The Damrak is an avenue and a partially filled canal in the center of Amsterdam, which links Amsterdam Centraal to the north and Dam Square to the south. This is the main street where people arriving at the station enter central Amsterdam. It is also one of two GVB tram routes from the station to the center, with lines 4, 9, 16 and 25 crossing it. It is also on the route of the North / South line (Amsterdam metro line) under construction between the existing metro station at Centraal Station and the new Rokin station.
The street was located on a rak (reach), a straight part of the Amstel river near a dam; hence the name. In the 19th century, part of it was filled. Because of the old stock exchange building, the monumental Beurs van Berlage, and several other buildings related to financial activities erected there in the early 20th century, the term "Damrak" became synonymous with the Amsterdam Stock Exchange by the same way that "Wall Street" is synonymous with the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.  The Beurs van Berlage now serves as a concert hall and exhibition. Today, the region is known for its restaurants, bars and tourist shops. Its canals also serve as an occupied area for river boats.
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