Trip Planner:   Europe  /  The Netherlands  /  North Holland Province  /  Amsterdam  /  Religious Sites  /  The Oude Church
The Oude Church, Amsterdam
(2.8/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
Complete with a wooden roof and a floor made up of gravestones, The Oude Church stands as the oldest building in Amsterdam, aged over 800 years. Originally constructed in 1214, the church underwent several modifications in the following 400 years, eventually converting from a Catholic venue to Protestant one. Visit the building and explore its vaulted interior. Today the interior looks plain due to destruction during the Reformation; however, it still features several intricate stained glass windows and centuries-old organs. As you wander, examine the graves beneath your feet and you'll see the names of many prominent Amsterdam residents and statesmen, as well as the wife of the famed Dutch painter Rembrandt. Be sure to take a peek into the rooms surrounding the central hall, where you'll find displays of paintings and artifacts from the church. Before you head to Amsterdam, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Amsterdam tour planner, to make sure you see all that Amsterdam has to offer, including The Oude Church.
Create a full Amsterdam itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Amsterdam

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Amsterdam by other users

16 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in The Netherlands BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 24 days in Europe BY A USER FROM BRAZIL September, popular PREFERENCES: September ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 6 days in Amsterdam & Munich BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in France, Amsterdam & Berlin BY A USER FROM EGYPT December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 25 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA July, culture, relaxing, historic sites, fast-paced, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, culture, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Fast-paced 34 days in Europe & Asia BY A USER FROM ICELAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 21 days in Europe BY A USER FROM INDIA March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM IRELAND December, culture, romantic, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, romantic, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in Europe BY A USER FROM OMAN August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Amsterdam BY A USER FROM CANADA December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The oldest monument in Amsterdam, where Rembrandt used to come often and his wife are buried, as well as other 10000 people. However is an "empty" space for to pay for a visit is worth it! As I visited during the night of the museums, got inside performances made just for tonight.
    View original
  • Amsterdams oldest building and a unique place to visit. Located in the heart of the red light district, so some of the views outside several side rooms were 'interesting'! The inside is a cavernous sp...  more »
  • This 800 year old church is worth a quick visit. I think I expected it to be more ornate than it is. The organ has bern removed for repair. The floor which is made up of headstones/flags is also Saski...  more »
Google
  • I would say that the best part about this church are the canals and everything else around it. Take your time to explore the local area and you'll definitely be rewarded with better photos opportunities than being at the immediate location
  • Major turnoff. The ticket to get in is 10 Euro which is fine but - no cash and no American Express (the only card which does not charge transaction fees). I refuse to pay a high transaction fee for a 10 Euro charge... Folks, wake up - get into the 21st century. On the other hand - maybe this is how these guys control access. In my case I got great espresso fr the "De Koffie Schenkerij" right next door attached to the church and it tasted gregreat! 😀
  • Oude Kirk was underwhelming. Though the church is impressive, the art installations inside ruin the authenticity of the former place of worship, in my opinion. This church played a huge role in the making of the Red Light District; be sure to learn the history in order to appreciate it. Worth a short visit if you can get in for free (I Amsterdam's City Card), but I wouldn't pay the entrance fee.
  • Haven't been inside the church. We did the tower climb for 7.50€. Great guide, great roundhouse kick view from top. 30 mins.
  • I went specifically for the show they had inside, so I didn't mind paying to get in. But I can see others being disappointed. The church is beautiful though and they have great exhibitions.