The recently restored Dam square (above) is where the Amstel dam was located, which gave Amsterdam it’s name. The square is used for official events, festivals, concerts, and an occasional market. The Royal Palace, the Niewe Kerk, Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky, De Bijenkorf – a department store, all face the square. In the center of the Dam is a monument to Holland’s WWII dead. It’s a good place to get your bearings or hang out for a bit and watch the city go by.
There’s much to explore in this area and the many streets leading… Continue reading