Stamps encourage visits to Amsterdam

The Hague – PostNL today issued its Europe 2012 and Netherlands 2012 stamps, the theme of which is ‘Visit’. These stamp sheetlets explore the theme of ‘the waters of Amsterdam’ and encourage Europeans to visit Amsterdam. The sheetlet with stamps for destinations in the Netherlands is called ‘Bezoek Amsterdam’ while the name of the sheetlet with stamps for destinations in the rest of Europe is a translation of this: ‘Visit Amsterdam’.

Each year, PostEurop organises the Europa Stamp Best Design Competition. The theme for 2012 is ‘Visit’ and the task was to design stamps to tempt Europeans to visit another country in Europe. PostNL’s interpretation of the task resulted in ‘the waters of Amsterdam’, symbolising the position and appeal of the Netherlands as a land of waters and waterways. The stamps depict how the wealth and urban development of Amsterdam has been dominated by its age-old central canal district and the river Amstel (on the stamps for Europe), and the IJ river and Oosterdok docking basin (on the stamps for the Netherlands).


The stamps are available while stocks last from Bruna bookshops, from the Collect Club in Groningen and online at The stamps are valid until further notice. In addition to the two stamp sheetlets, two stamp booklets and two first day covers* will also be issued.

Voucher for Het Grachtenhuis

The stamp sheetlets include a voucher for a 10% discount on purchases made in the museum shop of Het Grachtenhuis in Amsterdam. This museum, located on the Herengracht, will be re-opening in March 2012 following renovation. Visitors to Het Grachtenhuis can explore the history of the 17th century central canal district of Amsterdam through an interactive multimedia exhibition.

The designer 

“Amsterdam is my city,” says graphic designer Michaël Snitker, whose studio looks out over the waters of the Het Singel canal. Michaël Snitker is a graphic designer based in Amsterdam. He works primarily for clients in the cultural sector. In addition, he devises and designs publications on his own initiative, working directly with publishers, architects, artists and writers.
* a NVPH product