Amsterdam. Capital of the Netherlands

Amsterdam. Capital of the Netherlands

Noordeinde Palace in The Hague. The palace where the King works. By law, the government sets the palace to the disposal of the head of state.

The capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam, although the parliament and the government reside in The Hague, as well as the monarch.
In most countries, the capital city of a country is the city where the government is established and the head of state lives.
In the Netherlands this is different: the government is based in The Hague and the
The King has his palaces in The Hague, but the capital of the Netherlands is Amsterdam.

The Netherlands is thus one of the few exceptions.

Almost uninterrupted since 1584 The Hague has been the seat of government, with the exception of 1808 to 1810 (Amsterdam ), from 1810 to 1813 (Paris) and from 1940 to 1945 (London).
From 1940 to 1945 the Dutch territory, however, was ruled by the Germans, with the highest seat of government in Berlin; London’s government was a government in exile.

Also, The Hague is the residence of governors and princes since 1584, except for the periods as mentioned earlier, and from 1948 to 1980 when Queen Juliana resided in Baarn (Soestdijk).
Nonetheless, Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands.
A brief reference to Article 32 of the Dutch Constitution refers to it.

The Bonapartes

Louis Napoléon Bonaparte (1778 –1846), King of Holland (1806–10), known as Lodewijk Napoleon in Dutch.

Louis Bonaparte

Louis Bonaparte, the brother of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, was appointed in 1806 as King of the Kingdom of Holland.
As the capital of the new kingdom, he chose Amsterdam, and after a festive entry into the city, the city council handed the keys to the town on April 20, 1808, in Amsterdam.

He moved his government to Amsterdam from 1808 to 1810 and took up residence in the Royal Palace.

In the short period that Amsterdam became the government center – from 1808 to 1810 – the
city was made the capital and remained the capital.

The day when Louis Napoleon received the keys of the City of Amsterdam is seen as the first day of Amsterdam as the capital of the Netherlands.

Louis Napoleon took up residence in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam.
In 1810, he was recalled to Paris, and the Netherlands were annexed by the French Empire.

The Royal Palace became the residence of the French governor, Charles François Lebrun. Amsterdam became the first French Empire referred to as the second capital after Paris and followed by the third capital Rome.

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.
The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament. The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam

Government and parliament took up residence in The Hague again after regaining independence in 1813; Amsterdam remained the capital remained formally the capital of the new Kingdom.

Despite the lack of legal status (at least between 1815 and 1983) it has been widely accepted that Amsterdam is the capital.

In part, this follows from its undoubted role as the royal city: in addition to being the city where the coronation of the kings/queens take place, Amsterdam is also the venue for royal weddings and the annual Royal New Year reception.

But more importantly, the relatively important role the city played in the Dutch history makes Amsterdam the logic choice for being Capital Of The Netherlands.
From the end of the 16th century, Amsterdam grew into the largest city in the Netherlands and the leading center of trade, economy, culture, and finance; a position that the city has retained till today.

They sometimes say that the capital is Amsterdam, and the royal city is The Hague.

There are so many more interesting places to visit in the Netherlanda.
For instance:
Cool Things To Do In Eindhoven
Dordrechts Museum & More Cool Things To See In Dordrecht: One Of Holland’s Gems 
There’s More To Holland Than Lovely Tulips And Sturdy Windmills 
A Relaxed Walk Over The Lozerheide 

Things to do in Amsterdam?

Concerts, exhibitions, performances, festivals, theater ……
And of course, you will find an abundance of historic building all within walking distance from each other.

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