Amsterdam Dam Square

Only a five-minute walk down the Damrak from Amsterdam Centraal Station takes you to this jam-packed square, crowded with locals and visitors day and night. Whatever the temperature, there's always something going on here.

We created a list of the top attractions and things to do in Dam Square:

Royal Palace

One of the three residences of King Willem-Alexander in the Netherlands, the Royal Palace on the Dam (Koninklijk Paleis) is the most historic opulent and the most visited of all King’s residences. Click here to book your tickets in advance and avoid the crowds.

National Monument

Growing out of the east side of Dam Square is a granite obelisk of 1956 known as the National Monument of Amsterdam. It is the site of an annual ceremony on May 4 (Dutch Remembrance Day) that commemorates the Second World War and the fallen Dutch soldiers.

Explore the Red Light District

As night falls, adults can only travel to the northeast corner of the square to walk through Amsterdam 's famed Red Light District.

Take a guided walking tour to find out more about the history and the secrets of this area

Enjoy some shopping

There are food stalls, restaurants and stores, like the fashionable Bijenkorf and the Magna Plaza, Dam Square is one of Amsterdam's hotspots also in terms of shopping.

Visit the Coffee Shops

The coffee shops or bruin cafés (brown cafes), are the quintessence of a trip to Amsterdam. Discover the famous In ʼt Aepjenthat. The name comes from the various smoke stains on the walls. Brown cafes have candle-topped chairs, wooden floors and a cozy vibe that makes friends linger and chat for hours over drinks.

New Church

The beautiful Gothic style building that stands next to the Royal Palace is the fifteenth-century New Church (Nieuwe Kerk), designed to improve the overpopulation of the Old Church (Oude Kerk). Since then, the church has ceased to serve as an exhibition venue for high-profile art shows and organ recitals. The room is also used for rituals of royal investiture and royal marriages in the Netherlands.