Concertgebouw Amsterdam

November 29, 2013 in Amsterdam Blog, Attractions

The Concertgebouw (“Concert building”) is ranked among the top concert halls in the world when it comes to acoustics. It is also the second most visited concert hall in the world with just short of a million visitors a year. The historical building on the Museumplein is a must if you’re into classical music or opera, and a great idea if you’re looking to discover more about the genre. See what’s on in the Concertgebouw in the coming period.

concertgebouw amsterdam

The biggest stars in classical music have performed in the Concertgebouw. Famous conductors to the biggest masters of the instruments have all set foot in the historical building. Composers like Mahler and Strauss themselves have conducted in the Concertgebouw. More recent examples include Cecilia Bartoli and Yo-Yo Ma. The resident orchestra is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.

The building was built in 1888. This might be old for some, but to Amsterdam standards this is actually pretty new. There are two halls inside the building, the main concert hall displayed below.

royal concertgebouw amsterdam

Even though the Concertgebouw is one of the most prominent concert halls in the world, you still see the typical Amsterdam touch in a couple of things. For example, there is no formal dress code. Bear in mind that most people will dress formal, but it is not enforced. This leads to a relaxing atmosphere which is typical of the city. Another example are the free concerts which are held on Wednesday early afternoon. Tickets to other concerts are best to be purchased online.

concertgebouw museumplein

The Concertgebouw is located on the Museumplein. A good idea is to visit one or two of the museums, then have a bite to eat and visit the Concertgebouw. Multiple trams run past the concertgebouw and a taxi from Dam Square would set you back about 10 euros. It’s also great neighborhood to stay in, find all hotels near Concertgebouw here. Another tip: make sure you’re on time, they don’t let anybody in after the start of a concert to not disrupt the great sound. If you’re late you probably can get in during intermission.


concertgebouw ticketsAddress
Concertgebouwplein 10
1071 LN Amsterdam

Opening Hours
Open daily with concerts in the afternoon and in the evening

Ticket prices go from €15 to around €60.
Get tickets to the Concertgebouw here

How to get there
Tram 5 from Central Station, the Concertgebouw is located on the Museumplein

Website (English)

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