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West Church (Westerkerk)

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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020/624-7766
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Description: This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its high...
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.
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Climb to a spectacular view

Westerkerk is a lovely church next to Anna Frank’s house. Apart from the fact that Rembrandt is buried there the most interesting part is the tower, where you can climb up (for... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 11, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Westerkerk is a lovely church next to Anna Frank’s house. Apart from the fact that Rembrandt is buried there the most interesting part is the tower, where you can climb up (for €7.50) – if you are up to it. You’ll be guided up to about 42 metres (say 14 stories) on very narrow and steep stairs/ladders (but don’t worry,... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

It was hard for me to climb all those stairs with a leg-disability and I would not recommend it for people who are disabled or out of shape, but the view is well worth the effort. The guide was very knowledgable and entertaining. They do the tour in groups of no more than 6 people, and you only have half... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The view from the top is worth the narrow and very steep stairs going up. The history is fascinating, the bells so lovely. To think these are the bells that Anne Frank would have listened to from her hiding place in the canal side merchant's home next door, and to be there is powerful. The view is the absolute best... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

Bit scary if you don't like heights. Stairs narrow and steep. Guide well informed and provided interesting facts on the way up stopping at each level. Great views of Amsterdam from top and good photo opportunity. Church itself interesting and free to enter but there is a charge to go up the tower which is limited to 6 people at... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We didn't intend going into the church but you have to enter the main door to pay to go up the tower. We were very surprised at how beautiful and light the church was. We loved the 'Burning Bush' where we were able to light a candle and put our comments and prayers into a book.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Having lived in Amsterdam for over 4 years, we visited this beautiful church and venue for the yearly display of winning photographs in the World Press Photo exhibit. Frequent markets are around the structure that sells items from food to souvenirs. A nice visit when strolling around the canals of this beautiful city.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

I loved the tower tour!! Be aware that the way up comes at a price of 7.5 euro and some very steep and narrow staircase (veeerrryy steep). Also you won't be climbing all the way to the top.. only to the mid level of the tower, but still it's high enough to see everything! My tour was guided by a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Try and time your visit for when one of the markets is set up on the plein. It's an easy walk to from the Dam or Centraal Station. Tree lined streets surround the Westerkerk - all wonderful places to explore and get off the beaten track.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

The church has a nice interior and, unlike the New Church, did not charge to enter. There is a tower that is supposed to have a good view of the city, but there is a charge for access to it. All in all, having visited several Dutch churches, this was as nice as any.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Beautiful church, rather austere architecture and decoration in keeping with its Protestant faith. We were lucky enough to be there when the organist was practising, and also to get tickets for the tower climb (only 6 per tour so book early if you are keen). Stairs were steep and narrow, more like ladders at the top, but you are rewarded... More 

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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020/624-7766
Location: Europe  >  The Netherlands  >  North Holland Province  >  Amsterdam>  > Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)

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This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically significant as it is perennially popular. Whether you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast, shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get lost in a moody meander and a key component to any sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws include the Anne Frank House, the Bloemenmarkt floating flower market, an enviable assortment of independent boutiques along De Negen Straatjes, and of course all of Grachtengordel’s lovely canals and bridges.
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