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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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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

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

Thank Jack C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Close proximity to the Ann Frank house. Tram stop is Westermarket. I had a lot of ancestors that were baptized here, so I wanted to see.

Thank John W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Go along early to buy your tickets for the tour of the tower. The tours only take 6 people at a time and they get booked up quickly (there are no tours on a Sunday). The staff are very friendly and informative. It is a...More

Thank Richdh1966
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked a tower tour. Groups of six with a very good guide with excellent English. Lovely views from the balcony and an insight into the bell ringers' job. We also enjoyed the carillon which plays every Tuesday lunchtime

Thank NorthIsRobyn
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having just popped in here to dodge the rain whilst waiting for our time slot for anne Frank haus we were pleasantly surprised. Although we never got to climb the tower we still managed to have a good look around the downstairs absorbing all the...More

Thank James J
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The church interior is spare, like many others in Amsterdam. The tower climb, though, is what makes this an excellent destination in my book. In comparison to the tower climb at the Oude Kerk, if you had to do only one - do this one....More

Thank vichy
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Lovely church in Central Amsterdam just around the corner from the Anne Frank House. Church opens at 11am but tours to the top of belfry open at 10. Tours are for a max of 6 people and they run every half hour for 8 eu....More

Thank 67TravelBug67
Reviewed 9 May 2017

Most of the churches in Amsterdam are not that impressive, but this one sure is. Right near the Ann Frank House, it is a landmark that can be seen from several canals away. Take a few minutes to stop and look inside.

Thank HI_McDunnough
Reviewed 4 May 2017

This church has a great location, by the canal and is the most important Protestant church in the city. Also, has got a bell tower, that is, the Westerkerk Tower, which is the real pride of Amsterdam, a symbol of the city. We climbed the...More

Thank Oleg Y
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How long should I allow to best experience this church?
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
Will the tower be open on Tuesday 31st March?
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.