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Address: Concertgebouwplein 10 | Museum Quarter, 1071 LN Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 900 6718345
1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 1:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

The Royal Concertgebouw is one of the world's most famous concert halls...

The Royal Concertgebouw is one of the world's most famous concert halls renowned for its exceptional acoustics. With 700 concerts a year the Concertgebouw offers a varied programme featuring leading international musicians, orchestras, and conductors. The hall functions as a home base for the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, one of the very best orchestras in the world. Time and time again, critics have lauded its unique sound, which clearly stands out among thousands of others. Behind-the-scenes tours provide a look into the concert hall's rich history. There are scheduled tours three times a week and for groups available on request.

From September to June at 12:30pm. Every Wednesday, there is a free 30 minute concert in the Concertgebouw. Due to the popularity of these concerts it is recommended to arrive at least 45min before the concert.

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Naturally a visit to the Concertgebouw will depend on your choice of musical programme. The enthousiasm of the conductor ( Mariss Jansons) and the Royal Dutch Orchestra was... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 22, 2013

Naturally a visit to the Concertgebouw will depend on your choice of musical programme. The enthousiasm of the conductor ( Mariss Jansons) and the Royal Dutch Orchestra was refelected in their commendable performance the evening I attended.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

We visited concertgebouw for a pianist show. We ended up walking out halfway through the concert due to boredom. If you're into pianists I'm sure this would of been awesome, but unfortunately this wasn't our cup of tea. The building itself was beautiful inside and out. Tips: Book a show you're interested in! Drinks aren't allowed inside the show so... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

Though I didn't have a chance to enjoy a concert, from its exterior and interior, the Concertgebouw appears magnificant.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 20, 2013

The free Wednesday lunchtime concert was worth the wait! The performers are students from the School for Young Talent who audition to be selected for this. They were surprisingly good and the audience clearly appreciated it. The performers seemed genuinely chuffed with the recognition they got. A really nice 30 minutes show. Logistics: there were no signs telling us where... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2013 via mobile

Building is very impressive and grand. I went to a concert that didn't impress me much because it was modern music but the place itself is very interesting and I would have been thrilled to hear some real classical music there as the acoustics were great.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

We have seen Herbie Hancock there - beautiful building, very good acoustic and energy. The place is not too big, at least this is the initial impression, which is a very positive thing. Fully recommended!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2013

I went to one of the free concerts on Wednesdays and loved it. I'm not really a musical person but after the 30 min I'm seriously considering buying a ticket for the "real deal". If i'm to mention anything negative it's that the printed program only contained information in dutch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2013

As others have said as well, the free Wednesday lunch concert is not to be missed. I arrived at noon (it begins at 12:30 and the Concertgebouw website recommends that you arrive 30 minutes ahead of time) and the lobby was full. As in, no walking room full. So, plan accordingly and arrive early so that you can get a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

The orchestra is simply superb, and the concert room has fantastic acoustics! I also appreciated the free drinks before the concert, and during the interval.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 9, 2013

Caught the Madeleine Peyroux concert here last summer. Easily accessible by tram (get off one stop PAST the Concertgebouw stop and it will drop you off opposite the door for will call.)

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Museum Quarter (Museumkwartier)
Top sites to see in this attractive and affluent part of town include the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, to name but two of the highly acclaimed museums of the aptly named Museum Quarter. And if you need a break from all the fantastic art, there’s the Neoclassical Concertgebouw music hall and Vondelpark, the city’s largest park. Shopaholics and luxury brand connoisseurs will love exploring the high-end shopping destinations of PC Hooftstraat, Van Baerlestraat, Cornelis Schuytstraat, and Jacob Obrechtstraat, where even the shop window displays are of museum quality. In the evenings, when the museums close and the daytrippers head home, the area becomes a quiet oasis of calm with a sophisticated and urbane tone.
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