Holidays in Dam Square

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Dam Square which includes street scenes, heritage architecture and a city

Visit Amsterdam’s lively central square, a venue that’s seen both protests and celebrations.

Dam Square lies right at the heart Amsterdam, and dates back to the 13th century origins of this capital. Today, it is the focus for gatherings and events, including a large fun fair that is held several times a year. Join the crowds, relax and watch the world go by, or enjoy some retail therapy.

You can’t miss the National Monument, a towering white stone pillar, erected in 1956 to commemorate lives lost in World War II. Every year on the 4th of May, crowds gather for a minute’s silence in memory of the war dead, before celebrating Liberation Day on the 5th. If you happen to be visiting on the 30th of April, Queen’s Day (King’s Day from 2014), or during any of the international soccer tournaments, the square turns orange, as it fills with revellers all dressed in the national colour.

On any day apart from Monday, take a self-guided or private tour of the imposing Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) where you can feast your eyes on the ornately-decorated rooms decked with works by great artists including Rembrandt. Originally built as the City Hall in the 17th century, it was occupied by Napoleon’s brother Louis when he ruled the Netherlands during the French occupation. It’s now a venue for royal and state occasions, including receptions and awards ceremonies.

Next to the Royal Palace, is the 15th century Gothic-style Nieuwe Kerk. Although no longer used for regular religious services, it is the chosen venue of the Dutch royal family for investitures and weddings. It also serves as an exhibition space, and sometimes, you can hear organ recitals here.

The department stores around the square such as De Bijenkorf (The Beehive), are the perfect place to while away a couple of hours. Drop into the café for traditional coffee and cake overlooking the Beurs van Berlage, the old stock exchange. Head to the nearby Peek & Cloppenburg building to see the life-like wax statues of Madame Tussauds.

Dam Square is just a short walk from Central Station, and many tram and bus lines stop here. If you’re driving, it’s probably best to leave your car in one of the Park-and-ride car parks at the edge of the city.

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Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
4 out of 5
Nieuwezijds Kolk 19, Amsterdam
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The price is AU$167 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Body Worlds, Royal Palace, and Dam Square. Madame Tussauds and Amsterdam Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,865 reviews)
"Good modern hotel in a cute area of small lanes with plenty of cafés and bars. Easy walk from Centraal Station."

Reviewed on 27 Aug. 2021

Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, Amsterdam
The price is AU$268 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
This family-friendly Amsterdam hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of The Old Church (Oude Kerk), Anne Frank House and Westerkerk. ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (982 reviews)
"Great location."

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2021

Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel
Room Mate Aitana
Room Mate Aitana
4 out of 5
IJDok 6, Amsterdam
The price is AU$240 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Located in Amsterdam City Centre, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Herengracht Canal and Anne Frank House. Dam Square and Royal Palace are also within ...
4.6/5Wonderful! (950 reviews)
"Didn’t like the room size as well as the layout. There was no room for the luggage. The view was great and the breakfast was wonderful"

Reviewed on 13 Sep. 2021

Room Mate Aitana
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ibis Amsterdam Centre
ibis Amsterdam Centre
3 out of 5
Stationsplein 49, Amsterdam
The price is AU$130 per night from 23 Sep. to 23 Sep.
ibis Amsterdam Centre
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
4 out of 5
Nieuwezijds Kolk 19, Amsterdam
The price is AU$167 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Inntel Hotels Amsterdam Centre
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 5, Amsterdam
The price is AU$268 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Kimpton De Witt Amsterdam, an IHG Hotel
Room Mate Aitana
Room Mate Aitana
4 out of 5
IJDok 6, Amsterdam
The price is AU$240 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Room Mate Aitana
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Damrak 1-5, Amsterdam
The price is AU$257 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam
NH City Centre Amsterdam
NH City Centre Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Spuistraat 288-292, Amsterdam
The price is AU$186 per night from 19 Sep. to 19 Sep.
NH City Centre Amsterdam
Pulitzer Amsterdam
Pulitzer Amsterdam
5 out of 5
Prinsengracht 323, Amsterdam
The price is AU$679 per night from 9 Oct. to 9 Oct.
Pulitzer Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
4 out of 5
Herengracht 255, Amsterdam
The price is AU$264 per night from 10 Oct. to 10 Oct.
The Hoxton, Amsterdam
Hotel Estheréa
Hotel Estheréa
4 out of 5
Singel 303-309, Amsterdam
The price is AU$192 per night from 26 Sep. to 26 Sep.
Hotel Estheréa
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