Fun Facts about Amsterdam – Did you know that?

Since I am living in the Netherlands for multiple years, I thought it would be time for some fun facts about Amsterdam. In case you are visiting any time soon or even consider moving here, check out my Amsterdam City Guide and Expat Guide about Moving Abroad to The Netherlands.

Bikes in Amsterdam

It is true that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than inhabitants. There are roughly 900,000 bikes. This is much more compared to 800,000 (a bit more) people, who live in Amsterdam.


Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Since 2014, there are around 185 Coffeeshops in Amsterdam, stretched out over the whole city.

Amsterdam’s Canals

Did you know that there are around 165 canals in Amsterdam, which are almost as many as in Venice with 177 canals?

Amsterdam’s Bridges

Sources vary in regard to the number of bridges in Amsterdam. There are between 1200-1700 bridges in Amsterdam, while in Venice there are only 409, connecting those 177 canals.



Amsterdam is home to lots of different nationalities, over 180 to be exact. That is incredible for such a “small” city. Therefore you can find lots of different spoken languages, easily to connect with others and find your way around the city without problem.


One main attraction of Amsterdam is their houseboats. More than 3000 houseboats are home in Amsterdam and stretch out over their canals.


Amsterdam’s Nicknames

ADAM or DAM is short for Amsterdam. The city has lots of nicknames, for example “Venice of the North” because of the number of its canals.

Another known nickname is “Jerusalem of the North” because of its previous high population of Jewish people.

Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam’s airport Schiphol is 4m below sea level. In case this rises, there might be no airport anymore but a port instead.

Black Houses

Did you know that the black houses are in honor of the people, who previously lived there and got infected during the plague? And not because the current owners like that color.

Architecture & Houses

Have you noticed that many houses are built inclined? That’s because in former times those houses used to be warehouses where goods were stored and pulled up.

In order to leave no damage to the buildings on the way up, houses were built slightly inclined.


I hope you enjoyed this short and educative post. You might be interested in reading about fun facts about Barcelona as well.

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