Located in the province of North Holland in the west of the Netherlands, Amsterdam is the capital and largest city of the county. It comprises the northern part of the Randstad, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in Europe.
Amsterdam is one of the most bicycle-friendly large cities in the world and is a centre of bicycle culture with good facilities for cyclists such as bike paths and bike racks. In the city centre, driving a car is discouraged. Public transport in Amsterdam mainly consists of bus and tram lines. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol is the biggest airport in the Netherlands.
Places of interest
• Jacob van Campen
• Church of St. Nicholas
• Amsterdam Esnoga
• The Barlaeus Gymnasium
• Rijksmuseum Amsterdam
Amsterdam has a cool oceanic climate strongly influenced by its proximity to the North Sea to the west, with prevailing north-western winds and gales. Winter temperatures are cool to mild.