An iconic city square

Chances are you already know Dam Square pretty well. The main square of the Dutch capital is the site of national celebrations and is surrounded by important historical buildings. The most popular shopping streets connect to it, and one of Amsterdam's main arteries runs right through it - The Dam.

But is it obvious why Dam Square looks the way it does? We often take the main square, which stretches from the National Monument to the Royal Palace, for granted. But in reality, it is one of the most changeable city squares in Europe.

Did you know that the Krasnapolsky Hotel was not originally located on Dam Square? That no fewer than 14 houses were demolished for the construction of the Peek & Cloppenburg? Or that the Royal Palace architect never saw his creation completed? Discover all this and much more during this guided tour.

During the tour, an architect or architectural historian from Architour will take you on a walk around Dam Square. You will hear all about the history of the square, the buildings over the centuries, the architects who were involved and the challenges that this large, busy city square still presents us with.

This walk starts and ends in front of the Koninklijke Industrieele Groote Club.



  • 11:00-12:00 (English)
  • 12:00-13:00 (Dutch)

Practical information

  • Limited capacity of 15 persons per tour
  • Registration required: Unfortunately this event is fully booked. 
  • Minimum age: 12 years
  • Language: Dutch & English
  • Price: free access