Amsterdam’s Street Performers

Amsterdam is one of the most popular destinations in Europe, the world. There’s much to see and do in the city, but between all the landmarks you’ll find another city attraction – the street performers. Local talents gathers on the squares and corners in the tourist quarter and put on quite a show.

The town’s main spots – Dam, Leidseplein, Vondelpark, Rembrandtplein in particular – are always abuzz with activity.  And there’s always a variety on display, from human statues, jugglers, musicians, fire-eaters, dancers and many more. Dam square in particular is very active during the day. As tourists make their way to and from the Royal Palace, many stop to pose with the human statues.

Half the fun is in watching the various social interactions: cops and performers; performers and paying viewers; performers and non-paying photographers; performers and children. Each interaction brings about a different reaction. And then there are the small gaps in time when the performers take a break or wind up for the day, when they drop the act and pull off their masks for a sip of drink and a chat, or when they pack up their gear and ride away.

What do you think of the street performers in Amsterdam? Did you find them entertaining or tiresome?