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Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam)
Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam)

Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam)

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1012 RJ

The Basics

The Royal Palace in central Dam Square was built in the mid-17th century in classical style by architect Jacob van Campen. It rests on about 13,500 wooden piles to counteract the city’s unstable sandy terrain. Originally the city’s town hall, the building became a royal palace in 1808 when Napoleon installed his brother Louis as king. After the French left, the Dutch royal family put the palace to use for ceremonies and state receptions.

Inside the Royal Palace, you find grand interiors that highlight the wealth the city enjoyed in its Golden Age, including a central hall filled with marble carvings. A sculpture of Atlas holding up the world is a highlight. The palace is a popular stop on walking tours of the city and skip-the-line tickets can be prebooked.

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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour
Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour
US$33.83 per adult
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Eclectic tour of Amsterdam
The 3 hour tour was jam-packed with history, art, architecture, current events, and other commentary by our guide, Sean. He brought his dog with him, which made it feel more like a stroll with friends around the city. I definitely saw parts of the city that I would not have seen otherwise. He was extremely knowledgeable. You could tell he loved Amsterdam but presented a balanced view of the positives and negatives that go along with living in a city like Amsterdam.
Lisa_S, Aug 2022

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Damini_R, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
It was a great experience, got to learn a lot about the stories! The guide was friendly, shared a lot and the group in general was nice.
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I really liked to walk...
Nomie_T, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
I really liked to walk and discuss with the guide. She was very interesting and liked to talk with us. She really knew her subject so it was very interesting. We really enjoyed the tour, we learned a lot of hidden things about Amsterdam.
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Fantastic guide. Excellent tour
Shane_P, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
We did this tour with Walid & he did a fantastic job! His knowledge was extensive, he was a lot of fun, friendly & really inclusive & interactive of the group - which was not too many & very manageable. Unfortunately the tour company doesn’t respond to any enquiries.
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Amazing!
Matthew_S, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and told us many interesting facts! We visited numerous locations.
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the guide (the one in the...
AnaKaren_A, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
the guide (the one in the picture) was very enthusiastic about what he was saying and knew a lot, made the tour go fast with all we where learning
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Amsterdam, a place of fun and adventure!
MaryAnn_S, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
It was great to hear about the architecture and the cultural history of Amsterdam especially the Jewish story.
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Anastasiia_S, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
Sam was so knowledgeable and entertaining. Best tour I did so far ! Time went so fast ! Definitely best tour in city .
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great tour
Sarah_B, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
the tour guide Wallid was really friendly and knew his stuff. was a perfect length of time and just enough information without being overloaded
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Great tour with Walid
Dawn_S, Aug 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
We had a great tour with Walid. Very informative. Also very respectful which was appreciated. We learnt so much and would highly recommend.
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Perfect tour.
Roger_W, Jul 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
Shanna was a fantastic guide who made the city come alive. Very knowledgeable and friendly. She recommended a wonderful Indonesian restaurant for dinner.
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Best way to know the city
Dan_J, Jul 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
The best way to know about the history of the city!! Nice group, you learn about how Amsterdam developed, about it's buildings, commerce, the canals, etc. It was very hot but it was still ok, going through the shades. The organization was also good. A must!
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Family tour
Eva_C, Jul 2022
The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam (Tip-based 2,5 hour tour)
Very interesting tour, my family and me enjoyed. Very professional guide that really likes his own work
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Entry to the Royal Palace is via paid ticket and includes an audio guide.

  • The palace is wheelchair accessible.

  • The palace is closed whenever there is a state function or other event.

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How to Get There

The Royal Palace is located in Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam. It’s within walking distance from Central Station. It’s accessible on foot, by bike, and as part of many guided tours of the city.

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When to Get There

People typically spend up to two hours visiting the palace. It’s a good choice to visit on one of Amsterdam’s frequent rainy days. Check that it’s open before you go as the palace is closed whenever there is a state function or event.

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Visit the Hermitage Amsterdam

For history through the lens of art visit the Hermitage Amsterdam, a branch of the famous St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum. The museum displays works of art and sculpture from around the world, often with a focus on Russian works. The museum—along the Amstel riverfront—is housed in a former residence for the elderly, and the building’s original kitchens can still be visited.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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