Amsterdam Sights

Hollandsche Manege

Royal Riding School - one of the last remaining and most beautiful city riding schools of Europe

Walking through the monumental entrance gate at the Vondelstraat gives you access to an unique building: the Royal Riding School, better known as "Hollandsche Manege".

It opened its doors in 1882 and is located next to the Vondelpark.

The high inside riding track with the balustrades and the beautiful decorations breath the grandness and allure of the old times. From the balcony, one has perfect views of equestrian arts and manoeuvres in action.

The renaissance style building, a masterpiece of the architect A.L. van Gendt (best known for designing the famous Concertgebouw building), was delivered in 1882 and up to today is has been the domain of horsemen.

The Spanish Riding School in Vienna (Wiener Reitschule) inspired Van Gendt when he was commissioned to design the Amsterdam riding school. The building and interior have hardly changed in the course of the years. Nor has the gallery for the orchestra and the lovely foyer with its beautiful parquet floors.

A Dutch riding school already existed before 1882 on the Leidsegracht, not far from Leidseplein. In 1766 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) gave - then a 10-year-old musical prodigy - gave in a room above the stables a concert.


Since 2010, the visit of the building is no longer free. After paying an entrance fee visitors may enter the entire riding school (including its stables) and can watch a film about the Hollandsche Manege of approximately 10 minutes in the foyer. A drink is included in the entrance fee.

How to get there?

By tram: 1 stop Eerste Constantijn Huygensstraat; 3 or 12 stop Overtoom.
By car: nearest car park Byzantium

Recommended hotels in the immediate area

Conservatorium Hotel *****   Van Baerlestraat 27 (Oud-Zuid)
Prinsen Hotel ***   Vondelstraat 36-38 (Oud-West)
Hotel Abba *   Overtoom 118-122 (Oud-West)
Hostel Amsterdam Vondelpark (hostel)   Zandpad 5 (Oud-West)

 click on image to enlarge map Hollandsche Manege

De Hollandsche Manege

Vondelstraat 140
Amsterdam (Oud-West)

official website

Opening hours

Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Mon 10:00 - 17:00
Tue 10:00 - 17:00
Wed 10:00 - 17:00
Thu 10:00 - 17:00
Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 11:00 - 18:00

Entrance fee

€ 8 adults
€ 4 3-12 years
free0-2 years

Nearby sights

De Hallen   cultural and culinary centre in old tram depot
PC Hooftstraat   elegant shopping street
Ten Kate Market   bustling daily market
Vondelkerk   fairy-tale church
Vondelpark   largest city park