We proceed on to De Oude Kerk (The Old Church) after returning from Zaanse Schans. It was originally built as a Catholic church but taken over by Dutch Protestant reformers. The reformers simplified the large interior and destroyed most Catholic ornamentation in it. The simplification presents a very spacious and different feel to the usual decoration seen in Catholic churches. Its unique location in the Red Light District may raise some eyebrows. But nevertheless, De Oude Kerk impresses with its vaulted wooden ceiling, organ and flooring.
Another unique thing to Amsterdam is the Hop-On Hop-Off Canal Bus. That’s totally different from the iconic red buses circling the major attractions in other major cities.
Then we had our lunch at a random restaurant near Dam Square.
The Dam Square is in the historical centre of Amsterdam. It was initially built to prevent flooding and to link the settlements on both sides of River Amstel. That’s also how Amsterdam derives its name from Amstel and Dam. The city grew while Dam Square remains as the important core area. The bustling place is now home to Royal Palace, major commercial buildings and plenty of bicycles.
The unassuming-looking Royal Palace is one of the three Palaces used by the Dutch Royals for official events and receptions.
Other notable buildings include Madame Tussauds, de Bijenkorf, De Nieuwe Kerk and the nearby Magna Plaza. Not forgetting the abundance of souvenir shops, cafés and restaurants around.
Dam Square is a logical gathering spot for both locals and tourists alike. And it’s also where the street performers carry out their acts.
In addition, we also went to check out Ann Frank House and the I Amsterdam sign.