Category: Streets & Squares

Dam Square, Amsterdam

Dam Square (De Dam) is Amsterdam’s historic main city square, it is also the symbolic center of the Netherlands.

Dam Square is the primary location for official events, celebrations, protests, and national commemorations.

Amsterdammers typically try to avoid the square, but if you – as a tourist – skip Dam Square, you have not really seen Amsterdam.

Begijnhof – Amsterdam Beguinage

Founded sometime in the 14th century for the Beguines, members of a lay Catholic sisterhood, the Begijnhof is one of Amsterdam’s oldest inner courtyards — and one of the city’s best known landmarks.

Even taking into account the effects of mass tourism, the Begijnhof remains for the most part a haven of peace and tranquility in the busy center of medieval Amsterdam.

Muntplein

Muntplein and Munt Tower in Amsterdam De Munt is not the type of square where you sit down at a terrace and enjoy the scenery. It is a busy junction sporting a never-ending jumble of cars, trams, bikes and people.

It is a good place from which to explore the Flower Market, nearby Rembrandtplein, or the Kalverstraat shopping district.