Fodor's Expert Review Damrak
This unavoidable street leading up to Centraal Station is lined with a tawdry assortment of shops, hotels, and tourist traps–-it's a shame, because behind the neon signs are some examples of lovely Dutch architecture. Damrak and its extension, Rokin, were once the Amstel River, bustling with activity, the piers loaded with fish and other cargo en route to the weigh house at the Dam. They were filled in 1845 and 1883, respectively, and now the only open water that remains is a patch in front of the station that provides mooring for tour boats. Fortunately, the future of the street looks rosy as the renovation and upgrade of Damrak, part of the so-called Red Carpet project, is scheduled for completion in 2019.