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“Very Interesting Place”

Royal Palace Amsterdam
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Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour
Ranked #37 of 501 things to do in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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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: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Baby buggy parking
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“Very Interesting Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2013

If you are in Amsterdam, you should not forget to visit this place. It is huge and there is a free tour. You will learn a lot about the history of the place.

Visited June 2013
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“More of an elaborate town hall than palace”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2013

This was the first place we visited with our Museumcards....so free entry as such. We took the audio tour which made it more interesting. It is still used for occasions for visiting heads of state to stay at and is quite grand. It tok us about an hour and a half to see it properly. Worth a visit

Visited November 2013
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“Impressive history”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2013

Spacious and beautiful, do able in little over an hour, centrally located, free audio tour. Learn a lot about the cities rulers.

Visited October 2013
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“Keep an eye on the time!!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2013 via mobile

Great place full of history but we got kicked out rather unceremoniously as they closed relatively early. Happy to take our money with no mention of closing times. A last admission time would be good as it would give an idea of how much time is roughly required to get around. Didn't manage to see half of the place so give yourself plenty of time. Shame really, as the bits we did see looked impressive.

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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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