Amsterdam has come a long way since its first days as a mass of shifting lakes, swamps and soggy peatland. In a nutshell:
Early 12th century farmers tamed the marshes with ditches and dykes and developed a land which has since evolved into one of the coolest, most colourful and well-functioning cities in Europe.
Although it is best known for its network of canals and a permissive attitude to sex and soft drugs, Amsterdam is...
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