Dam Square

Enter your dates to find available activities

Dam Square: Tours & Tickets

Dam Square: Our most recommended tours and activities

Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

1. Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

Visit famous sites of Amsterdam downtown and get an overview of the city on this 2.5-hour walking tour dedicated to culture and history. Profit from tips every adventurous traveler needs to know and make the best of your trip. Find out which food you should taste and which districts can be discovered independently by bike. Listen to your guide telling you which architectural designs were popular in the past and get an idea of the people of Amsterdam. Hear stories about how merchants, salesmen and the poor used to live in the Middle Ages, why the world of art blossomed in the Golden Era, how World War II has changed the people of the city and what it feels like to live in the tolerant, multicultural city today. Start your tour in the heart of the city at Dam Square, where Amsterdam was founded. The tour leads you past the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the New Church Nieuwe Kerk and past the former main post office, to Torensluis Bridge. See one of the tiniest houses of the city and learn more about the colonial times at the statue of Multatuli on Torensluis Bridge.  Stroll past romantic canal-side houses and cross Spui Square to get to the pearl of Amsterdam — Begijnhof. With its entrance hidden in a narrow side street, this very special hofje is waiting for you to be discovered. On the way back to Dam Square you will see the river that the city owes its name to: the Amstel. The city tour ends at the national monument that was originally built to remember the victims of World War II, but is now a memorial to all victims who lost their lives in any war worldwide.

Amsterdam Royal Palace: Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

2. Amsterdam Royal Palace: Entrance Ticket and Audio Guide

Enter the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and explore the regal building with an audio guide in your chosen language. Learn the history of the 17th-century monument, still used for state visits, award ceremonies and other royal receptions to this day. Admire masterpieces of art from the Dutch Golden Age and see sculptures by artists such as Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck. Walk through the vast marble chamber of the Citizens' Hall and see notable features such as the statue of Atlas with the sky on his shoulders.

Amsterdam's Weirdest Museum: Believe It or Not!

3. Amsterdam's Weirdest Museum: Believe It or Not!

Go on a journey of discovery at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Amsterdam and enter Ripley's Pop Culture Gallery to see a collection of amazing art made of bizarre and unusual materials. Admire a Bugatti carved out of wood and a 7-meter long robot made of car parts. Discover curiosities from ancient cultures. See real shrunken heads from the Amazon and an authentic spacesuit from Russia. There's even a miniature version of the Bible that was carried on board Apollo 14. Take photos of remarkable people from around the world and come face to face with the 2.7-meter tall Robert Wadlow. Gasp in awe at the "Lizard Man" who underwent body modification to look like a real lizard. You are also invited to immerse yourself in Dutch culture. Enter a replica of a traditional windmill or crawl into a piece of cheese! Bring your imagination to life in the themed rooms and see what Amsterdam would look under water. Learn more about the music scene in this amazing city, all at Ripley's Believe It or Not! Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

4. Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

Discover infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub. Begin this tour in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city in either a shared, public, or small group. Start with a walk around the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and tell you about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Hear stories about famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' mandje. You also get the opportunity to take a look inside. Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, peep shows, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Here, you will find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Your guide will tell you what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District, liberal laws, and many interesting facts about sex work in Amsterdam. Then, walk to Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub.

From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

5. From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

With this 1-day electric scooter rental, you get to decide what time you’ll start out, when and where you’ll stop and how long you’ll spend at the numerous attractions. Before you start the activity you get instructions from an instructor and have a test run. After that, you can go off on your own (not in a group). Your route starts in Landsmeer, a small village just above Amsterdam. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi, car, or bus to get to the starting point from Amsterdam. After a cup of coffee or tea and an explanation of the navigation app routiq, head out to discover the beautiful countryside. With your scooter rental, you’ll get a digital route to the Zaanse Schans, with its traditional Dutch houses and windmills.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

6. From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a full-day tour from Brussels and learn the history of the city from an English-speaking guide. Discover where the city was founded in the 13th century on Dam Square and admire the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and Royal Palace. Venture into the oldest part of Amsterdam to see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and wander the infamous streets of the Red Light District. Continue to De Waag to look at the remains of the medieval wall, and then go into the Jewish Quarter where Rembrandt once lived. End at the flower market, and get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Discover the famous coffee shops or try some local cheese.

Amsterdam: Haunted Stories City Exploration Game

7. Amsterdam: Haunted Stories City Exploration Game

Play a game while touring Amsterdam at your own pace. Enjoy a story about the dark forces that wish to turn back the clock in this liberal and progressive city. Imagine you return to your hotel after drinking, but your friends have gone missing. Discover that this goes beyond anything you have ever experienced, even beyond the grave. As the story unfolds the exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location Start at Hotel Prins Hendrik and immerse yourself in 2 to 2.5 hours of gameplay. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Save your data by playing offline. Finish triumphantly at Westerkerk. Compete with groups or play on your own, as one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group, so the group can download and play the city game on their phone.

