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Where is Amsterdam?

Where is Amsterdam? That is one of the most frequently asked questions we receive here at DutchAmsterdam

Well, Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, a small country in Northwestern Europe.

There are other cities named ‘Amsterdam’ — mostly in the USA. But here we’re talking about the only original city of Amsterdam.

Where is Amsterdam? In Holland or in the Netherlands?

To many people — Americans in particular — the Netherlands is better known as ‘Holland.’ But Holland is actually the name of a region which today consists of the country’s two Western-most provinces.

Difference Holland Netherlands

You want Holland? We’ll give you Holland — along with the rest of the Netherlands

From the 10th to the 16th century Holland was one region known as the County of Holland. It was part of the Dutch Republic. But by the 17th century — the country’s Golden Age — Holland had risen to become a maritime and economic power, dominating the other provinces.

Ships from around the world sailed to and from Amsterdam, in Holland. Since at the time the country was officially known as ‘Republic of the Seven United Netherlands‘ (later: Kingdom of the Netherlands) the name Holland stuck.

Anyway, here’s the big picture:

Map of Europe

Map of the world, with the continent of Europe shaded blue

The blue area is Europe. (Yes, even though England is hellbent on leaving the EU — the European Union — it will still be part of the continent of Europe.)

The Netherlands is bordered by Belgium in the South, Germany in the East and the Northsea in the North and West.

Where is Amsterdam

Continent of Europe, showing the location of the Netherlands. The call-out shows the location of Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands

Amsterdam is located in the south of the province of North Holland:

Netherlands map

Map of the Netherlands, with its twelve provinces

Amsterdam on Google Maps

Explore our Google map of Amsterdam for things to do and places to visit.

Oh, and you’ll fit right in with the locals if you talk about the current weather.

Amsterdam Visitors Guide

Speaking of Amsterdammers: DutchAmsterdam is published by Amsterdam locals. We’ve put together this handy visitors guide for you.

Amsterdam Video

Amsterdam Facts

  • Amsterdam is the largest city in the Netherlands
  • It is the capital of the Netherlands (while The Hague is the seat of government)
  • It also is the financial and cultural capital of the Netherlands
  • Amsterdam ranks 12th on Mercer’s 2018 Quality of Living survey
  • And yes… the city is home to a lot of bikes
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This post was last updated: Oct. 7, 2018