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West Church (Westerkerk)

Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
+31 20 624 7766
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This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its high tower (more than 245 feet high,) and is the site of Rembrandt's grave who was buried here in 1669.
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“bell tower” (28 reviews)
“tower tour” (18 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
+31 20 624 7766
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This tour was a pleasant surprise. We originally ran into the church to get out of the rain but the church was amazing to look at from the tombs in the floor to the architecture of the walls and ceilings however the bell tower tour...More

Thank Robert M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was surprised to find the church on a walking tour of Amsterdam. Above the clock is the carillon of 51 bells. The church is near the Anne Frank House and is mentioned frequently in her diary as she could hear the bells in the...More

Thank Bill_W5PT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It has become tradition that with every city break I go on, I climb to the top of the local monument to take in the aerial view. Sadly in Amsterdam this was not meant to be – you can only climb the tower as part...More

Thank theunlikely_foodie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This church is rather plain apart from the fabulous organ over the main door. There is a great artist painting inside and selling his paintings. We were lucky to be entertained by some fabulous tunes from the organ. Good place to see while you wait...More

Thank olie293
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Like most churches (and there are only a handful in this deeply Protestant city) this too has been converted into an exhibit space. It is bright and airy. There is a beautiful organ that plays occasionally.

Thank ZenHealer7
Reviewed 8 August 2017

The setting of this location gave additional sparkle to a global event. Certainly different. Excellent location for a glamorous event although the food service was very slow due to limited facilities and no bar facilities were available. However, it was certainly the most amazing setting...More

Thank LouthExec
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Climb up 187 steps to experience the best view of Amsterdam. The young guides take up a group of no more than six people at a time to explain the process of building the church and the particularities related to it. When you reach the...More

Thank Jelena M
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Not for the faint of heart, people out of shape, or those afraid of tight spaces!! For 9€ you can climb the church tower for an unobstructed view of Amsterdam. True, the stair are narrow. True, there are a few 'loose' stairs. True, there are...More

1  Thank PostcardPassenger
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I did the tower tour. It was great! I was worried about the number of steps but you get to stop on your way up for facts from thr guide. It was interesting. And then the 360 degree view was nice. You see 2 canals...More

Thank cdandoy
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

THE best view of Amsterdam. After living in Amsterdam for more than 30 years, I decided to finally climb the stairs of the "Westerkerk". The view was awesome, Amsterdam at its best! 360 degrees view of downtown Amsterdam. The stairs are very narrow but you...More

Thank dogo61
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
This UNESCO World Heritage Site is as historically
significant as it is perennially popular. Whether
you’re a history buff, architecture enthusiast,
shutterbug, or fashionista, odds are you’ll find the
Amsterdam you're looking for while roaming around the
Grachtengordel (Canal Ring). A brilliant place to get
lost in a moody meander and a key component to any
sightseeing trip to Amsterdam, this area's major draws
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1 April 2017|
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Response from 349Charles25 | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, I have no idea. The church is large, historic with many layers of subject matter. How long you spend depends on your interests. Most folks spend less than one hour, but if you are keen to understand the meaning of... More
29 March 2015|
Response from CheckGO | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, I just see this message today. I hope you enjoy your walk up the tower.