Amsterdam Spui area

Visiting the capital of the Netherlands? While exploring the area around popular tourist spots such as the Dam Square (with its Royal Palace and the Madame Tussaud’s museum), Kalverstraat (upscale shopping street), and the floating Flower Market, you might come across the Spui square, in the historic centre of Amsterdam. 

This square is in fact car-free and attracts lots of visitors, especially on Fridays and Sundays when the weekly book market (Friday) and art market (Sunday) take place. In the Spui area you will find many more sights of interests. You can admire various significant buildings including the 17th century church – Oude Lutherse Kerk and see notable monuments like “The Little Darling” statue. You will see a lot of young people walking around here as several buildings that belong to the Amsterdam University are located closeby.

Things to do around the Spui area in Amsterdam

Another great place to visit in Spui area is the Begijnhof or Beguinage, a beautiful inner court where you will find historic buildings. It is a wonderful serene place that was founded during the Middle Ages. You can visit for free; just make sure not to disturb the peace, people are still living here!

When you walk from Spui to the Dam Square, you will pass Rokin street, housing an interesting Tobacco Shop and the Allard Pierson Museum for who’s interesting in arts and archaeology. Looking for some shopping? At Rokin you will find the “V&D” – a Dutch department store offering anything from clothing and cosmetics to food and household items – and at the Dam Square there’s another, bigger and fancier department store ” De Bijenkorf”. Of course there’s also smaller shops around that you can explore. When strolling through Rokin street, check out the beautiful historical buildings that are lining this street which have been standing here for centuries.

Looking for more attractions in walking distance from Spui? What about a visit to the Anne Frank House, or – something totally different – the Red Light District? Make sure to watch our many video guides about Amsterdam’s top attractions and learn all about how to plan your vacation in the best possible way, experiencing the best this city has to offer you without getting overly exhausted.

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