Favorite thing: When you take the road from Central station till Dam square and contine straight to Rokin.. you will see many shops, however the main place for shopping is the paralel street to these streets, which is closed for traffic and pedestrians can walk..
When you reached to Dam square on your left is the Monument and just a bit a head is the Dam street.
Another busy street of Amsterdam is the dam street.. it is lively 24hrs.. it is also the main street leading to the Red light district.. So almost al vtors to Amsterdam do pass from this street..
The street is also the place where you might start to spot Coffeeshops..:))
The monument in Dam square is the center for people to meet, wait and look around..
And once in an Amsterdam trip you would have such a chance to picture the monument without any people and just one car..
It looks so weird in the picture.. Cause it is almost not possible to see thiis place empty even in midnight.. But somehow I catch a picture like this.
It more looks like a place in a far east .. But this place is a real busy and active place in normal days..
When you continue to walk straight from Damrak and pass the dam square you will come to Rokin street.. Another live and active street..
This is the main street you should follow if you want to get to the two main squares Leidseplein and Rembrandts plain..
Rokin is more or like with Damrak but less souvenir shops, more fashion shops...
From the two sides of the national buildings roads are passing to the behind.. If you take the one of these roads you will come to N Z Voorburgwal street, which is paralel to Damrak..
The first spot you will see is the Magna Plaza, which is a very nice looking shopping mall..
Dont expect many stores inside but this four stored mall is an interesting place to visit....
When you turn to right on the Dam square you will see the national building.. The building is only there for tourists to take some pictures in front ;)..
Many entertainments are taking place here in summer time... and it is the place for street art and entertainment...
When you reach to Dam square, dont forget to turn back and look to the Damrak... Cause on the way back you will use a paralel street next to damrak..
And it is always good to look back.. You wont miss the nice girls :))
Just keepwalking on the damrak and soon you will be in Dam Square..
Dam square isthe center of Amsterdam.. Everytime you will come around to this square.. And it is the best meeting point..
When you reached the square you have now three directions to continue...
A famous song in the netherlands is: alle duiven op de dam (all the pigeons at the dam).
And there are a lot of pigeons there. as in every big city it is quit a problem. In some parts of the city it is unlawful to feed them.
They are descendants from rock pigeons, brought to Amsterdam in the middleages to be food for the population. The city did some research on the pigeon population, they counted at 225 locations in Amsterdam. There are 15.000 pigeons in the city. An average of 250 live on the Dam. And the Central Station is a good second with 125 pigeons.
Favorite thing: Besides the boat tour you must walk the Damrak towards the 'Dam' (Damsquare). This is the centre of Amsterdam and here are – among others – the Royal Palace, the monument (WW-II) and the New Church. Buildings that you must have seen while visiting Amsterdam. The square is located at the place where in early medieval times a dam was constructed to control the river “Amstel”, leading to the place “Amstelerer-dam”, which later became pronounced as “Amsterdam”. From the river, nor the dam, you will see any reminders here. It all is now redirected through the canals that form perfect half circles around this square (see picture). This pattern is unique in the world and makes Amsterdam actually what it is today.
Fondest memory: This picture is taken in Damrak - a big square with several tourist attractions. Behind us in the picture is the palace and a temporary ice skating rink with artificial snow. There are some stalls around selling donut, nuts, sugar floss, waffles, sausages, etc.
What I liked most about Amsterdam was that no matter where you end up walking to, you are almost always going to end up in Dam Square - the heart of the city... You get anywhere in minutes really, Amsterdam is smaller than you may think...
Fondest memory: Dam Square is a huge open space where lots happens... besides The Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the War Memorial (far right on photo) there are lots of cafes, shops, restaurants, street entertainers and so much more... You are bound to end up here anyway :)
This is busy Dam Square. (See pic below). In and around this area, there are many top attractions to keep you busy, namely:-
(1) Anne Frank House.
(2) Koninklijk Paleis (The Royal Palace).
(3) Nieuwe Kerk (a lovely and famous church located next to the Royal Palace).
(4) Oude Kerk.
(5) Rembrandthuis Museum.
(6) Rijksmusuem, of course.
(7) Nederlands Scheepvaart Musuem (did you write it down, dear boat lovers?).
(8) Van Gogh Museum.
(9) Stedelijk Museum.
(10) Vondel Park.
Have you jotted down all the hip places to explore in Amsterdam?
The Royal Palace in Dam Square
This place is lovely, too bad I had no time to enter the Palace to visit.
The Dam area is crowded of people at all times day and night.
The Dam is actually a very large road that connects the center of the town. Shops all around here.
Please, all you dutch friends of mine, don't kill me if I say nonsenses!
The building in picture is the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) on Dam Square.
Compairing with other grand palace in Europe, that's really a disappointing one. When I was there, the whole square in under reconstruction which made things worse.
There's also an ugly monument on this square, and I feel it looks like .... :-)