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oude kerk in short

 

 

oldest building in amsterdam

The Oude Kerk in Amsterdam’s Red Light District is the city’s oldest building and one of the city’s youngest art institutions. In the seven or so centuries since it was founded, the church has evolved into one of the most imposing Gothic ecclesiastical buildings in northern Europe.

More than 20,000 residents of Amsterdam have been buried here over the centuries, including Saskia van Uylenburg – Rembrandt’s first wife – the composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck and naval hero Jacob van Heemskerck. In the church’s period rooms you can find masterpieces that include paintings by Emmanuel de Witte, Cornelis Springer and Johannes Bosboom. Many people regard the Oude Kerk as the most beautiful and most authentic building in Amsterdam. After a comprehensive restoration between 1955 and 2013, the Oude Kerk now profiles itself as an historical monument with contemporary art, which involves inviting a diversity of internationally renowned artists to create new work for this centuries-old monument.

Read about what you can currently do and see in the Oude Kerk here.

Visit the koffieschenkerij café and lunchroom in the church’s former sacristy, for coffee and cake or for a savoury lunch. From the terrace in the cloister garden there’s a unique view of the Oudezijds Voorburgwal.

The Oude Kerk Congregation (Oude Kerk Gemeente or OKG) holds three services per week in the church. You can find further information about the times of services here (in Dutch only).

address

 

Adres Sander Heezen

oude kerk
oudekerksplein 23
1012 gx amsterdam
the netherlands

Tel: +31 20 – 625 82 84
E-mail: info@oudekerk.nl

Oude Kerk is situated an 8 minute walk from the Central Station. The area is hard to reach by car, which is why we recommend using public transport.

Follow the Damrak, turn left in front of department store De Bijenkorf. Follow the narrow alley alongside the parking garage of the Bijenkorf until you reach the Warmoesstraat. Turn left on the Warmoesstraat and right into the second street: De Wijde Kerksteeg. Now you will see the Oudekerksplein, walk clockwise around the church to reach the entrance.
In front of the Central Station take tram 4, 9, 16, 24 or 25. Get off on the first stop: Dam square. You will see department store De Bijenkorf; walk left and follow the narrow alley alongside the parking garage of the Bijenkorf until you reach the Warmoesstraat. Turn left on the Warmoesstraat and right into the second street: De Wijde Kerksteeg. Now you will see the Oudekerksplein, walk clockwise around the church to reach the entrance.
You can reach to Oude Kerk by car from Oudezijds Voorburgwal. Until 11 a.m. the Oude Kerk can also be reached through Warmoesstraat. From 8 p.m. the area around the church is closed for cars. You can park your car at the Parking Bijenkorf or at the Parking Central Station.

Route planning
Route 1
Prins Hendrikkade – Nieuwe Brugsteeg – Oudezijds Voorburgwal

Route 2
Prins Hendrikkade – Geldersekade – Nieuwmarkt – Kloveniersburgwal – Rusland – Sint Agnietenstraat – Oudezijds Voorburgwal

The Oude Kerk is reasonably accessible for people in wheelchairs or with crutches.

For more information please visit Toegankelijk Amsterdam.

visitor information

 

Foto: Wim Hanenberg

opening hours

Monday til Saturday 10:00 – 18:00
(ticket desk closes at 17:45h)

Sunday 13h00 – 17h30
(ticket desk closes at 17h15)

Closed 15 – 23 November 2017,
25 december & 27 april.

entrance prices
Debit and credit cards only, no cash

buy your ticket

entrance €10
cjp €5
student & <21 €5
holland pass €7,5
groups from 20 persons €7,5
museumkaart free
children under 13 years free
vriendenpas free
icom card free
iamsterdam city card free
stadspas free 

 

tours

 

Rondleidingen Wim Hanenberg

soundwalk (audio tour)

The Soundwalk of Oude Kerk is available, both at the entrance desk and online. This accompanied walk with Dutch actress Halina Reijn introduces you to the church, its architecture and its history and the program with contemporary art. The tour incorporates stories, interviews and music, shedding light on hidden histories that you might never have suspected.

The online stream of the Soundwalk is available here.

During the tours on the architecture and history of the Oude Kerk, you will learn all the secrets of the building. Interested? Contact the Oude Kerk for more information: marketing@oudekerk.nl.
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