Royal Palace in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Tourist Information

Once the Royal Palace of Amsterdam was the largest secular building in Europe, The last years the palace has served a number of different purposes since its construction in the mid-seventeenth century.

The Royal Palace in Amsterdam is one of three palaces in the Netherlands which are at the disposal of the monarch by Act of Parliament.

The palace was built as a city hall during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century. The building became the royal palace of King Louis Napoleon and later of the Dutch Royal House. It is situated on the west side of Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk.

Royal Palace Amsterdam
Royal Palace Amsterdam

The Royal Palace Amsterdam is used by the Dutch Royal House. During royal events the palace is closed but most of the year the Palace is open for visitors.

A free mobile guide is available in English, German, Spanish, French, Italian, Chinese and Russian.

Design of the Royal Palace

The design of this magnificent structure was left to the auspices of famed seventeenth-century Dutch architect Jacob van Campen. Though it's difficult to tell now, the entire building was made of gleaming white stone. Due to weathering, it now appears to be a brownish/gray. It was built to be the city hall for the magistrates of Amsterdam and they opened the first section in 1655. 

Through the centuries, the building has been known not only for its size and beautiful exterior but also for what's inside the Royal Palace. After it was built, famous sculptors and painters were brought to Amsterdam to create masterpieces to be exhibited there, so it's not unusual to find paintings by Rembrandt or other greats inside the Royal Palace. The theme of the d├ęcor was said to be designed to reflect the power of Amsterdam and the Dutch Republic.

City Hall of the Royal Palace

The City Hall first reverted to a Royal Palace when Louis Napoleon, brother of the famous emperor, was appointed to rule over Holland as king in the early 1800s. He decided to take over the building and, in turn, converted it to a palace. He decorated in Empire style and many of his furnishings can still be viewed by tourists today.
When Napoleon Bonaparte fell in the year 1813, the structure was returned to the city, but not for long. King William I liked it too and decided he'd prefer to reside there. Royalty continued to use the palace until 1936, when it again became a public building.

Currently, the building is at the Queen's disposal for state functions and is used often for such ceremonies.
Availability of the Royal Palace to visitors varies, depending on its use. When it is open, for a small fee tourists can visit several rooms inside the palace on a guided tour. Knowledgeable guides entertain visitors with plenty of history and some royal anecdotes as well.

Royal Palace Amsterdam official site

Hotel Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam

Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam is located in a historical building opposite Amsterdam Central Station. It features an indoor pool area, sauna facilities and a fine-dining restaurant with city views.

Services and facilities:

* Rooms with city views
* Indoor pool, Sauna
* Air conditioning
* Terrace
* Fitness, Spa and wellness
* Free WiFi
* Mini bar
* Private parking
* Vending machines
* Room service
* Laundry
* Tour desk

* Facilities for disabled guests

This 4-star hotel offers well-appointed guest rooms. They are decorated with warm colours and large windows. Each room has a private bathroom with a bath, air conditioning and coffee and tea facilities.
After a long day, guests can make use of the complimentary facilities offered at the Victoria Active Club. Here they can enjoy a massage in the beauty salon or take a dive in the swimming pool.

More information Park Plaza Victoria Amsterdam