Venice of the North, Capital from the Netherlands… Anything you call it, Amsterdam is really a truly unique and beautiful city that’s really worth a trip on any European adventure. Best known because of its abundance of tulips, canal houses, and simple biking trails, here are 10+ quotes about Amsterdam that will make you need to pack your bags ASAP and whisk yourself off to the Dutch capital.
10+ Quotes about Amsterdam: Sayings about the Dutch Capital
“I am a village boy, and Amsterdam for me was always the big town.”– Anton Corbijn
“But words are water in Amsterdam, they flood your ears and set the rot, and also the church's east corner is crowded.” –
“In Europe, I always have some fun riding a bike in Amsterdam.” – Ezra Koenig
“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a town of sin, however in truth, it's a city of freedom. And in freedom, many people find sin.” ― John Green, Author of The Fault in Our Stars. If you wish to see the Fault within our Stars Filming Locations in Amsterdam for yourself, you should check out my movie locations guide.
“…the curious Dutch classification gedogen, which means ‘technically illegal but officially tolerated.” – Russell Shorto
“Amsterdam is much like the rings of a tree: It ages as you become nearer to the middle.” -John Green
“Amsterdam has more than 150 canals and 1,250 bridges, however it never seems crowded, nor bent and bitter from fleecing the tourist.” – Julie Burchill
“I really like Amsterdam. The city is vibrant and alive. It’s fresh and thus open. It’s one of my favourite places.” – Stefon Harris
“My experience in Amsterdam is the fact that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a condition 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 need to write in places like Amsterdam or Paris or Nz, when you’re standing on a yacht, looking out at the middle of the ocean.” – Action Bronson
“Here people cycle with a reckless swagger, talking on the telephone and eating breakfast.” – David Nicholls
“Stand outside De Eland, around the Berenstraat Bridge over the Prinsengracht, and you see what real Amsterdam every day life is like.” – David Hewson
“Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice because the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions inside a Dutch town.” – James Weldon Johnson
“I think Amsterdam is to Holland what New York would be to America in a sense. It’s a metropolis, so it’s associated with Holland, but only part of it – you realize, it’s more extreme, there’s more happening, it’s more liberal and much more daring than the countryside in Holland is.” – Anton Corbijn
“In Amsterdam, the water is the mistress and the land the vassal.” -Felix Marti-Ibanez
“Amsterdam lives and breathes creativity. One moment you walk into a building in the 17th century, and the next you find yourself in a hub of creative start-up companies.” -Marcel Wanders
“Ireland can also be quite nice. Same with Amsterdam.” – Diane von Furstenberg. Want more good reasons to visit Amsterdam? Check them out here!
“Amsterdam isn't Holland. It is a city that attracts people throughout Holland. And lots of international tourists and party people.” – Eddy de Clercq
“Call me a pig, but isn't it brilliantly refreshing how early the Dutch eat dinner? If they are still laying out the cutlery in achingly hip Barcelona, they're hanging the closed sign on the restaurant doors of old Amsterdam.” – Julie Burchill