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“royal palace”(629 reviews)
All roads lead to Dam Square, the real heart of Amsterdam, where The Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the War Memorial overlook this vast and bustling open space.
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Dam Square, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Red Light District (De Wallen)
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 21 February 2006

I've just returned from a 3 day break to amsterdam and am counting down the weeks and days until my next visit! i was a little optomistic about going to amsterdam after all the stories i heard about the red light area and drug pushers...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 20 August 2005

Mind you, my review of Amsterdam as a whole is a 5-star experience! But Dam square is not! I see only 2 reviews here listed under "Dam Square" but neither review focuses on Dam Square. Dam Square is filthy with litter! I saw more white...More

22  Thank ToddWebb
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Reviewed today via mobile

I would not bother with a visit here. It was dirty, crowded, full of tourist trap shops. There was an Animal Rights demonstration when we were there. The department store was the only redeeming thing about this area.

Thank kategchicago
Reviewed yesterday

It can be very busy so we went early in the morning. Its a great start to go exploring as it is the centre for going off different streets to explore

Thank MariaL1470
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Always street entertainment in the square. Plenty of attractions, bar, restaurants and shopping close by. Sit and relax and watch the world go by.

Thank robl75
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This large square although not particularly attractive in itself, has the fine royal palace as its highlight. From here shops, restaurants and bars radiate out. The square is busy most times of day, I found the atmosphere to be friendly though. Somewhere you will pass...More

Thank Andythebaggie
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I found some good sovenir shops, cheese shops here along with huge shopping centers and monuments. It's also close to some good breakfast places like Pancake bakery.

Thank Allivan
Reviewed 2 days ago

An important meeting place in front of the Royal Palace and a chance to take a break from all of that sightseeing. Lovely on a bright sunny day.

Thank raymondpearce83
Reviewed 3 days ago

This square is worth seeing along with the church. The square had a lot of activities going on while we were there. Glad we mate the stop.

Thank Donny W
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is where everything is happening. There are a lot of people. Lots of shops. Lots of food. Be mindful of going down the smaller alleyways/sidewalks. They will lead you to very nice areas again with quaint shops/restaurants etc.

Thank Debra R
Reviewed 3 days ago

Dam Square is small in size compare to others European cities. There are lots of restaurants, bars, coffee shops on the streets that leads to the Dam Square. The main road from the Centraal Station reaches at the Dam Square.

Thank Movarip
Reviewed 3 days ago

dam square is iconic, its a popular lively place full of attractions and a great meet up place when in amsterdam

Thank marionhalligan
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Red Light District (De Wallen)
To visit Amsterdam and not explore De Wallen (the
Dutch name for this area) or to go only to gawk at its
saucier aspects would mean missing the opportunity to
view some of the city’s most picturesque canals,
historic landmarks, and impeccably presented examples
of traditional local architecture – not to mention
Amsterdam’s own Chinatown, Europe’s largest Buddhist
temple and more local treasures. Sure, there are some
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23 July 2018|
Response from MrsPiper | Reviewed this property |
The palace is right on the square. We didn't go in so not sure which door but there were staff around who could assist you.
15 July 2018|
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Response from VondaV | Reviewed this property |
No, I am not aware of any. If you type in Indonesian restaurants in Amsterdam, you can see if any come up.
13 December 2017|
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Response from dazlious | Reviewed this property |
Today, there was a small (around 20 places) christmas market with ice skating next to the „i amsterdam“ sign. Hope that helps