Close to the Oranjesluizen locks in rural Amsterdam, on a mound at the foot of the dyke, stands the church of Schellingwoude. This intimate white church, with its original bandstand outside, is one of the most romantic places in Amsterdam.
Friendly and versatile
Thanks to its picturesque location, the Schellingwouderkerk is the perfect venue for a wedding. With its unique ambience and quiet surroundings, the white church also makes the perfect setting for workshops, small-scale dinners, conferences and lectures.
A country church in Amsterdam
Situated inside the Amsterdam ring road yet in a rural setting! This is what makes this venue so unique and popular. The Schellingwouderkerk is located not far from the A10 ring road (exit s115), which makes it easy to reach by car. The heritage venue is also easily accessible by boat.
The bandstand next to the church is a perfect setting to drink a toast and pose for wedding photos. The organ can still be played, so if you like you can make your entrance to the old-fashioned strains of ‘Here Comes the Bride’.
The building is equipped with all the modern facilities needed to make your event a success, including heating and a good sound system. As the icing on the cake, the church has an authentic chandelier with real candles.
Contact the Stadsherstel team for inspiration and information about the possibilities in and around this picturesque venue.
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Past and present
Historical research before and during the restoration revealed that since the early 14th century several churches have stood on this terp, an artificial mound to protect against flooding. The current building dates from 1866. The restoration was completed in 2000 and since then the building has enjoyed a new life. The original interior has been left intact as far as possible and the beautifully carved pulpit dating from 1619 has been reinstalled.
Restoring the city
In the 1990s, there was a sharp fall in the number of churchgoers. In 1995, talks started between the Dutch Reformed Church congregation and the Amsterdam Monuments Fund (which merged with Stadsherstel at the end of 1999) about the possibilities of repurposing the church in Schellingwoude. The building was restored in 2000 and since then it has been available to hire for events. By hiring the church, you contribute to the maintenance of this historic monument and to the character of the city of Amsterdam.
This location really contributed to making it such a wonderful day. After a beautiful ceremony in the church we could cut and serve the cake in the bandstand outside. The team really listened when we came to discuss the wedding beforehand.
One of the most photogenic places in the Netherlands!