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Everything You Need to Know About The Dam Square – The Heart of Amsterdam

Dam Square or Dam is a sightseeing town square in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Its notable ancient buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city and the country.
Dam Square is known as Amsterdam’s beating heart. Nowadays Dam Square in contrast with the old days it is now a very peaceful square which is meant as home to scores of pigeons and street performers. People come and enjoy their time there.
Dam Amsterdam
Dam Square lies in the heart of the historical center of Amsterdam, approximately 750 meters facing south of the main transportation hub, Central Station, at the original location of the river Amstel was located. It is roughly rectangular in shape, stretching about 200 meters straight from west to east and about 100 meters from north to south.
It links the streets of  Damrak and Rokin, which run along the original course of the Amstel River from Centraal Station, which is a great view. The Dam also marks the endpoint of all the other well-traveled streets like Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat, and Damstraat.
Dam Square is Amsterdam’s well-known square, and it is the main central location from which to explore the medieval city center.

What to see at Dam Square

  • Royal Palace
    When it was completed this old building was referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, but you’ll have to go inside to see why it is called so. The building was constructed in 1655 at Amsterdam’s City Hall but was re-purposed as a palace in 1808 by the brother of Napoleon. A definite must-see for every visitor.
  • Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)
    This 15th-century old and classic building is the site of Royal coronations and weddings, as well as art exhibitions, but not include church services.
  • National Monument
    Erected in 1956 to pay tribute to the victims of World War II. Visitors often mind at the fact that people are allowed to sit all around the monument, but the Dutch government says that’s simply a reflection of the freedom which visitors enjoy the most.
  • Madame Tussauds
    In our opinion visiting this branch of the famous wax museum is one of the must-see in Amsterdam. It’s expensive and often crowded much. If you do go, you’ll enjoy an amazing panoramic view of Dam Square and Damrak from the round picture window on the top floor.

Hotels near Dam Square Amsterdam

There are many hotels near dam Amsterdam, some of them are mentioned below,

Prinsenhof Suite

Set in the heart of Amsterdam, Prinsenhof Suite is almost a 3-minute walk from Dam Square. Built in early 15th century, the property is within 400 m of Royal Palace Amsterdam and Beurs van Berlage. The property is located in the heart of Amsterdam City Centre district,  a 7-minute walk from main Flower Market.

Hotel TwentySeven

Right in the heart of the city overlooking the Royal Palace, the National Monument on Dam Square and the Rokin, you will find a huge Hotel TwentySeven. This newly opened high-end luxurious 5-star Suite hotel offers sixteen individually designed suites along with a diverse range of personalized services and fine dining experiences.

Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel is located in a quiet part of Amsterdam’s center, just a 7-minute walk from main Dam Square.

The spacious and luxurious rooms are decorated according to colorful themes, including the Golden Age and Naturally Cool. Each has free Wi-Fi and a comfortable seating area with an LCD TV.

NH Collection Grand Hotel

This 5-star hotel, in the heart of Amsterdam, is set on the edge of the famous Dam Square and opposite to the enchanting Royal Palace. NH Collection Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky benefits from a grand and cozy cafe and a winter garden on one side. Free WiFi is also available over there.

Things to do at Dam Square

Things to do at dam Amsterdam

Dam Amsterdam is such a fun place to visit. You can

  • People-Watch
    Just like in the rest of Amsterdam, different people from the whole world passes by your eyes. You’ll see flocks of laughing school girls and small groups of businessmen in their lunch break, some overdressed ladies trying to look important in their real or fake fur coats; and many people from evangelists too, well, other tourists.

The city attracts visitors from literally around the world due to its places.

  • Sit at the monument
    The Dam was another famous meeting point, and many hippies sleep there overnight so-called ‘Damslapers’ (Dam sleepers).
  • The city did provide two so-called Sleep-ins, dorms where folks can spend their whole night at rock-bottom prices. Over time sitting (though not sleeping overnight) at the monument became accepted as a perfect reflection of the freedom which Amsterdam represents.
  • Watch the buskers
    Personally, we don’t care much for the people living there. You will enjoy a busker across Madame Tussauds on the palace side of the square.

How to reach- Dam Amsterdam

Reach Dam Square directly from Central Station through Damrak. The main drag which the City would like to turn into a red carpet of different sorts. It’s almost  5-10 minute walk.

Across from Dam square Damrak turns right into Rokin, the main thoroughfare which is between Dam and Munt square.

Across the square from Nieuwendijk, the whole shopping street continues as Kalverstraat, which runs between the Dam and Munt square.

If you are coming from or going to the Munt square you can also go through Rokin. Rokin has different stores, some pubs, some very nice extravagant buildings as well.

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