Visit Amsterdam’s Royal Palace: tickets, prices, opening hours

Palais Royal d'Amsterdam

Visit Amsterdam’s Royal Palace: find out all you need to know about this major monument in the Dutch capital!

You’ll find Amsterdam’s Paleis op de Dam or Royal Palace on the Dam, the main square of the Dutch capital. It’s impossible to miss this imposing monument! A visit to this 17th-century edifice not only takes you back in time to the golden age of the Netherlands, but also gives you the opportunity to discover one of the three palaces still in use today by the Dutch royal family, where official ceremonies, banquets and other royal celebrations are regularly held.

Take a trip to the heart of Amsterdam to learn about the history of this building, which has undergone constant change over the course of its history and its successive occupants. Dare to pass through the doors of this monument with its rather austere exterior! From the former Council Chamber to the Throne Room, via the Hall of Citizens, you won’t be disappointed by the treasures it houses.

Why, how much, when and how can you visit Amsterdam’s Royal Palace, a must-see in the Dutch capital? If you’re planning a visit to Amsterdam’s Royal Palace, you’ll find all the answers to these questions in this article!

A brief history of Amsterdam’s Royal Palace

In the 17th century, at the height of the Netherlands’ golden age, the mayors of Amsterdam compared themselves to the consuls of Rome, and therefore wanted a building similar to the Capitol. Dutch architect Jacob Van Campen(1648 – 1665) was commissioned to build it, and drew inspiration from Roman architecture to create a monument that would symbolize the country’s power and glory. At the time of its inauguration in 1655, 10 years before its completion, Amsterdam’s Royal Palace was considered the largest administrative building in Europe!

This historic monument was originally built as the Hôtel de Ville, and it was only in 1808 that it took on the function of the Palais Impérial, after Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, now King of Holland, took up residence here.

But the king didn’t like it there, and the building temporarily became the Royal Museum, before finally regaining its current status as the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. King Willem-Alexander, the current sovereign of the Netherlands, and his family do not reside in the monument, which has belonged to the state since 1936.

Today, Amsterdam’s Royal Palace welcomes visitors from all over the world on a daily basis, when it’s not being used for important events and official receptions by the Dutch royal family.

What to see and do at Amsterdam’s Royal Palace?

Palais Royal d'Amsterdam

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A visit to Amsterdam’s Royal Palace will take about an hour. You can also opt for a guided tour, provided you book several days or even weeks in advance on the monument’s official website.

So, what can you see when you visit Amsterdam’s Royal Palace?

The palace

Palais Royal d'Amsterdam

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This imposing, sober and organized monument in the classical Dutch style of the time rests on exactly 13,659 wooden pillars. You’ll then have access to all the palace’s most important rooms, including the Tribunal, the Citizens’ Hall, the former Council Chamber and the Throne Room. You’ll have the chance to admire, among other things, the beautiful marble floors of this important place, its glittering chandeliers, majestic frescoes and the impressive Atlas statue that dominates the main room!

Inside, you’ll find relics of the country’s golden age, including sculptures and paintings by remarkable Dutch artists such as Govert Flinck and Ferdinand Bol, both pupils of Rembrandt. There are also traces of King Louis Bonaparte, who transformed the building into a palace, leaving behind his furniture and decorations.

Let yourself be guided by the audio guide and discover all the secrets of Amsterdam’s Royal Palace!

Exhibitions

Temporary exhibitions on a variety of themes (works by Rembrandt and Jan Lievens, presentation of protagonists associated with the history of the monument, etc.) are held regularly in the palace. Enrich your visit to this place steeped in history!

How do I get to Amsterdam’s Royal Palace?

The Royal Palace can be found on Dam Square, the Dutch capital’s main square, near the memorial to the victims of the Second World War and the Madame Tussauds Museum.

Located in the city’s hypercentre, the Palais Royal is very well served and therefore easily accessible:

  • By streetcar: to any Dam station, on lines 1, 2, 4, 5, 9, 13, 14, 16, 17 and 24.
  • By metro: Take line 52 to Rokin station.
  • By bus: Stop at one of the Dam bus stops, with numerous bus routes.
  • By bike: the preferred mode of transport for the Dutch, or on foot, as the palace is only a five-minute bike ride and a ten-minute walk from the central station.
  • By car: If you’ve opted to rent a car once you’re here, or if you have your own vehicle, you’ll be able to park at the Q-Park pay parking lot in Bijenkorf, just a few minutes’ walk from the palace.

Royal Palace Amsterdam opening hours & prices

Palais Royal d'Amsterdam

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SCHEDULES

The monument is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except when the Dutch royal family is hosting guests or organizing official ceremonies. So don’t forget to check the palace calendar on the official website!

RATES

To visit Amsterdam’s Royal Palace, you’ll need :

  • 10€ for adults
  • 9€ for holders of a student card, CJP or Stadspas
  • Free for under-18s and museumkaart holders

The price of a one-hour guided tour is €95 on weekdays or €125 at weekends, in addition to the price of the entrance ticket per person.

Planning a visit to Amsterdam’s Royal Palace? Get priority access by booking your tickets online!

GOOD TO KNOW

You’re almost ready to set off on your discovery of Amsterdam’s Royal Palace, a must-see in the beautiful capital of the Netherlands. Here’s some final information you might find useful:

  • Amsterdam’s Royal Palace is occasionally closed for important royal events, but you can take a virtual tour at any time on the official website.
  • Free audio guides are available in French, Dutch, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian. There is also a children’s version in English and Dutch.
  • Amsterdam’s Royal Palace is accessible to people with reduced mobility.
  • Explanations for the hearing-impaired are available at the palace ticket office.
  • Photos without flash are permitted throughout the museum, but it’s forbidden to use a selfie-stick or tripod, and to film, even with a cell phone.
  • Pets are not allowed in the palace, with the exception of guide dogs.