9 incredible things you need to know about Amsterdam the Dutch capital; Gemma Lucy Press; Daily Mail

Netherlands – Seventeenth-Century Canal Ring Area of Amsterdam inside the Singelgracht
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Amsterdam may not be the biggest city, but it’s impossible to see it all in just one trip thanks to its hidden corners and quirks, once-a-year events and sheer volume of culture. It really is the city that keeps on giving. Go armed with fascinating titbits, impress your friends or finally take home that pub-quiz trophy with these things you probably didn’t know about Amsterdam.

There are 165 canals 

That’s about 60 miles (nearly 100km) of very clean water. It’s so clean, in fact, that Artis Zoo allows its elephants to drink it unfiltered, and the city’s authorities plan to make it even cleaner, so people can swim in it. The three main canals are Herengracht, Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht, all dug in the 17th century during the Dutch Golden Age to improve the city’s trade and transport system.

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