Dam, Amsterdam, 1001 AM
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Expert review of Koninklijk Paleis
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.
7.50 euros; students, children aged 5-16 and those over 65, 6.50 euros; under 5s free.
More information on Koninklijk Paleis:
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- 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.