8 things you probably didn't know about Amsterdam

Amsterdam is famous for its pretty buildings, canals, bridges, open policy on sex and drugs (did anyone say coffeeshops?) bikes, museum and so much more.

But forget all about that, because now there's 8 other things that will always remind you of Amsterdam in the years to come.

Curious what that is? Check it out below!

1) Take a tour with retired sex workers

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In Amsterdam you can take a tour from probably the oldest sex workers in the city. Martine and Louise Fokken, both 74 years old, claim to have had more than 335,000 clients in the years they were working in the Red Light District Area. Quite a few? That's more men than the entire population of Iceland!

The tour will go through all of the Red Light District and then at the end of the tour you can take a picture with them too. So don't wait any longer, head to their website and book the tour! Minimum of 10 people required, so gather your friends too. amsterdamredlightdistricttour.com/tour/meet-the-twin-prostitutes-in-amsterdam/

2) There's the world's first shop specialised in condoms

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The Condomerie in Amsterdam is de first shop about that small (or big) thing made of latex we definitely all know about, or don't wanna have to do anything with. The shop about condoms was founded in 1987 and can be found on the Warmoesstraat, just behind Dam Square. They have all the different sizes, materials, colors and flavors you can possible think of. So go check it out and you will definitely find something of your preference.  

3) The only floating flower market is in Amsterdam

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Also in Amsterdam only, a floating flower market! This market is built on boats and situated on one of the oldest canals of Amsterdam. The market can be visited year round and will be a colourful stop during your day strolling around Amsterdam. You can even buy flower bulbs you can bring on the plane back home.

4) The canal houses are narrow for a reason

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Back in the days (around the 17th century) you had to pay taxes based on size of the facade of your house. The wider the building, the more in taxes you had to pay. That resulted in narrow and tall canal houses. Probably a bad thing for them hundreds of years ago, but pretty to the eyes for us nowadays. Definitely instagram worthy!

5) There's a floating cat shelter

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Not only markets can float in Amsterdam, Animal shelters do too in the city. There's a boat especially to house stray cats. Cute? Sure! You can take a look yourself and if you find a cat you like you, you can bring it home too (for a certain amount of money of course). 

6) Amsterdam has more canals than Venice

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Many people say that Amsterdam is the Venice of the North and if you look at the amount of canals in both cities that could be true! Amsterdam has a stunning amount of 165 canals and Venice 'only' 150. If take all the canals and connecting harbors in Amsterdam, it takes up a full quarter of the city!

7) Amsterdam is home to thousands of wild parakeets

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Amsterdam and its wildlife? Around the 4000 wild parakeets fly around in the city! Normally they only be seen in warmer country, but because of global warming, we see them more often in North European countries as well. As bad as global warming is, we are not complaining about the green feathered green bird that chose Amsterdam as their new home. 

8) Canal houses are sometimes described as dancing houses

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When Amsterdam was built the soil was so swampy (and still is) that houses needed to be built on large wooden poles put deep into the ground. Now those wooden poles are slowly sinking deeper into the ground and that causes houses to sink into the ground as well. Result? Houses that look like they're having fun while they're slowly going down. Instead of fixing the wooden poles, they decides to straighten the window frames, looks funny doesn't it?