PALEIS op DAM / ROYAL PALACE AMSTERDAM

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Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam or the Royal Palace Amsterdam on Dam Square is certainly a majestic sight!
Built between 1648 and 1655, the exterior yellowish sandstone has turned grey/brownish over the centuries.

Renovated from 2005 until June 2009, the Royal Palace finally opened its door to visitors on 14 June 2009.
The interior is full of marble, old paintings, sculptures, giant chandeliers, lavish furniture, clocks and more. The main grand hall known as the Citizens’ Hall has marble floors inlaid with maps of the western and eastern hemispheres. Look for the sculpture of Atlas carrying the celestial globe on his shoulder.

It is not a must to visit but you should if you have the time. Get a glimpse at an actual working palace and learn about its royal history. Only most of the first floor is accessible to public so your visit should take a couple of hours. The entrance fees include free audio tour in different languages and they have special audio tour designed for kids too. Great way to educate and entertain my kids clicking and zapping away for information.

Royal Palace Amsterdam is placed at the King’s disposal and it is often used by the Dutch Royal House for official receptions & functions. It is open to public most of the time but always check website just to be sure.

Website: http://www.paleisamsterdam.nl/en
Opening hours are everyday from 10am – 5pm unless otherwise stated close for royal event.
Ticket prices are €10 for adults and under 18 years of age are free.
Free entry for Museum Card holders.

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