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Royal Palace Amsterdam

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Centrum
As featured in 3 Days in Amsterdam and 5 other guides
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Address: Dam, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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+31 20 522 6161
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10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The Royal Palace Amsterdam is in use by the Dutch Royal House. Most of the...

The Royal Palace Amsterdam is in use by the Dutch Royal House. Most of the year, the Royal Palace is alsof open for visitors. You are welcome to discover the rich history and interior of this magnificent building in the heart of Amsterdam. Visitors are welcome to discover the building's rich past and legacies left by it's successive occupants - as Amsterdam's Town Hall for 150 years, the French Royal and Imperial Palace for 5 years and the Palace of the House of Orange for the past two centuries. The Royal Palace was built in the seventeenth century as the Town Hall of Amsterdam, after a design by Jacob van Campen. It's paintings and sculptures were made by some of the most distinguished artists of the time and allude to the city's influence and prosperity in the Dutch Golden Age. In 1808 Louis Napoleon, brother of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, became King of Holland and converted the Town Hall into a Palace. The superb collection of Empire furniture, clocks and chandeliers date from that period. The collection of Empire furniture is one of the best preserved and most complete collections in the world. The rooms in the Palace are decorated with artworks from the collection of the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust. Many paintings show the various members of the family of Orange-Nassau

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Although the Palace didn't look that great to us from the outside it was quite a pleasant visit and we were glad that we did visit it. The internal rooms and displays are really... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Big construction, good architecture, but the place is old and need some treatment to be conserved. =(

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Although the Palace didn't look that great to us from the outside it was quite a pleasant visit and we were glad that we did visit it. The internal rooms and displays are really quite good and the audio guide provides a good explanation of the history of the palace and a little about the monarchy as well.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Although we did not have time to go inside the palace, we admired it from outside many times whilst passing through Dam Square. It's such a beautiful building and it looked really interesting on the inside from what we could see. I'd love to go back and see it properly but it's definitely worth seeing even if just to admire... More 

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Munich, Germany
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The royal palace is trully among my favorite places in Amsterdam. You can either buy your ticket in advance online or at the counter, this place is not packed compared to Van Gogh museum or Anne Frank's house...The ticket price is 10€ and gives you a free audio-guide. The main "room" if I may say is just stunning and you... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

we experienced the change of guard at the front of the palace and the back of the palace. it was exciting as the royals were in residence and we watched as the traffic was stopped as they went past with their entourage

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a great place to visit if you enjoy architecture, history and royalty. The Palace is truly huge and has different displays showing. It is also used for accommodation for visiting heads of state.

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Portland, Oregon, United States
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Royal Palace, which started out as the City Hall, has exquisite interior design and furnishings. It was much more interesting than we anticipated and we are so glad we made time for it. The headset provides an informative stop by stop tour of the building with descriptions at each stop and the ability to learn more if you wish.... More 

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Perth, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the first time I visited the Royal Palace even though I am Dutch by birth. I was amazed and it made me feel proud of Dutch achievements. The decorations in the Palace are stunning and the audiotour was free and very informative.

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Bethpage, New York
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Audio guide allows you to go at your own pace. Some of the rooms you can only peer into so they can get crowded waiting for your turn to peak in but most of the rooms you can go in to. I didn't know much about Dutch royalty so I learned some things.

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Coolum Beach, Australia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Noticed most reviews give this Royal Palace top marks. On an overpriced tour I give this Palace a big below average factor. Maybe because I have travelled extensively and have visited many other Palaces this place was so lacklustre. On one floor only we saw grand rooms but I certainly didn't have a wow moment. On top of this the... More 

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Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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