Dam square, located in the center of Amsterdam is plain, humble and beautiful! The historically significant square is the meeting point for hundreds of people every day, reminding us of Berlin’s Alexanderplatz! From one side, it is graced by the Royal Palace’s imposing presence, while on the other side by the sculpture dedicated to the Dutch soldiers of WWII. In the surrounding area you can find lots of restaurants, cafés, clothing stores, the Madame Tussauds Museum (not better than London’s), the Peek & Cloppenburg and De Bijenkorf malls, as well as Nieuwe Kerk. Every now and then, lots of festivals and events take place, so it’s highly unlikely that you find it empty. It’s obviously more vigorous during the day, but is also worth visiting at night, as it gets more special in the way the buildings and the surrounding spots are “dressed” under the floodlights!
Suggested visit time: 40 minutes-1 hour
The know it all says: The Palace’s 22,000m² are supported by 13,659 wooden poles!