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West Church (Westerkerk)

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Address: Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 20 624 7766
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This magnificent Renaissance church (circa 1620) is identified by its high...

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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Impressive Church

This church isn't as big as some of the others that I have seen in Europe but the architecture is quite impressive. Even if you just don't pay the fee and view the outside it is... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Lombard, Illinois
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Lombard, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This church isn't as big as some of the others that I have seen in Europe but the architecture is quite impressive. Even if you just don't pay the fee and view the outside it is worth the time. Churches in Europe are very interesting to me. I have seen a lot. This is a nice one.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The West Church is majestic from the outside. Some days you might finds stands where cool things can be purchased. But there is a fee to enter the Church which seems wrong and, for me, was off-putting.

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A friend and I visited Amsterdam on Oct 31st and read online that you can climb to the top of the tower at Westerkerk (West Church),next to the Ann Frank house. Serendipity soon followed as Oct 31st was the end of the tower tour season in Amsterdam - we were lucky to get reservations (Important!) for both, one in the... More 

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Horsham UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

as a landmark, very useful in a town where the circular canals adn the radial roads do nto always make sense. Sisit teh Westerkerk any time, and its peaceful atmosphere will envelope you - on a rainy day, its welcome atmosphere is especially significant!

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Lincoln, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the church that has seen several Dutch Royal Family weddings. Queen Beatrix married Claus Van Amsberg when she was a mere Princess. It is quite close to Anne Frank's house and can also be seen from one of the many canal boat tours.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Trips up the tower are every half hour, but there are only six people per trip. So best to go early, book tickets for later in the day and enjoy the morning in Jordaan or the western part of downtown. The tower tour lasts half an hour and the view from the top is stunning. Very affordable as well, but... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

Westerkerk (free enry) is a large 17th-century church on the banks of Prinsengracht (canal) and Westermarkt in the city centre of Amsterdam. It is located next to the popular Anne Frank House and makes for a nice church visit if you are interested in these type attractions. Opening hours are 10am to 3pm (Mon-Fri) and 11am to 3pm (Sat) and... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I like visiting churches and this one, also called Western Church, is the biggest in Amsterdam - built in the early 1600s. It’s near Anne Frank’s house so you’ll come across it. There are good views to be had from the top of the tower, but the inside of the church is quite plain compared with many churches you’ll see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Impressive church right by the Anne Frank Museum. The tower is one of the best in the city. Very central, it definetely deserves a visit.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

This church is rather plain inside. The pews have been replaced by chairs. No information about its construction or history. Cute gift shop with cards and local items, but what does it mean when that's the best you can say. I did notice lots of interest in their tower tour which fills up.

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