Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
Sure, Madame Tussauds wax museum is overpriced and cheesy, but its focus on local culture makes it fun: 'meet' the Dutch royals,...
Commissioned as a town hall in 1648, this building became a palace in the 19th century. After recent renovations the interiors gleam,...
The Nieuwe Kerk, is a historical stage for Dutch coronations. The 15th-century, late-Gothic basilica is only ‘new’ in relation to the...
De Drie Fleschjes
Behind the Nieuwe Kerk, the distiller Bootz' tasting room dates from 1650. It is dominated by 52 vats that are rented out to businesses...
Rob Wigboldus Vishandel
A wee three-table oasis in the midst of surrounding tourist tat, this fish shop in a tiny alley serves excellent herring sandwiches on a...
The square is the very spot where Amsterdam was founded around 1270. Today pigeons, tourists, buskers and the occasional Ferris-wheel-dotted fair take over the grounds. It's still a national gathering spot and if there's a major speech or demonstration it's held here.
Long before it hosted fun and games, the square was split into sections called Vissersdam, a fish market where the Bijenkorf department store now stands, and Vijgendam, probably named for the figs and other exotic fruits unloaded from ships. Various markets and events have been held here through the ages, including executions – you can still see holes on the front of the Royal Palace where the wooden gallows were affixed.