Amsterdam is the biggest city in Netherlands. Other than being the biggest, it also doubles up as the capital city of the country. With a population of about 790,654 within the city, Amsterdam is one of the most heavily populated areas in Netherlands.
The name of the city is derived from the river Amstel around which we can trace the origins of the city. Around the late twelfth century, a dam was built along river Amstel and not long after that the dam started attracting settlement around the area due to the easy availability of water. The first historical use of the name Amsterdam is in 1275 in the Floris vs. toll concession, which is in the form of a certificate dated October 27th of that year. The certificate exempted the inhabitants around the dam from paying the bridge toll since they were the ones who had built it. Read More →