Many of Amsterdam 's canals were filled in around the beginning
of the 20th century, mainly for sanitary reasons. The remaining
waterways are pretty filthy, but still nothing compares to
seeing Amsterdam by boat. There are numerous tourist boats
doing the rounds, and there is also possibility to rent a
pedal boat. If the canals freeze over in winter they become
In Amsterdam modern buildings are set organically between
historical facades. Since it is not a big city, all places
of interest are within an acceptable distance. That's why
Amsterdam is so popular among lovers of architecture.
Netherlands 's capital, Amsterdam is a world-known city.
Its canals, the Red Light District and liberal attitude made
it really famous. Amsterdam gained the reputation of the
city of free love, free drugs and free everything, but the
truth is that Amsterdam is very diverse city.
Amsterdam 's centre is small, though finding your way around
the canal belt can be difficult. The Old city is contained
within the ring of concentric canals dating from the 17th
century that form the crescent-shaped canal belt bordered
by the Singelgracht.