Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system, and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths. It is the capital and the principal commercial and financial center of the Netherlands. To the scores of tourists who visit each year, Amsterdam is known for its historical attractions, its collections of great art, and for the distinctive color and flavor of its old sections, which have been so well preserved. It is the capital city and most populous city of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Its status as the Dutch capital is mandated by the Constitution of the Netherlands though it is not the seat of the Dutch government, which is The Hague is just as beautiful as other European cities, it's unique and special in its way sure to make your pictures unforgettable. If you want to know more about Amsterdam, have a look at our list of interesting Amsterdam facts. Dutch universities are known to be among the best universities in the world, competing with other famous UK and U.S. universities.