We greatly enjoyed our recent tour of the Royal Palace. We also visited after Queen Beatrix abdicated the throne to her son, Willem-Alexander. The well-paced audio guide is included in your price of admission.
Located on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk, the palace is an impressive edifice. We visited 17 rooms, halls and galleries that featured the Empire furniture collection, as well as magnificent hand-painted ceilings, grand marble floors and marvelous sculptures and paintings from the 17th and 18th centuries.
The palace, originally built as the city hall during the Dutch Golden Age has been the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. Today the palace is used for state visits and other offical functions.
Don't miss the central (Great) hall or the Empire collection! The palace houses one of the world's most complete and well-preserved collections of Empire-style furniture and decorative arts(including wooden & upholstered furniture, bronze chandeliers & wall hangings). About half the collection was left behind by Louis Napoleon.
Palace website: http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/en
Location: Dam Square
Admission: Adults – €10 & includes audio tour
(free with museumkaart)
Open: Tuesday thru Monday, 11:00 am to 5:00 pm (check website for calendar of closings)
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