Dam Square, Amsterdam
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?
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.
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!
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.
Summer months, Easter and October half term.
Every day from 12.30 pm. 5 pm.
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.
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.
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! ; )
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
A live view of Dam Square, the center of Amsterdam.
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.
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...
Favorite thing: I don't think the Dutch royal family lives here but the palace is used for ceremonial purposes these days.
Favorite thing: The birds had a great sitting place overlooking 'De Dam'.
Dam Square (at least that's what I think it's called).
Here you can find some street performers, and many pigeons.
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.