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The right of free trade on the Baltic Sea and a close relationship with the Hanseatic Union contributed to the fact that Amsterdam is one of the largest and most important ports in Europe, a trading and financial center. Even greater impact on the international economy was gained by the city after the liberation of the Netherlands from Spanish rule. Southern regions came into decline, Antwerp-a longtime competitor of Amsterdam was ravaged by the Spaniards.

The 17th century is considered Amsterdam’s golden age. This is one of the largest cities in Europe, the global trading and financial center, and also, importantly, Amsterdam is the world center of cut diamonds. Here was the first Exchange. In the future, the city will lose its leading positions, however, it will remain one of the largest and most important towns and ports.

Now Amsterdam is in the list of the most famous visitor attractions in Europe. The unique surroundings of great old buildings combined the canals, museums, and many attractions pull millions of tourists annually.



Best places to visit

The Canal parades

Canal parades is a grandiose spectacle, which is held on the first saturday and sunday of August along with the gay parade in Amsterdam. Thousands of visitors come to see streets full of energy and color and grand celebrations held on the parade.

The parade was held in the year 1998 even before the international formation of the LGBT community, The Gay business in Amsterdam „became the main advocates of the parade the channels’’ This made it much newer and more famous among the guests.

During the Festival channels are sailed by 80 solid colored and multi-colored boats with excited participants in the parade. When taking a boat trip you can often see slogans of different content. The procession happens in Saturday morning from Vesterdoka and passes through Osterdoka.


Zaanse Schans

Technically the location is not in the city, but it is located in such small distance that the fact  that some tourists miss the chance to spend a  couple of hours or a day is ridiculous. You can reach it with any vehicle including even a bike.

Zaanse Schans wind mills are something you just don’t miss when visiting the Netherlands. This destination is a open sky museum. Here you can track the fabrication of  clogs of wood and local cheese. In The Creamery you can taste up to 50 different sorts of cheeses along with wine.

In one of the five existing mills in the village you can go on a tour. The  Zaanse Schans locals you will meet wearing national costumes. If you want a memory from the experience there is a village shop with souvenirs that you can buy- painted wooden shoes for all occasions, as well as souvenirs in the form of tulips and windmills.

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