Dam Square

Nieuwe Kerk, Royal Palace & National Monument

dam magnaplaza royal palace nationaal monument nieuwe kerk madame tussauds kalverstraat Must see shopping route De Bijenkorf - department store Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky

Dam Square - aerial view

A chaos of trams, pedestrians, cyclists and cars.

Dam Square lies in the heart of Amsterdam at the original location of the dam in the river Amstel. It is dominated by the neoclassical Royal Palace.

Some 400 years ago the Dam was already a busy trading place and the location of the fish market. Storks used to walk around Dam Square in the old days, to eat the fish refuse.

Notable buildings on Dam Square

Royal Palace 1648


Paleis op de Dam

Former city hall of Amsterdam built in classic style. It has a stunning marble interior and is used by the Dutch Royal House.

Nieuwe Kerk 1408

2nd oldest church in Amsterdam

Magna Plaza 1899

Luxury department store housed in the former Main Post Office

De Bijenkorf 1870

Famous department store in Holland

Hotel Krasnapolsky

Large hotel with a rich history consisting of a complex of buildings and facing the Royal Palace.

Shopping areas around Dam Square


The most popular shopping street in the Netherlands with mainly international and national retail chains for high street fashion, shoes and bags.

The Must-See Shopping Route starts from Dam Square and leads to Leidseplein.


Just around the corner building from the Dam Amsterdam's largest book store Scheltema is housed in 5-storey building. This street is further known for its exclusive cigar shop Hajenius.


A large and busy shopping street - starting right from the Royal Palace and right opposite Kalverstraat - with mainly branches of chain stores, targeted at tourists and same-day visitors.

Magna Plaza

Super-deluxe department store with several exclusive shops under one roof that is situated just behind the Royal Palace. It is housed in a stunning building, what used to be the General Post Office.

De Bijenkorf

High-end department store that houses many exclusive stores selling different brands.

nearby accommodation and restaurants
more impressions

2,500,000 Cobblestones on Dam Square


De 9 Straatjes / The 9 Streets

hip shopping area with small interesting individual shops


The 22m high National Monument on Dam Square   1956


Every year on 4 May, the national commemoration of Remembrance Day is held on Dam Square

Industrieele Groote Club

Gebouw Industria   1913-1916

club building of the distinguished Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club

Map of Dam Square

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nieuwe kerk

De Nieuwe Kerk

exhibitions about art, photography, inspiring individuals and cultures


Beurs van Berlage

former stock exchange building


Grand Café Krasnapolsky

delicious home-made pastries are served in The Cake Room


Royal Palace

during Christmas time

Old City Centre

Photo tour of Amsterdam's
oldest city part (7)


Cecconi's   Spuistraat 210

Stylishly decorated bar, lounge and restaurant with classic Northern-Italian dishes and good service

Spuistraat 210

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