Westerkerk

Address: Prinsengracht 281, Amsterdam, 1016 GW, The Netherlands
Telephone: 020 624 7766

- Mid-range

4

The best views of the city are from the tower of Amsterdam's most famous church.

Rembrandt was buried in this handsome, 17th-century Protestant church, but no one knows exactly where his remains ended up. To be honest, the interior is unembellished and on the dull side. The chief reason to come is to climb the 186 steps up the 85-metre high tower, for a superlative 360-degree panoramic view over the canal houses of western Amsterdam.

Value for money
4
90%

Price advice

Free to enter the church. To climb the tower costs 6 euros (children must be aged 6 or over).

Expert tips

The church's carillon (tuned bells) are played from noon to 1pm every Tuesday.

Free organ recitals normally take place on Fridays at 1pm.

With only six people a time taken up the tower, tours get booked up. There are no phone bookings. On busy days - such as weekends in summer - your best bet is to get there a little before 10am, take an early tour, or book one for later.

Recommended for

  • Backpackers / Students
  • Couples
  • Culture vultures
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery

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