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It’s possible to arrive by boat and moor at the nearby jetty.

Schellingwouderkerk

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.

Venue hire

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.

Facilities

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.

It’s possible to arrive by boat and moor at the nearby jetty.

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Floor area
120 m2
Reception capacity
120 people *
Concert capacity
80 people *
Dinner capacity
50 people *
* Due to the current corona measures, different numbers apply and we determine a maximum capacity per event. Please contact us to discuss this.
If you’re interested, please make an appointment for a visit.
An intimate Amsterdam church in a rural setting.

The building

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.

 

 

The historic bandstand is an attraction in itself and is used annually during various festivals, including the Muziekkapel Festival and the Grachtenfestival.

Restoring the city

Choose heritage

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.

The church stands on a terp, an artificial mound constructed behind the dyke to protect the building from flooding. For this reason, farmers moved their cattle into the church during the great flood of 1916. Next door is a building that once housed a fire-fighting pump, but which is popularly known as the ‘drunkard’s lockup’, because it was used to detain people who were drunk and disorderly.
Quotes
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.
Suzanne, on her wedding at the Schellingwouderkerk
One of the most photogenic places in the Netherlands!
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