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“Royal Palace”

Royal Palace Amsterdam
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$24.40*
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Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour
Ranked #37 of 538 things to do in Amsterdam
Certificate of Excellence
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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
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Stroller parking, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed September 8, 2013

My husband and I did the tour without the headsets. We were impressed with all the detail on the ceilings, the art work on the walls and the furnishings! I couldn't imagine living in such a magnificent place! We did see the table and chairs that were used when Queen Beatrix 'handed' over the power to her son, Prince Willem Alexandra. Plus, there was a video showing in the background of the papers being signed. This was the first 'Royal Palace' we had toured so we can't compare it to other Royal Palaces but we were glad we took the tour!

Thank Connie M
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Centuries of burning coal have left the exterior of Amsterdam's Dam Palace filthy. It's inside the brick, so in spite of sandblasting, it won't ever be clean. Don't let this keep you from visiting, though. If you see the entrance open, go in!! You'll be astonished. Marble floors, beautiful frescoes on the ceilings, rooms beautifully restored, it's amazing. The Royal family no longer resides here. They have long since moved to The Hague, but it's still used for important activities.
The Dam Palace is worth a visit in a city filled with places worth a visit!

Thank StevenLaVigne
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

We toured the palace with the headsets which added some interesting facts but it got a bit repetitive as we went from room to room. More of the same basic information on the artwork, furniture, etc. and not so much about the people, traditions, and fascinating tidbits they often include when you tour historic places. After 30 min I found myself a bit bored. If it was an actual tour guide I would have asked more about traditions of the royals and interesting background about the people themselves. I think kids would be bored here after 10 min.

Thank JennyPeter
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

the palace was ten euro per adult to visit. the hall and chandeliers were breathtaking however the electronic tour guides were annoying. went into every detail and i often found myself queuing to see rooms. the tour video was probably the best part because of its detailed history of the square. only one floor of the palace is available for viewing as it is still in use by the royal family. it is easy to see why the palace is pride of place. it is just lacking the interpersonal!

Thank rebecca v
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

Ok if you have been to Versaille then this is not as grand. However we were still impressed by the huge hall, the paintings, the chandelliers and the nicely decorated rooms. It is also still being used, and it feels so special to be in the room where the Queen passed her powers to the Prince just 3 years ago. We spent an hour here without using the audio guide, but just took lots of photos and explored everthying. Good for people interested in kings, history and architecture!

Thank waifamily
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