Unraveling The Majesty of The Royal Palace Amsterdam

The Royal Palace Amsterdam symbolises the Great European History, and many stories about architecture, sculptures, paintings, and artefacts that adorn the palace. During Dutch Golden Age, the Royal Palace was also known as the Town Hall of magistrates in Amsterdam. It is also the most prominent government and secular building in Europe and the palace is now inhabited by the Dutch Royal family.

The Palace is open to tourists through various guided tours of the palace and museum to make the public at large aware of the various exciting aspects of the palace. You can discover a rich part of the Royal Palace and the legacies left by its successive occupants – the Palace of the House of Orange for the past 2 centuries, Imperial Palace for 5 Years, Amsterdam’s Town Hall for 150 years and The French Royal.

In the 17th century, some of the most distinguished artists made paintings and sculptures. In 1808, the building was converted into a Palace with a superb collection of chandeliers, clocks and Empire furniture from that period. The Empire furniture collection is one of the most complete and preserved collections in the world. Rooms of the Royal Palace are decorated with artwork from the collection of the House of Orange-Nassau Historic Collections Trust.

History of The Royal Palace Amsterdam

History of The Royal Palace Amsterdam

The history of Royal Palace Amsterdam history can be bifurcated into 4 periods:

  • A new city hall – 1648

The Royal Palace was initially built as a city hall to cater to magistrates and burgomasters of Amsterdam. That time, there were only two completed and decorated floors. The interiors were contributed by several famous painters of that era, and renowned sculptors were brought to symbolise the power of the Dutch Republic and Amsterdam.-

  • City Hall to Royal Palace – 1808

The building served as a city hall for 150 years and it was in 1768 that it was used as a palace for a few days, when Prince William V, stadtholder of the Netherlands and his wife Wilhelmina of Prussia, was given a Royal welcome.

In 1808, the Royal Palace was taken over by Louis Bonaparte, Emperor Napoleon’s brother. After that, the Palace was redesigned. The emperor styled redecoration which was supervised by architect J.T. Thibault. It was at that time that the Royal Museum was also established in the palace.

  • King Willem I – 1813

After the fall of Napoleon, King Willem I took over and returned the Palace to Amsterdam and the Palace was made available for Royal use again. After 1936, the Royal building was anchored as the state property.-

  • The Royal Palace Today

Presently, the Palace of Amsterdam is used for official and entertaining functions like New Year receptions, and state visits. The Royal Palace is open to the public and also hosts exhibitions. It offers the setting for the presentation of the Prince Claus Award, The Royal Awards for Painting, the Silver Carnation, and The Erasmus Prize.

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The architecture of The Royal Palace of Amsterdam

The architecture of the Royal Palace is in the Dutch classicist style. The Palace is symmetrical around a central axis and also features classical columns.

The sculptures and artworks of Royal Palace Amsterdam symbolise good justice, commerce and governance.

  • Façade – The composition of the palace is harmonious and meets the ideal classical proportions.

  • Sculptures – Building’s bright structure is so overwhelming that the structure's beauty hardly stands out. The sculptures are made of bronze and marble.

  • Dome – Royal Palace has a tall dome above the middle part from which one can see the arrival of ships. A windshield crowns the dome of the Palace in the shape of a coffin.

Places to Visit Near The Royal Palace Amsterdam

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam
Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

Madame Tussauds is an exclusive attraction, with various awe-inspiring waxworks. There are floors of famous personalities from iconic actors, world leaders, sporting heroes and Bollywood stars. The waxwork is impressive, but the statues are designed to represent a particular period of the celebrity’s life. There is a small corner where you will get to know how waxwork is done. People usually walk around and pose with the wax statues of the celebrities they admire. The point of attraction here is to soak in the essence of each personality and imagine what they may have felt or said.

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Ripley’s believe it or not!
Ripley’s believe it or not!

Experience museum and attraction in one at Ripley’s believe it or not!It has a mesmerising view over Dam Square in the designer lounge. Ripley’s Believe it or not! is the only space tunnel in the Netherlands. The place showcases the world’s most remarkable collection of humans, artistic, scientific and natural oddities. Same as a time capsule, the imposing Ripley’s believe it or not, merges the essence of contemporary art and ancient civilization in an attempt to preserve the treasures for future generations. The place is one of the weirdest spots in Amsterdam, but a must-see, if you are interested in facts.

