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“A very impressive interior”

Royal Palace Amsterdam
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Royal Palace Amsterdam is in use by the Dutch Royal House. Most of the year, the Royal Palace is alsof open for visitors. You are welcome to discover the rich history and interior of this magnificent building in the heart of Amsterdam. Visitors are welcome to discover the building's rich past and legacies left by it's successive occupants - as Amsterdam's Town Hall for 150 years, the French Royal and Imperial Palace for 5 years and the Palace of the House of Orange for the past two centuries. The Royal Palace was built in the seventeenth century as the Town Hall of Amsterdam, after a design by Jacob van Campen. It's paintings and sculptures were made by some of the most distinguished artists of the time and allude to the city's influence and prosperity in the Dutch Golden Age. In 1808 Louis Napoleon, brother of the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte, became King of Holland and converted the Town Hall into a Palace. The superb collection of Empire furniture, clocks and chandeliers date from that period. The collection of Empire furniture is one of the best preserved and most complete collections in the world. The rooms in the Palace are decorated with artworks from the collection of the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust. Many paintings show the various members of the family of Orange-Nassau
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“A very impressive interior”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

An enjoyable and interesting visit to better understand the history of this building - from City Hall to Royal Palace. Certainly not as impressive as other palaces throughout Europe, particularly given the state of the outside of the building, but it is definitely to worth a visit to see the grand interior. The audio guide was very interesting and provided just the right amount of explanation and background to the building.

Visited December 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Well worth visiting - excellent exhibitions”
Reviewed November 18, 2012

located on the northern side of Dam Square it looks like it needs a clean on the outside but inside it is magnificent. Entry price is 7.50 euro and all bags must be stored in the cloakroom.
Only the ground floor is open and various exhibitions are staged during the year. Most rooms can be walked through although some have a perspex barrier that prevents you entering - although you can enter enough to get a good look and take photos. Photos allowed inside without flash. they had a superb exhibition of clocks in one wing. Superb artwork and craftsmanship of furniture. i spent 2 hours and could have spent more but they were closing for the day. The Palace is closed to tours several times a year for official events; so it pays to check whether it is open. Gives a good insight into the dutch "golden age"

Visited August 2012
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Geneva, Switzerland
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“Beautiful marble palace”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Beautiful to see, especially the intricate carvings. The building was previously a city hall and the uses for various rooms are depicted in the elaborate symbols carved in the marble door frames. We were amazed that we didn't have to pass through any security to enter; however, bags larger than 8 1/2 x 11-inches must be checked at the cloakroom. The audio tour was very interesting but it took a bit of coaxing to get it to start "automatically" in each area.

Visited October 2012
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Ennis, Ireland
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“Quiet and central”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

An excellent place to visit if you are interested in furniture and history. Although it is in the centre of Amsterdam, there are never too many visitors to it, compared to the other museums. Well worth the money.

Visited October 2012
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Holmfirth, England, United Kingdom
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“See history”
Reviewed November 2, 2012

The palace is well worth seeing, some plush decor & some lovely chandeliers. The audio walking tour is a bit boring at times but does give the option to have less or more info. The staff are very stricted on taking bags into the palace & everything has to be checked into the cloakroom so don't take any valuables with you

Visited October 2012
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