Royal Palace Amsterdam

Royal Palace Amsterdam

The Royal Palace Amsterdam nowadays is a public space and museum open for everyone. It was restored between 2005 and 2009 and is worth a visit. Only on Koningsdag (King’s Day), and Dodenherdenking (Remembrance Day) or when the Royal Family is expecting high guests; the Royal Palace is used as a palace. But when there is no official business to be done, the palace is open to everyone.

The Royal Palace Amsterdam is one of the best places to dive into the world of royal business, Dutch pride, Amsterdam’s history, classicist architecture, and great art from the last three centuries. It’s definitely one of the top picks in Amsterdam. Make sure you visit it during your stay!

History of the Royal Palace of Amsterdam

When the Thirty Years’ War raged in Europe, it was hard to remain economically stable as a nation. To become more independent from the political disasters of Europe, The Netherlands invested more and more in their influence in their colonies. The colonies were crucial for The Netherlands to survive in an imperialistic Europe. And, as in a lot of things, the Dutch did a great job in that. With the economic stability for the Netherlands came wealth for Amsterdam.  The Royal Palace Amsterdam is one of the results of the Dutch Golden Age of the 17th century.


In 1648 architect Jacob van Campen was commissioned by the city council to construct a new town hall to meet the standards of Amsterdam’s prosperity. He did this by constructing a classicist style building, which reflects the style of important buildings of the Roman Empire.

After 17 years of construction, the Palace was finally ready. It served as an administrative building until 1808. For quite a while, the palace was the biggest secular building in Europe.


When Louis Napoleon, the French emperor’s brother, made himself king of the Netherlands he decided to make the Royal Palace Amsterdam his residence in 1808. After his short reign, the Palace was given back to the city by William of Oranje in 1813.

The Royal Palace Amsterdam is now an official building of the city of Amsterdam, but is at the king’s disposal by act of parliament.

Practical information

For more information or to book a ticket, visit:

Dam Square
1012 JS Amsterdam

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