Amsterdam Sights

Royal Theatre Carré

The history of Royal Theatre Carré is closely associated with the family Carré, a family of riders and circus performers. In 1866, Wilhelm Carré got a temporary permission to build a small wooden circus in which they could show their acts. Eight years later Carré got permission to build a bigger and more beautiful circus building. But even this became too small.

In 1886, Oscar Carré got permission to build a complete concrete building and he started with the ramming of 1,450 wooden piles. The theatre was 26 meters high, 34 meters long and 37 meters wide. The seatings were placed in the shape of a horse-shoe, so 2,000 people could visit a show in Carré.

The beautiful concrete circus theatre along the Amstel river was a big hit from the beginning. Every evening there was a show in the theatre. Big stars from everywhere in Europe came to perform in the theatre while the visitors came from all parts of the Netherlands.

How to get there?

tram6, 7, 10, 20 - stop Weesperplein
metro51, 53, 54 - stop Waterlooplein
parkingnearest car park Stadhuis-Muziektheater

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Koninklijk Theater Carré

Amstel 115-125
Amsterdam (Plantage)


official website

Nearby sights:

Amsterdam Hermitage
dependency of the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg