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Whether you’re looking for quotes about Amsterdam because you love the Dutch capital, or you’re looking for clever Amsterdam puns for your Instagram captions, we’ve got you covered!

These 43 Amsterdam quotes and gouda Amsterdam puns are some of our favourites – and we hope you like them just as much as we do!

20 Best Quotes About Amsterdam

Closeup of pink flowers in a box on the side of an Amsterdam canal

Here are our favourite Amsterdam quotes from writers, artists and musicians from around the world. We’ve even included a quote from yours truly at the end!

“Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth, it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.” 

– John Green, an American author of popular bestsellers like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns

“…the curious Dutch classification gedogen, which means ‘technically illegal but officially tolerated’.”  

– Russell Shorto, an American author, journalist and historian

“Amsterdam has more than 150 canals and 1,250 bridges, but it never seems crowded, nor bent and bitter from fleecing the tourist.” 

– Julie Burchill, an English journalist, writer, broadcaster and championing feminist

“My experience in Amsterdam is that cyclists ride where the hell they like and aim in a state of rage at all pedestrians while ringing their bell loudly, the concept of avoiding people being foreign to them.” 

– Terry Pratchett, an English author best known for his work on the Discworld series who sadly died in 2015

“Stand outside De Eland on the Berenstraat Bridge over the Prinsengracht and you see what real Amsterdam life is like.” 

– David Hewson, a British novelist and fantasy writer

“Amsterdam was a great surprise to me. I had always thought of Venice as the city of canals; it had never entered my mind that I should find similar conditions in a Dutch town.” 

– James Weldon Johnson, an American writer and civil rights activist from the late 19th century and early 20th century

Amsterdam canal cruise

“I think Amsterdam is to Holland what New York is to America. It’s a metropolis, so it’s representative of Holland, but only a part of it – you know, it’s more extreme, there’s more happening, it’s more liberal and more daring than the countryside in Holland is.” 

– Anton Corbijn, a Dutch photographer and film director

“In Amsterdam, the water is the mistress and the land the vassal.”

– Félix Martí Ibáñez, a 20th century Spanish physician, psychiatrist and author

“I love Amsterdam. The city is vibrant and alive. It’s fresh and so open. It’s definitely one of my favourite places.”

– Stefon Harris, an American Jazz musician

“Amsterdam lives and breathes creativity. One moment you walk into a building from the 17th century and the next you find yourself in a hub of creative start-up companies.”

– Marcel Wanders, a Dutch designer and art director

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“What’s special about Amsterdam is that the city is able to connect worlds that are not otherwise connected.” 

– Marcel Wanders, a Dutch designer and art director

“Amsterdam is like the rings of a tree: It gets older as you get closer to the centre.” 

– John Green, an American author of popular bestsellers like The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns

“In Amsterdam, the river and canals have been central to city life for the last four centuries.”

– Janet Echelman, an American sculptor and artist

“The many cultures in Amsterdam contribute to the city’s high level of craziness – something which every interesting city should offer.” 

– Charles Landry, a British author, speaker and international urban adviser

“Here people cycle with a reckless swagger, talking on the phone and eating breakfast.” 

– David Nicholls, an English novelist and screenwriter best known for his books-turned-movies: One Day and Starter For Ten

Amsterdam Cafe

“Amsterdam is not Holland. It is a city that attracts people from all over Holland. And lots of international tourists and party people.” 

– Eddy de Clercq, a Belgian-Dutch music producer and promoter

“I was told David Letterman and Kaufman had heart attacks on the same day. David Letterman’s heart attack was at a hospital in NYC. Kaufman’s heart attack was at the red light district in Amsterdam. I think Kaufman had more fun.”

– Howard Stern, an American radio and television personality and author

“Amsterdam is a breeding ground for new creative pursuits in many areas fuelled by a tolerance and openness to ideas unlike any other city I’ve been to. There is something for everyone here, especially when you dare to go off the beaten path.” 

– Marcel Wanders, a Dutch designer and art director

“Call me a pig, but isn’t it brilliantly refreshing how early the Dutch eat dinner? When they’re still laying out the cutlery in achingly hip Barcelona, they’re hanging the closed sign on the restaurant doors of old Amsterdam.” 

– Julie Burchill, an English journalist, writer, broadcaster and championing feminist

And finally… an Amsterdam quote from yours truly:

“Los Angeles is the ‘City of Angels’. Paris is the ‘City of Light’. And Amsterdam is the ‘City of Bikes’. And cheese. Never forget the cheese.”

– Justine Jenkins, a British travel blogger and freelance writer

Amsterdam canal houses

23 Funny Amsterdam Puns & Clever Amsterdam Instagram Captions

If you also want some funny Amsterdam puns to write clever Instagram captions with then we’ve also got you covered! 

We hope you’re ready with the cheese board and knife because here comes a whole lot of gouda Amsterdam puns!

Funny Amsterdam Puns & Clever Amsterdam Instagram Captions

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