Blakeway Worldwide Panoramas
Minnetonka, MN 55343 USA
Amsterdam is the largest city and capital of the Netherlands. Settled as a fishing town in the 1100s, Amsterdam has become one of the most important ports in the world. The city's reliance on water transportation can be seen through the over 40 canals and 400 bridges throughout the city, with Amsterdam imagery commonly marked by a wide variety of boats.
Despite being one of the top financial centers in Europe, Amsterdam pictures often don't suggest the city's economic power, but rather the characteristic Dutch architecture so beloved by tourists. One of the most famous points of interest commonly seen in Amsterdam is the Magere Brug, or "Skinny Bridge" which spans over the river Amstel near the center of the city. Magere Brug connects other famous districts seen in Amsterdam panoramic pictures, such as Keizersgracht (Emperors' Canal) and Prinsengracht (Princes' Canal). While the present Magere Brug seen in Amsterdam skyline pictures was built in 1934, the first bridge was constructed in the late 1600s.
The interesting architecture seen in the city is because during the 1600s, property taxes were based on a home's width, which explains the tall and skinny historic homes still standing in the city today. Building construction is atypical to norms throughout much of the Western world as most of the city is built on piles above the waterways.
Amsterdam skyline pictures show a unique European city which continues to be a center for commerce and many trade industries. Whether you are a fan of the traditional architecture found in Amsterdam pictures, a former resident or tourist of this great city, or hope to see its many bridges for yourself in the future, there is something in an Amsterdam, Netherlands panorama that will please any fans of European history.