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Dam Square

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Address: Dam Square (end of Damrak), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Activities: City walk sightseeing, People-watching
Description: All roads lead to Dam Square, the real heart of Amsterdam, where The Royal...
All roads lead to Dam Square, the real heart of Amsterdam, where The Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the War Memorial overlook this vast and bustling open space.
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Dam Square

Very pretty place, the buildings are all lovely so if you like architecture then it will be right up your street. It is very central, so you can find it very easily and it leads... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Very crowded, lots of pigeons, dirty....I seriously don't think that Dam square is worth visiting. Only nice thing about it is that it's close to a lot of shops.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

I just don't get it. Dam square is ok but the activities on the square are horrible. There are men dressed like clowns who scare the **** out of you and they make you pay for it! The square is also full of pigeons. These are not very rare birds. I believe you can see them in every city in... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

This is one of the places you should visit once you are in Amsterdam. The first thing which pops up when you getting close are those guys doing tricks and things for the audience. You`ll stop for a while to watch them, having you cigarette or drink. One of Amsterdam's central squares, in front of the Royal Palace, with the... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Very pretty place, the buildings are all lovely so if you like architecture then it will be right up your street. It is very central, so you can find it very easily and it leads to most of the main attractions and the canals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

One of Amsterdam's central squares, in front of the Royal Palace, with the New Church beside it, the beautiful Bijenkorf department store on another side, the "Kras" hotel on another, and a score of interesting buildings in between. The square has a long history, but is most famous for the War Memorial, where the national remembrance is always held on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Plenty street artists to see including a Scottish Piper. Really enjoyed the buzz and atmosphere Weather helped as the place was mobbed but plenty to take in

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Beautiful to walk around, and soak up the atmosphere Amsterdam has to offer, you soon realise how quickly you have to watch the bikes, and dodge out of the way, many more visits to come

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Not worth a dedicated trip especially if you are adverse to big crowds. We went there during the Sail event, so things were super hectic and dirty.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Dam Square is surrounded by incredible shopping. There is a super high end department store near by, as well as Rokin, the street that is lined with boutiques and name brand clothing. Also really nice plate just to eat a waffle or a me French fries.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

When in Amsterdam, go to the Dam. It's the largest gathering place in this charming city, especially in the busy summer months. There is a constant buzz, constant entertainment from a variety of street performers, and hoards of people. It's alive and exciting. The elegant historic buildings surrounding the plaza are magnificent, and since Dam Square in immediately adjacent to... More 

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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to view some of the city’s most picturesque canals, historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples of traditional local architecture – not to mention Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some less salubrious activities drawing the curious to this age-old part of time. Nevertheless, the Red Light District is still a very safe and incredibly fascinating area where at the turn of a corner you can be transported from the dingy glow of modern day neon red to a glorious 16th century Delft blue dreamscape.
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