Dam Square
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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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  • Chief1797
    Poway, California166 contributions
    Great meeting spot and a center for other attractions
    The Square itself is not so much an attraction, but a place to see where many other parts of the city come together. The main shopping center, the Red Light District, The Royal Palace and many souvenir stores. It also can be a meeting place for you and your group. It's large and can be very crowded and the time we were there, quite trashy. It's a people watch mecca if that's your thing with a lot of cafes and restaurants around the area.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 26, 2023
  • docrogers423
    Cleveland, Tennessee21 contributions
    A must see
    Our tour guide Sebastian, explained the different statues and the meaning of the poses. It certainly makes you think of what it was like and how Amsterdam evolved. If you venture out, please pick up something explaining the meaning of the statue, you will be moved.
    Visited May 2023
    Written May 19, 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,419 contributions
    Heart of Amsterdam
    This huge, encompassing square is the heart of Amsterdam. A typical national gathering place with the royal palace at the center, it is always busy and popular among both locals and tourists. This is also the best option to people-watch.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 4, 2023
  • Melyssa L
    11 contributions
    Very cool!
    This area is a great place to visit as there is always something going on - from food trucks to street performers! Plus you are just steps away from lots of restaurants and shopping. Also, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is just off the square and it is a must visit, especially if you have a teenager like myself! In conclusion, if you are coming to Amsterdam, take a sec to stroll through Dam Square and see what is happening!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 28, 2023
  • Tin_Manila
    Manila, Philippines377 contributions
    A great place to appreciate beautiful architecture and people watch
    We walked from Amstel all the way to Dam Square. Did a little window shopping along the way, and stayed in the Square to do a picnic while admiring the architecture and watching tourists. It's a busy place but worth the visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 6, 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,478 contributions
    The heart of Amsterdam
    Dam Square is almost the heart of Amsterdam. Full of tourists, full of pigeons, full of action, surrounded by some great buildings (The Royal Palace is the best), close to shopping, a stepping-off point for an array of other tourist destinations. A must see if visiting this lovely city.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 1, 2023
  • dg2014jg
    Magnolia, Texas920 contributions
    Keep looking up to see the beauty of this square
    I suppose at one point in time this was a beautiful area for people to gather. Unfortunately, the litter destroyed the atmosphere for me. The crowds and pigeons were expected but not the litter. Again, best to look up when in Amsterdam in order to admire the beautiful architecture.
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 15, 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    The main square of Amsterdam
    This square is quite picturesque. It is the.melting pot of all visitors to Amsterdam. Whether hanging around or just passing through, it a full of vibrancy. I got my feel and smell (weed-filled) of the city at this square. Because it was the first place I visited in the city.
    Visited November 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 23, 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,889 contributions
    Nice central space
    This is an impressive sized square surrounded by lots of large imposing buildings and adorned with monuments. As well as the Royal Palace, there is a huge Madame Tussaud’s. The square links lots of the main tourist areas of Amsterdam.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written September 7, 2023
  • MKTBE
    Topeka, Kansas3,053 contributions
    It Is a Dam Large Square!!
    Dam Square and Dam Palace lie in the heart of Amsterdam, at the original location of the dam in the Amstel River. It is a large, bustling square where people gather, and there are numerous shops and cafes that line the square. There is also a National Monument an important memorial to World War II. Dam Palace, Dam Square, Dam pictures and YES, my husband had to make some dam jokes!
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written November 2, 2023
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Harry N
Edale, UK51 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited the Dam Square of Amsterdam in Feb 2020, it was busy and bustling with people taking in the big beautiful buildings which surround it, Madame Tussaud’s & the Royal palace for starters.
The Square itself is a cobbled area bustling with individual performers & lots pigeons.
A must see of Amsterdam.
Written February 17, 2020
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AUKTourist
North East England, UK1,005 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
Over our four day stay in Amsterdam something was happening. Chinese New Year Fire Crackers or thousands of students supporting their teachers who were on strike. Dam Square is well managed and safe.
Written January 30, 2020
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Rebecca G
257 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
Visiting for hen weekend this was a great experience. Third time visiting and we had lots of fun as always. My only criticism was there was a lot of building work at the time either huge forklifts and machinery right in the middle of the square making unbearable loud noises.... Nevertheless, can't wait to return to Amsterdam for a 4th time
Written March 10, 2020
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travelwise24
Amsterdam, The Netherlands44 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
Very crowded and soulless, Dam Square has nothing nice to offer but the view on the Royal Palace. The Nieuw Kerk which is on the square has however often very interesting exhibitions. Madame Tussaud, also on the square, should be booked in advance and 5 minutes from the square the delicious Chinese Dim Sum Oriental city in a sort of pagoda overlooking the canals should not be missed (also book!). Staff not always the friendliest, but great views on the canal and divine Dim Sums.
Written July 25, 2020
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Alfred O
Amsterdam, The Netherlands35 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
I first discovered this neighborhood back in in 1987 in June when i started to travel to Europe .I have rented a bike and toured around Amsterdams NEIGHBORHOODS . I remember Dam square was a place with a huge wide open space with a couple Tourist traps . One was called the Royal palace with painted ornate ceilings and crystal light fixures . , nothing more . It should of never been called a Royal palace . Hardly anybody ever likes this old 300 hundred year old building .I should know because i have lived in Amsterdam for three years .I stayed at my friends guest house and a litt3 hotel in the Leidsaplein area of the city . My first experience here was in the evening hours being exposed to the Dam squares many Drug dealers at night .I wrote a review on this Square last week and someone didnt like it and complained about it to Trip Advisor . Trip Advisor should go to this square in the evenings to find out what kind of Trade that hangs out there on some of the streets that Surrounds this Square . This is why i dont like it .It would be the last place whete i would bring anyone on any Tour of this Wonderful City that i fell in Love with over the Years .
Written May 11, 2020
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Armand
51 contributions
Feb 2019
The Dam is where Amsterdam started, so in that sense it is very cool. The New Church and the Palace are beautiful. What's not is the hoards of pigeons, human statues, tuktuk cycles, street musicians all in one spot creating a chaotic feel.
Written January 6, 2020
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RamblingSpots
Milan, Italy25 contributions
May 2020
Dam Square is located in the heart of the city center, 10 minutes away from the Centraal Station.

You can book tickets to visit the royal palace and walk around through the various streets to find shops, loads of restaurants, cafes and pubs.

Almost every destination in Amsterdam within a reasonable distance is reachable by walk from here.

It's very likely to find street artists performing on the streets and in Dam Square.

Moreover, the well-known red light district is just a few minutes away by walk.
Written March 10, 2021
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S N
Leominster, MA141 contributions
Feb 2020
If you are near, come and take a look. You'll also see many representations of this square in Golden Age Dutch art, as they were very proud of it. Even in the winter, it's pretty decent people watching.
Written March 1, 2020
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Lance_Wanderweg
Salt Lake City, UT52 contributions
Apr 2022
I don't know if every tourist HAS to go to this spot, but it seems like they all do. When the weather is good, the square is filled with hawkers, street performers, tourists and pigeons. It seems that all roads lead to Dam Square.
Written April 10, 2022
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StockholmKindaGuy
Marietta, GA7,324 contributions
Sep 2019
This lively square sits practically in the center of Amsterdam. At one end of the square sits the Royal Place of the Netherlands and former city hall, which can be visited. Also on the square is the 15th century New Church. At the time I was there, some construction was going on. So it wasn't the prettiest. Although in my opinion, it's not a particularly pretty square anyway.
Written January 18, 2020
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