Westerkerk
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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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Neighbourhood: Centrum
Amsterdam’s buzzing hub, with its sprawling network of tram rails and a seemingly constant flow of tourists and commuters, yields convenient access to some of the best sightseeing, shopping, and street life in Europe. Closest at hand are the Royal Palace, the quaint shops of Haalremmerdijk, the pedestrianized zones Kalverstraat and Dam Square with popular neighborhoods such as the Red Light District, and the Canal Ring hardly more than a moment’s stroll away. With the well-connected Centraal Station as Centrum’s base, it's easy to travel farther afield via one of the city’s iconic trams.
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therichastill
Stevenage, UK3,129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Westerkerk is one of the many beautiful churches in the centre of Amsterdam. It's about a 10 minute walk from Dam Square and is really close to the Anne Frank Huis.

It has some really lovely architecture, especially the clock tower.

Make sure you check out the Anne Frank statue outside the front of the church.
Written 5 August 2022
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Tigertribal
Craigavon, UK1,044 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Next door to the Anne Frank Museum & mentioned in her diary.

Completed in 1630, this is a Dutch Renaissance Protestant church.

Its 280’ tower, known as Tall John, is the highest in the city.

Admission free to Church but €9 to climb the Tower.
Written 21 July 2023
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sdyoung
Orlando, FL257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Beautiful church with powerful history. We only walked into the sanctuary and looked around. We understand there are tours but we didn't do one. We had just visited the Anne Frank House and wanted to see the church that rang the bells that made such a difference to her.
Written 4 May 2023
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centralvic
Ballarat, Australia1,371 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
I certainly thought of Anne Frank whenever I saw this- she mentions hearing the bells peal, and seeing the clock through the windows of the Annexe.
It was one of the landmarks for us while wandering around, as it was often easy to see in the distance.And it's a beautiful building in itself, so worth seeing. (We didn't go inside, though.)
Written 22 September 2022
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CMC71
Seattle, WA2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We visited Westerkerk and Anne Frank Huis in a couple hours in early April '03-- they are nearly next door to one another, making for a convenient morning or afternoon of sightseeing. There is a canal taxi stop almost right in front.

My wife and I were the only ones to take the modestly-priced tour to the top of the tower at that time. The view of the city was tremendous, though in early spring it can be windy and cold up there. The climb isn't too bad, but it does require some flexibility and care. Several interesting items on the way up. The entire tour (just the two of us and the guide, mind you) took about 45 minutes. Tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. The view of Amsterdam from the tower is not to be missed!
Written 24 June 2003
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Gwen W
Murfreesboro, TN2,038 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We loved seeing this old church. The staff were very helpful talking about its history and about those that were once buried there including Rembrandt.
Written 9 June 2022
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia34,338 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
The church on the Prinsengracht canal was built according to the design of the famous builder Hendrik de Keyser. However, a year after the start of construction, de Keyser died and his son Peter completed the construction. The 87-meter bell tower of the church is the tallest in Amsterdam. It is believed that Rembrandt is buried in the church. however, the slab with his name in the church is a cenotaph, the exact place of burial is unknown. One of the greatest artists in history died in poverty, just as the greatest composer Mozart would die in Vienna a century later. But what is certain is that Rembrandt's son Titus and his mistress Hendrikje Stoffels are buried in the church.
Written 28 January 2024
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nicinen
Sydney127 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Solo
As it was renovations on the church when I was there (and until november 2019?) I only had acess to the tower which was what I wanted anyway, to go up for the view.

I think it was about £9 for a half hour guide up there. I can't remember the name of the guide but it was a very friendly guy who brought us up there. Small groups which was nice. They locked our bags up in a locker room which annoyed me slightly but it was recomended to have hands free so I did that (free of charge and it's locked) and that was a good thing. I don't think I be able to get up there with a bag hanging of my shoulder.

It's not to far up so it's not hard at all however it's very small at some places so not sure a 'heavier' person can do it and it's also quiet steep at some places and sometimes it felt more like a ladder then anything else but I had a good time!
You get some history on the way up and get a stunning view.
I think it's worth a visit to see Amsterdam from above.
Written 9 July 2019
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Jason S
Phoenix, AZ58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Solo
My all time favorite attraction while I was in Amsterdam was climbing the bell tower in the Westerkerk.

The tour is very reasonable and is worth every Euro. You start off by climbing the narrow steps to the first floor of the bell tower. If you think the stairs are steep, just wait until you get to the top. The tour guides only allow 6 people to go up at a time so its never crowded or rushed. My guide was very friendly, spoke perfect English and gave us a great insight to the tower and its history. They might even let you ring the bells once or twice!

Once you get to the top, you can venture outside onto the wrap around balcony. Unbelievable views! I honestly cannot describe how gorgeous the views of Amsterdam were. The Westerkerk is the highest point in the city so you wouldn’t get a better view anywhere. Fantastic photo opportunity!

All in all I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone who will be visiting Amsterdam. Fun, informative tour with picturesque views of Amsterdam.
Written 13 September 2013
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Bobinku
Buffalo, NY173 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Couples
Westerkerk (West Church) is very near the Anne Frank House, as a matter of fact the Anne Frank statue is on its south side. Rembrandt is buried here and the church has an interesting layout. The real attraction, however, and one you must plan for, is the tower tour. The tour costs 8 euro and is in our top five of things we did in Amsterdam. Not only is the climb up incredibly interesting and filled with historical tidbits about the church, the city but you also get to view the huge bells used in the tower. At the very top is a precious, 360 degree view of the city.

The tour lasts a half hour and only six people are taken each half hour. You must get your place in line in person. So, if you are going to the Anne Frank House or other nearby attractions, get here early, reserve a tour that ends before your tour of the Anne Frank House starts - it's less than a two minute walk between the two. You will be pleased you did. Our tour was in English.

The tour is not for those who cannot handle stairs, as near the top the stairs are not very deep at all and are very steep. The view at the top is more than worth it for those willing to give it a try, even if it means going a little slowly. One woman on our tour was very glad she did it even though she knew she'd have a little trouble. Highly recommended.
Written 24 June 2018
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