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Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam) Tours

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Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam)
In the center of Amsterdam, the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) is the official state palace of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. It is used for state visits and gala dinners and is often open to the public for tours of its lavish rooms.

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.
 
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. 

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.

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.

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.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, Amsterdam 1012 RJ, Netherlands
Admission: Varies
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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Small-Group Canal Cruise in Open-Air Boat Day Cruises

Amsterdam 1-Hour Small-Group Canal Cruise in Open-Air Boat

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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Amsterdam Food TourCity Packages

Amsterdam Food Tour

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Amsterdam History TourCity Packages

Amsterdam History Tour

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During the Amsterdam History Tour you will discover some of Amsterdam’s most iconic squares, buildings, canals and old streets, while learning about the city’s history, liberal culture and Dutch people. Our knowledgeable local guides will take you on a great walking tour straight through Amsterdam’s historic center. During this 1:45 hour tour our licensed experts explain how freedom and tolerance were born in the Netherlands and how they impacted Amsterdam’s financial development; turning a scanty fishing village into the centre of world trade. We describe how these same values from the 16th century still shape the attitudes of today’s Amsterdammers. This Amsterdam City Tour is a feast for the eyes; so don’t forget to charge your camera!
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Private Amsterdam Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Saloon Boat With Drinks and Dutch CheeseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Saloon Boat With Drinks and Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)Half-day Tours

Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

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Gay LGBT History Tour Amsterdam, 2 Hours Walk about Amsterdam's Gay LGBT HistoryCity Packages

Gay LGBT History Tour Amsterdam, 2 Hours Walk about Amsterdam's Gay LGBT History

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Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)City Packages

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Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)

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Discover the fascinating history of the most liberal city in the world with FreeDam Tours - the best-rated walking tour in Amsterdam! On this unique tip-based tour * you will discover how freedom and tolerance shaped the city and its people throughout the ages. Your super-local guide will combine beautiful sightseeing with exciting storytelling and cover everything you need to know about Amsterdam in one tour: history, modern life, culture, art, fun facts and personal stories for a unique insider’s perspective on life in Amsterdam. Be prepared to challenge all your preconceived ideas about this city because after this tour you will never look and think of Amsterdam the same way! * Tip-based walking tour means you can join this tour basically for free (you will only be charged the booking fee, marketing fee and tourist tax) after which you tip your guide what you think the tour was worth. That motivates us to give you the best tour and you get the best possible value!
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Luxurious Flagship Canal Cruise starting at Anne Frank HouseDay Cruises

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Amsterdam Small Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Amsterdam Small Group Walking Tour

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NEW: Evening Canal Cruise starting at Anne Frank HouseDay Cruises

NEW: Evening Canal Cruise starting at Anne Frank House

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Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tourCity Packages

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Small Group Tour by Captain Jack 90 min. All-InclusiveCity Packages

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Amsterdam & the Royal familyCity Packages

Amsterdam & the Royal family

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Amsterdam & the Royal Family 200 years, 4 kings and 4 queens… Weddings and the inauguration of the new Monarch. Amsterdam has a long history with the Orange-Nassau family. The tour fills you in about the centuries' long relationship between the family and the Dutch Republic, and now with the Kingdom of the Netherlands. We will walk along important landmarks such as the Palace on Dam Square and Westerkerk, where Queen Beatrix got married. Amsterdammers cheered for the royals dressed in orange, though the family has also been booed at times. And who knew that the first Dutch King was a Frenchman?
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Best of Amsterdam: Experience the top 100 sights your own way, your own paceMountain Bike Tours

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Panoramic Private Tour of AmsterdamHalf-day Tours

Panoramic Private Tour of Amsterdam

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Expert Led Tour of Amsterdam's Old TownHalf-day Tours

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Amsterdam Private Night Tour with a drinkCity Packages

Amsterdam Private Night Tour with a drink

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Amsterdam Private Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Amsterdam Private Walking Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective of Amsterdam on this private walking tour, led by a city local. Benefit from your guide’s historical and cultural insights as you stroll between landmarks including the Anne Frank House and Begijnhof and enjoy plenty of time to ask questions and receive top tips for the rest of your stay.
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If you are in Amsterdam for the first time, after this tour you will feel already at home in my beautiful city. I wil tell you about the rich history, starting from the founding of the city till the present day.
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Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour

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