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Van Gogh Museum
Van Gogh Museum

The Amsterdam Museum maintains the world’s most extensive collection of the most famous artists of the world – Vincent van Gogh, his letters, drawings and paintings made with the art of his contemporaries. Van Gogh Museum features more than 200 paintings, 500 drawings, and the work of other artists, his contemporaries – Postimpressionists and Expressionists. The work of Van Gogh is organised in chronological order of five periods, every period representing a different period of the work and life.

Do not miss the museum, even if you are not a big fan of Vincent Van Gogh. The building of the Van Gogh Museum gives a brilliant space for visitors to admire the famous artwork. The building is so big that you will always find yourself in the private moment to advise the work.

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Anne Frank House
Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a museum with a story behind it. It is the house where Anne and her family hid from the Nazis; now, it is among Amsterdam's most visited sites.The tourists experience the story of Anne Frank via film clips, photos, quotes, and original items like the diaries, images in Anne’s room, bookcase etc. The museum has an authentic atmosphere and contains various special items like objects belonging to the Frank family, pictures, letters, unique items and the items related to the people who helped them. Tourists can visit both museums and houses where they can experience the entire story of Anne.

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Heineken Experience
Heineken Experience

Heineken Experience is housed inside a historic brewery in the middle of Amsterdam. This fantastic museum will take you through an exciting, behind the scenes journey via the wild world of Europe’s most popular pilsners.Heineken Experience is home to various breweries and a perfect place for beer tasting. They offer four floors of historical brewing artefacts and tasting bars. Heineken Experience also offers ‘Brew Your Ride’ and a 4D adventure which allows tourists to discover what it is like to be a bottle of Heineken. With a small charge, you can learn about the famous pilsner and can drink as much as you want. The significant part is a matter of taste, most of you will like its light-hearted nature, and some of you might not.

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Dam Square
Dam Square

Dam Square is the beating heart of Amsterdam. Compared to the old days, Dam Square is not very peaceful and is home to scores of pigeons and street performers.Once, Dam Square was the central marketplace of Amsterdam, where everything was sold under the moon. Now Dam Square is the ideal first stop interposed by various local attractions like De Bijenkorf for shopping, the New Church of the 15th century, The Royal Palace Amsterdam, and The National Monument. Various shopping areas are also located around Dam Square like Kalverstraat, Rokin, Nieuwendijk, Magna Plaza, De 9 Straatjes, and De Bijenkorf, from where you can enjoy endless shopping.

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Location: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal, RJ Amsterdam, Netherlands, Near Dam square

Timings: The Royal Palace Amsterdam opening hours are from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Monday closed)

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  • Explore the renowned Royal Palace in Amsterdam and admire its magnificent interiors including Napoleonic furniture & fine art

  • Listen to some interesting narrations from the multilingual audio guide and gain some insight into the importance of this palace for 350 years

  • Know the history behind this 17th-century monument which is currently used for all royal receptions, state visits & award ceremonies

  • Admire the masterpieces and sculptures by some of the famous artists from the Dutch era including Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck

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Must Know Before You Go
  • The building is wheelchair accessible and include facilities like lift, wheelchair accessible toilet, and wheelchairs for the use of visitors.
  • Participants are not allowed to carry any sharp object, lighter, luggage bag, alcohol, knife, etc.
  • No smoking or consumption of alcohol at the premises is allowed.
  • ID proof is mandatory for each individual guest at the time of arrival.
  • All foreign nationals must share their passport and visa details at the time of arrival.
  • Carers of disabled visitors who can't independently visit the palace get in free (maximum of one per visitor).
  • Enter the palace through the priority lane and show your smartphone ticket at the entrance.
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Can you take photos of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam?

    Photos can be captured at Royal Palace Amsterdam but with certain restrictions. Tourists and visitors can use their camera or mobile phone to capture photos but are not allowed to capture pictures using a flashlight, tripod stand and a selfie stick. Using prohibited items for taking pictures can be punishable.

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