Westerkerk, Amsterdam

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Westerkerk was one of the first built for Protestants in the Netherlands and remains the largest originally Protestant church in the country. Many of the current Protestant churches were originally Roman Catholic, and then were later converted during the Reformation in 1578. West Church was built from 1620 to 1631. Admire the Dutch Renaissance style and the 85 m (279 ft) tower, Westertoren, which is the tallest in Amsterdam. This church is also the site of Rembrandt's burial. Although the exact location is unknown, his remains are assumed to be along the northern wall. Located near the Anne Frank House, the church and its chiming bells were often mentioned in her diary. Put Westerkerk on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Amsterdam trip builder site .
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  • The setting of this location gave additional sparkle to a global event. Certainly different. Excellent location for a glamorous event although the food service was very slow due to limited facilities ...  more »
  • The Church in question is a typical Dutch style, somewhat Gothic church built around 1600, recommended to pass while having a walk.
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  • The climb up the Tower of the Westerkerk is limited to 6 people per tour. The tours start every half an hour and costs € 8. Tickets can be purchased only on the same day. During the ascent one explains the history of the tower. From the top you have a great view of the city.
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  • Booked the tower too late to see inside church, but tower itself was more than worth it. Guide limits the group to no more than 6 and for a good reason. Anyone who climbed up to any church towers in Western Europe will know why... It's old, steep, narrow and did I mention steep? Some parts are literally climbing up on something semblance of staircase. Definitely not for people with claustrophobia or can't squeeze into narrow place. Oh, and old buildings don't care about building code of US, so don't expect shortcuts like elevator either. Anyways, midlevel area of the tower (unsure if the top level is accessible to visitors) provides fantastic view of Amsterdam. With lively guides going through the history of the tower, it is fun.
  • Warning: DON'T go on the tour of the bell tower if you are claustrophobic, unable to go up and down extremely steep staircases (there are 6 steep flights of stairs), or afraid of heights. If you are neither of these, DO the tour; it's great way to get an awesome 360-view of the city! Probably going during the daytime/day light hours is best for maximum view of the city.
  • Nice Church in the Amsterdam old town area located near the Anne Frank house.
  • Nice old man selling souveniers - 6 magnets for 10,-€ is the best price I saw in Amsterdam so far :)
  • It is the highest tower in the old town. U will see a spectacular view of the city by joining the half hour tour to the top of the tower.

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