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  • Address: Dam Square
  • Hours: Open to the public but often closed due to official state business. Check current schedule: http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/en/visit/opening-hours
  • Admission: Adults €7.50; Children 5-18, €3.75; Over 65 and student, €6.50

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Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis)

With its classical sandstone façade looming over Amsterdam’s central Dam Square, the 17th-century Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) has been a firm favorite on tourist itineraries since becoming state property back in 1936.

Designed by Jacob van Campen, the impressive Romanesque construction is fashioned around over 13,500 woolen piles sunk into the ground and is best known for its iconic rooftop statue of Greek titan Atlas, straining beneath the weight of the world on his back. First built as a city hall, the building was transformed into a Royal Palace back in 1808, under reign of Louis I, King of Holland and is still used frequently for state visits by today’s monarchs.

Famously described as ‘the eighth world wonder’ by local poet Contantijn Huygens, the Royal Palace does its best to live up to its opulent reputation with glistening marble floors, lavish décor and a slightly ostentatious theme of Amsterdam’s power and prestige. The grand interiors, open to the public, provide the principal attractions, furnished with a spectacular collection of antiques and decorated with ornate carvings and Rembrandt-inspired paintings. Most impressive are the vast marble and bronze carvings adorning the baroque Citizen’s Hall, where the embellishments show a stylistic interpretation of the universe centered around Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam Super Saver: Keukenhof Gardens Day Trip plus Amsterdam City Tour

4 star rating: Recommended 111 Reviews

For the complete Amsterdam experience, combine a city sightseeing tour with a trip to the Keukenhof Gardens. On a 2.5-hour morning coach tour, drive along ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $73.93
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Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Canal Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 326 Reviews

Get your bearings on this 2.5-hour Amsterdam city tour, perfect for first-time visitors. On your morning or afternoon tour, see top Amsterdam attractions ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2.5 to 4 hours

From USD $28.44

Amsterdam Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 271 Reviews

Get an insider’s view of Amsterdam on this morning walking tour, the perfect way to experience the city’s must-see sights away from the crowds. Stroll along  ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.12

Amsterdam City Bike Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 31 Reviews

See Amsterdam’s quirkiest quarters and wonderful waterways on an exciting 3-hour guided city bike tour. Be introduced to an eclectic selection of sights ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.44

Amsterdam Canals Sightseeing Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Discover the UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals of Amsterdam on this scenic sightseeing cruise. Travel in a luxury, glass-topped canal boat and enjoy ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.20

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