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  • Location:Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration:Flexible

The Amsterdam Dungeon

Find yourself propelled into the dark ages and an era of torture, disease and death. The origins of the Grim Reaper are traced here and you are invited to discover its true meaning and brevity in the darkness of the Amsterdam Dungeon. Experience 11 shows, live actors and 500 years of history under one roof!

Highlights

  • Experience the sinister secrets of Amsterdam’s past through interactive media, life actors and special effects
  • Exhibits based on actual historical events
  • Family fun in the 11 shows that you can see in the Dungeon
  • Fun day out for the entire family

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What You Can Expect

The Amsterdam Dungeon

Visit the Amsterdam Dungeon

Take a step back into Holland's gory past with a trip to the Amsterdam Dungeon. Live actors, shows and interactive special effects ensure that you face your fears head on in this unique experience. Everything that you see is based on real historical events from the chilling story of the Spanish Inquisition, to life on board a VOC ship, torture and the plague.

With the spooky mirror maze Labyrinth of the Lost, the Torture Chamber or the 'Witches' show, the Amsterdam Dungeon provides a thrilling and fun experience that will leave you screaming for more! A day out for the family based on pain, fear, torture and death, are you brave enough?

Itinerary

The Amsterdam Dungeon Exhibits include:

Council of Blood
The Council of Blood at The Amsterdam Dungeon is a glimpse into 16th century Holland and the primeval law enforcement that encased everyone's life in fear.
Law breakers were subjected to hideous punishment, sometimes involving mutilation, burning and other torturous methods that rarely reflected the severity of the crime.

One example of this fear-inducing extremity was the Council of Blood, created in 1567 by Prince Alva. Cases of suspected treason and heresy were sent to this tribunal for their fate to be creatively sealed.

A few of the ingenious methods for 'disposing' of these people are demonstrated at the Amsterdam Dungeon. You will be shocked and appalled at the savage brutality employed by the Council of Blood. Wince and gasp in awe of the sheer scale of horror that was once common place.

Labyrinth of the Lost
Amsterdam, before 1579, was a treacherous maze at night with no lighting to guide citizens through the streets. Narrow alleys and side-streets lead to precarious ledges and canals which many unfortunate people would accidentally stumble across. Drownings were common and Night Watchmen with lanterns were employed to help guide people through the dark.

The Amsterdam Dungeon challenges you with the notorious Labyrinth of the Lost. Enter at your own peril! The Labyrinth twists and turns in a dizzying maze of passages that sucks the spirit from adventurers foolhardy enough to think they can get the better of it.

Beware the Night Watchmen who have become unscrupulous with the disdain for their job and the poor wages. Instead of providing help they are now another threat in the darkness of Amsterdam's Labyrinth.

The VOC
The VOC was the biggest trading company in the world throughout the 17th and 18th century. Ships crewed by up to 200 men sailed the globe transporting goods. A life at sea in those days, however, was a precarious affair and it was rare for journeys to be completed without suffering a few casualties on the way.

There were no vaccinations against foreign diseases and ship medical facilities were almost non-existent. Crews contracted Scurvy, Typhus, Dysentry, Pleurisy and Pneumonia, amongst other afflictions and would commonly perish before even reaching land.

Injuries and ailments requiring surgery would likely be dealt with by simply removing the afflicted limb! This treatment is what lead to today's stereotype of sailors with peg legs and hook hands.

Learn about the VOC at the Amsterdam Dungeon and cringe at the horrifying conditions these voyages involved.

Customer Reviews

Lisa M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent

travelking90

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Fun

Mallorie W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Extremely exciting and thrilling! Lots of fun! The ride at the end is just icing on the cake :-)

tamim a

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Worth the money, not short, includes a short intresting ride at the end, not soo scary as expected.

Deborah T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

Excellent well worth money

jonathan c United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2013

good fun, especially if you have teens.

alexwolf9

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2012

Nice and entertaining, scary too.

William B Ireland

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2012

Really enjoyed the trip. The actors were amusing and very entertaining. Well done to all. I would highly recommend this.

Jane F Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2012

Good fun, the staff spoke good English and it was well worth the visit

Amanda P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2011

Learning and excitement all rolled into one!

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