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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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  • Average18%
  • Poor2%
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“tower tour” (18 reviews)
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Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Canal Ring (Grachtengordel)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

While the address says Prinsengracht, it will easier to reach it by taking the street next to Magna Plaza, the old post office, walk over the canal, and it is right there. The grounds surrounding the church are actually facing Raadhuisstraat. Two things to note...More

1  Thank bob2bkk
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Westerkerk dominates the area in the vicinity of Anne Frank House. You cannot miss the tower on the skyline which you can also climb for views of the city. It is a beautiful looking church but easily overlooked by the massive queues waiting to get...More

Thank PrestonGuild
Reviewed 29 October 2017

For €8 you get a 30 minutes guided tour. Upon reaching the top you can see some beautiful and breathtaking views of the old town.

Thank iamloki
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

This beautiful church has added poignancy because it is a few buildings along the canal from the Secret Annex where Anne Frank was hidden, the the church bells were the ones she heard as she hid. The interior is plain in the Protestant tradition, except...More

Thank Sal P
Reviewed 23 October 2017

This is the church where Rembrant is buried as an indigent, so don't waste your time trying to find his grave inside the church. The visit was worth because of the climbing tour we found out when visiting the church. It takes about 30 minutes...More

Thank Paula F
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

A large imposing building that is well worth a visit. Quite plain inside as you would expect from this denomination but still atmospheric.

Thank Phil P
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The church is pleasant to visit and is very close to Anne Frank's house. The church offers a climbing tour that takes about 30 min. It was an average experience and I probably wouldn't recommend it. The stairs are very steep and very small; I...More

1  Thank Kaylee D
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

Starting my walk around 8:30 am, my feet and legs were feeling tired when I finally reached this church. It was raining and cold outside so this church gave me physical comforts. Decorations are few, nothing much to take pictures of! A lady was playing...More

Thank LolaGo1
Reviewed 27 September 2017

It's on the west side of Amsterdam, right next to the Anne franks house, it is a very big church and a bit impressive with its tall pillars of white marble, the organ is big and the inside of the church is too

Thank AriPadilla
Reviewed 27 September 2017

This church is located at the Westkerk tram stop. It is serviced by trams 13,14, and 17. The church is nice inside with interesting walls and ceilings. The bell tower is the draw to this church. If you climb 180 steep steps you will get...More

Thank sentellr
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.