Amsterdam Sights

De Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

the second oldest church in Amsterdam

The bishop of Utrecht gave permission to build the church in 1408 because De Oude Kerk (Old Church) had grown too small for the growing population of the city.

Nieuwe KerkThe Nieuwe Kerk is located on Dam Square, next to the Royal Palace

Official ceremonies

Each year the national Remembrance Day service on 4 May takes place in this 15th century church. It is also the place where royal coronations take place. In 1980, Queen Beatrix was officially inaugurated in the Nieuwe Kerk, and most recently, on 2 February 2002 (02-02-02), it was used for the wedding of crown prince Willem-Alexander to princess Máxima.

Monuments to naval heroes

The Nieuwe Kerk is also a burial site for famous Dutch naval heroes, including Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, Commodore Jan van Galen and Jan van Speyk. The poet and playwright Joost van den Vondel is also buried in the church.

michiel de ruyterMarble monument to Michiel de Ruyter, the Netherlands' greatest naval hero (1681)



Nowadays the Nieuwe Kerk is one of the most attended exhibition centres in Holland, with close to 500,000 visitors per year, and hosting a large-scale of exhibitions on treasures from many other countries, cultures and religions.

How to get there?

tram1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 16, 24, 25 - stop Dam
parkingQ-Park de Bijenkorf

The Nieuwe Kerk is located in the middle of the city centre at Dam Square next to the Royal Palace. The monumental church building is well worth visiting.

More impressions

The main organDe Nieuwe Kerk's main organ with the shutters open is the largest historic organ in the Netherlands

glas in loodThe Wilhelmina stained glass window commemorates the inauguration of Queen Wilhelmina in 1898. Photo: Evert Elzinga

weddingThe wedding of crown prince Willem-Alexander to princess Máxima in the Nieuwe Kerk on 2 February 2002

Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam
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Nieuwe Kerk

Dam, Amsterdam
Amsterdam (Dam, Old Centre)

official website

Opening hours

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

Entrance fee

€ 10adults
free0-11 years

Other famous churches in Amsterdam

Nieuwe Kerk
Oude Kerk
Ronde Lutherse Kerk
St. Nicolaaskerk