The capital and largest city of the Netherlands, where Franz takes Sabina by train to accompany him while he is at a conference.
With a city population of 1.36 million, Amsterdam's metropolitan area population of 6.7 million makes it the sixth largest in Europe. Its name comes from its location at a dam on the Amstel River (also the name of a Dutch beer). Amsterdam resembles Venice in that it is only 2 meters above sea level and is crossed by many canals. Much of the land around it consists of flat polders;that is, land reclaimed from the sea with a system of dikes. Tourist attractions include museums to favorite sons Rembrandt and Van Gogh, and the Anne Frank House. The city also gets a lot of tourist traffic for its legalized prostitution and cannabis.
Franz spends some time visiting the Old Church in Amsterdam in section 7 of Part Three, a few pages later.