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Dam Square

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about Dam Square.

Dam Square features in these preplanned City Guides:

1-day Amsterdam City Guide3-day Amsterdam City Guide5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Amsterdam's main square
  • Surrounded by some major attractions

Time required: 15 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 1: Dam stop
  • Tram Line 2: Dam stop
  • Tram Line 5: Dam stop

Address: Dam, Amsterdam

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: R.Duran

Things you need to know:

  • Dam Square or "the Dam" (as locals call it) is Amsterdam's main square
  • It marks the site of the original 13th c. dam on the Amstel River around which the city was built
  • Highlights of "the Dam" include the New Church (Nieuwe Kerk), the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) and the National Monument
  • By the 17th c. this square became the center of the powerful Dutch trading empire
  • The Royal Palace was built as a town hall in the Dutch golden ages of the 17th c., and now is one of three palaces that belong to Queen Beatrix
  • The National Monument commemorates the Dutch who died in World War II. The wall behind the obelisk contains urns holding soil from Dutch colonies and provinces
  • The New Church holds the title of national Church of the Netherlands where Dutch monarchs are crowned

What to do there:

  • Walk around the square for a great view of Koninklijk Paleis, Nieuwe Kerk and the National Monument
  • There is always something going on here, whether it be street theater, living statutes, organ grinders, protests, and lots of pigeons

Dam Square features in these preplanned City Guides: