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Royal Palace Amsterdam

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Address: Dam, 1012 RJ Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number:
+31 20 522 6161
10:00 - 17:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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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It's a beautiful building, not only on the outside but also the inside. The chandeliers, pictures and history behind all of it is impressive. You can get audio tour in your... read more

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Beirut, Lebanon
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Very nice place to visit. Extremely rich in History and culture. The outside is wonderful but wait until you get inside. A voice guide is available in several languages so that you may get an explanation of every room as well as the contents and decorative items in the Room. If you are a tourist searching for cultural and historical... More 

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It's a beautiful building, not only on the outside but also the inside. The chandeliers, pictures and history behind all of it is impressive. You can get audio tour in your language, so that you can hear the history of the room. However, it's not available to the public all year. If you like history and such things. Visit.

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Regina, Canada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Note that access is limited and there are large time periods that the palace is not available to the public. We walked up at 10:00 and there were about 10 people in line. Very quiet by Amsterdam standards (walked by a much longer line for the wax museum - something I will never understand the attraction of). The audio tour... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

You might stop in and walk through this old building that's been in the Dam Square part of Amsterdam. You can't notice it . It resembles a old building of Roma or JEWRUSALEM. I never really got to see much of the inside of the old palace but I enjoyed the architecture of this building .its gotten dirty and a... More 

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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you have time to ;spend you can visit Amsterdam Palace. Aults 10 Euros kids up to 18 free. I have seen much more impressive palaces around Europe. This is an average one, although well organized. The main Hall is the most impressive of all rooms.

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Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is an elegant palace, well kept, and where you learn a lot about the history of the Netherlands. I think it is a most while in Amsterdam.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The palace structure which located at the Dam Square, was observed to be un-washed and squeezed by the carnival booths from outside. If you have time, recommended to pay Euro 10 as entrance fee to view the internal function rooms and listen to the audio guide on the history and development of the Royal Family.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great palace to visit. It's furnished beautifully in the Empire style and served both as a city hall and later as a palace under Louis Napoleon's reign. The audio guide that comes with admission fee gives a very thorough introduction of the architecture, art and history. If you show up when the museum first opens at 10... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great way to get an idea of the history of the royal family in Amsterdam. You will see many of the rooms used for State visits. It is inexpensive and not terribly crowded. It can be seen in less than 2 hours and pairs well with a trip to Dam square and nearby shopping.

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It is an interesting building. The outside looks like a city hall (which it once was), but the inside is very opulent. It is basically some large amazing ceremonial rooms and a number of rooms decorated as bedrooms. The audio guide does a good job of explaining what the rooms were previously used for and how they were decorated. Reserving... More 

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