Tag: Dam Square

Demonstration ban at National Monument?

National Monument, Amsterdam The City of Amsterdam is considering a ban on demonstrations in the immediate vicinity of the National Monument onDam Square.

Reason for the possible ban is a recent demonstration in front of the monument by Sharia4Holland, a Muslim hate group that denounces democracy and promotes the introduction of Islamic law in the Netherlands.

Beursplein to get underground bicycle parking garage

Amsterdam bicycles The willy-nilly parking of bicycles on Dam Square, Beursplein and surrounding areas will soon be a thing of the past, as far as Amsterdam’s city planners are concerned.

The latest version of the city’s ‘Red Carpet’ project includes plans for an underground garage for 1100 bicycles, to be contructed at Beursplein.

Was Amsterdam named after a dam in the river Amstel?

Dam in the river Amstel Most tourist guides say that Amsterdam developed around a dam built in the river Amstel around 1270 AD, and that this dam which was located at present-day Dam Square — gave the city its name.

But historians say that decades earlier the small settlement in the Amstel delta was already known as ‘Aemsterdam’ or, alternatively, ‘Amstelredam.’

Screamer who caused Amsterdam panic stampede apologizes

The man whose scream caused a panicked stampede of a crowd gathered at Amsterdam’s Dam Square for the national Remembrance Day commemorations last Tuesday has apologized, his lawyer says.

“By crying out at the end of the two minutes of silence my client acted impulsively due to frustrations in his personal life as well as have imbibed an excessive amount of alcohol that day,” van Essen explains. “He could not have foreseen the consequences of his scream.”