Dam Square is the main square in the city. It's quite large and is the home to the Royal Palace. It's less than 1 km from the Central Train Station straight up Damrak. The Royal Palace on one end used to be a Town Hall but has been a residence for the Dutch Royal Family for over 200 years now. Beside the palace is the 15th century New Church, or Nieuwe Kerk. Also on this end is Madame Taussaud's wax museum. The other end of the square is home to the National War Memorial monument and other major buildings on the square include a Grand Hotel and an upscale department store. The square is a magnet for tourists but is also used for public events. We were there at National Memorial Day when the square is filled with thousands and thousands, but we didn't go near it, far too crowded for us! We watched it from the hotel room on the tv!
The site of this square was originally a dam on the Amstel River and grew over the years to encompass a nearby plaza and became the main town market square where the government soon set up shop in the town hall. It's a transportation hub as well, with several of the tram lines crossing through. Tourists should be on the lookout for them.
One of the best known squares in Amsterdam is "Dam Square", and though it is quite ordinary in appearance, it is a place where people seem to gather nonetheless. The cobblestone square is bordered by at least two important structures and a monument: the Royal Palace, De Nieuwe Kerk, and the National Monument, as well as the Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Unfortunately, even in summer the square is quite drab due in part to the darkening of the sandstone possibly from air pollution, and the lack of added color from any other source.
The "Royal Palace" was closed to the public on our first visit but still was excitement afoot -- visiting dignitaries were being chauffeured to the Royal Palace for a gala dinner in honor of the "Diplomatic Corps." Unfortunately I did not recognize anyone arriving in the black limousines who were to be received by HM King Willem-Alexander and HM Queen Máxima!!
Originally built as the city hall for the burgomasters and magistrates of Amsterdam, the palace was designed in the 17th century by Jacob van Campen. The palace has been the site of many historical happenings. It's said the interior is nothing like the drab exterior and so is quite worth visiting. When the Palace is not in use by Dutch royalty or for state use, it is open to the public from 10am to 5pm. Admission: adults €10, children under 18 are free, and Museumkaart holders are free. A free audio guide is included in the admission and is available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. Guided tours are available for groups. See: http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/en
Unfortunately on both our visits to "De Nieuwe Kerk", it too was closed with gates in place. A large building with multitude of architectural styles, construction began on De Nieuwe Kerk in 1380 with many changes in structure and use since then including becoming a Protestant church in 1578. Since 1814 it has been the place of royal investiture for Kings and Queens, the most recent of which was that of King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima in 2013. And while its royal pedigree obviously continues to present times, it had fallen into serious disrepair. Although from 1959 to 1980 it underwent restoration, the Protestant Church could ill afford to maintain and manage it. Happily for the City of Amsterdam, in 1979, a national foundation was established to rescue it by converting it for the most part into a venue for exhibitions, national gatherings, and cultural events. Regardless of its use today, there seems to be plenty of the original architecture and art still left to see. Admission is €10 and can be purchased online. Opening days and hours vary, so please check the website for the most current information: https://www.nieuwekerk.nl/en/contact-and-route/. Also visit " ‘t Nieuwe Kafé" which serves breakfast, lunch, drinks, snacks and pastries on a daily basis from 8.30 am till 6 pm. Since it is accessible from the church as well as from Dam Square, you do not need to visit De Nieuwe Kerk to visit the cafe.
The "National Monument" stands at the opposite end of Dam Square from the Royal Palace. Designed by Dutch architect, J.J.P. Oud, this 1956 War Monument's sculptural elements are by John Rädecker and his sons Han and Jan Willem Rädecker with the reliefs done by the sculptor, Paul Grégoire. The 72 ft. tall monument is constructed of a concrete conical pillar and is covered entirely by white travertine stone. From Wikipedia: "On the front of the pillar is a relief entitled De Vrede ("Peace"), consisting of four chained male figures, representing the suffering endured during the war. To either side of these central figures are two male sculptures representing members of the Dutch resistance, the left figure symbolizing the resistance by the intelligentsia and the right figure symbolizing the resistance by the working classes. Weeping dogs are at their feet, representing suffering and loyalty. Above the central relief is a sculpture of a woman with a child in her arms and doves flying around her, representing victory, peace, and new life. A relief of the back side of the pillar shows doves ascending into the sky, symbolizing the liberation." Unfortunately people use the monument as a resting spot rather than accord it proper dignity --- perhaps that is because there is nowhere else to sit in Dam Square that I could see.
By this point our stomachs were telling us it was time to eat so we found O'Reilly's Irish Pub nearby.
When I come out from Central Station, the first thing I saw is Dam Square. Mostly this square is a natural gathering place for both visitors and locals, served by multiple trams lines and easily reached on foot from anywhere in the central city. Many important and historical buildings surrounding in this square, such as The Royal Palace, Madame Tussaud's wax museum, New Church (Nieuwe Kerk)l, National Monument, and the most luxurious mall in the city: De Bijenkorf
It's a nice place to hang out, there is always something going on in this area, and when my visit, there are so many stands and playing ground for preparing the King's day festival, the food stands, playing stands, until no open space around this Dam Square.
I didn't visit much in Amsterdam, and the main images that I caught were this central square (and the smell of the canals...). My kids went there recently and enjoyed it, which means that I need to plan another visit.
Dam Square was created in the 13th century when a dam was built around the river Amstel to prevent the Zuiderzee Sea from flooding the city, causing damage and endangering the citizens of Amsterdam.
