1012 WP Amsterdam, The Netherlands
tel: +31 (0)20 201 8800 (Toerist Bureau)
fax: +31 20 625 2869
NileGuide Expert tip:
Amsterdam's most photographed bridge, the Magere Brug, is best visible from the Blauwe Brug (Blue Bridge) over the river Amstel.
In the 1200s the Amstel River flowed through the swampy lands, but was dammed at present day Dam Square and a city was born! Amstel-dam became Amsterdam and the city flourished on the taxes it collected at the Dam. It still flows through the heart of the city. From the south the river runs past city hall, Waterlooplein and Muntplein, and the city's main canals branch off from the Amstel. In the north it meets with the Ij River.