The Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) in Amsterdam is the imposing building found on Dam Square next to the Nieuwe Kerk and is regularly open to public visitors.
The building was designed by Jacob van Campen (1596-1657) and opened in 1655 as Amsterdam’s Town Hall. It was proclaimed the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World’ reflecting the confidence and status of the city during the Golden Age period.
In 1808 it became an imperial palace and brief residence of Louis Bonaparte (the brother of Napoleon) who had been installed as King of the Netherlands. In 1813 the Palace was taken over by Prince William of Orange and remains in use by the Dutch royal house to this day – for official functions and state visits. A major renovation took place between 2005 and 2009.
When not in official use the palace is open to the public – it is worthy of a visit just to see the Citizen’s Hall (Burgerzaal). This 30m high room is particularly striking as the sunlight streams in from the windows. It has marble floors inlaid with maps of the western and eastern hemispheres and also contains some great sculptures by Artus Quellijn and paintings from the likes of Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck.
A number of smaller rooms around the Citizen’s Hall are open for visit which contain much of the original furniture from Napoleon’s period.
A free hand-held audio tour provides insight and is available in 8 languages – Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. There is also a children’s audio available in Dutch and English.
Guided group tours can be arranged for a fee.
Royal Palace Amsterdam Essential Info
|Opening Times||Almost daily 1000-1700, it is recommended you check the calendar here if planning a visit as it can be temporarily closed for various events.|
|Admission Prices (2019)||Entry costs €10 for adults. Free entry for children 0-17 and Museumcard holders.|
|Getting There||The Royal Palace is located on Dam Square – in the centre of Amsterdam, and just 10 minutes walk from central station.|
Royal Palace Amsterdam, Dam, Amsterdam
T: +31(0)20 522 6161, paleisamsterdam.nl