Koninklijk Paleis

Price guide: Mid-range

Dam, Amsterdam, 1001 AM

Price guide: Mid-range

Koninklijk Paleis
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#14 of 20
expert-rated things to do in Amsterdam
Expert overall rating:4.2 out of 5
Value for money:
Recommended for:
Couples, Culture vultures, First-time travellers, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Education

Expert review of Koninklijk Paleis

Reopened in 2009 after major renovation, the Royal Palace has an awesomely opulent interior.

Built in the mid-17th century on 13,659 wooden piles, the grandiose edifice on Dam Square was hailed as the eighth wonder of the world. It started life as the city hall, but became the Royal Palace in the early 19th century. When Queen Beatrix is not using the palace to host formal receptions and state visits, you can visit - and you should. With giant chandeliers, marble fireplaces, floor-to-ceiling paintings and fine Empire furniture, the set of rooms on show are stunning - not least the grandiose Citizen's Hall, a vast, vaulted space beneath a coffered and painted ceiling.

Price advice: 

 7.50 euros; students, children aged 5-16 and those over 65, 6.50 euros; under 5s free.

Expert tips: 
Pick up a detailed free booklet, in English, on the renovation of the palace. The audio tour is free, too.

More information on Koninklijk Paleis:

Price guide:
Historic site, Landmark / monument
Dam, Amsterdam, 1001 AM
020 620 4060
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Noon-5pm, daily July and August, Tue-Sun rest of year. However, the palace is closed to the general public on certain weeks throughout the year - check the website for details.

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