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From bars and bicycles to cafes and erotic entertainment, you can find it all on this picturesque main street of Amsterdam.
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Damrak 56, 1012 LL Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 February 2015

Most tourists will arrive at Schipol airport, then catch a train into Zentaal station, then walk into Old Amsterdam, at least half of them will walk down this road within the first few minutes of walking out of the station. To me this was my...More

3  Thank Theycallitmadness
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Reviewed 10 October 2013

Ok, dear tourist, welcome...as a local, this is probably the first street you see if you arrive by train at Amsterdam CS (tip 1: do not take a taxi there, you will be seriously overcharged, ..so take a tram). Well, it is also the ugliest...More

7  Thank LivefromAmsterdam
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So, on our first day in Amsterdam, walked up here from Central station to check out Dam Square. It's like a pilgrimage walk for all Amsterdam newbies. Just worth going through there once so you end up seeing the monument, palace ..? Super full and...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Damrak being the busy section between Centraal Station to Dam Square is always flooded with people. There are many shops and typical Dutch houses on both sides. Quite a good photo-taking spot along the area.

Reviewed 1 October 2018

A short walk from Centraal station to Damrak where you find many of the tour companies,souvenir shops,great little cafes,restaurants,take aways and you will eventually hit Dam Square.Whilst walking down Damrak on the right hand side if you go down one of the lanes you will...More

Thank Geoffrey Y
Reviewed 30 September 2018

Like any compact city with a dense population ratio, Amsterdam, especially the Damrak area is filled with people, residents and tourists alike. According to our museum guide, the bicycling tourists are the ones who were a danger to the walkers-visitors and residents alike because they...More

Thank GhenTravelbug
Reviewed 22 September 2018 via mobile

A very busy spot, but if you’re unsure of what to see / do next, follow the waves of people weaving in and out of shops/ restaurants/ side roads .. Relax next to the canal, or even take a canal boat tour !

Thank Charlottelawrence
Reviewed 19 September 2018

...if you follow it from Central Station it will lead you to Dam Square, which also was uninspiring..... Everything looked grey (even though the Stock Exchange was brick), and it even felt like New Amsterdam (New York City), except for the fact that there were...More

Thank differentname
Reviewed 12 September 2018

I do believe that this is the main area in Amsterdam. Jam pack with people and shops of every type. Love it!

Thank AChee74
Reviewed 2 September 2018

If you visit Amsterdam you will spend time on this street, which leads from Centraal Station. Extremely busy. Plenty of things to see and do here. Heaps of restaurants and cafes, but maybe try to find somewhere to eat that is a little less crowded...More

Thank Randall K
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Dutch people are very friendly and relaxed. To get the best confirmation of this perception, a visit to Damrak will perfectly fit and is therefore highly recommended.

Thank BoThi
Reviewed 19 August 2018

The main street leading through the heart of the city from Centraal Station, this is where you’ll find all the touristy shops including tour companies, photo places and several museums. It is lined with hotels, bars and eateries and eventually leads you directly to Dam...More

Thank The_Concierge_8
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Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of
tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists
and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the
best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe.
Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops
of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones
Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods
such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring
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Response from Roger S | Reviewed this property |
No, avoid it like the plague, there is nothing to see and its not particularly nice, in fact its grotty. If she is a young teenager get to the Jordaan area for Anne Frank's house and canal trips etc and if she is old enough... More