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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  • docrogers423
    Cleveland, Tennessee21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 19 May 2023
  • Leonhkny
    Hong Kong, China14,542 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 4 June 2023
  • Melyssa L
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 28 June 2023
  • Tin_Manila
    Manila, Philippines381 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 July 2023
  • gfsc5
    Perth, Australia1,479 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • dg2014jg
    Magnolia, Texas920 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 15 August 2023
  • Coryy20
    Port of Spain, Trinidad4,837 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 August 2023
  • NICHOLAS T
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates5,971 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 September 2023
  • MKTBE
    Topeka, Kansas3,053 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 November 2023
  • adrian w
    San Francisco, California3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Busy
    Dam Square is like the Times Square of Amsterdam, minus all the crappy traffic and people. It's a gorgeous, wide open area with several popular places such as Royal Palace, Madame Tussauds, and Bijenkorf. There are many shops and places to eat/drink. There is also easy access to a lot of the major trams that spreads throughout the city. This is a great place to walk in the middle of and just take it all in. The people, the birds, and sometimes performances (even soccer games!) are just brings a great vibe and gives you that "I'm Here" feeling.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 December 2023
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xLucy123
Cheshire, UK283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This really is a busy tourist spot however, it’s still a lovely area that’s surrounded by some great buildings & statues as well as shops, bars, restaurants, activities etc.
Written 7 April 2024
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Bertie1224
Northamptonshire, UK567 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
There is an ambience about the space as people hustle and bustle by. The Riyal Palace is being cleaned and looks underwhelming which takes something from the square. There are shops and restaurants dotted around but it lacked any real wow factor.
Written 30 March 2024
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada24,695 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Quite a "mesmerizing atmosphere" (while going around the area of the "city center" generally around this square) was made possible by the long & narrow canals to go across "one after another" over the lovely bridges (some of which with like "hanging flowers" above their railings & one bridge with a small flower shop right on the bridge) and also by the 5-and-6-storied heritage buildings to walk past at a "leisure pace" right alongside the canals (with actually some "slightly-tilted ones" among those buildings), and also "nice & filling" was the breakfast at the Nieuwmarkt Square at about "3 canals" away from this square (and crossing those canals while "heading west" to the Square after breakfast). But yes, kind of a "surprising letdown" is just how I would describe this square which is actually not for the square itself with a pretty-good size but for the Royal Palace on its one side which simply put is the "most modest" of all palaces & castles having been seen in Europe (and of which there really had been "some number" before this one which yes was also the last one seen in my trip of almost 3 months around Europe) with the first sight of the Palace actually "fairly ok" seen from the far side (the "east side" of the Square after entering it with the view of the Palace directly across) but once upon arrival in front of the Palace was seeing the facades which are kind of "faded over time" and where also kind of interesting (for a place of this much stature) is "no exterior ground" around the Palace with just city streets on the three sides of the Palace apart from the front side (and which were "quite busy" streets as I walked along the sidewalks beside those streets and went around the Palace which was "closed for entry" on that day likely due to some special occasion).

In any case, so with not much to do on this square on a closing day of the Palace (and with the decision to skip the Madame Tussaud on the "south side" of the Square), I headed further west and was "quite pleased" to get to do a "canal tour" for about an hour (on a "no-cover boat" along the canals to the larger river-like water then back along the canals) after which on my way back was passing through this square again and also briefly stopping at the Red Light area at about "2 canals to the east" after this square (going around the stretch not too long with "adult establishments" on both sides of a canal but actually nothing much was seen at the time still "during daytime").
Written 19 March 2024
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Ron
Savannah, GA898 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Large square full of tourists. Nothing was happening there when we visited. Not as exciting as main squares in Brussels, Madrid or Cracow.
Written 2 March 2024
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia26,859 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
In the XIII century, there was no square here, but there was an empty place where freshly caught fish were sold. Around 1270, local fishermen built a dam and a lock on the Amstel, and a fishing village of a dozen houses was named Amsteledamme. Now it is the symbolic center of Amsterdam. The square has two dominants facing each other - the Royal Palace and the national monument in honor of those killed in World War II. Despite the name, King Willem-Alexander does not live here, his residence is in The Hague. However, official events with his participation may take place here. But the weddings of the monarchs take place in the neighboring building- the Nieuwe Kerk, facing the square from the side. On the opposite side, where the national monument is located, there is a large department store De Bijenkorf, the Madame Tussaud Museum, the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and Hotel Twenty Seven. All these buildings were built at different times in different styles, but strangely enough, such eclecticism doesn`t spoil the Dam Square...
Written 28 January 2024
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D R
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Had an amazing 4 nights here and am looking forward to returning later this year. Such a beautiful city.
Written 3 January 2024
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Noraatc
Sudbury, MA35,790 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Always busy, always crowded, but iconic nonetheless. The facade of the Royal Palace is impressive as well as the grand dame of Amsterdam hotels, Grand Hotel Krasnopolsky, facing the National Monument, which is not exactly a masterpiece. My favorite corner in Dam Square is the beautiful austere 15th-century Gothic revival masterpiece, the Nieuwe Kerk, which is one of the oldest churches in Amsterdam.
Written 31 December 2023
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adrian w
San Francisco, CA3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Dam Square is like the Times Square of Amsterdam, minus all the crappy traffic and people. It's a gorgeous, wide open area with several popular places such as Royal Palace, Madame Tussauds, and Bijenkorf. There are many shops and places to eat/drink. There is also easy access to a lot of the major trams that spreads throughout the city.

This is a great place to walk in the middle of and just take it all in. The people, the birds, and sometimes performances (even soccer games!) are just brings a great vibe and gives you that "I'm Here" feeling.
Written 16 December 2023
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tammyBaltimore_Md
Baltimore, MD2,414 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
Amongst the palace, church, museums, Madame Toussaint, and tons of shopping, interesting place to check out, easy walkable from Central Station
Written 4 December 2023
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paul19602013
Brighton, UK933 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Very busy square in the centre of Amsterdam with lots of bars and restaurants. Lots of places to visit and sights to see including the Royal Palace, National Monument and Madame Tussards.
Written 15 November 2023
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