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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam is not an old city by any European standard of antiquity.

The first known official recognition of a municipality at the mouth of the Amstel river comes from A.D. 1275, when Count Floris V granted privilege of toll-free shipping throughout an area that would become North and South Holland.

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.


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


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....

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