Ye olde travel guide: Amsterdam, 1648

In the latest instalment of our historical holidays series, in which experts imagine they're writing a travel guide in the past, Russell Shorto recommends a city that, with the threat of invasion lifted, has become the emporium of the world


This article was first published in the March 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

After centuries as a pokey little place famous only as a centre of pilgrimage, Amsterdam has morphed into the global hub of art, commerce and science. And what better way of navigating the city than on its staggeringly efficient waterways.

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