Amsterdam Sights

St. Nicolaaskerk
(Saint Nicholas Church)

Built between 1884 and 1887, the St. Nicolaaskerk is the best known of the 'new' Amsterdam churches. This tall and spacious building, standing in a spectacular position opposite the Central Railway Station.

Architect A.C. Bleijs (1842-1912) designed the church in a combination of revival styles, predominantly neo-Baroque and neo-Renaissance. It is a classic three-aisled basilica.

Above the crossing stands a large octagonal tower with baroque dome and lantern. The stained glass inner shell of the dome has recently been restored to its former glory. The nave has been provided with new windows by artist Jan Dibbets. The interior is richly decorated, mostly by artist Jan Dunselman (1863-1931). As well as the Stations of the Cross, his sixteen scenes depicting the life of St. Nicholas form the major part of the decoration.


The organ in the St. Nicholaaskerk was built by the leading German organ builder Wilhelm Sauer in 1889. It is the only major work of Sauer in the Netherlands, and one of the very few of its period that remain in original state anywhere.

How to get there?

By tram: 1, 2, 5, 9, 13, 14, 17, 24 or 25 stop Centraal Station
By metro: 51, 53 or 54 stop Centraal Station
By car: nearest car park De Kolk

St Nicolaaskerk Amsterdam
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Sint Nicolaaskerk

Prins Hendrikkade 73
(opposite Centraal Station)

official website

Opening hours

Sun closed*
Mon 12:00 - 15:00
Tue 11:00 - 16:00
Wed 11:00 - 16:00
Thu 11:00 - 16:00
Fri 11:00 - 16:00
Sat 12:00 - 15:00

* Church services are Sundays at 10:30 hrs (in Dutch) and at 13:00 hrs (in Spanish)


free entrance

Other famous churches
in Amsterdam:

Nieuwe Kerk
Oude Kerk
Ronde Lutherse Kerk
→ St. Nicolaaskerk