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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
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Reviewed 6 June 2018

This is a great church and very worth the visit and small fee to go up for the tower. You will climb some pretty crazy tight stairs to go up into the tower of this church that has a great view of the city and...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Nate080411
Reviewed 6 June 2018

Very open big square around this huge old church, lots of tourist things around so good place for souvenirs. Nice perspective.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Thomas V
Reviewed 2 June 2018

We decided this would be one of the first things we would do on arriving in Amsterdam to get a good birds eye view of the city and it didn’t disappoint! The church itself was closed due to Hemelvaartsdag public holiday that day but we...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank IvyFlood
Reviewed 30 May 2018

It is right next to Anne Frank, so stop by for a guided tour to the top. The guide also discussed the carillon towers and bells. If the bells are ringing, they are loud! The view is amazing from the top.

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank SFBayTravelSensei
Reviewed 27 May 2018

Interesting climb (steps, ladders) lead by a pleasant guide with stops along the way to learn about the tower and the bells. The view at the top is well worth the price! Get there early because they only take 6 people or so at a...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank queenlor
Reviewed 20 May 2018 via mobile

Fantastic church and the bell tower tour is great and gives superb views over city. The female tour guide was excellent and very knowledgable, a history student who was very enthusiastic about the church history and Amsterdam. Stumbled on this place by chance but really...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Knighty1884
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Stopped by here on the way to Dam Square. Unfortunately, it was closed because of a holiday (May 10). Rembrandt was buried here. Among the many churches I have visited in Europe, this one's exterior is typically Protestant: no ornate sculptures nor decorative touches. The...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank CanadianEagle747
Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

You can visit the tower for 8 € and it’s totally worth it! You have to buy the ticket in advance for a certain time. The tour takes about half an hour and there are just 6 people on every tour. The steps are quite...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Katha587
Reviewed 9 May 2018

The biggest church in Amsterdam that was built 1619 – 1631 and has been well maintained. Its claim to fame is that it is mentioned in Anne Frank's Diary but really it was nothing to look at.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank KatielouAustralia
Reviewed 11 April 2018

In Amsterdam you can find several churches that are quite a like the nieuwe kerk the oudekerk and the Westerkerk all have similar features. The Westerkerk in my opinion is the best one to demonstrate how the functioned.

Date of experience: March 2018
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mom2teens2015
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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
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Sorry, I just see this message today. I hope you enjoy your walk up the tower.
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