Amsterdam The Spui Square

Visiting the Dutch capital and thinking of what to do in Amsterdam? Check out the Spui Square in the old city center. Especially book-lovers will be thrilled to find out about this place, that’s known as the “cultural books square of the Netherlands”.

Until 1882 the Spui Square was a body of water and defined the southern borders of the city. The car free square attracts many visitors especially on Fridays when it houses the weekly book market and Sundays when the art market takes place. It’s not Friday? Then visit one of the many other book stores that are around, like the American Book Center that is dedicated to English-language literature, or the Athenaeum bookshop, with a big selection of books on Amsterdam’s long history. There’s usually a lot of students walking by on the Spui Square, as several buildings that belong to the University of Amsterdam are close by, and the big university library is right around the corner.

Get to know the Spui Square in Amsterdam

When visiting Spui, don’t miss out on the 17th century building Oude Lutherse Kerk (Old Lutheran church), just across the Singel canal, or the statue of  “The Little Darling” in the middle of the square. However, Spui features another “hidden” attraction that every tourist should see: the historical Begijnhof. This inner courtyard with beautifully restored houses and a lovely garden is well worth a visit. It can be entered from Spui. Watch our special Begijnhof video guide for more information about this unique place.

Not far from the Spui square you will find the Kalverstraat if you’re in the mood for shopping, or go the other direction for the Dam Square with its many attractions: the Royal Palace, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, and many more. To make the most out of your trip to Amsterdam, watch the rest of our video guides including the special guide about the nearby floating Flower Market to learn more!


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