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West Church (Westerkerk)

Prinsengracht 279-281, Amsterdam 1016, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
020/624-7766
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Ranked #65 of 298 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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Austin Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
20 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Beautiful church, The view is the best. Interesting part of the city. Not for people who can not climb stairs.

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Cairns, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I got to the Westerkerk right as the desk for the tower climb opened, so I was lucky enough to be able to go straight up with the first tour rather than booking my place on a later one. The price is a bit high for what you get (7-7.50E, from memory), but if, like me, you like to get... More

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Disney World, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

The church is beautiful & old,very nice tour is offered to climb to the top,it was an amazing climb,steep stairs & a bit challenging but well worth the effort,the price was 10 euros so it's also affordable,the tour guide was engaging & informative & took questions & explained in detail,the church still operates as a church so during services &... More

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

For 7 euros you can climb the tour and get a full 360 view of the whole of Amsterdam. This is my fav place to take visitors as it only takes 30 minutes and people always love the perspective they get from the top. Key is to nip in and book a time slot at the beginning of the day... More

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KINGS LYNN
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

It is free to visit the church which is ok but quite small. we paid the 7.5 euros each to climb the tower. It is a difficult climb up steep steps and several wooden ladders. The young lady who was our guide informative and the views from the top(well actually 1/2 way up) were very good. The tour lasted about... More

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New York City, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

This is one of the most important churches in Amsterdam and because of which the crowd is always huge and to get in you have to sign way before to be part of the tour group. The church is the burial ground of rembrandt and his son titus and along with that the church in itself is a beautiful masterpiece... More

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Barcelona, Spain
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The church is beautiful but along with it holds a lot of historical significances. It is this church where Rembrandt is buried along with his son titus. The church also happens to be close to Anne frank museum and it is said that Anne frank could see the church tower from her house which is understandable considering the proximity of... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

We didn't go into the church itself - this is a review of the bell tower. You only get to go halfway up, but they only tell you that AFTER you've paid your money and have walked up the first few feet to the first floor. I think this is a poor show, as anyone would naturally assume that a... More

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Worcester
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

A living church. Rembrandts burial place. Great features : the organ, the burning bush, the impressive height.

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Duluth, Georgia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

Climbing the bell tower will give you the best views of the city. We found it worth the 30 min climb up and down. Be aware you only go up half way up tower.

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