Amsterdam Sights

Royal Palace on the Dam

former city hall of Amsterdam, built in 1648 by Jacob van Campen

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is situated on Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam. It was built in 1648 as a city hall.

Historical building

The power and wealth of Amsterdam was reflected in the building and its interior design. The building's classical facade, fine sculptures and paintings were intended to glorify the city of Amsterdam and its government. In the 17th century it was the largest secular building of Europe.

Royal Palace on Dam Square

Nowadays it is used mainly for official state functions, for example state visits, the Queen's New Year reception and other official receptions. The Royal Palace is open to the public when it is not being used for official occasions.

Group tours

Guided group tours (for 10-25 people) are informative and available in Dutch, English, French, German, Russian, Japanese, Turkish, Spanish and Italian. Tours last about an hour and must be booked in advance. If you would like to reserve a tour, call (020) 620 4060 at least two weeks in advance.

How to get there?

tram1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17, 24, 25 - stop Dam
parkingQ-Park de Bijenkorf

More impressions

Tribunal Ferdinand Bol Atlas
State banquet

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Koninklijk Paleis op de Dam

Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147
Amsterdam (Old Centre)

official website

Opening hours

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

The Palace is used by the Dutch Royal House and is closed during royal events. Check the calendar

Entrance fee

free0-17 years

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima

official website of the Dutch Royal House

Stille Omgang
(Silent Walk)

Stille Omgang
Annual commemoration of The Miracle of Amsterdam. Believers walk a holy route in the old center of Amsterdam, on the 2nd or 3rd Saturday in March.

PaleisAtlas on the roof of the Royal Palace on the Dam