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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.
Suggested duration: < 1 hour
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Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 624 7766
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This very large church looms on the horizon in a part of town of squares and canals, so you can get a good perspective. Good for photos. Lots of tourists around.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 1 week ago

Although rather empty inside, still a very interesting church which is now protestant and used by royals for ceremonies. Memento for Rembrandt who is buried here. Westerkerk also social centre for the Jordan area and an icon for the inhabitan. Sometimes possible to climb the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank werdlerswereld
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The tour to the top of the bell tower is definitely worth it. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and you have a great view to take pictures of the city.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David F
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

For a Protestant church this is a really nice one! It was built in the early 17th century. One of the attractions is the tomb of Rembrandt and members of his family, as well as other famous personalities. Also the church is near the house...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Dimitris L
Reviewed 19 January 2019

This church is truly worth visiting, heated in the wintertime. The organ history is well documented.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ManadoJeremy
Reviewed 14 January 2019 via mobile

On a sunny and rainy day, this visit was a quiet pause in a long day’s walk. White ceiling and lots of wood. No elaborate gold and marble here unlike Rome or Florence. A apparently needing €20 000 a year to maintain. Free to enter...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank greg924
Reviewed 11 January 2019 via mobile

Seeing the Westerkerk from afar emblazoned with a 30-foot pride flag immediately piqued our interest and we knew we had to visit. The inside is muted and sober in accordance with its Calvinist tradition - helps to read up on this before you go. You’re...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank sturian
Reviewed 7 January 2019

This is a typical church of Amsterdam. It's located in a very central and touristy place close to the Anne Frank House so you can combine both.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Vasw-George
Reviewed 6 January 2019

The ringing bells are the best part. Anne Frank could hear them from where she was hiding (where there is now an Anne Frank museum). The interior is very simple and Protestant. Don't come looking for stained windows. The church is still in use and...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank misanthropicdreamer
Reviewed 31 December 2018

We went up the tower, it was easy to book on the day we visited. very helpful staff, warning the steps are very steep though!

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank RStork
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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
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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
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.