Visit the Royal Palace, the official reception venue for the royal family in Amsterdam

Located in the heart of the capital, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam is the official residence of Willem-Alexander, King of the Netherlands. Whilst no royal event is taking place, the palace is open to the public, much to the delight of tourists who want to get a taste of palace life.

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The history of the Royal Palace in Amsterdam

When the Royal Palace of Amsterdam was built in the 17th century, it was originally intended to house the city's town hall. This period is known as the Dutch Golden Age, and the architecture of the monument, designed by Jan van Campen, reflects the power and wealth of Amsterdam at the time. It was Louis Bonaparte, then King of Holland, who transformed the building into a palace in 1808. The furniture he installed is still used today at royal receptions. However, Bonaparte did not like it and temporarily turned the palace into the Royal Museum.

The interior of Amsterdam's Royal Palace.

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It is now almost 200 years since the Royal Palace of Amsterdam became the official reception venue for the Royal Family. It has welcomed heads of state from all over the world, hosted many royal weddings and witnessed several transfers of the throne. It is an inseparable monument to the history of the Netherlands.

Why visit the Royal Palace in Amsterdam?

The incredible architecture

The main hall of Amsterdam's Royal Palace.

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As you enter the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, you are immediately struck by its imposing size. The huge chandeliers, marble floors and majestic frescoes make us feel very small, not to mention the titanic statue of Atlas that dominates the main hall. During your visit, you will pass through the Citizens' Hall, the Tribunal Hall, the old Council Hall and even the Throne Hall.

Art and history

The interior of Amsterdam's Royal Palace.

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Amsterdam's Royal Palace is brimming withworks of art and artefacts from the Golden Age, with numerous paintings and sculptures by great 17th-century Dutch artists on display throughout the palace. These include paintings by Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck, pupils of Rembrandt, and the furniture left by Louis Bonaparte after his stay at the palace.

Temporary exhibitions are regularly held in the palace, more information can be found on the official website of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam.

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Practical information for the Royal Palace in Amsterdam

An important place for the royal family, the Royal Palace of Amsterdam is a must during your stay in the Netherlands. Allow about an hour for a visit to discover the most important parts of the monument and its luxurious decoration.

How do I get to the Royal Palace in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam's Royal Palace is located on Dam Square, the heart of the city, a 10-minute walk from Amsterdam-Centraal station.

Because of its location, it is very easy to get to by public transport: tram 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17 or 24 and metro 52 to Rokin station.

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Opening hours

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is open every day from 10am to 5pm.

Note: It may be closed in the event of ceremonies or events organised by the royal family - you can check the diary to see if it is open during your stay in Amsterdam.

Prices

  • Full price: £11
  • Under 18s: free
  • Students: £7.75

To find out all the prices and book your ticket online, visit the official website of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. You can also buy your ticket directly on site.

A few tips for your visit

  • To avoid the crowds, it is best to visit the museum at off-peak times, i.e. when it opens or at the end of the day.
  • Free audio guides are available.
  • Photography is permitted, but filming, tripods or selfie-sticks are prohibited.
  • Changing rooms are free and pushchairs are permitted.
  • The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is accessible to PRMs.
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