Squares of Amsterdam
There are several well known squares in Amsterdam. Each of them has its own typical characteristics. Know what to expect as you walk from one square to another.
Dam Square is the very center of Amsterdam. One side of the square is home to street artists and scores of pigeons. On the other side you’ll notice a great white statue. This is the National Monument, which is the most important monument for the commemoration of World War II in the Netherlands. Each year on May 4 at 8.00 p.m. the Remembrance of the Dead takes place here.
Bars, restaurants, outdoor cafes, coffeeshops and clubs. Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square) is one of Amsterdam’s best-known entertainment areas. During the day you can pass the time people-watching and listening to street performers in one of the many outdoor cafés. At night you Rembrandtplein becomes a clubbing zone.
Leidseplein (Leidse Square) is a real hot spot. Cinemas, discos, theaters and a casino are located right on the square or within easy walking distance. The square boasts music temples ‘De Melkweg’ (The Milky Way) and ‘Paradiso’, and clubs ‘Sugar Factory’ and ‘Jimmy Woo’s’. For theater you can visit the ‘Stadsschouwburg’ (City Theatre).
Museumplein (Museum Square) owes its name to the many museums located on this square. The Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, Stedelijk Museum and Coster Diamonds are all located here. The square is also used for festivals, demonstrations and other mass events.
Behind the Stopera, a combination of the opera house and city hall of Amsterdam, lies Waterlooplein (Waterloo Square). This Square has a flea market where you can find anything. The market is open every day of the week, except for Sundays and national holidays.