The Concertgebouw

Have you wondered what that beautiful building behind the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is? Well, it’s the world famous Concertgebouw. It is generally regarded as one of the best concert halls in the world, right up there with the famous golden hall of the Vienna Philharmonic. Music lovers from all over the world flock together here for the quite diverse programming.

Personally, I’ve been to a few Star Wars concerts (yes, I know) on this hallowed ground for classical music. Now, if Star Wars isn’t your thing, then you might be interested in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO). Again one of the best orchestra’s in the world right up there with the Vienna Philharmonic.

The main hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam.

Behind the scenes of the Concertgebouw

But if you can’t visit one of the concerts or if you are interested in how a concert hall like this functions, then I can recommend one of the behind-the-scenes tours the Concertgebouw has.

In about 90 minutes, one of the employees of the Concertgebouw will guide you around from the main hall to the rafters. There you can look right down on the stage and the hall beneath you.

The rafters above the main hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

But even more impressive is the basement where all the artist dressing rooms are. You’ll see the director’s room and the dining hall where the orchestra’s can eat and drink before and after the concerts.

As a visitor, you never get to see all these places so you can choose your own adventure in the Concertgebouw.

If you are going to a concert, then know that there are several price tiers. Booking in advance is a must. There is a chance that the concert you wanted to visit is fully booked, so once your plans are final, book your ticket too. The same goes for the guided tours.

The main hall of the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam

As for pricing: depending on the concert tickets are surprisingly affordable, with tickets going from 25 euro’s for a ticket in the back of the hall to 100+ euro for the prime seats front and center. But in all honesty, there is hardly a terrible spot in the hall. I sat in a lot of the cheap seats and never felt cheated, so don’t be scared to save a few bucks if you don’t feel like paying for the prime spots.

Feel like a visit? Then check out the website of the Concertgebouw.

How to get to the Concertgebouw

The Concertgebouw is located in the city center of Amsterdam. If you are able then you can walk all the way from Amsterdam Central Station to the concertgebouw if you want. This will take a good 40 minutes of walking, but it takes you through a lot of the cool parts of Amsterdam.

Public transport:
The Concertgebouw is on the outskirts of the city center of Amsterdam. That means there are several tram lines that will get you either to the Rijksmuseum (5 minutes away from the Concertgebouw) or even right in front of the building.

You can also take the subway to the Vijzelgracht-station. From there it is only a 10 minute walk.

From further away:
If you are not staying in Amsterdam then the central station is not the best place to hop off the train in Amsterdam for you. Go to Amsterdam South WTC and take a tram from there. This will get you right up to the front door.

You can also take the subway to the Vijzelgracht-station. From there it is only a 10 minute walk.

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