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The Best Quotes About Amsterdam (By A Local)

Amsterdam always has something magical to it. Are you visiting the Dutch capital city soon and looking for inspiring quotes about Amsterdam?

Then look no further. After living in the area for more than 20 years and studying at the University of Amsterdam for 6 years, I’ve visited Amsterdam many times in my life.

This article will provide you with lots of quotes about Amsterdam, inspiring you to travel to this city filled with historical houses and charming canals.

canals in Amsterdam

Top quotes about Amsterdam

Here you’ll find the best quotes about the lively capital city of the Netherlands.

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth, it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.”

― John Green

“What’s special about Amsterdam is that the city is able to connect worlds that are not otherwise connected.”

― Marcel Wanders

“Amsterdam. It is so cute and quaint. I rode bicycles around the city and through the tiny little streets, rented a paddleboat and had a picnic lunch on the canals.”
― Bridget Marquardt

“Amsterdam has more than 150 canals and 1,250 bridges, but it never seems crowded, nor bent and bitter from fleecing the tourist.”

― Julie Burchill

“I think Amsterdam is to Holland what New York is to America in a sense. It’s a metropolis, so it’s representative of Holland, but only a part of it – you know, it’s more extreme, there’s more happening, it’s more liberal and more daring than the countryside in Holland is.”

― Anton Corbijn

“…the curious Dutch classification gedogen, which means ‘technically illegal but officially tolerated.”

― Russell Shorto

area near Oudemanhuispoort

“Amsterdam is a city of tolerance and diversity, a true reflection of a world connected and united.” ― Kofi Annan

“Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions in a Dutch town.” 

― James Weldon Johnson

“The many cultures in Amsterdam contribute to the city’s high level of craziness – something which every interesting city should offer.” 

– Charles Landry

“Stand outside De Eland on the Berenstraat Bridge over the Prinsengracht and you see what real Amsterdam life is like.”

– David Hewson

Amsterdam scenery

“Los Angeles is the ‘City of Angels’. Paris is the ‘City of Light’. And Amsterdam is the ‘City of Bikes’. And cheese. Never forget the cheese.”

– Justine Jenkins

“My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.” 

– Terry Pratchett

“In Amsterdam, the water is the mistress and the land the vassal.” 

– Félix Martí Ibáñez

“I get inspired by certain places. You have to write in places like Amsterdam or Paris or New Zealand, when you’re standing on a yacht, looking out at the middle of the ocean.”
– Action Bronson

canals in Amsterdam: a romantic picture

In conclusion

Amsterdam truly is the kind of place where you should come to write. Perhaps not in the busiest places in the city centre, but definitely at the hidden gems in Amsterdam.

Although the capital city often gets portrayed as a place to party, it’s actually way more than this.

There are lots of romantic things to do here as a couple. You can go for a picnic, wander around the canals and admire the historic houses.

You can even discover some hidden hofjes in Amsterdam. Simply put, you just have to know where to go.

Don’t forget to visit Amsterdam at least once in your life time and see what it’s all about!

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