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Quotes about Amsterdam: Sayings about the Dutch Capital

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Venice of the North, Capital of the Netherlands… Whatever you call it, Amsterdam is a truly unique and beautiful city that’s well worth a visit on any European adventure. Best known for its abundance of tulips, canal houses, and easy biking trails, here are 10 quotes about Amsterdam that will make you want to pack your bags ASAP and whisk yourself away to the Dutch capital.

Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Canal View

12 Quotes about Amsterdam: Sayings about the Dutch Capital

“I am a village boy, and Amsterdam for me was always the big town.”– Anton Corbijn


“In Europe, I always have fun bike riding in Amsterdam.” – Ezra Koenig


“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, Author of The Fault in Our Stars. If you want to see the Fault in Our Stars Filming Locations in Amsterdam for yourself, you can check out my movie locations guide.


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


“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 love Amsterdam. The city is vibrant and alive. It’s fresh and so open. It’s definitely one of my favourite places.” – Stefon Harris

“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, The Fault in our Stars. Quotes about Amsterdam, Netherlands.

“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


“I get inspired in 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


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


“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


“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


“Ireland is also quite nice. So is Amsterdam.” – Diane von Furstenberg. Want more reasons to visit Amsterdam? Check them out here!

Amsterdam, the Netherlands: canal view in the autumn

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