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Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam) Tours

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Royal Palace Amsterdam (Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam)
In the center of Amsterdam, the Royal Palace (Koninklijk Paleis) is the official state palace of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. It is used for state visits and gala dinners and is often open to the public for tours of its lavish rooms.

The Basics
The Royal Palace in central Dam Square was built in the mid-17th century in classical style by architect Jacob van Campen. It rests on about 13,500 wooden piles to counteract the city’s unstable sandy terrain. Originally the city’s town hall, the building became a royal palace in 1808 when Napoleon installed his brother Louis as king. After the French left, the Dutch royal family put the palace to use for ceremonies and state receptions.

Inside the Royal Palace, you find grand interiors that highlight the wealth the city enjoyed in its Golden Age, including a central hall filled with marble carvings. A sculpture of Atlas holding up the world is a highlight. The palace is a popular stop on walking tours of the city and skip-the-line tickets can be prebooked.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Entry to the Royal Palace is via paid ticket and includes an audio guide.
  • The palace is wheelchair accessible.
  • The palace is closed whenever there is a state function or other event. 

How to Get There
The Royal Palace is located in Dam Square in the center of Amsterdam. It’s within walking distance from Central Station. It’s accessible on foot, by bike, and as part of many guided tours of the city.

When to Get There
People typically spend up to two hours visiting the palace. It’s a good choice to visit on one of Amsterdam’s frequent rainy days. Check that it’s open before you go as the palace is closed whenever there is a state function or event.

Visit the Hermitage Amsterdam   
For history through the lens of art visit the Hermitage Amsterdam, a branch of the famous St. Petersburg Hermitage Museum. The museum displays works of art and sculpture from around the world, often with a focus on Russian works. The museum—along the Amstel riverfront—is housed in a former residence for the elderly, and the building’s original kitchens can still be visited.
Address: Nieuwezijds Voorburgwal 147, Amsterdam 1012 RJ, Netherlands
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Small-Group, Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

Amsterdam Small-Group, Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

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Come and join us on one of our legendary and Tripadvisor top 3 boat tours and get ready to cruise along the Amsterdam canals on our unique, electric boats. We have small open boats so you are able to enjoy the full experience! On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam. Our canal cruise is a great alternative compared to those old-school tourist canal boats that your grandma probably recommended.
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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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  • 3 hours
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$39.48
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Amsterdam Small Group Food Tour

Amsterdam Small Group Food Tour

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Visit Amsterdam's culinary hot spots on this 2.5-hour food and walking tour. Alongside your guide and small group, limited to just 12 foodies, travel around town to taste popular local dishes such as salty fries and fresh herring. Sample pungent artisan cheeses, and throw back a house spirit at a 17th-century distillery. Along the way, gain insight into Amsterdam’s gastronomic roots and the historic Dutch spice trade.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Amsterdam Beer Tour

Small-Group Amsterdam Beer Tour

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Find beervana on this 3-hour evening Amsterdam beer tour that avoids the tourist-traps and showcases some of Amsterdam’s quality bars. An in-the-know guide takes a small group, limited to just 12 beer nuts, around the picturesque city to popular local watering holes, including a brewery in the Red Light District and a beer hall boasting more than 200 types of frothy goodness! Along the way, sample three beers and learn about the Netherlands' beer-brewing history.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Private Tour: 8h Amsterdam and Holland Countryside Tour

Private Tour: 8h Amsterdam and Holland Countryside Tour

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Experience highlights of Dutch history and culture on a private, full-day tour of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside. Begin with a walking tour of Amsterdam’s most important landmarks and charming neighborhoods, and then step back into the 17th century with a lunch stop in quaint De Rijp village. Admire a land of green pastures, wooden houses, and windmills in the UNESCO-listed Beemster Polder, and see how Gouda cheese is produced at a local dairy farm. Throughout the day, enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide.
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  • 9 hours
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Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)

Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)

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Discover the fascinating history of the most liberal city in the world with FreeDam Tours - the best-rated walking tour in Amsterdam! On this unique tip-based tour * you will discover how freedom and tolerance shaped the city and its people throughout the ages. Your super-local guide will combine beautiful sightseeing with exciting storytelling and cover everything you need to know about Amsterdam in one tour: history, modern life, culture, art, fun facts and personal stories for a unique insider’s perspective on life in Amsterdam. Be prepared to challenge all your preconceived ideas about this city because after this tour you will never look and think of Amsterdam the same way! * Tip-based walking tour means you can join this tour basically for free (you will only be charged the booking fee, marketing fee and tourist tax) after which you tip your guide what you think the tour was worth. That motivates us to give you the best tour and you get the best possible value!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming. Escape the crowds with this private canal tour. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point. Enjoy a chilled drink while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of the city.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