Amsterdam: Magic Show

8. Amsterdam: Magic Show

Marvel as 7 international award-winning magicians perform tricks in 7 different styles before your eyes at the acclaimed Amsterdam Magic Show. Located just a 5-minute walk from Anne Frank's house and a 10-minute walk from Dam Square, the 1920s-era cabaret theater is situated in the historic Jordaan area. Walk into a secret oasis and be enveloped by its intimate ambiance.  Then, journey into a world of magic, mystery and merriment, and see pre-show tricks performed before your eyes as you take your seats for the 2-part performance. Get ready for 105 minutes of pure entertainment (with intermission) as the lights dim and the host announces the first stage act. Experience the skills of Zippo, champion of magic, and watch a unique style of mystery performed by Rico Weeland. Discover the magical talents of Arthur Gerards, a fresh-faced youngster with age-old powers. Laugh out loud at the comedy act of "Fritz with a Z," known around the world for his TV appearances and the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Prepare to have your mind bent by Slovenian wizard Aljaz Son, and welcome special guests from all around the globe.

Amsterdam: Culinary Cultural Tour

9. Amsterdam: Culinary Cultural Tour

Munch on some classic Dutch snacks and take in the charm of the Grachtengordel and the Jordaan District on this culinary cultural tour of Amsterdam. Start your tour checking out the Royal Palace, National Monument, and Nieuwe Park. Stroll Admire the charming Grachtengordel and the Jordaan District. Learn about the landmarks and the local history over some herring or a stroopwafel and coffee.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

10. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a humorous 1.5-hour tour with a German guide. Learn how much on average a prostitute earns per night, how many customers they have per shift and which sexual acts pay the largest sums. Choose between two options: a small-group tour with maximum 4 people that goes right into the center of the Red Light District and visits a peepshow; or a tour that tells the story of the Red Light District, visits some of its highlights, and explores other famous hotspots in Chinatown and the harbor.  You can also choose to have a private guide on the small-group tour. Small-Group Red Light District Tour and Peepshow Enter the heart of the red light district with a maximum group of 4 people plus your guide. The 1.5-hour tour highlights all the positive as well as negative aspects of the Amsterdam Red Light District. From the National Monument on Dam Square go to Warmoestraat, one of the most famous gay streets in Amsterdam. Pass the Condomerie, a condom store that specializes in all kinds of rubbers, then go further into the heart of the district to the Prostitution Information Center (PIC). Former prostitutes are dedicated to educational work at the information center and are trying to dispel prejudices about prostitution. Directly opposite lies the Old Church (Oude Kerk), the oldest church in Amsterdam and probably the only church in the world which is surrounded by prostitution. The special situation of the Old Church helped enforce its great wealth, because sinners of the night felt obliged to wash their contaminated souls clean through a generous donation or "sin tax". Around the square the church is surrounded by a row of windows flooded by red lights revealing attractive, scantily-clad women. Discover more about the process of negotiations between customers and prostitutes, about their income and expenses, prices, room rental and taxes, but also about the women's security. Past Amsterdam's first commercial coffeeshop, the city tour leads to a peepshow from the 70's. The visit to the peepshow is a small highlight of the tour. The peepshow was once the most popular establishment of the entire district, today it is a nostalgic gem in a street of absurd sex shows. Red Light District Highlights, Harbor, and Chinatown Tour Visit selected highlights of the Red Light District and beyond in a group of maximum 15 people. Discover the district’s rich history with your guide and get the full insight into the prostitution industry.  Learn details about how customers and sex workers negotiate, how much they earn, how room rental and taxes work, and the women’s security.  See the most popular spots, including De Dam, the Condomerie, and Warmoestraat. You will also be able to see the famous red-lit windows from a distance before exploring the vibrant LGBTQ+ scene on the nearby Zeedijk street in Chinatown.  Dive into the Red Light District’s origins and visit the harbor, the reason the red light district came about. Catch a photo opportunity in front of the “dancing houses,” one of the most-photographed spots in Amsterdam. Pass by a typical coffee shop and continue to Nieuwmarkt, a lively square with lots of inviting bars. Get a glimpse into the street full of sex theaters.  Equip yourself with recommendations from your guide on how to keep exploring the Red Light District at your own pace. Get tips on visiting a 70s peepshow, which you can experience on your own after the tour.

Other Sightseeing Options in Dam Square

Want to discover all there is to do in Dam Square? Click here for a full list.

What people are saying about Dam Square

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 7,702 reviews

Wonderful walking tour , our guide was informative , friendly and knowledgeable. We walked to areas that we had not discovered

Guido was an excellent guide who gave us all an understanding of the history and workings of the city's most notorious region.

Chantal war ein super Guide mit großem Wissen und Spaß an der Arbeit. 2,5 h vergingen wie im Flug. Thorsten und Karla Kircheis

A lovely visit to the Royal Palace. Very interesting history and exhibits. A must for visitors.

Our tour guide, Pedro, was friendly, knowledgeable and made the tour enjoyable.