Dam Square, Amsterdam
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?
In the center of Amsterdam you find many Chinese businesses, not limited to the Chinese quarter.
Chinese Massage is one of those businesses and they might differ from one to the other.
Chinese Beauty Massage at the Gravenstraat 28 (behind the Nieuwe Kerk at the Dam square) is one of them.
Yes in transit you can leave the airport easiest way is to use the train which takes about 10-15 minutes and takes you straight into Amsterdam central station cost 3-4 euros.
The Trains run regularly approx every 15 min so this will give a god time to explore the City.
The airport is like any other and as such 9 hours will be a very long time unless you hit a winning streak in the Casino.
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 .... :-)
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?
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!
Favorite thing: Check out this guy, he's a living statue. They are all over Europe, I don't really get it but people give them money. I give him credit, he was very much like a statue. So much so...a bird landed on his shoulder and left him a surprise. all right, maybe not. But, it could happen.
These are some of the best spots for free people watching
Have a seat at our national monument (on pic) on Damsquare. It´s ideal for watching at all the fascinating people that come to Amsterdam and live there. The momument itself is for all Dutch people who died during World War II
If you don´t want to sit on cold stone try the Vondelpark, it´s situated near the Museumsquare. Jog with the locals, try on your skeelers, join in a soccerplay whatever. Also nice with a book and an icecream.
Last but not least is the Museumsquare. Join the crowd, sit back and relax. Once a year in August, there is an open air concert by the Concertgebouw orchestra, one off the best in the world.
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: Just back for a semi annual trip to Amsterdam. I can honestly say the city is going to hell fast. The gangs and graffiti is bad, real bad. Dam Square and most canal street are tore up with construction but the gang graffiti is on everything including famous landmarks. Most of the gangs very visable are North African and Arabs. Very scary in the Red Light ! Be very careful even traveling with a partner. Night time was the worse but even during the daytime little thugs are watching you. Stick to the Museum district for everything!! This maybe my last visit to Amsterdam for awhile, Rotterdam is looking much safer!
Whilst the Post Office is still the best place to change cash, this place is just about the best if you cant make the Post Office.
Situated at Swissotel on Damrak, they do Wester Union/Money transfers. All at a fair rate.
DO NOT be conned by the Change Kiosks offering free commision and best rates, they are a rip off.
There are quite a few places we should have visited, and would like to on a future trip. Seven days was a fairly long stay, but there's so much to see and do in the greater Amsterdam area it's hard to see it all in a week. The short Winter days decreased our time spent out and about. We found out quickly that the city didn't seem to really come alive until after nine or ten o'clock or so in the mornings, with a lot of the more popular attractions not being open any earlier than that. On our first few days there and when getting up early and ready to explore, the streets felt dead and fairly deserted except for locals going about their business. Also, some days were cold while we were there, and after spending the day out in the elements we were ready to hibernate in our apartment when the temps started to drop even more in the evenings.
Our list of "we'll do it next time" things would be:
The Royal Palace. Yep, it was right on Dam Square, and you can go inside and see parts of it. I'm sure it sounds goofy that it was right there where we stayed and we didn't even go in, but you just had to be there. So many places to see and visit, we somehow didn't think of it.
The New Church. Also right on the square, just to the right of The Royal Palace when facing it. We did, however, visit The Old Church not far from Dam Square, and listed on our Must-See Activities page.
De Molen van Sloten ("The Windmill from Sloten"). Located not too far outside the main Amsterdam city area, with as the name says, the 1000 year-old village of Sloten adjacent to it. I've read that the village still maintains it's picturesque appearance from the older times, and that the windmill is still operative. It's located at one of the Amsterdam ring canals, and is apparently used to pump water for maintaining water levels in the lower lying areas.