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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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Nieuwezijds Kolk 19, Amsterdam
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Berlage Stock Exchange (Beurs van Berlage), New Church, and The Old Church (Oude Kerk). Royal Palace and Dam Square are also within 10 minutes. Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 7 minutes by foot and Nieuwmarkt Station is 10 minutes.

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    DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Amsterdam Centraal Station

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    Oosterdoksstraat 4, Amsterdam
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Nieuwmarkt Square and The Old Church (Oude Kerk). Dam Square and Anne Frank House are also within 1 mi (2 km). Amsterdam Central Metro Station is only a 4-minute walk and Nieuwmarkt Station is 9 minutes.

      NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky £187
      NH Collection Amsterdam Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

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      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). Nieuwmarkt Station is 6 minutes by foot and Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 9 minutes.

        Eden Hotel Amsterdam £103
        Eden Hotel Amsterdam

        Eden Hotel Amsterdam

        Amstel 144, Amsterdam
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Rembrandt Square, Stopera and Hermitage Amsterdam. Flower Market and Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) are also within 10 minutes. Waterlooplein Station is only a 4-minute walk and Rokin Station is 8 minutes.

          Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam £160
          Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam

          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.

            Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center £180
            Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center

            Radisson Blu Hotel, Amsterdam City Center

            Rusland 17, Amsterdam
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This family-friendly Amsterdam hotel is located in the historical district, within a 5-minute walk of Nes, Rembrandt House Museum and Amsterdam Dungeon. Madame Tussauds and Rembrandt Square are also within 10 minutes. Rokin Station is only a 5-minute walk and Nieuwmarkt Station is 5 minutes.

              The Student Hotel Amsterdam City £80
              The Student Hotel Amsterdam City

              The Student Hotel Amsterdam City

              Wibautstraat 129, Amsterdam
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Amsterdam East, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Oosterpark, Skinny Bridge (Magere Brug) and Artis. Hortus Botanicus and Heineken Experience are also within 1 mile (2 km). Wibautstraat Station is only a 3-minute walk and Weesperplein Station is 10 minutes.

                Swissôtel Amsterdam £123
                Swissôtel Amsterdam

                Swissôtel Amsterdam

                Damrak 96, Amsterdam
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Dam Square, Madame Tussauds and Body Worlds. New Church and Royal Palace are also within 5 minutes. Nieuwmarkt Station is 8 minutes by foot and Amsterdam Central Metro Station is 9 minutes.