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Royal Palace Amsterdam, Amsterdam

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Royal Palace Amsterdam was once a city hall and royal palace; today it's used by the Dutch monarch for hosting official events. Built during the Dutch Golden Age in 1665, the site features prominent paintings and sculptures created by distinguished artists of the era, as well as lavish Empire furniture from the early 19th century. Take an audio tour and hear about the history of the palace. Walk through the extravagant rooms and offices, filled with golden elements and brightly colored, highly realistic paintings. You'll encounter works by Flinck, Lievens, and Jordaens. Using our custom trip planner, Amsterdam attractions like Royal Palace Amsterdam can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • You'll notice almost every attraction in Amsterdam offers a free audio guide, and here is no different. the guide in the Royal Palace (which was actually not constructed for the Royal Family at all) i...  more »
  • Fun tour with Audio Guide-separate audio guide for the children with little quiz and gift post
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  • The palace is open to the public on different days so make sure you check the website. It is a beautiful building. Your entrance ticket gets you a free audio guide. You will be able to see much of the...  more »
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  • Must visit! The quintessential example of Northern European Baroque of the 17th century. Built as a town hall during the golden age of the Dutch Republic, confiscated by Napoleon and turned into a Royal Palace, now still used by the king for formal banquettes. Features numerous stylishly decorated royal rooms some of which were restored to their original state of city service offices. Especially the central hall is quite impressive.
  • Originally built as the Townhall, the building was converted into a palace in 1806 by Louis Bonaparte, who was placed on the throne as King of Holland by his older brother Napoleon. Louis wanted to be a good king, so he tried to speak in Dutch in his inaugural address to his people. Unfortunately, his pronunciation was so bad that instead of calling himself the King of Holland, he called himself the Rabbit of Holland. Despite this gaffe, and the short length of his tenure as King (3 years), Louis was beloved by the Dutch, who christened him Louis the Good. Among other things, Louis stood up to his own brother to protect Dutch interests. Louis's legacy remains in the Netherlands up till day. The empire style furniture, chandeliers and clocks Louis brought with him from France can still be found in the palace. After his forced abdication, the Dutch chose to remain a monarchy - though they had the option of converting the country back into the republic that it used to be. The current Royal Family traces it roots to William of Orange, the leader of the Dutch revolt that established Holland as a republic. When Louis left, the Dutch invited William's descendants to rule the country, which they continue to do up till today.
  • Beautiful building and great guided audio tour. Kids get in free! Adults entrance fee is also reasonable. Well worth a visit. Hard to believe this was a building for the public to hang out in. The marble sculptured hall and hallways are impressive. Kids get a different audio tour(great idea) but did eventually lose interest.
  • Really amazing building! Inside is extremely impressive and the gift shop is good also! Would definitely recommend.
  • The huge palace is impressed me with some interesting details on top of the front of building. The tickets are great valued...€10/person, worth it to have a look at the fabulous interior and gazing the masterpiece of architecture. May 2016