Amsterdam Sights

Concertgebouw (concert hall)

one of the most famous concert halls in the world with unparalleled acoustics, built in neoclassical style

The Concertgebouw crowned with a golden lyre and guarded by busts of Beethoven, Bach and Sweelinck, is a magnificent late 19th-century building. Built on 2,186 piles the 'concert building' was completed in 1888 and for well over a century it has been the centre of classical music in the Netherlands.


Concert hall

Each year the Concertgebouw organises some 900 concerts and other events in the Main Hall and the Recital Hall, for a public of over 700,000, making it one of the best visited concert halls in the world.

It hosts not only orchestral and operatic performances, but also jazz and world music. In the 1960s even groups such as Led Zeppelin, The Who and Pink Floyd performed here.

Home of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

The Concertgebouw is located on Van Baerlestraat in Amsterdam's Museum Quarter and is home to the famous Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest). Because of its highly regarded acoustics, the Concertgebouw is generally considered to be among the world's finest concert halls in the world.

The acoustics of the main hall, the Grote Zaal, attracts renowned orchestras and soloists from across the globe

Free lunch concerts

Every Wednesday afternoon during the cultural season, from the beginning of September to the end of June, a free lunch concert is offered in the Concertgebouw at 12.30 p.m.


How to get there?

By tram: 2 stop Van Baerlestraat; 3, 5 or 12 stop Museumplein; 16 or 24 stop Museumplein.

By car: nearest car park Museumplein

The Concertgebouw by night

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Koninklijk Concertgebouw

Concertgebouwplein 2-6
Amsterdam (Oud-Zuid)

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