Amsterdam

Amsterdam is the capital city of Netherlands. More than 851,000 people live in the city.

Amsterdam was originally known as Amstelledamme. It was founded as a fishing village in the 13th century. By the 1600s, the city had become an important port for trade.

Amsterdam contains more than 60 miles of canals and more than 1,200 bridges. More than 2,500 houseboats float on its waters. Many of the houseboats are permanent homes. Each year, between 12,000 and 15,000 bicycles are collected from the canals, but that’s just small percentage of the 847,000 bicycles in the city.