In any tour itinerary that takes you around Amsterdam, the famous dam square is going to be the first stop, in most cases. However, there are quite a many in the Dutch Capital city that says much about the concern of the people here for ages to set a common place like that of a plein or in other words the squares. The following are the most popular squares that you might have confronted about in your Amsterdam private tours.
The picturesque square set in the heart of the city is more like an icon to the Dutch Capital. As they are located adjacent to the Central Station, one could find large crowds moving down from the shopping streets of Damrak. Furthermore, they are perfectly at the center of the remarkable historic monuments in all the sides, namely, Nieuwe Kerk and Royal Palace to the west and National Monument to the east.
Otherwise known as Mint Square, the spot was named in remembrance of Munttoren and its 17th-century classic architecture. The remarkable tower rises over one of the most visited intersections of the city. However, people do stop occasionally to cherish its beauty. The stalls of the popular Bloemenmarkt stretch down a canal on the square’s western side. Some sober attractions of Waterlooplein and clubs and bars of Rembrandtplein are also nearby the Mint Square.
Being one of the most vibrant entertainment districts of Amsterdam, the square of Leidseplein is always packed. The square is actually culminated by the historic Leidestraat. Quite many acclaimed artists around the globe perform concerts in the music venues of the street. One can also fill their tummy by dinning at any of the restaurant lines in the side of the square. Diverse seasons of Amsterdam can be best experienced from Leidseplein, as it would be covered in snow in the winter and set foot in the café terraces in the summer.
Bibliophiles can have a great time in the square, as they would get to visit many major bookstores ranging from American Book Center to Athenaeum. If you are lucky enough to visit the square on Fridays, you may get into the world of books and antiques, as a used book market would take over the place. The bookish atmosphere is circumvented by several literary cafes.
The statue of the patrolling Dutch master makes them different from the Leidseplein that is lined along with numerous bars, cafes, and clubs. An interactive video screen is displayed on one side of the square, which is controlled by phones equipped with Bluetooth. Moreover, the glorious architectural landmark of PathéTuchinski cinema is close to the plein that is visited regularly by cinema buffs.
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