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The Dam square in Amsterdam is a natural centre of the city. The square is surrounded by famous landmarks such as the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk, National monument and Madame Tussauds. The distance from the central station. It is 750 meters from the the Central station, and you pass through the river Damrak on the way. There are also several tram lines stops here.
The "Dam Square" is the central most part of Amsterdam, minus Central Station. Its called "de Dam" in Dutch, or simply "The Dam". Here resides notable buildings and events that bring together more visitors to the Netherlands than any other places in the country. Deep in the historical center of the city, it is located only 750 meters from "Centraal Station" - the main transportation hub. The square is rectangular in shape, roughly 200 x 100 meters in dimension. It connects Damrak, Rokin, Muntplein (Coin square), Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat, Damstraat, and Muttoren streets. The main Red Light District (de Wallen) is a hop and a skip from here. On the west end is the neoclassical Royal Palace, bordered by the 15th century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. The National Monument is in its heart which is a white stone pillar designed by J.J.P. Oud in 1956 to memorialize the victims of WWII, and is one of the most famous meeting places in the city, and is where the New Amsterdam tours meet daily. The NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and the upscale department store "De Bijenkorf" also border the square. The square was originally a Dam built in 1270 until 1544 in the river Amstel. As the dam built up, it became wide enough for a town square, as the city developed around it. The square began with the "Naatje of the Dam" statue in 1890, but was taken down in 1914. The weigh house that once stood here was demolished in 1808 by order of Louis Bonaparte who complained it blocked his view from the royal palace. The Damrak of the Amstel River was partially filled in during the 19th century and became the land blocked square it is now since then. The first stock exchange, the Beurs van Zocher was also originally housed here, where the department store now sits. The square became a "national" square well known to everyone in the Netherlands and became the main location for demonstrations, riots, street performers, meetings, and celebrations. Every May 4th it houses the National Memorial Day celebration at the monument. Queens Day hosts a big funfair in the center. Throughout the year various fairs and carnivals will set up here too.
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Heart of the city
The never ending daylight of amsterdam effectively ensured that I slept very late to wake up only at nine! So all my plans of catching a city bike tour was washed away! However I quickly had a breakfast of croissants and headed on a walking tour by myself into the city. The network of buses worked very effectively for me, i didn't buy a day pass as I was quite sure I would walk more often than take a bus! Another stroll through the Damstraat where I caught a peek into all interesting shops- souvenier stores and shopping boutiques. As I walked towards Madame Tussauds I realized there was no way I would survive the queues leading upto it and headed instead into the high streets behind it to discover Espirit and other brands at much more affordable rates than even in Paris or Milan! The weather was surprisingly sunny enough for me to wear my shades though the chilly wind warranted a jacket which I wasn't carrying!
This was the first place we stopped at. It was close to our hotel,within walking distance and we just sort of run into this place. It is said that this is where Amsterdam began. It was in the 13th century that a dam was built across the Amstel River. This is also how Amsterdam got its name. Right on this dam. Here the square is surrounded by the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kerk (new church), The National Monument and Madame Tussaud's. There are alot of people around here,tourists, as well as local entertainers. Everyone is taking pictures here and its a busy spot. This is where you can find the citys ost imortant monuments.
De Dam: the main square in town
Dam Square is the main town square in Amsterdam. Its notable buildings and frequent events (as street artists) make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city. It lies in the historical center of Amsterdam, not far from the main transportation hub, Centraal Station. It is roughly rectangular in shape. A short distance beyond the northeast corner lies the main red-light district, de Wallen. On the west end of the square is the neoclassical Royal Palace, beside it are the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. The National Monument, a white stone pillar erected in 1956 to memorialize the victims of World War II, dominates the opposite side of the square. Also overlooking the plaza are the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and the upscale department store De Bijenkorf.
La Plaza Dam es la principal de plaza de Ámsterdam. Sus destacados edicios y los frecuentes eventos (como espectáculos callejeros) convierten la plaza es uno de los lugares más importantes de la ciudad. Se encuentra en el centro de Ámsterdam, no lejos del príncipal polo de transportes, la Estación Central. Es prácticamente rectangular. A muy poca distancia de su esquina noreste está el principal barrio rojo, el Wallen. Al oeste se encuentra el neoclásico Palacio Real, junto a él la iglesia gótica del siglo XV Nieuwe Kerk (Nueva Iglesia) y el museo de cera Madame Tusseaud's. El Monumento Nacional, un pilar de piedra blanca erigido en 1956 para recordar a las víctimas de la II Guerra Mundial, domina el lado opuesto de la plaza. También dominando la plaza se encuentran el Gran Hotel NH Krasnapolsky y el enorme centro comercil De Bijenkorf.
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I'd heard a fair bit about Dam square being overly clogged with tourists and dirty, well it certainly wasn't dirty and there weren't as many tourists as I expected when we were there (though we did go mid Feb, not really peak season), but I think Dam square represents the whole of Amsterdam in that it may not be 'conventionally' beautiful, but it has an atmosphere completely unique to the city.
A must visit, and if your lucky youll see the outdoor urinals they shamlessly place right in the square! See street performers here, who get really creative with the proper influence. One hippy was playing a type of steel drum. hilarious! he was so into it! While enjoying the show, watch out for hardcore bicycle lane commuters, trams roaring through, people and cars! ahh!
Dam Square - a very happening place
I found the Dam square full of hustle and bustle, lots of people, some with work, others without, just people watching. It is a central area in Amsterdam close to the main railway station Centraal. The dam square hosts the Madame Tussaud's wax museum, the Royal palace and the national monument and is also an entry or exit way to the famous Red Light District. However, while I have heard a lot of people going there just for people watching, I had a different experience. I came across a variety of vehicles there and was impressed. So here are some of them.
Dam Square is the grandest square in Amsterdam. I stumbled on the square purely by accident (well, many of my discoveries have been found by accident, and sometimes it's a nice way to discover places).
There is some impressive architecture about. It also includes Madame Tussaud's wax museum, the New Church, the National Monument and the Royal Palace. There are many places to shop just off the square.
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This is the main public square in Amsterdam full of people. There are several mimes who entertain the kids. The city palace, new church and Tussaud's wax museum are located here. There is also an obelisc to commemorate the war dead.
Mime and Garbage!
Walking through the city and eventually coming into the light in Dam Square brings you to the large open space that was seemingly chockked full of guys (and perhaps gals) dressed in silver foil or something or that nature and posing...
Sadly both residents and visitors seem to be unable to drop their rubbish in the bins!
The main square of the city. It's a lovely and lively square; full of people going around by foot or bike and tourists taking pics.
The most impressive building is the Royal Palace, but there is also the Madam Tussaud's museum, which unfortunately I didn't have time to see.
dam square the heart of it all
pubs, coffee shops,prostitutes etc are all around dam square . I found amsterdam an expensive city but i at steaks at 30 euros instead of pizza slices at 3 euros drank beer on dam square at 8 euros instead on 3 euros on the side street . the more central the more expensive it is.
i researched a lot about the coffeeshops and the best is the green hous near the red light area, late on the area is full of aggressive beggars so avoid unless in a group of males
The dam square
This is the main central square in amsterdam, this place is always busy, people are visiting and walking around, lot of activities, shows are going on, around it there are lot of interesting places such Madame Tussaud musuem, Dam National Monument, dam street, royal palace .. etc
The square is accessible by bus or trams or even by walking few steps from central station.
An exhibition about Istanbul is currently (Feb 07) showing at the Nieuwe Kerk in Dam Square.
More info can be found here:
Nieuew Kerk Istanbul Exhibition
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