Amsterdam tips: facts and figures

Animation of Amsterdam’s growth 1600-1700

Watch a beautiful animation of how central Amsterdam expanded and the canals were built from 1600 onwards.

Credits: Stadsarchief / City Archives Amsterdam

Amsterdam in numbers

Source:, August 2016

Inhabitants: 834,713 (by 2019: 863,000 inhabitants)
Inhabitants in Amsterdam Metropolitan Area: 2,388,318
Nationalities: 180
Visitors per year: 17.3 million
Visitors per year (daytrippers): 10.6 million (of which 76% Dutch)
Visitors per year (overnight): 6.7 million (of which 79% from abroad)
Bicycles: 881,000 (estimated) More than people!
Percentage of people who cycle daily: 58%
Parks: 40
Trams: 213
Ferry routes (provided by GVB): 9
Electric vehicle charging points 650 (and increasing)
Markets: 32
Shops: 6,159
Canals: 165
Bridges in the Canal Ring: 80
Houseboats: 2,500
16th, 17th and 18th century buildings: 8,863
Gable stones: 654
Windmills: 8
Museums: 44
Paintings by Rembrandt: 23
Paintings by Van Gogh: 207
Historical church organs: 42
Concerts and theatrical performances per year: 9,000
Concerts and theatrical performances per day: 25
Theatres and concert halls: 55
Cinemas: 15
Cafés and bars: 1,515
Clubs: 16
Restaurants: 1,325
Hotels in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area 634
5-star hotels: 14
Hotel beds: 37,627
Campsites: 6

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