Through the centuries, a number of buildings sprung up around the Square, special events were (and still are) held here, and street entertainers are a common site. In the 1960s, Dam Square was famous for the "hippie" population that hung out at the location.
n addition to several restaurants, cafés, and shops, there are many excellent attractions to visit in Dam Square. The most prominent is the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Palace). Built as a city hall for the magistrates of Amsterdam, it was the largest secular building in Europe in the 17th century. The Dutch royal family no longer lives here, but many special events are still held at the palace. It is open to the public when no special events are being held.
Near the palace is the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, the largest five-star hotel in the Netherlands. It maintains a low-profile but is known in certain Madame Tussaud's,
At the opposite of the Royal Palace stands a tall, white column adorned with sculptures, known as the National Monument. It was erected in 1956 to honor the victims of World War II. The steps leading to the column are a popular place for people to sit and relax on a sunny day.
The Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), adjacent to the palace, was originally built about 1400 and restored to its original grandeur in the mid-1600s after a major fire. Nieuwe Kerk, Dam Square, Amsterdam. It was built in early Renaissance style. Both inaugurations and royal weddings have been held in this magnificent church. Guests will enjoy viewing the famous stained glass windows and listening to concerts performed on the grand pipe organ.
For something a bit more light-hearted, make a stop at world-famous Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. Here you'll view incredible likenesses of historic figures, pop idols, movie stars, and even an animatronic wax figure.
This is where the River Amster was dammed in the 13th century. Before the Damrak canal was filled in in 1672, boats could sail down here and unload their goods. The name Amsterdam derived from Dam square. A village grew around here as boats could sail right up the canal to the square and trade their goods.
Its so colorful in "Dam Square" area and thats the best I like always ... Souvenir shops, cafes, locals and tourists, day and night, full of everything u wanna enjoy ...
Shopping, Canal Cruises, Madame Tussaud Museum, Fried Potatoes or just have a walk and hang out, a major must see spot of Amsterdam ...
Just try the tram to reach the area from wherever u r staying and enjoy this cosmopolitan square ... :)
This irregular rectangular square half a mile south of Central Station is a logical starting spot for any historically oriented visitor to Amsterdam. It is stated to be the site of the original dam across the Amstel River in the 13th Century, allowing for the first time direct communication by land between settlements on the banks. Historians are unsure of the exact year, even the century - it seems likely that earth dikes and other dams were present here for many years as the name Amsterdam is documented at least 100 years earlier. Gradually the dam grew in size, with two squares later combined to the present one. Ships sailed right up the river and loaded and unloaded cargo right onto the square, a safe harbor and one of the factors favoring the city's development as a world trade center. The river was filled in during the 19th Century becoming the main thoroughfare named Damrak, today a totally tourist oriented location.
The square is a natural gathering place for both visitors and locals, served by multiple tram lines and easily reached on foot from anywhere in the central city. Important buildings of historic import surround much of the square, although sadly Madame Tussaud's Wax Emporium also fronts. On one corner stands the venerable high class Krasnopolski Hotel. Important activities include people watching in good weather, gathering at the National Monument, watching street performers, and feeding fat pigeons. During the latter part of our visit, a travelling carnival ( image 4 ) set up a group of rides and food kiosks with resultant chaos - certainly hope that square view rooms in the big hotel are soundproof.
But Dam Square is lacking in some amenities normally seen in major squares both in other cities and in Amsterdam. The surrounding buildings are important tourist attractions but the facades are generally drab and grey and there were no cafes or open air restaurants directly on the square, detractions. The original high yellow sandstone exterior of the Royal Palace now offers the dull grey of auto exhaust. The square remains most important in the historical context.
Dam Square is in the historical centre of Amsterdam. Due to various various attractions such as memorials, monuments, The Royal Palace and Madame Tussaud's wax museum, Dam Sqaure has become a tourist hot spot.
During the day time Dam square is full of people dressed in various costumes where you can pay a donation to have your photograph taken with them. These costumes are usually notable people/characters from TV.
Dam Square is a nice place to hang out especially if the sun is shining and there is always usually something going on in the area.
Dam square is the place where all the tourists go when visiting Amsterdam. There are a lot of attractions there and it makes for a nice photo stop.
There are lots of entertainers during the day, including clowns and musicians.
Here you will find the National Monument (a World War II memorial), Madam Tussauds (the wax museum), the Royal Palace, the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and maybe the most luxurious mall in the city: De Bijenkorf.
Damrak street is leading your way to the Dam square and it is full of touristy shops that you can check out. Do not expect to find unique or high quality items here. The only things we purchased from these stores were some chocolates and postcards.
Dam Square, or simply the Dam is a town square. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city.
Dam Square lies in the historical center of Amsterdam, approximately 750 meters south of the main transportation hub, Centraal Station. It is roughly rectangular in shape, stretching about 200 meters from west to east and about 100 meters from north to south. It links the streets Damrak and Rokin, which run along the original course of the Amstel River from Centraal Station to Muntplein (Mint Square) and Munttoren.
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A large square in central Amsterdam,'The Dam'derives its name from its original function a 'dam'on the Amstel River.Built in 1270,the dam formed the first connection between the settlements on the sides of the River.As the Dam was gradually built up it became wide enough for a town square,which remained a core for the town developing around it.The 'Damrak'or the former mouth of the Amstel River,was partially filled in the 19th century,since then the Dam Square has been surrounded by land on all sides.In 1856 a War Memorial named 'De Eendracht'(The Unity)was built and unveiled before 'King William III'This monument was taken down in 1914.It was replaced by the National Monument in 1956 which still stands today.Notable buildings that make up the square include:The Royal Palace,The Nieuw Kirke(New Church)and the Madame Tussauds Building.There are also hotels,bars and shops surrounding the square.People often use this place for meetings,demonstations or to watch the many street performers and mimes that come here every day.