Category: Dam Square

A the center of the historical heart of Amsterdam, Dam Square is Holland’s best-known square.

It is a handy central location from which to explore Amsterdam’s medieval city centre.

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.

Was Amsterdam named after a 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.’