Royal Palace, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The city hall is a great masterpiece of Dutch Renaissance architecture (©Ahavelaar/iStock)

Koninklijk Paleis

Built on 13,659 wooden piles (a figure every Dutch child knows by heart), Jacob van Campen’s city hall is a great masterpiece of Dutch Renaissance architecture. In 1808 Napoleon’s brother turned the building into a royal palace, complete with chandeliers and Empire furniture. The building, now state owned, occasionally hosts royal functions and events when it is closed to the public. Open 11am-5pm (days vary); free tours in Dutch and English. 

Address: 
Dam
Amsterdam
Netherlands
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Map of Koninklijk Paleis