The Dam Square is one of the main sights in Amsterdam – always packed with locals and tourists, at day and night time. It was built in the 13th Century when a dam was built around the Amstel River in order to prevent the Zuiderzee Sea from flooding Amsterdam.
Here you can find everything for a wonderful afternoon: food stalls, different bars and restaurants and a range of possibilities for shopping, for example the huge department store De Bijenkorf, with its 6 floors to explore and the Magna Plaza, a shopping mall with all major world’s fashion brands. Apart from that you also find there the Amsterdam Diamond Center.
There is always something going on, on the Dam Square – street performances, pantomime and musicians in summer, a carnival in spring and besides that you can also find Koninklijk Palace (Royal Palace) on the Dam Square, where the Dutch Royal family lived. On the south side of the square you will see the controversially phallic national memorial statue, erected in memory of Dutch soldiers and members of resistance who died in World War ll.
One of the highlights is the world famous wax museum “Madame Tussauds”, where you can find figures completely out of wax of famous persons from Film, Catwalk, History, Royals and many more. Also the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) is located on the Dam Square – the most important church in the whole Netherlands and a venue for temporary exhibitions.
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Dam Square, Amsterdam Flickr Gallery Andrea Schaffer
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