December 1, 2014

Amsterdam Canal

Photograph by Jim Richardson, National Geographic

Attracting more than 15 million tourists a year, Amsterdam ranks as one of Europe's most popular travel destinations. And at its heart is the Grachtengordel—a 17th-century ring of canals that was built at the height of the Dutch Golden Age, when trade with the Far East brought wealth and prosperity to the city.

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