You will find the Royal Palace at the Dam Square in the very center of Amsterdam. The palace plays a major role during state visits and other royal occasions. In addition , the Palace is open to visitors as much as possible. It is the only palace in the country that is both in active use and available for the public to visit. Visitors are welcome to discover an enchanting collection of artworks and furnischings. The Royal palace is a vibrant place where you can follow in the footsteps of royal guests through its imposing rooms and halls. The Royal palace is the largest and most prestigious building from the Golden Age, and one of the Netherlands’ most important monuments. It was originally built, not as a Palace, but as Amsterdams’ town hall. In 1808, King Louis Bonaparte, the brother of the French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte transformed the building into a Royal Palace. Since 1815, the building has been used by the Dutch Royal House to receive world leaders and heads of state. Today, it is one of three palaces, which the state has put at the King’s disposal. The King and Queen do not live in this palace, yet it is still used for royal events. For more than 200 years, the Royal Palace Amsterdam has been one of the residencies of the Dutch Monarchy. The Palace is used for receiving foreign Heads of State, royal receptions and award ceremonies. And the Palace plays an important role in royal marriages and in the abdication and investiture of the Monarch.
When the Royal Palace is not in use you can visit it. Even though the outside of the palace is spectacular in itself, the inside is even more spectacular.
Visitors are welcome to discover an enchanting collection of artworks and furnischings, when the Palace is not in use by the Dutch Royal Family. You are very welcome for a visit.