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West Church (Westerkerk)

Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Jordaan)
020/624-7766
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Ranked #65 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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Birmingham, England
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I've been wanting to climb the bell tower for years and finally mananged to! Only cameras are allowed up on the walk so your bags are locked away. There are six people on each tour plus the guide and it takes around 30 minutes. This tour is not for those who would have difficulty in small spaces or find it... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

For 7.5 euros this is a chance to get a great view out over Amsterdam - on a good day you can see out to Amsterdam Arena and over the IJ and the canals are beautiful below. I'm writing as a non too fit 50-something and I didn't find it too stressful getting up - it gets narrow but the... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was unexpectedly the first thing we did in Amsterdam. The guide was so knowledgeable about the building of the tower and its use. He was able to explain about the construction of the tower and the problems with having the tower on land that was on pilings and shifting. And he explained the playing of the bells. We even... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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57 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 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

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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91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
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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9 reviews 9 reviews
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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