Dam Square, Amsterdam
Dam square is the central square in Amsterdam, if you know where you are related to this, you will not get lost. It is also the perfect place to people watch, as their always seemed to be a crowd moving through the square or sitting at the monument. This was the location of the original dam in the Amstel River, so it truly is the historic city center.
The Dam square is the main square in Amsterdam. The central spot of the city. On the square you can also see some other attractions. The flagship of all stores, the Bijenkorf, the Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk (new church) and Madame Tussauds.
On the square you can find besides a lot of pigeons also the freedom monument, every 4th of may those killed in WW2 are remembered here. Watched by the Queen this is broadcasted on TV and at 20:00hrs everybody is quiet for 2 minutes, trains stop, trams stop, people stop.. silence, and the monument is the place that ignites this nationwide silence. After the silence all flags can be raised to it's full height for the celebration of the liberation and our independence on the 5th of may.
Dam Square can be accepted as the heart of the city and meeting points of many nations
Tusseaud Museum.National Museum,The famous church Nieuwe Kerk and Palais Royal is in this square.
This is the place that you need to take pictures
I was wandering the city w/out a map, exited a side street and entered Dam Square! I sat at a cafe and consulted my map to see where I really was at that point. Coming from the back of the monument, all I saw was a phallic pilar flanked by naked male bums of stone ... nice, but I really wanted to know more about it :)
This area is a hub of activity, and a great place to use a guide - if you know where you are staying in relation to Dam Square, you can never get lost!
This area has tons of history, so the link I've provided will let you know, what I didn't :)
NOTE: the original links I provided are no longer active. A real shame since they were amazing and full of information. I have updated the links today, but they aren't as good - so I will be continuing to look for other links that provide more history of the Square, and the feelings behind the monument.
It's a place where many tourist meet. Around the Dam square you'll find several attractions; the Royal Palace, Nieuwe kerk (with several exhibitions), Bijenkorf (one of Amsterdams largest luxury shops.), monument on the Dam, pigeons, and start of several shopping streets.
A lively and vast expanse of cobbled area surrounded by grand but grey buildings. Not a scenic place - it lacks colour and it needs some flowers – and maybe some GRASS (the kind you can sit on)!!
There was also a distinct feeling that you weren’t supposed to outstay your welcome here – because unless you sat on the steps of the monument, there was nowhere else to sit!
Oh, and don’t forget to drop a coin or two in their collection hat if you want a pic of the living statues – they can get quite upset if you try and snap them - as this guy did with me! (If he hadn't been so rude, he might have got something!!)
One of the best things to do in Amsterdam is people watch. Central station is a great place to start..but then head to Dam square. There are lots of statue people and even a unicycle act sometimes. But its only fair...if stop to stair or take a pic...leave a euro...you are being entertained.
Apart from the Red Light District, which is a must see. Amsterdam has a lot of other things to see.
If you like Museums, you have lots to choose from.
If you want Street Markets. they are their.
Flower markets - of course
Brewery Tours -- Yes
Canal Tours - lots of choice here, daytime or nighttime, from the basic point out type tour. To a lovers cruise..
You can rent houseboats.
You can ride a tram.
You can see the Ajax soccer stadium - go on the tour.
They have a Wax museum on Dam Square.
If you want to rent a bike and terrorise the people on the side walk, you can do this as well.
Guided Walking tours are available also
And of course there are many bars and restaurant's to eat and drink the days away.
Walking along Rokin street up from the Leidseplein, my friend and I came upon Dam Square. The first thing that appeared in our field of vision was the Dam National Monument, the grand pilar situated in the middle of the square. But the next thing that caught both of our eyes were all the bikes that were parked in the square. Now granted, Amsterdam is the city of bicycles, and there are bikes being ridden all over the city. But I had not seen that many bikes grouped together since my visit to the Schwinn factory outlet (see my page on that visit, JUST KIDDING!). Anyways, after the intial bike trauma you may or may not experience, you will notice the lovely Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace), the Niewe Kerk church, and of course, Madame Tussauds. And don't leave without checking out some of the street performers, just make sure you tip 'em if you want to snap a photo!
Dam Sqaure is considered to be the heart of Amsterdam.
its located 2 tram statoin from the Central station but it almost contain everything.
You will find many tourists there,many shops,many coffee shops and resturants too.
In my stay in Amsterdam I've visited Dam Square more than 12 times in 7 days,I like the place very much.
You may find some people making shows and asking for money,the show itself will be very interessting you will enjoy while seeing it.
just take care when you want to go back where you are standing as trams is going from everywhere,just look at the station if your tram is comming at this station or not.
OK some folks will think of it as a tourist trap, but who said tourist traps can’t be fun?
The odds are you won’t find a local doing it. So what you’re not a local, you’re a tourist.
Easy on the feet, slow pace and can even be romantic with the right person.
Where do you find this little fun event? Dam Square.
This place always seems to be full of people,from all walks of life,tourists,locals street entertainers,beggars.the buildings which surround the Square are really worth a look,ranging from The Royal Palace to the Nieuw Kerk.
Good place to meet..it is on the out skirts of the district where all the bad & evil is going on in amsterdam....but also you are very close to a nice shpping area!
Very nice place to just sit and think about where you are and what you are doing on a nice sunny day
During the sixties flower power in the Netherlands was symbolized by the famous Damslapers, a 'bunch of hippies' camping out on Dam square.
Nowadays the square has lost a lot of its former easygoing charm but it's still one of the focal points of the city. Not surprising, as Dam square is the physical center of the city ever since the dam was built to keep the Zuiderzee (Southern sea) out.
In the middle of the square is the Nationaal Monument, dedicated to the Dutch soldiers and members of the resistance who died during World War Two.
The west side of the square is flanked by the Royal Palace.
Central city square and famous gathering point for local people as well as for tourists. National monumet, royal palace, Madame Tussaud Museum (one of a very few in the world), and a lot of street performers...