Running from Amsterdam Central railway station to Dam Square, The Damrak is often called the "Red Carpet" of Amsterdam. For it is the first site, in all its bustling glory, that visitors see when they exit the train.
The Damrak, as the center of the city, is a bustling thoroughfare, filled with souvenir shops, hotels, and restaurants. Two famous buildings also make their home here: the Beurs van Berlage (the former stock exchange) and the famous mall, the Bijenkorf. From the station, the street ends at Dam Square, site of events and demonstrations of all kinds.
The Damrak is the original mouth of the Amstel River - rak being a reach, or straight stretch of water. In the 19th century, the canal was filled in, except for the canal-boat docks on the east side. Before you reach the Stock Exchange you’ll see a body of water. This is all that remains of the erstwhile harbor. The gabled houses backing onto the water are among the town’s most picturesque. Nowadays the water is home to some of Amsterdam’s many canal tour boat operators.
The Damrak is the main street where people arriving at the station enter the center of Amsterdam. Many trams and trains stop and depart here, as well as in Dam Square, enabling you to access all parts of the city.
Tours & Tickets
There is no better way to see Amsterdam than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Amsterdam attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such ... Read more
Combine two of Amsterdam’s top highlights: a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped canal boat, and entrance to Amsterdam’s Xtracold Icebar, where ... Read more
Get an eye-opening look at Amsterdam on this 2.5-hour walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. Trace more than 800 years of history, culture and ... Read more
Duration: 2.5 - 3.5 hours
Admire Amsterdam’s historical harbor, known in Dutch as ‘IJ’, on this 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise. Sit back and absorb the views as you glide past Amsterdam ... Read more
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)