The Dam Square of Amsterdam is the heart of the city where it all started. This is where the dam that gave the name to the city originally stood, the Dam of Amstel River. It was created in the 13th century to protect the city from possible floods coming from the Zuiderzee Sea.
This place has since, witnessed to the drastic changes the city underwent from its origins to the current times, from the arrival of Napoleon in 1808 when Amsterdam was taken over, to the transformation of Damrak, the canal that shaped the most watery city in the world, into the current traffic street it’s become today.
The Dam Square is located five minutes away from Damrak Centraal Station, it’s always packed with tourist and citizens resting their feet before visiting the many attractions surrounding this historical spot or taking a respite after a busy day on the city.
Among all the things you can find in the Dam Square, there are:
- The once home to the Dutch Royal Family, the Koninklijk Palace (Royal Palace), available from noon to 5pm and from 11am to 5pm on July and August. It closes on Mondays.
- The world’s infamous museum of wax works, Madam Tussauds.
- The National Memorial Statue
- The more than a century old Hotel Krasnapolsky
- The concert hall and exhibition center, Beurs van Berlage
- The Niewe Kerk (New church) built near the 1400
- Shopping sites like the institutional, concert-organizing department store of Bijenkorf, the 19th century building with the major world fashion brands of Magna Plaza, the old-fashioned Maison de Bonneterie, and the Amsterdam Diamond Centre