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Muntplein

Explore this busy square at the heart of the city, home to the historic landmark Mint Tower.

Muntplein is a historic square in the centre of Amsterdam that’s steeped in history. Learn all about the traditional Delfts Blauw porcelain and explore the shops and floating flower market on the canal. This square is also one of the city’s major transport hubs at the intersection of six streets, so there is no shortage of things to see and do.

Even though Muntplein is known as a square, it is actually the widest bridge in the city, spanning the Singel canal as it joins the Amstel River. The name originates from the Munttoren, a renaissance-style clock tower that dominates the square. This structure briefly housed a coin mint in the 17th century, lending it its current name, which translates as Mint Tower.

The lower section of the Munttoren with the guard house used to be part of one of the three main gates in the medieval city wall, dating back to the late 1400s. The wall was destroyed by fire in 1618, and the clock tower was added to the structure that remained. You’ll hear the 38 bell carillon strike a melody every fifteen minutes.

Browse the Delfts Blauw shop that has occupied the old guard house ever since 1885. The traditional Dutch white porcelain decorated in blue with landscapes, mills and milk maids is a perfect holiday souvenir. Learn all about the history and production of Delfts Blauw at the Royal Delft Experience Amsterdam, a multimedia exhibition below the shop.

Head to the eastern end of the square to browse the colourful and fragrant flower market, with its floating stalls on the Sigel Canal. If you are visiting after dark, make your way along the Amstel River to take a photo of the famous Magere Brug that is beautifully illuminated at night. Nearby, you’ll find Rembrandtplein with many cafés and bars perfect for relaxing after a hard day’s sight-seeing.

From Dam Square, you can reach Muntplein by walking along Kalverstraat, Amsterdam’s longest shopping street. Alternatively, trams and buses run from Central Station. If travelling by car, it’s best to make use of the park-and-ride facilities at the edge of the city as parking spaces are limited in the centre.


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