Koninklijk Paleis

Address: Dam, Amsterdam, 1001 AM, The Netherlands
Telephone: 020 620 4060

- Mid-range


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.

Value for money

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.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Mature travellers
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Education