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“A palace with a difference”

Royal Palace Amsterdam
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Ranked #40 of 532 things to do in Amsterdam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Baby buggy parking, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 14 October 2013 via mobile

We r used to visit palaces all over Europe. However, this palace was something different. Only one floor is open to public but visit will still take you between 1 hr to 1.5 hrs.
Unlike other palaces, the gardens of the palace, if available, are not accessible to the public. Moreover, the setup is more of a public town hall rather then palace...the reason being it was so for a good number of decades ... What is interesting is that bedrooms are still used when a head of state visits the royal family ....

Thank Fawwarakid
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

This was the Amsterdam city hall. It is only used as a palace for ceremonial functions.

It is people friendly. Long line at ticket counter. Only one person on busy day. Why do holders of a Dutch Museum card have to stand in that line?

The last straw.... all hand carried items must be checked at the cloakroom. Another long line. And you have to stand in the same line to retrieve your article.

It might be worth a visit but not worth the aggravation.

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Reviewed 5 October 2013

This was my second visit to the Palace. First time was last year when they had an exhibition about Napoleon and the palace. The time the exhibition was about the Palace and Dam Square. I was a bit disappointed this time, because the exhibition was very minimal. The video they show about the history and functions of the Palace and the square was quite good though.

The Palace itself has a nice main hall with a statue of Atlas with the world on his shoulder en some nice rooms. Audio tour is free and gives some nice information.
Keep an eye on what exhibition is going on and go when there is something that interests you. The one about Napoleon was very interesting.

Thank AnnaNLCH
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Reviewed 30 September 2013

went here with my boyfriend and we really enjoyed it! the palace was so beautiful and was so lovely to walk around! was a lovely tourist attraction and would go and look around again when i go back to amsterdam

Thank Poppy B
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Reviewed 20 September 2013

The outside of the building looked a little like a mausoleum, but the inside is the single most beautiful building I have seen in my life.
The Central Hall of the Palace is awe-inspiringly beautiful and is worth the visit just to see the Central Hall.
At the entrance visitors pick up a handset that acts as a tour guide, which weaves a fascinating history of the Palace, Dam Square & Amsterdam, explaining how they are each connected to each other.
There is also a 10 minute cinema inside the Gallery which is equally as informative.
Finally there are staff in each room who can be asked questions, and like all Dutch people are very oblidging and helpful

Thank Paul W
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