Royal Palace on the Dam

former city hall of Amsterdam, built in 1648

The Royal Palace of Amsterdam - situated on Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam - is King Willem-Alexander's official reception palace.

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The Royal Palace of Amsterdam is situated on Dam Square in the centre of Amsterdam, built in 1648 as a city hall by Jacob van Campen.

Historical building

The power and wealth of Amsterdam was reflected in the building and its interior design.

The building's classical facade, fine sculptures and paintings were intended to glorify the city of Amsterdam and its government. In the 17th century it was the largest secular building of Europe.

Nowadays it is used mainly for official state functions, for example state visits, the King's New Year reception and other official receptions.

Open to visitors

The Palace is used for receiving foreign Heads of State, royal receptions and award ceremonies, but is open to the public when it is not being used for official occasions.


For more than 200 years, the Royal Palace Amsterdam has been one of the residencies of the Dutch Monarchy

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Atlas on the roof of the Royal Palace on the Dam
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Dutch King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima
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The Royal Palace during Christmas time
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The Royal Palace Amsterdam illuminated in the colours of the French flag out of solidarity (2015)