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West Church (Westerkerk)

Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 624 7766
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This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its high tower (more than 245 feet high,) and is the site of Rembrandt's grave who was buried here in 1669.
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  • Average17%
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Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
+31 20 624 7766
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The setting of this location gave additional sparkle to a global event. Certainly different. Excellent location for a glamorous event although the food service was very slow due to limited facilities and no bar facilities were available. However, it was certainly the most amazing setting...More

Thank LouthExec
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Climb up 187 steps to experience the best view of Amsterdam. The young guides take up a group of no more than six people at a time to explain the process of building the church and the particularities related to it. When you reach the...More

Thank Jelena M
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Not for the faint of heart, people out of shape, or those afraid of tight spaces!! For 9€ you can climb the church tower for an unobstructed view of Amsterdam. True, the stair are narrow. True, there are a few 'loose' stairs. True, there are...More

1  Thank PostcardPassenger
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I did the tower tour. It was great! I was worried about the number of steps but you get to stop on your way up for facts from thr guide. It was interesting. And then the 360 degree view was nice. You see 2 canals...More

Thank cdandoy
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

THE best view of Amsterdam. After living in Amsterdam for more than 30 years, I decided to finally climb the stairs of the "Westerkerk". The view was awesome, Amsterdam at its best! 360 degrees view of downtown Amsterdam. The stairs are very narrow but you...More

Thank dogo61
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Westerkerk is situated next to Anne Frank House and T'smalle brown café. If you're in the area then it's a super place to visit. Walk up the Westerkerk tower for great views of Amsterdam

Thank BobbyGentry
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We stopped here because we are staying 2 blocks away. The interior is not very impressive - very bland in the reformation style. They have a tower tour which we did not choose to do.

Thank KB9MNN
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Famous as the church close to Anne Frank's hiding place--she liked the sound of the bells--the Westerkerk is interesting in its own right. The blue spire incorporating the Imperial Austrian crown is striking and the tallest church in the city, and inside there is a...More

1  Thank Sarah L
Reviewed 12 June 2017

Yes the church is sparse but the tour is well worth the 8 euro. Climbing the stairwell was very cool and each stop had a wonder story about the history and working of the bell tower. The culmination is the special views from the outdoor...More

1  Thank Jack C
Reviewed 4 June 2017

Definitely a must do. If stairs aren't good for you, this isn't for you. 30 min. guided tour to the top. The guide stops at every level and tells a little history. The stairs do get narrower as you get to the top. Loved it!

Thank heidi r
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1 April 2017|
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Response from 349Charles25 | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, I have no idea. The church is large, historic with many layers of subject matter. How long you spend depends on your interests. Most folks spend less than one hour, but if you are keen to understand the meaning of... More
28 March 2015|
Response from CheckGO | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I just see this message today. I hope you enjoy your walk up the tower.