Dam and Nieuwmarkt area

Home to the (in)famous Red Light District (De Wallen), the area around the Dam and Nieuwmarkt is the oldest part of the city.
A stone’s throw away from Amsterdam’s central station lays the Dam, a square constructed between two dikes in the 13th century as a necessity to prevent the Zuiderzee from washing over the city. It has long been a central gathering place for everyone – from hippies in the 1960s to street performers, tourists, and pigeons today. The large cobblestones quare hosts famous sights like the Royal Palace, De Nieuwe Kerk and the Nationa lMonument