The most compact metropolis in the world
With its vibrant city centre, easy access, countless hotels and an abundance of culture and history, Amsterdam is probably the only capital city where you can easily see people on the street that you met the day before.
Amsterdam benefits from a healthy business climate and a thriving economy. The result of a bottom-up approach of smart growth, start-ups, livability and digital social innovation. With its leading advances in governance, economics, social inclusion and quality of life, Amsterdam was crowned the European Capital of Innovation in 2016.
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the main aviation terminal 15 km from the city centre. The airport has a metropolitan atmosphere and is a shining example of an Airport City: a leading, highly efficient airport providing passengers and the companies located there with the full range of services they require 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
From Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, it takes 15 minutes to travel by train to the city centre and it is just a 9-minute ride by train to Amsterdam RAI Station. Trains depart at least five times an hour.
The Netherlands’ capital city has been a centre of creativity and culture for centuries. From its humble beginnings as a 13th-century fishing village to its current role as a major hub for business, tourism and culture, Amsterdam has a strong tradition as a centre of culture and commerce. During the 17th-century (the Golden Age), the city became famous as the leading hub of trade and art; in the 1960s, it emerged as Europe’s magical centre. People have made the city unique; it has a highly individual, spirited and young-at-heart character. Amsterdam's inhabitants are known for their friendly, tolerant and cosmopolitan nature; so not too surprisingly, most speak at least two languages (English is almost always one of them). With inhabitants from 177 different cultures, Amsterdam is one of the top three most diverse cities in the world.