Amsterdam Churches

(Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands)

There are many beautiful and well-preserved churches to be found in Amsterdam.

Nieuwe Kerk (New Church)

Address: Dam, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 638 6990
Nieuwe Kerk is situated next to the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace). Contrary to its name, the Gothic-style New Church is one of the city's oldest buildings. Although still used for state occasions and the coronations of Dutch sovereigns, the principal uses are now as an exhibition centre and concert hall. Many famous Amsterdammers are buried here.

Westerkerk (West Church)

Address: Prinsengracht 279 281, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 624 7766
With its tower crowned by a blue orb and crown and gilded weathercock and rising to a height of 85 metres / 276 feet above the city, this magnificent 17th-century Renaissance church is one of the city's most important landmarks and is where Queen Beatrix was married in 1966, and reputedly the site of Rembrandt's grave. Energetic visitors may climb the steps of the tower to see the carillon, and marvel at the breathtaking views afforded over the Amsterdam skyline.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00
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Noorderkerk (North Church)

Address: Noordermarkt 44-48, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 626 6436
The 17th-century Roman Catholic church was completed in 1623 and designed in the shape of a broad Greek cross. The design which was unusual at the time, later became common for Protestant churches throughout the country.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 10:00 to 16:00
Admission: free

Zuiderkerk (South Church)

Address: Zuiderkerkhof 72, Amsterdam
Tel: +31 (0)20 622 2962
This attractive 17th-century church, designed by Hendrick de Keyser, was the first Protestant church in The Netherlands. The Zuiderkerk's tower ranks among the finest towers in Amsterdam and is nearly 80 metres / 262 feet high. Climbing to the top of the tower gives visitors a panoramic view over the city. No longer used as a church Zuiderkerk now houses an exhibition on town planning.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 12:00 to 17:00, Thursday 12:00 to 20:00
Admission: free

Oude Kerk (Old Church)

Address: Oudekerkplein, Amsterdam
Dating from the early 13th century and dedicated to St. Nicholas, Amsterdam's patron saint, this is Amsterdam's oldest church. Many of Amsterdam's most famous people are buried here. Nowadays concerts are often held in the church and the carillon can be heard chiming daily.
Open hours: Monday to Saturday - 11:00 to 17:00, Sunday - 13:00 to 17:00