NileGuide Expert Says:
Most Picturesque Square
Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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NileGuide Expert tip:
One of the small streets leading away from Nieuwmarkt to the Red Light District is called "Bloedstraat" or "Blood Street". Because Nieuwmarkt used to be the location of public executions, the blood would mix with the frequent rain and trickle down this gentle slope.
Nieuwmarkt is a square that borders on many of Amsterdam's famous attractions, including the Red Light District and the Zeedijk (Amsterdam's Chinatown). The square is lined with café's, coffeeshops and bars and is a great place to grab a drink in the evening or a bite during the day. Many of the buildings around the square have interesting histories; the small café' "De Fontayn" on the Eastern side of the square was the city's most luxurious brothel in the 1800s.