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Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Amsterdam is not an old city by any European or even Low-Countries comparison.

A catastrophic flood of the Zuiderzee in 1170 reshaped land and water at this peat-bog meeting of river and sea in a way that made the area more conducive to settlement. The first known official recognition of a municipality at the mouth of the Amstel comes from 1275 CE, when Count Floris V granted its residents free travel in Holland County.

A sea-going, merchant people, Amsterdammers proceeded to build one of the great trading cities — and, for a while, Europe's richest. The thousands of 17th-century canal houses are testament to the wealth of the nation's Golden Age — and to the moderate, modest character of the Dutch people. Amsterdam in the 21st century remains a city of exquisite, understated beauty.

Bicycles

Pas op...

Sloterplas

A man-made lake where once there was a lake...

Afgesloten

Road closed....

Dutch cafés

Nobody's going to worry about how long you stay....

Stelling van Amsterdam

Historic military floodplain system...

The Dutch coffeeshop

Cannabis products....