Netherlands – Dam Square ❃

Our last day in the Netherlands before we head for Belguim – by Thalys train…
 Amsterdam Diamond Center 
Had an appointment with the local lapidary, together with some excellently skilled gem cutters & craftsmen.
Hard at work, doing what they do best.
Diamonds, ladies best friend!
Cutting diamonds is definitely no easy task!
This was their factory and I was honored to be given the opportunity to visit.
Today will be our last day in Amsterdam and we decided to spend some time in Dam Square before leaving for Belgium.


The Damrak is a partially filled in canal at the center of Amsterdam, between Amsterdam Centraal railway station and Dam Square, running north-south. 
It’s right in the middle of the main street where people arriving at the station enter the center of Amsterdam.
The Red-Light District!
Running from Amsterdam Centraal railway station to Dam Square, The Damrak is often called the “Red Carpet” of Amsterdam – for it is the first site, in all its bustling glory, that visitors see when they exit the train.
The Damrak, as the center of the city, is a bustling thoroughfare, filled with souvenir shops, hotels, and restaurants that line it. 

Two famous buildings also make their home here: the Beurs van Berlage, which is the former stock exchange and the famous mall, Bijenkorf.
Before you reach the Stock Exchange you’ll see a body of water. This is all that remains of the erstwhile harbor. The gabled houses backing onto the water are among the town’s most picturesque.
From the station, the street ends at Dam Square – the site of events and demonstrations of all kinds.
The Damrak is the original mouth of the Amstel River – Rak being a straight stretch of water. In the 19th century, the canal was filled in, except for the canal-boat docks on the east side. 
Magic Mushroom Smart Shop!


 Nowadays the water is home to some of Amsterdam’s many canal tour boat operators & boat houses alike.
Dam square
Dam Square in Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Dam Square, is a town square in Amsterdam, the capital of the Netherlands. Its notable buildings and frequent events happening, make it one of the most well-known and important locations in the city.
Just a five-minute walk down the Damrak from Centraal Station takes you into this jam-packed square, jostling with locals and tourists day and night. 
It was created in the 13th century when a dam was built around the river Amstel to prevent the Zuiderzee sea from swarming the city. During the sixties, the square was renowned for its Dam Square hippies, and the laid back and relaxed character of this densely pigeon populated square lives on.
There are food stalls, restaurants and shops galore, including the trendy Bijenkorf, Magna Plaza, Bonneterie and the Amsterdam Diamond Center.
Such is the popularity of Dam Square that you might even have to wait for a seat at one of the many cafes and bars.
Whatever the weather, there is always something going on here so expect lots of entertainment. 
In spring, there may be a carnival on or you can have a go on the colorful Ferris wheel. During summer months, mimes and other street performers come out to surprise unexpected onlookers.
Koninklijk Palace
The Royal Palace
But without doubt, of all the attractions in Dam Square – Koninklijk Palace is quite literally the jewel in the crown.
Koninklijk Palace in Amsterdam


The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.
The Koninklijk Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament.
Although no longer home to the Dutch Royal family, this grand 17th century Royal Palace is still used to hold official receptions presently. 
Hotel Krasnapolsky
Hotel Krasnapolsky


Opposite the Royal Palace you will see Hotel Krasnapolsky – a building of historical significance.
National Monument of Amsterdam
“Nationaal Monument op de Dam”
Looking on, the south side of Dam Square stands the controversially phallic National Monument of Amsterdam. Known also as “Nationaal Monument op de Dam”, it was erected in memory of Dutch soldiers and members of the resistance who died in World War 2.
Unveiled in 1956, the monument stores soil from all of Holland’s provinces as well as from the Dutch East Indies and if you go to the back of the obelisk tower, you’ll find the provinces’ crests.
Other must-sees in Dam Square are Madame Tussauds, the world famous wax works museum!
And also, there’s the Beurs van Berlage – which was the old Stock Exchange building, now used as a concert hall and exhibition space.
De Oude Kerk
The Old Church of Amsterdam
The Old Church of Amsterdam

De Oude Kerk is the Old Church of Amsterdam
A big and monumental church – The Old Church dominates over the Red Light District. Although originally built as a Catholic place of worship, today the Oude Kerk is one of the unique buildings expressing the national character of Dutch Protestantism. 
Through its exceptional architecture, high windows full of light, beautifully sculpted misericord in the choirs, impressive old granite gravestones on its floor, as well as through its unique history omnipresent in the building, the Old Church of Amsterdam symbolizes the tradition of old, and the present-day of  modern Amsterdam.
Standing in the church’s main entry, you will be amazed to see the coffee shop just left to it, windows with sex workers in front and the Princess Juliana Nursery School left right the church!
Contrast could not be bigger anywhere else!
The Amsterdam Dungeon
The Amsterdam Dungeon is a tourist attraction, mirroring The London Dungeon (in London) – which recreates various gory and macabre historical events in a gallows humor style aimed at younger audiences.
It uses a mixture of live actors, scare tactics, special effects and rides to spook you crazy!
Amsterdam has quite a sizable population of Chinese who have settled in.
That would probably account for the huge and beautifully designed Chinatown in Amsterdam.
Oriental City is a large Chinese restaurant on the corner of Oude Doelenstraat and Oudezijds Voorburgwal – at the entrance of the Red-light district. 
Next door is another Chinese restaurant called Golden Chopsticks.
Initially, I thought this was just another part of Oriental City but eventually realized it’s actually a separate restaurant.
These restaurants are situated right at the entrance to the Red-light district and apparently, this is Jackie Chan’s favorite place to dine! In fact…he has dined here several times and there’re many pictures of Jackie together with the owner, hanging on the walls of the restaurant!
Now…I really wonder what does Jackie Chan usually do, after he’s done eating his dinner…


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4 thoughts on “Netherlands – Dam Square ❃

  1. Great photos and place ; D

  2. The views are so refreshing 🙂

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