Start your tours in Amsterdam at the Dam Square, prior to exploring the offbeat attractions the Red Light District has to offer for tourists. A stroll in the public square is a must for visitors to have made it to the city capital for the first or the umpteenth time all thanks to monuments here alongside other areas of interest.
The National Monument
This 1956 WWII monument on the Dam Square is the venue of the Remembrance Day commemorations in the Netherlands, which is held on May 4 each year to honor the Dutch war veterans. Above the relief in the center of the monument is a statue of a woman holding her child with doves flying around representing victory, liberation, and peace.
Investiture ceremonies of Queen Juliana, Queen Wilhelmina, and Queen Beatrix took place in this church turn museum. The 15th Century Church was constructed to reduce the dense population at the Oude Kerk or the Old Church. The New Church on the Dam Square has ceased to operate and now exhibits concerts or organ recitals featuring musical organs.
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
The famous wax museum found in London in 1970 has a footprint in fewer cities and Amsterdam is one of them. It is the main attraction nearby the royal palace on the Dam Square, which you may want to visit when on tours in Amsterdam for a place among the celebrities. It will be fun for your kids, especially to see the wax figures of DJ Tiesto, Queen Beatrix, and Barack Obama, to name three.
This is one of the 3 palatial homes of Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. It is also known as Royal Palace of Amsterdam situated adjacent to Nieuwe Kerk on the Dam Square. It was reopened in late 2000’s following renovation works. The royal palace is used for official ceremonies as used by Dutch Royal House although it is open for visits most of the year except for when royal events take place there. Discover its interiors and rich history when on an Amsterdam tour.
This department store at a corner of Dam Square and Damrak square is one of its several other branches in the Netherlands. If you want to shop something, this is the place to be in while on a tour to the Dutch capital.