Where is Amsterdam located

Places in the center of Amsterdam

Amsterdam has a diverse range of famous places, each with their own characteristics and peculiarities. There is a large selection of terraces, restaurants, pubs and shops at all places. The pitches are also easily accessible on foot, by bike or by public transport.


The Dam (Domplatz) is the historic center, a popular event location and, due to the many distinctive buildings, an important tourist attraction. When the weather is good, there are always different street performers here: musicians, jugglers, dancers, 'living' statues, etc. In addition, the Dam also used for various events such as the fun fair, national commemoration, and the traditional Christmas tree.

On the west side of the dam is the royal palace from 1655. On the north side is the luxury department store De Bijenkorf. From here you walk across the Damrak to the central station. On the northwest side you will find the exhibition space Nieuwe Kerk and the popular shopping street Nieuwendijk. On the south side you will find the Madame Tussauds wax museum and the famous Kalverstraat shopping street. On the east side of the square there are several restaurants, cafes, terraces and the luxurious 5-star Hotel Krasnapolsky. In front of the hotel is the National Monument, in memory of the Second World War. Behind the hotel is the famous red light district De Wallen.


The Leidseplein is a real entertainment area with numerous cafes, restaurants and theaters. The square is a meeting point for both tourists and residents of the city. There are also many street performers here. When the weather is good, the terraces are always very popular.

In the square, in a short walking distance, are the city theater, the De Balie, Bellevue and De La Mar theaters, the Paradiso and Melkweg music temples, the Sugar Factory and Jimmy Woo clubs, the famous The Bulldog coffee shop, a cinema and the like Holland Casino. In winter there is a temporary ice rink on the square every year. On the southwest side you will find the American Hotel, with the Hans Snoekfontein on the front. Opposite is the eye-catching deer building in which, among other things, the Apple Store is located.


At the Museumplein (Museumplatz) you will find three top museums. First, of course, the Rijksmuseum on the north side of the square. On the west side is the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum. Behind it is the upscale P.C. Hooftstraat, the House of Bols and Coster Diamonds. On the south side you will find the Koninklijk Concertgebouw.

Tourists and residents of Amsterdam use the place every day to relax and unwind. The grassy plains are ideal for football games, frisbee and picnics, while pétanque is played under the plane trees and around the basketball court. In addition, near the Rijksmuseum there is a pond with terraces on both sides and a museum shop. Furthermore, the Museuumplein regularly used for events, manifestations and festivals, such as the Uitmarkt and King's Day. The square is also used as an ice rink.


The Nieuwmarkt is a place in the "Chinatown" of Amsterdam on the southeast side of the red light district. There are historic buildings, many restaurants and a supermarket around the square. The Nieuwmarkt is very popular with the locals. There is a lot going on here, especially on the weekends. There is a daily market, an organic market on Saturday, and an antiques, curios and book market every Sunday in the summer months.

In the middle of the Nieuwmarkt stands the eye-catching De Waag building, the oldest secular building in Amsterdam. It was originally built in 1488 as part of the city walls that protected the city. Since then, the building has served many purposes: prison, weighbridge and museum. Today it is a restaurant where you can enjoy an excellent lunch or dinner.


The Rembrandtplein (Rembrandtplatz) and the adjacent one Thorbeckeplein are among the most famous entertainment districts of Amsterdam. The rectangular square is surrounded by the trendy clubs Studio 80 and Escape, as well as many cafés, coffee shops, good restaurants and sunny terraces.

On the north side you will find at the Amstel many brown cafés that uphold traditional Dutch music culture, including popular songs from the international song festival repertoire. During King's Day and Amsterdam Gay Pride, spontaneous folk festivals take place in and around these bars, and all of Amsterdam can let off steam. On the west side is the Reguliersdwarsstraat, one of the most important streets for the gays and lesbians, with new trendy gay bars and clubs, which shows why Amsterdam is finally being called the international gay capital. The Reguliersdwarsstraat is still one of the best exit streets from Amsterdam.


The Spui is a place between the Rokin and the Singles. Halfway there will be the Spui crossed by the Kalverstraat. The Spui Thanks to its central location, it is a nice place for a short break while shopping. There are also various affordable cafes and restaurants on the side streets, which makes it a popular meeting place among students. In addition, an extensive book market with around 25 booksellers takes place on the Spui every second Friday of the month, and there is an art market every Sunday (between March and December).

On the south side you will find the Oude Lutherse Kerk (old Lutheran church) and that Maagdenhuis from 1787. Opposite there is an entrance to the medieval beguinage.