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Dam Square

Amsterdam’s iconic square, with its cobbled stones and grand historical buildings, is a lively gathering place and venue for protests and celebrations.

Amsterdam’s origins lie on Dam Square and you’ll get a sense of this history as you look at the structures here. Today the square is also a venue for mass events, fun fairs and pantomime artists. Join the locals and relax at the base of the National Monument while listening to street organs. Chase the pigeons and dodge the many cyclists when you cross the square to go shopping or explore some of the historical buildings.

The most imposing building is the 17th-century Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace), where Napoleon's brother Louis ruled the Netherlands during French occupation. King Willem van Oranje made this building the City Hall, but today it’s used for royal and national events. On any day except Mondays you can pay to take a self-guided or private tour. See the ornate rooms with interiors painted by Rembrandt and other master painters.

You can’t miss the white obelisk, a National Monument built in 1956 to commemorate World War II veterans. On May 4, the Dutch gather here to observe a minute of silence for war victims, followed by a joyful Liberation Day celebration the next day. On the birthday of the King, in April, and during soccer championships, Dam Square is flooded with revelers wearing the national color, orange, and drinking celebration beers.

Situated next to the Royal Palace is the Gothic-looking Nieuwe Kerk, with massive stained glass windows, an intricately carved pulpit and two impressive organs. The historic church is now a venue for cultural exhibitions and concerts.

Whether you’re window-shopping or ready to spend, there are major department stores around the square, such as De Bijenkorf (Beehive). Treat yourself to coffee with cake in the store’s café overlooking the old stock exchange, the Beurs van Berlage. Shop for the latest fashions or visit the wax statues of Madame Tussauds in the Peek & Cloppenburg building.

Dam Square is a short walk from Central Station along the street of Damrak and many trams and buses stop here. If you are driving, consider leaving your car at one of the park-and-ride lots at the edge of the city. There are parking lots in the city center, but spaces are limited.


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Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam £135
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Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam

Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St. Nicholas Church, National Monument and Madame Tussauds. Amsterdam Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 4 minutes.

    NH City Centre Amsterdam £124
    NH City Centre Amsterdam

    NH City Centre Amsterdam

    Spuistraat 288-292, Amsterdam
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is steps away from Begijnhof, Amsterdam Museum and The 9 Streets. Madame Tussauds and Royal Palace are also within 10 minutes. Spui Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Koningsplein Stop is 4 minutes.

      ibis Amsterdam Centre £89
      ibis Amsterdam Centre

      ibis Amsterdam Centre

      Stationsplein 49, Amsterdam
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Herengracht Canal and Body Worlds. Dam Square and Royal Palace are also within 15 minutes. Amsterdam Central Station is only a 4-minute walk and Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 6 minutes.

        Hotel Estheréa £109
        Hotel Estheréa

        Hotel Estheréa

        Singel 303-309, Amsterdam
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Madame Tussauds, Dam Square and Anne Frank House. Leidseplein and Vondelpark are also within 1 mi (2 km). Spui Stop is only a 3-minute walk and Koningsplein Stop is 5 minutes.

          Hotel Amsterdam - De Roode Leeuw £120
          Hotel Amsterdam - De Roode Leeuw

          Hotel Amsterdam - De Roode Leeuw

          Damrak 93-94, Amsterdam
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this historic hotel is steps away from Dam Square, Madame Tussauds and New Church. Royal Palace and Berlage Stock Exchange (Beurs van Berlage) are also within 5 minutes. Dam Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Nieuwezijds Kolk Stop is 6 minutes.

            Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam £150
            Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam

            Grand Hotel Amrâth Amsterdam

            Prins Hendrikkade 108, Amsterdam
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nieuwmarkt Square and Rembrandt House Museum. Nemo Science Museum and Dam Square are also within 15 minutes. Amsterdam Central Metro Station is only a 4-minute walk and Nieuwmarkt Station is 6 minutes.

              NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky £174
              NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

              NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

              Dam 9, Amsterdam
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Flower Market and Anne Frank House. Artis and Heineken Experience are also within 1 mi (2 km). Dam Stop is only a 2-minute walk and Nieuwmarkt Station is 6 minutes.

                The Hendrick's Hotel £116
                The Hendrick's Hotel

                The Hendrick's Hotel

                Prins Hendrikkade 139, Amsterdam
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nieuwmarkt Square, Nemo Science Museum and Rembrandt House Museum. Dam Square and Madame Tussauds are also within 15 minutes. Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 6 minutes by foot and Nieuwmarkt Station is 7 minutes.