Dam Square

Dam Square is basically the “town square” of Amsterdam. It’s probably one of the better known locations in the city and is constantly swarming with tourists. There’s rarely a dull moment in this square.

On one end of the square is the Royal Palace, which served as the city hall from 1655 until its conversion to a royal residence in 1808. Beside it are the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum. The National Monument, a white stone pillar designed by J.J.P. Oud and erected in 1956 to memorialize the victims of World War II, dominates the opposite side of the square. Also overlooking the plaza are the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and the upscale department store De Bijenkorf.

September 11, 2017

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