Netherlands, Amsterdam Guide (B): 17 Random Facts about Amsterdam

17 Random Facts about Amsterdam
We were very unlucky with the weather when we visited Amsterdam due to icy winds from Serbia and lots of rain, so we didn’t see a lot of the attractions we wanted to. However, by spending a few days in this fascinating city we did learn some interesting and random facts about Amsterdam.

1. There are more bikes in Amsterdam than there are people

You will literally see bikes everywhere you look. There are even more bikes on the road than there are cars.

2. Bikes are the most dangerous thing in Amsterdam

Bikes have their own road in Amsterdam and it looks just like a footpath so it can be very easy to forget and walk onto it without looking. This is very dangerous so look both ways (twice)…they come from everywhere! 

3. There are over 100km of canals throughout Amsterdam

The most popular way to travel in Amsterdam is firstly by bike and secondly by boat.

4. 10,000 bikes are fished out of the canals each year

I couldn’t believe this fact when I heard it. That means on average, 27 bikes fall into the canals every day!

5. XXX is the symbol of Amsterdam

You’ll see the sign XXX all around the city but don’t be concerned, it has nothing to do with porn!

6. A company called Sandemans does free walking tours of the city

This is a great introduction to Amsterdam where you will learn about its culture, history and attractions.

7. The toilets in Amsterdam are weird

You’re first time taking a number 2 here may feel a bit strange. For ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
This article is featured in the app "GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities" on iTunes App Store and Google Play. You can download the app to your mobile device to read the article offline and create a self-guided walking tour to visit the attractions featured in this article. The app turns your mobile device into a personal tour guide and it works offline so no data plan is needed when traveling abroad.

Download The GPSmyCity App

Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for IOS   Download 'GPSmyCity: Walks in 1K+ Cities' app for Android

Sights Map

Guide Name: 17 Random Facts about Amsterdam
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Tony’s New York Bagels cafe   I Amsterdam   Museum of Prostitution  
Author: Sandy Kul
Read it on author's website: https://www.britandtheblonde.com/europe/random-facts-about-amsterdam/

Useful Travel Guides for Planning Your Trip


12 Traditional Dutch Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam

12 Traditional Dutch Foods You Must Try in Amsterdam

Cool climate, closeness to sea, and sense of adventure have made the Dutch what they are – skillful farmers, industrious seafarers and, generally, people with the taste for life and good hearty meal, whether it comes from the sea they live by or the land they set their feet on. All of this has...
Top 7 Dutch Cheeses to Try in Amsterdam

Top 7 Dutch Cheeses to Try in Amsterdam

Don't mind things turning a bit "cheesy" when in Holland. After all, this small country is renowned for its cheese manufacturing and successfully competes, in terms of cheese exports, with such economic giants as the United States and Germany. Amsterdam alone and its vicinities are...
Souvenir Shopping in Amsterdam: 20 Dutch Things To Buy

Souvenir Shopping in Amsterdam: 20 Dutch Things To Buy

Tulips, red lights, weed... Other than these, there are plenty of good things to remember Amsterdam by. What's more, you can take home some of them quite legally. Look here to see what to buy in Amsterdam and...
The Oldest and Historic Pubs of Amsterdam

The Oldest and Historic Pubs of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a stunningly beautiful city, steeped in history, with hidden treasures and fascinating tales practically around every corner. Like all marvelous cities, Amsterdam has its share of dining and drinking establishments from the modern to the ancient. This guide will assist you in exploring...
Bars of De Pijp, Amsterdam

Bars of De Pijp, Amsterdam

Sitting to the south of the Centrum (city centre) De Pijp area of Amsterdam is a fascinating mixture of trendy urbanites, students, immigrants and Amsterdammers. De Pijp has a long history as the Bohemian part of town, which is reflected in the different cafés of the area. There truly is something...