Amsterdam travel guide


Amsterdam Travel Guide

Dam Square

Dam Square - Amsterdam Dam Square is one of the most important and well-known squares in Amsterdam the capital of Netherlands. The Dam Square is characterized by its ancient and amazing monuments that, despite the passage of time, they have preserved its beauty. The Dam is considered as the equivalent of Piccadilly Circus in London or the Times Square in New York, and it is common to see people from around the world visiting attractions placed there.

Dam Square is located in the historical center of Amsterdam, near of the Central Station and covers an area of 20.000 m2 approximately. This amazing Square was built in the 13th century and its name derives from its original function a DAM that was built to prevent the ZuiderzeeSea from swarming the city. Over time, Dam Square has been witness of many events like the concentration of hippies in the sixties and the gloomy days of World War II.

Nowadays, neither the weather nor the time of day matter, because one will always find something to do in Dam Square. During the day, it is common to see Carnivals, mimes and others street performers entertaining to locals and visitors alike. In addition to artists, one can also find restaurants, shops, bars and cafes, but it is important to remember that because of the large influx, most times it is a bit difficult to find a seat in one of those places.

If you are planning to visit Dam Square, remember to visit the Royal Palace, also known as Koninklijk Paleis that is definitely the main attraction. This amazing palace was the house of the royal family, but now it is used to celebrate official receptions. Another important monument is placed on the south side of Dam Square this is a marble obelisk 22 meters high which is dedicated to soldiers killed during World War II. Other attractions Madame Tussauds, the most famous wax works museum, the New Church (Niewe Kerk), an ancient building that is usually used for art exhibitions, and Beurs van Berlage. So, if you are planning to visit Amsterdam, this is a place that you will not fail to visit.
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