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“An Interesting Museum on Dam Square” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Royal Palace Amsterdam

Royal Palace Amsterdam
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US$21.40*
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Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour
Ranked #40 of 482 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: Baby buggy parking, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
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“An Interesting Museum on Dam Square”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2013

This "Palace" (actually the Town Hall) is a grand example of the wealth of the city at one point. Although the exterior has a certain box-like appearance, I found the detail quite interesting. The inside is quite elaborate and you can easily understand how Napoleon turned this into a staely residence for his brother that he made King of Holland. It is still opulent enogh that it gets used as sleeping quarters for visiting heads of state.

Visited October 2013
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“Felt like a tourist trap”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2013

Was really looking forward to visiting the Royal Palace and planned the day around this visit (as you need to check online before going as it is not opened to the public everyday and can be closed often).

Anyway, after queing up and paying the 10 euro entrance fee and then queing some more to place bags in a cloakroom we had a quick wander around the gift shop and then looked at the one room that's accessible downstairs before heading upstairs to the main hall. The hall is stunning and the highlight of this experience, but unfortunately it goes downhill from here. Other than the hall you have partial access to this one floor of the building - you can walk around a few rooms that all look the same (rugs, fancy chandeliers, tables and chairs - I couldn't even tell you the difference from one room to the next).

Most of the rooms however you are not allowed access to and instead the door is open with a glass screen preventing you from walking inside, so it means 5 people are crowded around each door frame trying to get a peek of the next chandelier and table and chair set. So, after 'seeing' about ten rooms (none of any interest other than some fancy chandeliers) you're left walking round in cirlces thinking 'surely this isn't it??' (I walked around in a circle at least twice because I just couldn't believe I had paid 10 euros for a 25 minute experience).

So all in all a huge disappointment for me, maybe my expectations were too high before going, who knows, but what I do know is that I arrrived at 1pm and left at 1.25pm and felt that I had been conned. There was no information, no signs or route to take around the palace (if you paid extra for the audio tour i'm sure this would have told you more, I'm just glad I wasn't stung for even more money). For all I know some of the tables and chairs I saw were hundreds of years old and of great historical significance - not that I'd know though as there was no signage or information.

All in all, give this one a miss as it's a complete waste of time and just a tourist trap. Other than seeing the hall, everything else was a massive disappointment and not value for money.

Visited October 2013
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“Not Exciting”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2013

The Royal Palace looks a little like a government building. It was one of the least favorite spots on our London trip.

Visited November 2012
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“A palace with a difference”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 ....

Visited October 2013
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“NOT the palace for the current royal family”
2 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited October 2013
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