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Funny facts Amsterdam

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the latest estimates conclude that there are more bikes in Amsterdam than permanent residents! Have a look at the list below for more interesting and unexpected facts and figures about Amsterdam.

Last updated: February 2012.

Amsterdam in numbers

Inhabitants: 800,000
Inhabitants in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: 2,289,762
Nationalities: 180
Mayor: 1
Bicycles: 881,000 (estimated)
Percentage of people who cycle daily: 58%
Parks: 40
Trams: 255
Busiest tram line: 5 (37,000 users per day)
Ferries: 9
Markets: 32
Shops: 6,159


 Canal Ring on UNESCO World Heritage List 1
Bridges: 1,281
Houseboats: 2,500
16th, 17th and 18th century buildings: 8,863
Gable stones: 654
Royal Palace: 1
Windmills: 8
Museums: 51
Paintings by Rembrandt: 22
Nightwatch: 1
Civic Guard Gallery: 1
Paintings by Van Gogh: 206
Wax statues at Madame Tussauds: 140
Animals at Artis Zoo: 6,100
Barrel organs: 4
Carillons: 9
Historical church organs: 42
Concerts and theatrical performances per year: 16,000
Concerts and theatrical performances per day: 40
Theatres and concert halls: 55
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra: 1
Muziektheater: 1
Cinemas: 15
Cafés and bars: 1,515
Discotheques: 36
Restaurants: 1,150
Hotels: 370
5-star hotels: 12
Hotel beds: 48,365
Campsites: 5


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Hotels for 12, 14 and the final on 16 May 2020 around Ahoy Rotterdam

The Eurovision Song Contest has been an annual presentation and competition of songs since 24 May 1956 and is broadcast on television throughout Europe; since 1967 the festival has also been broadcast in countries outside Europe. You can also follow the festival on the internet. The festival owes its name to the Eurovision TV Distribution Network, part of the European Radio Union (EBU). Every active member of the EBU can participate in the song festival, which means that some countries that are just outside of Europe can participate. It concerns countries in North Africa, the Middle East and West Asia. Since 2015, Australia has also been participating in the festival despite the fact that it is not a member of the EBU.


Vermeer - famous Dutch painter from Delft

Johannes, Jan or Johan Vermeer (1632 – December 1675) was a Dutch painter who specialized in domestic interior scenes of middle-class life. Vermeer was a moderately successful provincial genre painter in his lifetime. He evidently was not wealthy, leaving his wife and children in debt at his death, perhaps because he produced relatively few paintings.


Claire Morgan The Sound of Silence - Noord Brabants Museum

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Reflex Gallery is delighted to announce a major exhibition of the work of Donald Baechler

Reflex Gallery is delighted to announce a major exhibition of the work of Donald Baechler this September 2016. This will be the first extensive exhibition in the Netherlands for the world-famous American artist.


500.000 tulips in bloom during the 2nd edition of Tulp Festival in Amsterdam

500.000 tulips in bloom during the 2nd edition of Tulp Festival in Amsterdam 60 locations , 400 varieties, walking and bike routes.
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