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Dam Square

Visit Amsterdam’s lively central square, a venue that’s seen both protests and celebrations.

Dam Square lies right at the heart Amsterdam, and dates back to the 13th century origins of this capital. Today, it is the focus for gatherings and events, including a large fun fair that is held several times a year. Join the crowds, relax and watch the world go by, or enjoy some retail therapy.

You can’t miss the National Monument, a towering white stone pillar, erected in 1956 to commemorate lives lost in World War II. Every year on the 4th of May, crowds gather for a minute’s silence in memory of the war dead, before celebrating Liberation Day on the 5th. If you happen to be visiting on the 30th of April, Queen’s Day (King’s Day from 2014), or during any of the international soccer tournaments, the square turns orange, as it fills with revellers all dressed in the national colour.

On any day apart from Monday, take a self-guided or private tour of the imposing Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) where you can feast your eyes on the ornately-decorated rooms decked with works by great artists including Rembrandt. Originally built as the City Hall in the 17th century, it was occupied by Napoleon’s brother Louis when he ruled the Netherlands during the French occupation. It’s now a venue for royal and state occasions, including receptions and awards ceremonies.

Next to the Royal Palace, is the 15th century Gothic-style Nieuwe Kerk. Although no longer used for regular religious services, it is the chosen venue of the Dutch royal family for investitures and weddings. It also serves as an exhibition space, and sometimes, you can hear organ recitals here.

The department stores around the square such as De Bijenkorf (The Beehive), are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours. Drop into the café for traditional coffee and cake overlooking the Beurs van Berlage, the old stock exchange. Head to the nearby Peek & Cloppenburg building to see the life-like wax statues of Madame Tussauds.

Dam Square is just a short walk from Central Station, and many tram and bus lines stop here. If you’re driving, it’s probably best to leave your car in one of the Park-and-ride car parks at the edge of the city.


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The Highland House Rs6,785
The Highland House

The Highland House

Nieuwe nieuwstraat 17, Amsterdam
     
    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Body Worlds, Royal Palace and Dam Square. Madame Tussauds and Anne Frank House are also within 10 minutes. Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 9 minutes by foot and Amsterdam Central Station is 7 minutes.

    Travel Hotel Amsterdam Rs3,037
    Travel Hotel Amsterdam

    Travel Hotel Amsterdam

    Beursstraat 23, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
       
      1.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Berlage Stock Exchange (Beurs van Berlage) and Dam Square. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are also within 10 minutes. Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 6 minutes by foot and Nieuwmarkt Station is 7 minutes.

      Best Western Dam Square Inn
      Best Western Dam Square Inn

      Best Western Dam Square Inn

      Gravenstraat 12-16, Amsterdam
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is steps away from New Church, Royal Palace and Dam Square. Madame Tussauds and Amsterdam Museum are also within 10 minutes. Nieuwmarkt Station is 10 minutes by foot and Rokin Station is 7 minutes.

        ibis Styles Amsterdam Central Station Rs6,480
        ibis Styles Amsterdam Central Station

        ibis Styles Amsterdam Central Station

        Martelaarsgracht 10, Amsterdam
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Herengracht Canal, Dam Square and Royal Palace. Madame Tussauds and Anne Frank House are also within 15 minutes. Amsterdam Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 5 minutes.

          Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue Rs2,118
          Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue

          Boutique Hotel La Belle Vue

          Raadhuisstraat 37/2, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland
             
            2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Herengracht Canal, Anne Frank House and The 9 Streets. Royal Palace and Madame Tussauds are also within 10 minutes. Nieuwmarkt Station is 14 minutes by foot and Rokin Station is 11 minutes.

            Swissôtel Amsterdam Rs11,459
            Swissôtel Amsterdam

            Swissôtel Amsterdam

            Damrak 96, Amsterdam
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Dam Square, Madame Tussauds and Body Worlds. New Church and Royal Palace are also within 5 minutes. Nieuwmarkt Station is 8 minutes by foot and Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 9 minutes.

              Pulitzer Amsterdam Rs36,743
              Pulitzer Amsterdam

              Pulitzer Amsterdam

              Prinsengracht 323, Amsterdam
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Amsterdam hotel is located near the airport, within a 5-minute walk of The 9 Streets, Anne Frank House and Herengracht Canal. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are also within 10 minutes. Westermarkt Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Rozengracht Stop is 8 minutes.

                ibis Amsterdam Centre Stopera Rs6,149
                ibis Amsterdam Centre Stopera

                ibis Amsterdam Centre Stopera

                Valkenburgerstraat 68, Amsterdam
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waterlooplein, Rembrandt House Museum and Nemo Science Museum. Artis and Rembrandt Square are also within 15 minutes. Waterlooplein Station is 6 minutes by foot and Nieuwmarkt Station is 10 minutes.