Generally considered the focal core of Amsterdam’s city centre, the world famous Dam Square is the principal point of convergence for the tourist masses, conveniently positioned within minutes of the capital’s primary transport hub of Central Station. Flanked by the notorious Red Light District to the east and the enchanting canal belt to the south and west, this vivacious environment boasts a collection of significant buildings, including the magnificent Royal Palace, and frequently hosts events, demonstrations and fun fairs throughout the year.
This historical plaza dates back to the late 1200s, when a dam was constructed around the River Amstel to protect its inhabitants from the dangers of the former Zuiderzee or Southern Sea, and connect the opposing settlements. Increasing in area over the succeeding centuries, the square itself was utilised for a variety of functions but always remained a centre of popular activity, resulting in the animated setting that exists today. Offering a diversity of attractions, an immense assortment of cafes and shopping venues and a wonderfully centric location, Dam Square is the ultimate choice for visitors seeking a base directly in the heart of the capital. We offer a wide range of Amsterdam Dam Square apartments for your short stay in the city.
Aside from the entertaining mix of street performers and musicians, Dam Square provides a fascinating assortment of establishments to suit every desire. Fans of architecture will be awed by the stunning neoclassic Royal Palace, built in the 17th century, which sports an even more impressive rich and decorative interior, open to the public daily with the exception of official functions. Next door lies the equally striking New Church, originating in the 1400s and undergoing several renovations throughout the course of its history, faithfully restoring the building to its former renaissance style glory. The New Church has witnessed several inaugurations, including the reigning Queen of the Netherlands, and employs its splendid space for temporary art exhibitions in between royal occasions. Other structures of interest occupying the square include the popular Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, the imposing Krasnapolsky Hotel, and the Bijenkorf, an upscale department store that houses a cheerful cafe on the upper level.
A quaint selection of bars overlook the towering National Monument, erected as a dedication to the casualties of the Second World War and subsequent conflicts, which offer a prime spot for people watching, although combined with a price tag to reflect their superlative positioning. Dam Square is also the perfect place to commence a city tour, whether by boat, tram, horse drawn carriage or by bicycle, granting instant admission to all four corners of Holland’s captivating capital.
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Most popular Dam Square apartments