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West Church (Westerkerk)

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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: 020/624-7766
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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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Hard climb, but worth it!

This was a nice quick tour up to the top of the church tower. Our guide was very knowledgable. Only reason for four stars instead of five are the stairs!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
gollywog1990
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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed climbing up the tower to see the wonderful views and learning about the history of the church. My mother who is 75 years young was a little nervous about the stairs, but she managed them going steady. Tour guide was very patient and encouraging and guided us down. Saying this you definitely need to have good shoes... More 

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Usa, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I had read that the Westerkerk tower was a good place to climb to have a city view - and it was! I picked a sunny day and went to get a ticket. I had to wait about an hour to enter (only six can go up at a time, I think), so I went in to look at the... More 

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Westerville, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

In the beautiful Jordan area and close to the Anne Frank House, we found this church open. There is no cost to visit unless you want to climb the tower. There is a beautiful organ in this church but decorations are simple.

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is lovely church where royalty have married including Princess (later Queen) Beatrix and Claus van Amsberg. Other than that it is not very interesting!

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Thank Kevin F
Utrecht, The Netherlands
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The tower looks nice, but the inside of the church is, as most protestant churches, not very interesting. The organ is the only part of any interest.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was a nice quick tour up to the top of the church tower. Our guide was very knowledgable. Only reason for four stars instead of five are the stairs!

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New Providence, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Happened upon the church at 10am on a Saturday - tower was open and tour was heading up and we were able to climb. Very easy and multi levels to see carillons and ancient graffiti - beautiful views of the top. Tour was about 30 minutes with plenty of time at the top. Nice staff.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We climbed the tower on the 4.30 tour. You need to book and pay for the tour in advance as only 6 people can go up at once. The tours run every half hours. They only take cash - no cards. The guide was very interesting and explained the structure of the tower, the bells and the history well. The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have wanted to visit this church since I first read Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl back in my middle school days. Anne mentioned hearing the church bells. Unfortunately, they close early (3:00pm) and I arrived about 5 minutes before they closed on a Saturday but they were nice enough to let me have a quick look.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the tower guided tour to have a view of the city. You can only go up with a guide and in groups of 6 people max. It runs twice an hour, so if there are more than 6 people who signed up you will have to wait another half an hour. The view is astonishing and the guide... More 

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