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Colourful, lively, diverse and straight up adventurous – that’s Amsterdam for you. The words tolerable or free-spirited may come to mind as it is one of the only cities where you can see everything …


Colourful, lively, diverse and straight up adventurous – that’s Amsterdam for you. The words tolerable or free-spirited may come to mind as it is one of the only cities where you can see everything from red light districts, coffee shops, museums, parks, cafes and hundreds of bicycles all within a walking distance of each other.

Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands is the country’s cultural and financial capital and one of the main financial centre’s of Europe. Originating as a small fishing village in the late 12th century, the city gets its name from being a dam on the river, Amstel Today, it is a vibrant, buzzing city that tourists adore for many reasons and that locals enjoy living in.

Beautiful little buildings line the many canals that run through Amsterdam and there are over 1500 bridges in the city which is why the nickname “The Venice of the North” shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. See the famous Singel Canal that encircled the city in the Middle Ages and is famous for its floating flower markets today.

The layout and street pattern remains largely unchanged and this minimal alteration gives Amsterdam an old-fashion flare. The oldest streets are the Warmoesstraat and the Zeedijk located in the Nieuwmarkt area of the Old Centre. Probably the most visited area in Amsterdam is the Old Centre where you can enjoy traditional architecture, canals, shopping, and many coffeeshops. The red ight district is also in the Old Centre, as is Dam Square. Overlooking lively Dam square, where the city was founded, is theKoninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace), the official residence of the royal family.

Merrymakers can revel in one of the city’s many happening pubs, bars, coffee shops and clubs. If you’re out for the night, join a group for a pub crawl and explore the city’s nightlife one pub at a time.

Amsterdam is rich in history so you’ll find plenty of museums. The main three are spread out across the grassy expanse of Museumplein – here you will find The Van Gogh Museum, Rijksmuseum and Stedelijk Museum. Not too far from here is the famous Vondelpark where you can laze around and soak up the sun on a lovely summer afternoon. Also well worth a visit is Anne Frank’s house where you can learn more about the teenage diarist.

Amsterdam is also home to the Heineken experience, an interactive beer museum. Avoid long queues at museums by pre-purchasing tickets online. Wander into the arty, charming neighbourhood the Jordaan where you will find lovely boutiques, chic cafes and art galleries lining the narrow streets. Allow yourself to get lost and enjoy all the things you stumble across.

There are over 800,000 bikes in Amsterdam which is more than the population of the city! Cycling is a way of life, accommodated by the flat landscape and incredible network of cycle routes. Jump on a bike and explore this wonderful city through paddle power.

MRO Europe will be held in Amsterdam from October 18th-20th. The show will bring together 5,000 attendees from over 80 countries. Here airlines, suppliers, OEMs, regulators and lessors will come together to explore and discuss the aviation maintenance industry. Maestro will be present at the event, building booths for clients. If you would like to meet to discuss trade show booth requirements in Amsterdam or around the world, contact us at

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