TripAtEurope.com suggest you a free self walking tour around Amsterdam City.
- Start your walking tour at the (2) Amsterdam Central Station. This beautiful building was designed by Pierre Cuypers and A. L. van Gendt. It first opened in 1889 and features a roof span of approximately 40 metres fabricated in cast iron.
- Walk through (3) Danmark Street and see the Beurs van Berlage building.It was designed as a commodity exchange by architect Hendrik Petrus Berlage and constructed between 1896 and 1903. The term “Damrak” has come to be a synonym for the Amsterdam Stock Exchange. It is now used as a venue for concerts, exhibitions and conferences. Today, the area is known for its restaurants, bars, and (4) currency exchanges. Its canals serve as a busy area for canal boats, as well.
- To the end of Danmark Street you will find the (5) Dam Square, which also marks the endpoint of the other well-travelled streets Nieuwendijk, Kalverstraat and Damstraat. On the west end of the square is the neoclassical Royal Palace. Beside it are the 15th-century Gothic Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and the Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum.
- Then walk through front of the Royal Palace to Kalverstraat Street and see to your right the (6) De Papegaai Church a lesser of the two parochial churches in the St Nicholas Roman Catholic parish in Amsterdam. The church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Paul. It is nicknamed “De Papegaai” (The Parrot) because it was originally hidden in a garden behind a regular house front that belonged to a bird-trader in the days when Catholicism could not be practised publicly.
- Then turn right after to the (7) Amsterdam Museum which is a museum about the history of Amsterdam and (7) Civic Guard Gallery which managed by the Amsterdam Museum gallery of the old portraits of wealthy Amsterdam citizens, is free an easily accessible.
- Next to the Amsterdam Museum is the (8) Begijnhof, which is one of the oldest inner courts in the city of Amsterdam. A group of historic buildings, mostly private dwellings, centre on it. As the name suggests, it was originally a Béguinage. Today it is also the site of the English Reformed Church.
- Walk through the Begijnhof area and reach the (9) Spui Square. The Spui is a popular destination for book-lovers, with a weekly book market on Fridays and a variety of bookstores on or near the square, including two shops dedicated to English-language literature. There is also a weekly art market on the Spui, every Sunday.
- Then turn left after Spui square to Kalverstraat again and walk until you find Muntplein square. In the busy Muntplein square where the Amstel river and the Singel canal meet it stands the (10) Mint Tower (“Coin Tower”) or Munt. The tower was originally part of the Regulierspoort, one of the main gates in Amsterdam’s medieval city wall.
- Proceed west Singel Street and find the (11) Floating Flower Market &Singel Canal. The Singel flower market is one of Amsterdam’s most colourful attractions. The small shops are located inside a row of floating barges a holdover from the days when flowers arrived in Amsterdam every day from the countryside by boat. To the end of the Floating Flower market find (12) Koningsplein square. It has become a meeting place for the local community.
- Then turn left again after the Koningsplein square and ahead to (13) Leidsestraat, a busy Amsterdam shopping street (14), located between the Place Royale and the Leidseplein and crosses the Herengracht , the Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht (the canal).
- Walk through the Leidsestraat find the (15) Leidseplein square. The Leidseplein is one of the busiest centres for nightlife in the city. Historically, the square was the end of the road from Leiden, and served as a parking lot for horse-drawn traffic. Today, modern traffic travels through the square and side streets are packed with restaurants and nightclubs.
- Finally served yourself a coffee to the Leidseplein square if you like or return back to the Central station.
Private Walking Tours: Amsterdam City Walking Tour
Get an insider’s view of Amsterdam on this morning walking tour, the perfect way to experience the city’s must-see sights away from the crowds. Stroll along Amsterdam’s enchanting canals, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, and see top Amsterdam attractions including the Anne Frank House, the Royal Palace, Dam Square, the Rembrandt House Museum and the notorious Red Light District. Numbers are limited to twelve people on this small-group tour, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your expert local guide.Meet your guide in Dam Square to start your morning walking tour of Amsterdam.
Amsterdam Major Squares
The Dam Square
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Type: Crossing Area
Location: Den Wallen
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