Amsterdam Dam Square

Wondering what to do during your vacation in Amsterdam? There’s no shortage of attractions in this great city! One of the things you simply can’t miss out on when traveling to Amsterdam is a visit to the famous Dam Square.

Located on Damrak Street, one of the most central streets in the old medieval center of Amsterdam, is the historic Dam Square. This famous 13th century iconic square is home to many famous Amsterdam attractions such as the Royal Palace, which was built in the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century and used to be the city hall for the city of Amsterdam a long time ago. Most of the year, the palace is open to the public and you can visit it to learn more about Dutch history and the royal house.

Another important landmark on the Dam is the New Church – which is not actually new but was built in the 14th century, burned down after a big fire and restored to its former glory in the 16th century. Other attractions around the Amsterdam Dam square are the popular Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the luxurious Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and the big department store The Bijenkorf where you can go some good shopping! The Dutch erected a War Memorial on the Dam Square to memorize the victims of the second world war. In the sixties, this national monument was a popular spot for the hippie community to gather. Nowadays, the Dam is a central meeting point for many locals, and lots of demonstrations and events take place here.

Visiting the Dam Square in Amsterdam

In a few minutes walking distance from the Dam, you’ll find the Bloemenmarkt, a unique floating Flower Market built in 1862. There is no other flower market like this in the world! All the flower stalls stand on houseboats, that float in the canal. You really should see this. The Flower Market is a popular tourist hot spot where you can find all kinds of souvenirs to take home. For more information about the Flower Market you can watch our free video guide.

Don’t forget to experience Amsterdam shopping to its fullest! Explore the famous shopping streets, like Kalverstraat and Nieuwendijk, around Dam Square as well as its trendy bars and restaurants. But watch out for this area’s notorious tourist traps… try to avoid the typical “tourist restaurants” and if you plan to buy cannabis while in Amsterdam, please don’t buy it on the street – this is illegal! The only place where you’re allowed to buy hash or marijuana in Amsterdam is in a coffee shop. Our coffee shops travel guide will tell you everything you need to know.

Check the rest of our free video guides for more tips about things to do in Amsterdam and watch our special video guide on the Amsterdam Dam Square to get to know the attractions in the Dam area better!

 

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