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Damrak 56, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dam Square)
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Ranked #123 of 303 Attractions in Amsterdam
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Description: From bars and bicycles to cafes and erotic entertainment, you can find it all on this picturesque main street of Amsterdam.
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Jakarta, Indonesia
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92 reviews 92 reviews
44 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Daytime this icon of Amsterdam looks nice and very busy full of tourist, but in the night time is more nicer with the spot light, look really different, dont miss it, most people come in day time but they are not relise how beautiful is in the spot light

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Calling the Damrak "picturesque" is a grotesque misstatement. It's arguably the ugliest part of Amsterdam - constantly under construction, loud, crowded with hundreds of (drunk) tourists, lined with tacky souvenir shops and tourist-trap restaurants, and just an overall unfortunate place. In the winter, there is a small winter market, which is a slight improvement to this sad area, but if... More

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Kilwinning, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
29 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

The main thoroughfare between Centraal Station and Dam Square, good for shopping and ticket shops for all the main attractions plus eating places. Currently undergoing work on the northern end of the street but trams were still running on this section but it has reduced the size of the pavement for pedestrians.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

The Damrak is buy far the worst street in Amsterdam. It's full of tacky souvenir shops, over priced bars! (Beer and Babes - €13 for two pints - then another €0.50 to use the toilet!?!) Watch out for bumbling tourists, crap pasta, worse steaks.. awful awful awful.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Most people arriving in Amsterdam by train will be introduced to the city via the Damrak, the main street that juts straight out from the front of the Central Station. What an awful first impression of Amsterdam! The crowded and noisy street is packed day and night with travelers struggling with their luggage along unevenly paved sidewalks lined with cheap... More

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Worthington, Ohio
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105 reviews 105 reviews
31 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

The Damrak is the center of Amsterdam filled with tourists and lots of bicycle/auto traffic and pedistrian traffic competing for the space. Currently there is construction going on in the area that adds to the congestion, but take it in stride and enjoy a new experience. Hoards of people careening down the street with luggage in tow, seedy museums and... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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40 reviews 40 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Possibly the worst and most ugly place in Amsterdam. Most restaurants are tourist traps and serve below average food, the streets are filled with tourists smoking weed or on their way to the coffeeshop/red light district. The street is filled with garbage. I can't imagine that people will have a good first impression about Amsterdam after arriving here from the... More

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Keaau Hawaii
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Once a canal, the new current along the Damrak is people flowing up and down. Crowds, careening suitcases, staggering partiers, babble of languages, bizaare museums, clanging trams, cheezy coffeeshops -- it's the belly of the commercialist beast. You'll be tempted to grit your teeth and slog past what seems to be the worst schlock tourist trap ever! But look up... More

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Evansville, Indiana
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111 reviews 111 reviews
33 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We walked from the central station along the Damrak looking for a place to have dinner. There are so many choices! So many people coming and going! What impressed me the most was the number of people riding bicycles everywhere!

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Melbourne, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Loved damrak we had dinner at the red lion walked along with the crowds. There was a Van Gogh exhibition in the old stock exchange near the I am amsterdam sign and the beehive bierenhof dept store is a must.

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