In the thirteenth century the river Amstel was damed and a city was formed. It was here in Dam Square at the heart of the city that this momentous event occurred. In the intervening 800 years, the square has become a major tourist draw and is now thronged with visitors from all over the world.
The star attraction here is the Royal Palace, covered in a separate journal entry, but even if that isn't open, and it usually isn't, there is still plenty to do here. The square is surrounded by overpriced street cafe-bars, and tacky souvenir shops, buskers and hawkers vie for the tourist dollars and old fashioned horse-drawn carts take the tourists for a ride.
There is a branch of the famous ...Read More