For many who have never visited Amsterdam, the Dutch city might be best known for its permissive laws related to sex and drugs. Yet regulated prostitution and marijuana-distributing "coffeeshops" are only a small part of the canal city of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam also has a strong religious heritage, particularly with respect to Calvinism and Judaism. Though religion is on the decline in Amsterdam, like much of Europe, the city's rich religious heritage is reflected in the many churches and synagogues that are well worth a visit. Amsterdam also boasts an abundance of excellent religious art and an entire museum dedicated to the Bible.
Today, this vibrant Dutch city is a fascinating melting pot of Old World traditions, modern prosperity and youthfulness, and remnants of its hippie heyday. Only in Amsterdam can you visit a Bible Museum, a Jewish Museum, an Erotic Museum, and a Marijuana Museum in the same day!