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Holland's most famous concert hall

The building of Holland's most famous concert hall was inspired by Johannes Brahms, who conducted his Third Symphony in Amsterdam. However, he was not satisfied with the musicians, neither with the place of the concert. Because of this criticism some prominent citizens of Amsterdam established a new orchestra and built a concert hall opened in 22th April 1888.
The Concertgebouw was designed by Dolf van Gendt in Neorenaissance style. For the interior the Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig was responsible as example in order to get its perfect acoustics. The Concertgebouw Orchestra under the direction of famous directors developed into one of the best orchestras in the world.
In the early 1980s the building was found to be sinking into the damp Amsterdam earth. New substructure was the protection of the building as part of the renovation works completed in 1988.

There are no tours of the building, so you should visit a free lunchtime concert on a wednesday before 12:30, from September to June, in order to see the beautiful lobby.

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Nov 21, 2008

Het Concertgebouw

The word Concertgebouw has a fine ring to it to anyone who listens to classical music on German radio stations, because they keep playing brilliant recordings by the Concertgebouw orchestra.

Although that particular orchestra was not performing when I was in town, I did attend two other concerts in the beautiful building called the Concertgebouw, which fronts on the Museumplein across from the Rijksmuseum. This building dates from 1888, but has been tastefully modernized in recent years.

The name of this building means The Concert Building, as though it were the only one. It is an outstanding concert hall with fantastic acoustics.

It was built between 1882 and 1886, but not opened until 1888. It was modeled after the Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig, which is not the current Gewandhaus but the one that was destroyed by bombings 1943.

In the 1980s, a hundred years after the Concertgebouw was built, it had to undergo a major overhaul, particularly the foundations, which had been made of wooden pilings and after a hundred years were in a dangerous state of rot.

Second photo: Front view of Het Concertgebouw.

Third photo: The stage door.

Fourth and fifth photos: The new entrance hall and lobby were built in the 1980s and were highly controversial at the time. I personally think it is a brilliant addition, preserving the appearance of the original building while creating more space for the booking office and for the convenience of the spectators.

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Nov 23, 2012

An orchestra concert

The concert I attended in the large hall of the Concertgebouw was by the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra (Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest) which by coincidence was conducted by Yakov Kreizberg (1959-2011), whom I had seen twice before in a much less formal setting when he was conducting open-air opera performances in the courtyard of Weikersheim Castle in the summers of 2003 and 2005.

In the Concertgebouw concert, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra played a Beethoven piano concerto with a young pianist named Jonathan Biss, and then Schubert's Ninth Symphony, D944.

If by any chance you are 27 years old or younger, you can go to the box office 45 minutes before starting time and get yourself a Sprint Seat for that evening's concert for only 7 Euros (assuming it isn't sold out).

Second photo: Orchestra and audience.

Third photo: The large hall of the Concertgebouw during the intermission.

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Dec 17, 2012


The Concert Building is one of the most acoustically perfect concert halls in the world and is home to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The concert season runs from September through March and tickets run anywhere from about 15 to 100 Euros. Check out the website below for ticket information and performance schedules.

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Apr 30, 2004
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There's no such thing as a free lunch...

...but there is such a thing as a free Lunch Concert at the Concertgebouw. These are held every Wednesday at 12:30, except in mid-summer, and all you have to do is get there about half an hour beforehand, to be sure of getting a seat.

The concert I attended was held in the small recital hall and featured the Duo Albarus: Martin Grudaj, cello, and Elena Malinova, piano. The concert lasted about forty-five minutes, and they played works by Max Bruch, Ludwig van Beethoven and Sergej Rachmaninov. (By coincidence I heard three more works by Max Bruch two weeks later at an orchestra concert in Strasbourg.)

Second photo: People waiting downstairs in the new entrance hall for admission to the free Lunch Concert.

Third photo: Pianist Elena Malinova selling their CDs after the concert.

Fourth photo: People leaving the small Recital Hall after the concert.

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Aug 29, 2012

Buildings - Concertgebouw (Concert hall)

Like the "Rijkmuseum" the architectural concept of the Concerthall was based on a com[petition. It was built between 1883 and 1886 in a - then - far corner of the city, bordering a former municipality "Nieuwer-Amstel". The winning drawings were from .L. van Gendt and was exactly according to the demands to have two halls, a large for 2000 and a smaller for 450 people. On stage there's place for a choir of 500 singers and an orchestra for 120 musicians. Additional there are several dressing-, smoking- and dining rooms, as well as a rehearsel room. Very special is the garden, which is especially designed to have open air concerts in summertime. However, the city had to redirect a tramline that was running straight behind the garden, creating an enormous amount of noise, that ruined the music.

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Dec 20, 2003


This neorenaissance building is designed by A.L. van Gendt (Central Station). First concert is held in 1888.
This concertgebouw is world-renowned for its almost perfect acoustics and is one of the world’s busiest concert halls, with sometimes abt. 650 concerts per year.
There were made various renovations (1983-1988) – a.o. concrete piles replaced the wooden piles.

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Jan 07, 2004


The Concertgebouw is a concert hall in Amsterdam which literally translates as "concert building".

Because of its highly regarded acoustics the Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world.

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May 31, 2008

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concert hall (concertgebouw)

i have never been inside the building but i like the outside of the building.
the concert hall is near the museumplein where you find also the rijksmuseum, van goghmuseum and stedelijk museum. the american consulat is also nearby.

tickets for concerts +31-20-6718345, daily from 10:00-17:00 uur.
Payment by credit card.

Every wednesdayafternoon is there a free Lunchconcert at 12.30. This concerts are during the cultural season from september-june.
The second picture is taken from the roof of the supermarket Albert Heyn. AH.

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Apr 04, 2011

Concert Hall - Sala de conciertos

The Concertgebouw is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world because of its high acoustics quality. The hall opened in 1888. The resident orchestra of the is the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. It's said to be the second most visited concert hall in the world

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Oct 24, 2008


The Concertgebouw belongs to the top-3 concert hall in the world and is famous for its acoustics. But also the royal orchestra that has its home in this building is one of the best in the world. A must for music lovers!

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Nov 25, 2002

Bruckner at the Concertgebouw

We attended a performance of Anton Bruckner's Ninth Symphony by the Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by Claus Peter Flor, on 30 March 2008 (afternoon). Tickets for comparable events will normally sell for some 30-35 euro - we bought them at a reduced price.

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Mar 10, 2016

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Getting to Concertgebouw


Concertgebouwplein 2 - 6


  • Sunday 10:00 to 19:00
  • Monday 13:00 to 19:00
  • Tuesday 13:00 to 19:00
  • Wednesday 13:00 to 19:00
  • Thursday 13:00 to 19:00
  • Friday 13:00 to 19:00
  • Saturday 10:00 to 19:00