oude kerk in short

oldest building in amsterdam

The Oude Kerk is located in the heart of Amsterdam, in the middle of the Red Light district. It is the oldest building in the city. A stone church, dedicated to St. Nicolas, was built around 1300. This church would eventually grow to become the impressive monument we know today.

museum with an international ambition

Oude Kerk is Amsterdam’s newest museum, with a national coverage and international ambition. The oldest building in the city houses one of the Netherland’s youngest art institution. Read more about the program.

Don’t forget to pay a visit to de Koffieschenkerij (Coffee Café), the former sacristy, for a coffee, cake or lunch. On the terrace in the monastery garden you can enjoy a view on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal, too.

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 17:45)

Sunday 13:00 – 17:30
(ticket desk closes at 17:15)

24 December 10:00 – 15.00
31 December 10:00 – 16:00

Closed on 27 April (Kingsday)

entrance prices
Debit and credit cards only, no cash

buy your ticket

entrance €10
cjp €7,5
student €7,5
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. You can book a guided tour through an external guide.

Group visits with or without a guide are welcome after registration through email. Oude Kerk recommends the following external tour guides:

Carolus van Doornen 020 – 638 35 62
Nathalie Kuik 035 – 693 50 34
ART-ViSiT is the new platform for educational activities from De Appel arts centre and the Oude Kerk. ART-ViSiT develops, organizes and conducts special programs for elementary and high schools focussed on contemporary art. Find more information (in Dutch) below:

Art-ViSit about (pdf)
Art-ViSit primary schools (pdf)
Art-ViSit high schools (pdf)