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

Nieuwmarkt features in these preplanned City Guides:

5-day Amsterdam City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Great daily market
  • Impressive square

Time required: 30 minutes

Public transport:

  • Tram Line 4: Dam stop
  • Tram Line 9: Dam stop
  • Tram Line 16: Dam stop

Address: Nieuwmarkt, 1011 Amsterdam

Things you need to know:

  • Nieuwmarkt (New Market) is a large square in central Amsterdam
  • It has been a marketplace since the 15th c. and still hosts a daily market and an organic food market on Saturdays
  • Nieuwmarkt is dominated by De Waag that was originally the eastern gate of the medieval city wall
  • After the walls were torn down in the 17th c. De Waag served as a weighing house and gave home to numerous guilds, including the surgeons'
  • Rembrandt painted his famous Anatomy Lesson of Dr Tulp in De Waag. Public executions took place in Nieuwmarkt making it easy to acquire corps for dissection
  • In World War II Nazis used the square as a collection point for Jews to be sent to concentration camps
  • In 1975 a heavy riot broke out as a protest against a planned metro and highway which was to run through the Nieuwmarkt. As a consequence the highway project was abandoned

What to do there:

  • Walk around this vast square
  • You can not miss De Waag that dominates the square
  • Have a coffee in one of the nearby caf├ęs

Tips & Insights:

  • A daily market is held on this square and an organic food market on Saturdays
  • In the summer months an antiques and books market takes place on Sundays

Nieuwmarkt features in these preplanned City Guides: