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West Church (Westerkerk)

Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
020/624-7766
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Ranked #45 of 246 Attractions in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
Owner description: This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its...
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Type: Churches/ Cathedrals, Cultural
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.
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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Nice little church at Amsterdam. The church is free, it cost 6 Euro to have a guided tour to the bell tower. It is worth the climb to learn about the history of the tower. The tower is not very high and there are many resting place going up. However, you need to be fit to go up the very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We had heard a lit about the wonderful view from the tower, but we were especially surprised at the interesting details inside this lovely old church. The organs were particularly impressive as was the information about Rembrandt's connection. Part of the beauty is in the relative simplicity.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The church itself is a bit plain. However we booked the tower tour and it was well worth it. It's the tallest church tower in Amsterdam and has great views over the city. Our tour guide was very informative and we were lucky enough to choose a tour where the bell organ player was in residence and he allowed us... More 

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

The price of the tour was 7.50 euros and the tour lasted around 45 minutes. You can buy the tickets from inside the church and can only buy them on the day. My boyfriend and I booked a few hours in advance. The tour is done in groups of six. The tour is in English. The tour guide was informative... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Westerkerk Church is recognised from then outside by the Westertoren (tower) which is the highest church tower in Amsterdam. Tickets can be purchased inside the church to climb the tower (€7.50 in 2014). The church itself was not that impressive. Its main claim to fame was being the burial place of Rembrandt Van Rijn, although his exact burial position was... More 

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London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Tours are every half an hour and only take six people so had to book and wait for an hour - excellent guide and great view from the top.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 via mobile

Wherever you are in Amsterdam chances are you can see West Church. Use it as a landmark for Anne Frank house or a canal tour or being 5 minutes from Dam Square. If you have time take a tour around the church and explore this great building.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

It is an amazing and well worth experience. the view from the top of the tower is amazing. all of Amsterdam is spread in-front of you. The tour itself is interesting and even if you are not interested - it is worth the view from the top!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

Amsterdam is full of lovely churches, but the Westerkerk ticks all the boxes for me. It's free and open most of the day, and it comes with a comprehensive tour up the tower. A great way to spent the afternoon.

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Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Beautiful church next to the Anne Frank house. Take the tour and climb to the top of the tower, amazing views and if timed correctly you can watch the bells to the church played at the top of the tower. Great experience.

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