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    by Cramer_3 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Fondest memory: While there in October, we managed to stumble upon this carnival in the Dam Square. The ferris wheel was HUGE. Because the apex of the wheel was twice as high as the 4-6 story buildings that are in the area, it gave us a great view of the city, especially at night. Plus, who doesn't like a carnival?

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  • Dam Square, but I'm no...

    by FNotman Written Aug 24, 2002

    Favorite thing: Dam Square, but I'm no expert, it's just the nearest place on the map to where I actually live, 10 miles north of The Haig (Den Haag).

    Fondest memory: The day I visited it during Koninginindag. the place is wild.
    But for a REAL TREAT, check out Leiden on October 3 (any year) and the 2-3 days leading up to it.

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    by DrewV Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Amsterdam is a city to be strolled. Moments of quiet alleys and calm canals are mixed with bustling boulevards and grand palaces. Everywhere you go, there are scenes to be savoured. I know how cheesy that sounds, but it's true. And you don't even have to be stoned to enjoy it!

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    The Royal Palace of Amsterdam...

    by eladr Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The Royal Palace of Amsterdam was build in the 17th
    century as the new city hall of Amsterdam. After the
    signing of the peace treaty of Munster in 1648,
    Amsterdam started to execute its ambitious plan for a
    new city hall.
    The city council chose Jacob van Campen's design for
    a large and impressive building. The power and wealth
    of the city of Amsterdam in the recently established
    Republic of the Netherlands are reflected in the
    building and its interior design.
    These ideals have been portrayed in the sculptures by
    Artus Quellien and in the paintings by e.g. Govert
    Flinck and Ferdinand Bol.
    When King Louis Napoleon came to Amsterdam in 1808 he
    had the city hall turned into a royal palace. The
    large collection of Empire style furniture,
    chandeliers and clocks date from this period. The
    palace is still used for official functions by her
    Majesty the Queen. In the Summer the palace is open
    to the public. Guided tours for groups can be
    arranged by appointment all year round.

    October 14 till October 30 Royal Subsidy for painting,
    Queen Beatrix makes this award to six youg Duth Artists.

    Opening Hours
    Summer months, Easter and October half term.
    Every day from 12.30 pm. 5 pm.

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    This is the rather splendid...

    by azrael99 Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: This is the rather splendid looking shopping centre called Magna Plaza, located behind the Royal Palace on Dam Square. I love how it appears against the night sky with all the lights.

    Fondest memory: We really liked walking back to the hotel at night, seeing all the lights and people.

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    Look at Queen's Palace. This...

    by barcodex Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Look at Queen's Palace. This building shown on a picture is a residence of Dutch Queen, but I was told that she does not use it often.

    Fondest memory: Palace is located on the main square of old Amsterdam, there are lot of other attrractions there, like church, WWII victims memorial, museum of madame Tussaud, etc.

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    A must see!

    by garridogal Written Oct 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: Dam Square is Amsterdam's largest plaza so you must see it! It's surrounded by Hotels, Bars and the Red Light District. So there you go, plenty to do! ; )

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    monument at Dam square

    by MATIM Written Mar 31, 2004

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    Favorite thing: I think this is the most famous monument of Amsterdam.
    You can find it at the centre.
    It is the national monument, here is every year at 4 may the national death commemoration

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    A live view of Dam Square, the...

    by prophead Updated Mar 18, 2004

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    Dam Square

    Favorite thing: A live view of Dam Square, the center of Amsterdam.


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    The dam

    by tompt Updated Mar 17, 2004

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    Palace on the dam

    Favorite thing: The dam is the central square of the city. Here you will find the palace, and the monument on the dam.

    It is also the place where demonstrations are held frequently.

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    Dam Square

    by CandS Written Sep 30, 2003
    Dam Square

    Favorite thing: This is Dam Square in the CBD of Amsterdam...there was a fair of some sort on in the square while we were there, although we didn't go on any rides...

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    The Royal Palace

    by syllybabe Updated Mar 20, 2003

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    Favorite thing: I don't think the Dutch royal family lives here but the palace is used for ceremonial purposes these days.

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    The birds had a great sitting...

    by nighthawk Written Sep 12, 2002

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    Favorite thing: The birds had a great sitting place overlooking 'De Dam'.

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    Dam Square (at least that's...

    by meirs Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Dam Square (at least that's what I think it's called).
    Here you can find some street performers, and many pigeons.

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    Check out all the backpackers...

    by meirs Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Check out all the backpackers and foreign potheads on Damark Street. This is the major street off of Centraal Station. It's lined with fast food, currency exchanges, and souvenir shops.

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