Dam Square

The church and the Royal Palace to the left The National Monument The Hotel Grand Krasknapolsky on Dam Square

Dam Square is situated in the historical centre of Amsterdam and is known locally as the Dam, it is a 10 minute walk from Grand Central Station. The royal palace is located on the square and is currently being renovated. Next to it is the 15th century Gothic church. In front of the excellent Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky stands the National Monument, a white stone pillar that was erected in 1956 in memory to the victims of the Second World War. During the year the Dam holds various funfairs and is a popular spot for New Year celebrations. A short distance beyond the Dam is the main red light district, de Wallen.

Below are some updated photos from 2010. The royal palace is undergoing some restoration work and covered in scaffold at present. The view from above the square is taken from Madame Tussauds.
Dam square Royal palace complete with scaffold View from Madame Tussauds