Immerse yourself in the charm of the Netherlands with this combination of two best-selling tours at a discounted price. Take a morning tour from Amsterdam to see the famous Zaanse Schans windmills and the quaint fishing villages of Marken and Volendam. Then, continue your day trip from Amsterdam with visits to two don't-miss Dutch cities: Delft and The Hague. If time is tight and you'd like to travel beyond Amsterdam, this action-packed, full-day tour shows you the best of the Netherlands. Even better, you'll enjoy about a 10% discount when you buy these tours in this way.
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!
Leave Amsterdam behind for a few hours and discover the surrounding Dutch countryside and its wonderful windmills! Drive through idyllic landscapes criss-crossed with canals, see authentic wooden houses and old-fashioned cheese-making in Volendam. Watch a shoemaker make clogs in Marken, and capture photos of the windmills the Netherlands is famous for in the picturesque village of Zaanse Schans. Throughout this half-day trip, listen to commentary about the history, culture and sights of the Netherlands.
Discover Bruges – one of the most captivating cities in Belgium – on this day trip from Amsterdam. After traveling to Bruges by coach, you will receive a brief overview of city sights from your knowledgeable guide. Then, enjoy 5 full hours exploring the churches, canals and lace shops of Bruges on your own. See the Begijnhof, the city gates and the eye-catching windmills. And indulge in some delicious Belgian chocolates on your ride back to Amsterdam!
Simplify your trip to Amsterdam with the I Amsterdam City Card, a pass that gives you free admission to museums and public transport throughout the city. Gain free entry to 38 museums including the Van Gogh Museum, Rembrandthuis Museum and Hermitage Amsterdam. Enjoy unlimited free public transport, a free canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. This pass is the perfect way for independent travelers to make the most of their time in Amsterdam and save money too!
Experience the world-famous Keukenhof Gardens on this hassle-free tour from Amsterdam. Travel by comfortable coach through the Netherlands’ countryside filled with blooming flower fields, and then enjoy three hours walking through the Keukenhof Gardens at your leisure. Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy among the vibrant display of millions of spring tulips!