From IBC

Job Cohen, Mayor of Amsterdam: “Welcome to Amsterdam – The City of Art” You are – or will soon be – the guest of a very special city: Amsterdam. Whether you’ve been here many times, or whether this is your very first visit – Amsterdam will surprise you again and again.

Amsterdam is never less than inspiring, with its many beautiful canals and monuments. There are also the cultural and social riches the city offers in the way of music, theatre, bars, shops and culinary restaurants.

In 2009 the Dutch capital will pay tribute to its museological marvels: the opening of the Hermitage Amsterdam and the renewed Stedelijk Museum. Amsterdam has long been considered an influential cultural capital in Europe, with leading institutions such as the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, De Nederlandse Opera and a wealth of history and modern architecture.

As Mayor of Amsterdam, I would like to offer you one important tip: have an eye for details! Other world cities may be remarkable for the magnificent and the imposing, but the beauty of Amsterdam very often lies in the subtlest detail.

I wish you a very pleasant and interesting stay.

Job Cohen
Mayor of Amsterdam