The capital city of the Netherlands is Amsterdam. Amsterdam is recognized in the constitution as the Dutch capital city. However, government offices, ministries, and the supreme courts have been based in The Hague since 1588. Amsterdam is found in the province of North Holland. The name Amsterdam was derived from “Amstelredamme.” The name implies a city with an origin around a dam. The dam in which the city is concentrated on is based on River Amstel, which runs through the city.

Amsterdam is the most populous municipality in Netherlands. As of 2015, the city proper has a population of 851,373. The urban area of Amsterdam has a population of 1,351,587 whereas the metropolitan area has 2,410,960 people. Amsterdam is the largest and the most populous city in the Netherlands.

Amsterdam is one of the topmost recognized tourist destinations in Europe. The city has many museums, with the most notable one located on the Museumplein (Museum Square). The city has a few sites that have been declared World Heritage sites by UNESCO. These sites include the Defense Line which was declared a World Heritage site in 1996 and the 17th-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam which was given the recognition in 2010. The top tourist destination in the city of Amsterdam also includes the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Museum, Heineken Experience, Natura Artis Magistra, The National Maritime Museum, Dam Square, Oude Kerk, and Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam among many others. The Rijksmuseum, which was opened in 1885, possesses the largest and most important collection of classical Dutch art and history.

Amsterdam experiences an oceanic climate. The oceanic climate experienced in Amsterdam is influenced by the city’s close proximity to the North Sea. The prevailing westerly winds from the sea are often blown to the city. Both summer and winters in the city of Amsterdam are considered to be mild, with no extreme temperatures. Occasionally the winters get really cold. The summer temperatures are usually 22 degrees Celsius on average. The average annual precipitation received in Amsterdam is usually approximately 838 millimeters. A considerable amount of the precipitation falls as very brief and light showers. The skies get cloudy during the cooler months.

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