Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands and the country’s largest city. Its vibrant atmosphere attracts millions of tourists every year.
Amsterdam is at the heart of business in the Netherlands, but is also renowned for its canals and museums, which set it out as a major world capital. Its compact size and architecture, however, mean the city has preserved a village-like atmosphere.
The Dutch capital is a centre for culture and is also home to leading museums like the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum, which are all located on the impressive Museum square. One of the best ways of enjoying the beauties of the historical inner city, which is a Unesco Cultural Heritage site, is to hop on a boat for a tour of the canals.
Amsterdam has an impressive sporting tradition. The city hosted the Olympic Games in 1928 and the recently renovated Olympic stadium is a lasting legacy of the event. The city hosted the start of the Giro d’Italia in 2010 and is preparing to organise the European Athletics Championships in 2016. The Dutch capital is also home to AFC Ajax, a football club with a long tradition of success both at home and abroad.
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The beach volleyball stadium in Amsterdam will be built on Dam Square, in front of the Royal Palace, a site which is in the centre of the city and a hotspot for tourists.
Dam Square has hosted national beach volleyball events in the past, but the construction of a temporary stadium with seating for 2000 spectators is a first in this location. A total of 49 matches will be played in Amsterdam, from pool matches to quarterfinal matches. Dam Square will be the perfect place to soak up the city atmosphere and enjoy the festive ambiance of beach volleyball.