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258,000 visit Royal Palace in Amsterdam in 2017

In 2017, more than 258,000 people visited the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Netherlands, according to the Royal Palace, which announced the data on Thursday.

This was up roughly 20,000 visitors from 2016 which saw 238,000 people visit the palace.

This year, the Royal Palace was open to the public for 245 days with the other 20 days being reserved for royal receptions.

The Royal Palace has said it will be open in 2018 for as many days as possible for people to tour.

Royal Palace of Amsterdam in 2016. Photo: Diego Delso (CC BY-SA 4.0)/Wikimedia Commons

The Royal Palace is located in the centre of the Dutch capital as one of the most famous historical buildings. It is the only palace in the Netherlands that is open for both tours and official business.

The official website says, “Visitors are welcome to discover an enchanting collection of artworks and furnishings when the Palace is not in use by the Dutch Royal Family.”

King Willem-Alexander utilises it as a reception palace, and it takes centre stage during state visits, gala dinners, and other royal occasions. It has been used for receptions for close to 200 years.

Gallery inside the Royal Palace. Photo: C messier (CC BY-SA 4.0)/Wikimedia Commons

Built during the Golden Age and designed by architect Jan van Campen, it was initially used as the Town Hall. The Royal Palace is situated in Dam Square opposite the War Memorial and next to the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church).

It was not until 1808 that it was transformed into a palace by King Louis Bonaparte, and the official website states, “His stay is still tangible today and his magnificent Empire furniture—one of the most beautiful collections in the world—is still used during royal receptions.”

You can find information about visiting the Royal Palace and ticket prices here. There are free audio guides in Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Chinese and Russian.

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