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Haunted Amsterdam

By Philippa Burne, UK, September 2012

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The Dutch might be the least superstitious people on earth, but in a city as old and full of history as Amsterdam, there’s bound to be some ghosts haunting the place and sure enough there are.

The center of Amsterdam, where so many happy people go to party, has one of the darkest histories of the whole city. Dam Square was once the place for hangings and witch burnings. During the time of the Spanish Inquisition of the 16th century around 16,000 people were burned at the stake, beheaded or hanged either for witchcraft or offending the Catholic Church in some way. Surely some of them are now restless souls wandering the historic center of Amsterdam.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Amsterdam Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Amsterdam.

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