Did you know that in the 1600′s Amsterdam was at the height of Tulip Mania? Apparently the tulip bulb of 1637 was the beanie baby of 1995, with Tulip prices climbing to astronomical heights before suddenly dropping. I’m not making this up.
Apparently some tulips could fetch a price up to ten times the annual salary of a tradesman. In fact, check out this tulip price index from the 1600s. That after Christmas slump is worse than Tickle Me Elmo.
If you can get past the drug fueled backpackers, Amsterdam has got to be one of the most interesting cities to visit in Europe. Not only is the city today filled with tons to see and do – the Dutch history is full of interesting stories and facts that will easily enertain you throughout your visit.