Amsterdam Damrak area

Damrak Street is the prime location where the Amstel River once stood, however today it has turned into a very busy spot in Amsterdam. Damrak Street is regularly referred to as the “Red Carpet of Amsterdam” because it stretches from the Central Railway Station to Dam Square in the centre of the city. Keep yourself busy in Damrak Street by enjoying the tourist shops, the beautiful views of the gabled houses and their reflection on the water as well as the many restaurants including a lot of steakhouses.

This Amsterdam attraction leads you to several other great places so you do not have to worry about missing out on the best when you’re in the Damrak area. The two closest sights of interest to Damrak Street are the Dam Square and the Red Light District so you have a superb choice. Other nearby attractions are the Anne Frank House, the floating Flower Market and a whole array of popular shopping streets.

Things to do around Damrak area in Amsterdam

The Red Light District which is only 200 meters away from Damrak is one of the number one things to see in Amsterdam. Of course this area is mainly known for the women working behind the windows, the sex shops, peep shows and the bright red lights, but you can also find different kinds of shops, bars, cafes and even historical sights such as the “Oude Kerk” (Old Church) or the small and peculiar “Ons Lieve Heer op Solder” museum, situated in a seventeenth century canal house. There’s also a Buddhist temple and many Chinese restaurants in this part of town. Take a guided tour if you want to learn more about the interesting history of this part of the city, about prostitution in the Netherlands and about all the hidden gems of the Red Light District!

Your other option is to go to Dam Square where attractions such as Madame Tussauds and the Royal Palace stand. In the mood for shopping? At the square, next to the National Monument in memory of the victims of the Second World War, there’s a big and popular department store called de Bijenkorf offering anything from designer brands and cosmetics to home interior and travel items. For more shopping, head to the Kalverstraat (more mainstream), Nieuwedijk or the “Nine Little Streets” (boutiques, second hand items and specialty stores). 

About 800 meter from the Damrak, to the west, is the Anne Frank House where the Jewish girl and her family hid for the nazi’s. This is one of the busiest attractions in town, so buying tickets in advance pays off here and will save you a lot of time! If you have read Anne’s diary, then your visit will be even better. Find out more about the Anne Frank House by watching our special video guides.

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