The 17th-century Amstelkerk has evolved from a temporary church, where Napoleon is said to have stabled his horse, into an atmospheric venue with wonderful acoustics. An idyll of peace and serene splendour in the heart of the city centre.
Since the 1990s, the central space of the church has been used for lectures, symposiums, dinners, receptions, weddings and concerts.
The Amstelkerk – located on the characterful Amstelveld near Reguliersgracht, Kerkstraat and Prinsengracht – is Stadsherstel’s most multifunctional venue, comprising offices, homes, the restaurant NeL and a permanent exhibition space.
Step into the Amstelkerk and you are bathed in light. The white wooden walls and ceiling, the spacious nave, and the daylight that pours through the high windows from the Amstelveld give the building its distinctive bright atmosphere.
Musicians from the Netherlands and beyond praise the acoustics. The restored Bätz organ can still be played.
All modern conveniences such as heating and toilet facilities are available. We work with professional partners both for catering and audio-visual equipment. To make your event even more memorable, you can arrive by boat and moor directly opposite the entrance.
Because De Duif is just a stone’s throw away, it’s possible to use two of Stadsherstel’s heritage venues for a single event. For example, you can combine a dinner at De Duif with a reception at the Amstelkerk.
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The church is open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 17:00, not only to view the monument from the inside, but also to visit the exhibitions.
From temporary ‘preaching shed’ to multifunctional building
Built as a temporary place of worship – once described as a ‘preaching shed’ – today the Amstelkerk is one of the most beautiful churches in Amsterdam. Municipal architect Daniël Stalpaert had the wooden church built in 1668-1670, with plans for it to be to be replaced by a large stone church on the Amstelveld. In the end, this was never built, so not only can we still enjoy this intimate ‘temporary church’, but also the distinctive Amstelveld has been preserved.
Restoring the city
By hiring this location you contribute to the restoration and preservation of the Amstelkerk in particular and of Amsterdam as a whole. Stadsherstel acquired the building in the late 1980s, when it was in a very poor condition. The restoration was completed in 1990 and Stadsherstel itself moved into the office spaces. Since then, the central space has been available for hire for events.
This wooden church – a rarity in Amsterdam – offers space for concerts and art exhibitions. With its beautifully proportioned windows, this intimate building has the elegance and style of a refined jewellery box.
It was so special to give my daughter away in this prime location!