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Amsterdam Dam Square Live Stream
Amsterdam has surprisingly few live webcams.
One of the most popular live streams covers the famous Dam square.
The Dam1 is named after a dam in the river Amstel.
Among other things you’ll see the Royal Palace, the monument honoring those who died during WW II, the ‘New Church,’ and the iconic Bijenkorf warehouse.
As for the New Church, check out how to tell apart Amsterdam’s Old Side and the (older) New Side.
Watch Amsterdam after Curfew
In the ongoing fight against the coronavirus the Netherlands is currently under a curfew. From 21:00 until 4:40 CET (9 pm until 4:30 am) nobody is allowed to be outside. [Check the current time and date in Amsterdam]
There are a few exceptions, such as essential personnel (law enforcement, medical workers, et cetera). People may also walk their dogs.
But for the most part you’ll see the streets and squares of Amsterdam emptier than you’ll ever get to see them in person.
Webcam: Damrak and Amsterdam Stock Exchange
The Amsterdam Stock Exchange (AEX), now known as Euronext Amsterdam, is the world’s oldest stock exchange still in use today.
It was set up in 1602, after the establishment of the Dutch East India Company.
This live webcam shows the current stock exchange building at Beursplein. (‘beurs’ = bourse) Also shown is the Bijenkorf warehouse, and a portion on Damrak — the main street between Amsterdam Central Station and Dam Square.
Amsterdam River IJ and Central Station Webcam
See those ferries sailing back and forth? They connect Amsterdam North (at the left of the screen) with the rest of Amsterdam. You can ride them free of charge, as often as you like. Mind you, that’s a lot more fun to do when the weather is nice and sunny than it is during the cold months.
Webcam: Singel Canal
The Singel Hotel‘s live webcam shows a section of the Singel canal at which it is located.
You’ll see 18th and 19th century houses, as well as lots of houseboats.
One of those houseboats is in use as a cat shelter — the famous Poezenboot (Cat Boat). It is home to multiple dozens of cats waiting to be adopted. It’s the boat with a bit of green siding.
On the bridge to the right you can spot the backside of the renowned Stubbe’s Haring (herring) cart. Herring is arguably the most popular street food in the Netherlands. If you like sushi, you’ll love herring. When in Amsterdam, you just have to try it.More about the canals of Amsterdam
Zaanse Schans Windmills and Open Air Museum Village live stream
Just outside Amsterdam is de Zaanse Schans tourist attraction: an open air museum village with a row of working windmills. This photogenic place makes for a nice excursion.
This is a living village. The distinctive green, wooden 18th and 19th century houses are occupied. (Imagine having 6000+ tourists a day trying to peer into your living room).
You can visit the windmills to see how mustard seeds are ground, how pain pigments are produced, or how logs are sawn utilizing wind power.
Elsewhere in the village you can see blocks of wood transformed into clogs. And (speaking from experience) you can feast on tremendously delicious pancakes.
Underwater Bicycle Parking Garage
Not nearly as picturesque, perhaps, but something typical of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. As the saying goes, “God created the world, but the Dutch created the Netherlands.” Nearly 26% of the country falls below sea level, and about 50% of the land is just a little over 3 feet above sea level.
We’ve learned to live with water — and to use it to our advantage.
Amsterdam Central Station has been a construction zone for years now. It started with the building of the Noord/Zuid metro line, and continued with various projects in an around the station.
The webcam live-streams the construction of an underwater parking garage that will provide space for 7.000 bicycles. See how the area looked before construction started, and what it will eventually look like.
- Amsterdammers say ‘duh damm’ – with the a as in father, but shorter. Plein (square) is not added. Oh, and people who use ‘The Dam’ as a nickname for Amsterdam are clueless. ↩
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