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Gain an intimate glimpse of Amsterdam on this small-group walking tour, led by an experienced guide. Discover city highlights and hidden gems such as the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Oude Kerk, as well as plenty of locally loved cafes and learn more about the city’s history and culture as you explore its picturesque streets on foot.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tour

Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tour

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Join this 2 hour walking tour and discover all about life during nazi-occupation in the early 1940s. Find out how the people endured important events such as the February strike and the hunger winter. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and their struggles during this dark period of time. Learn all about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city and Learn more about Amsterdam’s troubled past. Get an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived during and after the Second World War. See many sights like the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Discover sites like the Dokwerker and the Auschwitz Monument. Hear stories about Anne Frank and her family, her move from Germany, her now famous diary and how her father published it after the war.
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Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour w/ Private Tour Option

Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour w/ Private Tour Option

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Amsterdam has been a beer-loving city since the 12th century. Back then, drinking beer was as normal as drinking water. In fact, the water was so polluted that everyone drank beer — even the children. The Dutch traveled far and wide, bringing wheat and rye from Germany, where they learned how to brew beer. After a long investigation revealed a scandal amongst the big breweries of Amsterdam, small breweries started to pop up, growing and expanding within the city. In turn, this led to the growth of Amsterdam's craft beer culture, where more and more people were interested in local beers made by local people. When you join our Amsterdam: Secret Beer Tour, you'll visit and get to know two of these small breweries.
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Gay LGBT History Tour Amsterdam, 2 Hours Walk about Amsterdam's Gay LGBT History

Gay LGBT History Tour Amsterdam, 2 Hours Walk about Amsterdam's Gay LGBT History

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Get an in-depth look at LGBT history in Amsterdam on this walking tour with a guide who lived through the beginnings of the movement. Listen to an oral history of the 1980s and 1990s, when Amsterdam was the gay capital of the world, and visit landmarks important to LGBT history. With a small group of just 10 people, you'll have plenty of chances to ask questions and enjoy an intimate group atmosphere.
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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

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Learn about Amsterdam's Jewish history on this private tour. Visit what was once the Jewish Quarter, with its old Synagogue and former Jewish theater (Hollandse Schouwburg) before heading to the Anne Frank House via tram. Here you have the option of going inside to see where the famous diarist hid until she was finally captured during WWII. Tickets are not included, but we can advise you on the best way to visit after the tour.
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  • 4 hours
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Amsterdam Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide & Stroopwafel

Amsterdam Small Group Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide & Stroopwafel

There is no better way to visit Amsterdam than join our small group tour, during a leisurly walk of approximately 2.5 hours our local guide, will show you the most famous areas and monuments such as the Dam square, the Royal palace, the Rembrandt house, the Anna Frank’s house; will lead you throught the narrow alleys and in-tricate canals of the Red Light District; will highlight the hidden gem of the Begijnhof, a group of houses built around a secluded courtyard and garden which provided modest homes for the Beguines - a group of unmarried religious women who lived together in a close community under vows of chastity. Moreover you cannot miss to wander the Waterlooplein Flea Market, where more than 300 vendors meet daily to sell antiques, vintage clothing and antiquarian books. Our tour includes everything: even a tasting of waffles to treat your sweet tooth! Discover, learn, taste in a friendly group, don’t miss this amazing experience!
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Amsterdam Private Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide & Stroopwafel

Amsterdam Private Tour of Must See Sites with a Native Guide & Stroopwafel

This private tour allows a complete personalization, to fully meet your preferences and expectations. A local guide, art and history expert,will lead you at the discovery of the uniqueness of Amsterdam, the Venice of the North, you will see places and monuments but most of all will appreciate the flavour of the city that appeals millions of visitors every year. Let’s start our tour from the famous Dam square, here we can’t miss to admire the neoclassical Royal Palace and the Gothic Nieuwe Kerk. Following the Amstel we will explore canals and narrow alleys, view the Rembrandt museum and Anna Frank’s house, enter the hidden courtyards of the Begijnhof, climb romantic bridges, adventure inside the famous Red Lights District. Your exclusive guide will also offer a taste of delicious Dutch waffle. At the end of the tour you will feel like parting!
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$132.66
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Amsterdam Small Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam Small Group Walking Tour

