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Royal Palace Amsterdam

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Address: Dam, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +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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Huge building

It's a huge old building right on the square. There is also a nice church right next door. The building and its history are quite interesting. Very well worth the time.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

It's a huge old building right on the square. There is also a nice church right next door. The building and its history are quite interesting. Very well worth the time.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was fun. Great to see a palace that is still in use as a palace by the royals and has so much history. I couldn't stop looking at the chandeliers. I'm really glad we took the time to tour this place

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I unfortunately did not get the opportunity to go in, but the outside is so beautiful and grand. Located right in Dam square, the location is fabulous and a great meeting point.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very easy to see from the city square close to the downtown area of Amsterdam Its worth a quick picture or two then move on.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It costs 10 euro to tour the Royal Palace and the audio tour is included. I went first thing in the morning and was one of the first visitors. Everyone was very kind and helpful! I loved exploring the rooms and learning about the history of the royal family. I thought this was a nice balance to all of the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

So much history and a good overview of the history of Amsterdam. Beautiful artifacts and great commentary

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are into palace, this is one to see. Large. Steps & walking. Self guided. Excellent location. May 2015.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Most amazing building. Beautiful architecture and great location. Didn't go inside but from the outside it is wonderful

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful piece of architecture, looks lovely both in the day and the evening. A lot of history behind the building too

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I used to go to Amsterdam every week and this place was always nice to see. There are sometimes shows around there and I could take amazing pics around there.

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Centrum
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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