weeks ago from Toronto, Canada

      I was in Amsterdam a little over 15 years ago. Had a blast!! Some of it was so good, I can't even remember. Haha!! I was in my early 20s, don't judge. I mostly saw coffee shops, beer and the Red Light District. Fun times.

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