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Get local insight into the bustling city of Amsterdam on this small-group, comprehensive walking tour, which typically covers several popular attractions such as Anne Frank House, Royal Palace, and the Jordaan district. Ideal for travelers new to Amsterdam or those short on time, this tour takes the guesswork out of seeing the top sights and offers a more intimate experience than other overcrowded tour groups.
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  • 3 hours
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$49.35
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Amsterdam Private Walking Tour

Amsterdam Private Walking Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective of Amsterdam on this private walking tour, led by a city local. Benefit from your guide’s historical and cultural insights as you stroll between landmarks including the Anne Frank House and Begijnhof and enjoy plenty of time to ask questions and receive top tips for the rest of your stay.
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  • 3 hours
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$164.26
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Amsterdam Private Full Day Walking Tour

Amsterdam Private Full Day Walking Tour

Escape the crowd! Whether it’s just you and your significant other, or an extended group of friends, our private tour is specifically designed so that you will get to know Amsterdam intimately. Not only is there plenty of time for all your questions, but all so a chance to get all your travel tips and recommendations from the guide.  Get well acquainted with Amsterdam’s cobblestoned streets on our 6-hour tour, walking over the many beautiful bridges overlooking the iconic canals on Canal Belt. You will be guided along the waterways, seeing the recognizable tall and slim buildings and the many houseboats. On a private tour your guide will be happy to tailor your experience on the day based on what you want to do and see. You’ll get personalized recommendations for where to eat and explore for the rest of your stay and of course, the chance to ask all the questions you want! To choose a Nova Fairy Tales experience is to discover Amsterdam, not just visit it!
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$222.40
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Amsterdam Canals on Luxury Canal Tour - See All Main Landmarks

Amsterdam Canals on Luxury Canal Tour - See All Main Landmarks

This 1-hour boat tour through the heart of Amsterdam loads up your travel palette in living color. To feel the atmosphere of Amsterdam, you should definitely see its channels. During boat trip you will notice things that are not visible from the streets. Cute houses, numerous bridges, and endless berths leave an indelible impression. That’s a completely different reality. You will observe the amazing Jordaan, the charming Haarlemmerstraat, the Red Lights Distric. You will pass through main Amsterdam canals, including the Amstel, the Emperor's Canal and the Prinsengracht. Learn a lot about the history of Amsterdam in just an hour. Delightful experience, fantastic sites, cozy boat and charming captain are waiting for you! • Explore rich mix of must-see historic sites of old Amsterdam and jaw-dropping views of canals • This is the most comfortable and quick way to observe all the important landmarks • Sit back, relax and experience all the splendor of the city
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Must-See Historical City Walk with Local Expert

Amsterdam Must-See Historical City Walk with Local Expert

Meet Amsterdam, the city which invented tolerance, liberalism and open-mindedness. This tour will bring you a colorful mix of must-see spots and local charms. It is a great way to explore the city, if you don’t know where to start. Discover the must-see landmarks, beautiful canals and important historic areas. All along the way your guide will bring Dutch culture and history vividly to life. • This compact journey will introduce you to the most iconic Amsterdam spots • You will get a better understanding of Dutch liberal culture • Learn more about Amsterdam’s rich history and heritage • Find out how a small fishing town became the center of world’s trade
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Private 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Private 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Grab the opportunity and make the most out of your stay in Amsterdam by discovering the best this city has to offer in a fully customizable tour! At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up from your accommodation in a private vehicle ready to share the historical facts, the necessary information about the sights and, of course, his personal input in order to immerse you into the Amsterdammer lifestyle. Admire the marvelous Dam square, the architecture of Royal Palace and the Rijksmuseum. Drive down past the famous Van Gogh museum and take a stroll around the Albert Cuyp Market and the Amsterdam Canals. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the ride, your friendly driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 2 hours
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$78.30
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$78.30
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Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Private Half-Day Sightseeing Tour in Amsterdam

Grab the opportunity and make the most out of your stay in Amsterdam by discovering the best this city has to offer in a fully customizable tour! At the desired time, an experienced English-speaking professional driver will pick you up in a private vehicle ready to share the historical facts, the necessary information about the sights and, of course, his personal input in order to immerse you into the Amsterdammer lifestyle. Immerse yourself to the beauty of Amsterdam. Walk along Dam square, Alber Cuyup Market and the Red light district. Admire the architecture of the Royal Palace and Rijksmuseum. Do not miss out on taking a photo at the famous Windmill of Amstel and the Amsterdam Canal. Our drivers are not licensed to accompany you into the sights but are very knowledgeable of the places visited and will provide all the necessary historical information and their local perspective. At the end of the ride, your friendly driver will drop you off at your accommodation.
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  • 4 hours
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$136.30
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$136.30
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