How will people know you have been to Amsterdam now that the iconic sign ‘I AMSTERDAM’ has been removed?
If you have ever been to Amsterdam, then you will most likely know that the sign ‘I AMSTERDAM’ is one of the tourists favorite attractions. Your visit to Amsterdam is not complete until you take a photo with the iconic sign. The Red and white Amsterdam letters which have been attracting tourists to its location for 14 years is one of the most photographed attractions in Amsterdam. Located at the front of Rijksmuseum, a Dutch National Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the letters were removed on 2nd of December.
— Amsterdam Explorer (@Amsterdamexplor) December 3, 2018
In a statement, Femke Roosma, the Dutch city councillor who was the person behind the removal of the iconic sign said;
“The message of ‘I Amsterdam’ is that we are all individuals in the city. We want to show something different: diversity, tolerance, solidarity.”
Many people have taken to their social media platform to voice out their personal opinion about the removal.
The #IAmsterdam letters in front of the Rijksmuseum have now been removed. The letters (and the beautiful backdrop) are featured in countless photos, videos and selfies. Enjoy this small tribute and feel free to post yours too! #byeIAmsterdam pic.twitter.com/rxxzwdsOb6
— Rijksmuseum (@rijksmuseum) December 3, 2018
— aw (@amanda70w) December 3, 2018
It’s official: The famous ‘iAmsterdam” letters have been taken away from the city. Why? Because a political party in this city stated that the letters “show too much individualism towards tourists.”
I don’t even have words. This world has gone mad. pic.twitter.com/dwJGQRJCUD
— AFC Ajax 💫 (@TheEuropeanLad) December 3, 2018
— Bas van Gestel (@KolonelB) December 3, 2018
Envy eyes.. they just could not stand the happiness of people from all over the world taking pictures at the site #Iamsterdam means we embraced the city. It was too hard for them.. envy eyes… pic.twitter.com/OHGoYzdwSH
— Tati Gaud (@tatigaud) December 4, 2018
People who were surprised to see that the letters had been removed before getting there were not happy. To express their sadness, they have erected a new sign which reads ‘HUH’ and some people have started taking photos with the new sign.
The IAmsterdam sign has been taken down and replaced with ‘huh’ and there’s loads of confused tourists on maps on their phones😂😂 pic.twitter.com/1iz1JlyUe2
— Ben Owen (@TheBenOwen) December 3, 2018
— DDB (@DutchDrB) December 3, 2018
— Cham 🇦🇺🛫🇳🇱 (@SamCham10) December 3, 2018
We haven’t been to Amsterdam before but we are actually not happy the signs are gone.
Have you been to Amsterdam before and have taken a photo with the iconic sign? Feel free to share your ‘I AMSTERDAM’ photo in memory of the one removed.