Paris, France’s capital, is a major European city and a global center for art, fashion, gastronomy and culture. Its 19th-century cityscape is crisscrossed by wide boulevards and the River Seine. Beyond such landmarks as the Eiffel Tower and the 12th-century, Gothic Notre-Dame cathedral, the city is known for its cafe culture and designer boutiques along the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
Area: 105.4 km²
Population: 2.244 million (2010)
Amsterdam is the Netherlands’ capital, known for its artistic heritage, elaborate canal system and narrow houses with gabled facades, legacies of the city’s 17th-century Golden Age. Its Museum District houses the Van Gogh Museum, works by Rembrandt and Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum, and modern art at the Stedelijk. Cycling is key to the city’s character, and there are numerous bike paths.
Area: 219,4 km²
Population: 821,752 thousand (2015)
Marken is a village with a population of 1,810 located in the municipality of Waterland in the province of North Holland, Netherlands. Marken forms a peninsula in the Markermeer and was formerly an island in the Zuiderzee.
Area: 87.63 km²
Population: 1,810 thousand (2012)