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West Church (Westerkerk)

Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
020/624-7766
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Ranked #71 of 303 attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals
Owner description: This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its high tower (more than 245 feet high,) and is the site of Rembrandt's grave who... more » Owner description: This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its high tower (more than 245 feet high,) and is the site of Rembrandt's grave who was buried here in 1669. « less
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

Even Anne Frank said that the sound of the bells of this church kept her sane,very close to Anne Frank house.view from the top is amazing.newly renovated and painted,well known landmark

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Constanta, Romania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

The guide gives you many info about everything. It was a nice experience to climb in tower and a panorama was beautiful

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

A large but modest church next to Anne Frank's house. You can apparently take a tour up into the tower but I wasn't able to do that. I will next time though. Such irony that a holy place is next to Anne Frank's house where people were betrayed and then later murdered.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

A lovely church next to Anne Frank's house. You can climb up to the tower with a guide for 7.50 euros and get incredible views right across Amsterdam. The guide was lovely and very interesting.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

The church itself is a typical 'plain' Protestant church, so much less decoration but it still feels lovely and the church organ is magnificent. Take a guided tower tour but be warned you need flat shoes and the stairs are very steep and narrow. The story of the bells and the carillon is very interesting. So too, the architecture of... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

The West church tower has to be one of the best places to visit. We walked over from our hotel and arriving at 2pm found we could not enter until 3.30pm. Visits are limited to 6 persons at a time and each visit takes 30 minutes. However there is no need to kick your heels for 90 minutes. Take a... More

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Amsterdam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

It is a protestant church, not really big and the interior is quite modern. The candleholder is not antique one but modern artistic. Most of the visitor are tourists. The atmosphere is not like a real church. Well, the pipe organ is beautiful. The tower is very famous and for € 7,50 you'll enjoy the view of the centre of... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

In order to climb up the bell tower, you must join the guided tour. Tours take place every 30 minutes and can only accommodate 6 people at one time. There are approximately 500 steps to get to the balcony area. The first storey is accessed through a very steep and narrow spiral staircase. From then on, you have to climb... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

Nice guys here. The stairs are tough for anyone with fear of heights but otherwise this is a relatively cheap and easy way to spend a half hour and see some Amsterdam history. I'd recommend doing this one. Great opportunity for photos up top!

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Cheshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Tough climb - really is up and down so not suitable if not fir or suffer from vertigi. views good once up there. you will need to book as only 6 persons go up at a time, we had to wait for 45 mins so just time to go for a coffee first. You go up with a guide who... More

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