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The enchanting blue ceiling is one of the most eye-catching features of this heritage building.

Vondelkerk

The enchanting Vondelkerk stands surrounded by classic and stately houses at the edge of the Vondelpark. With its rich history, picturesque ceiling, neo-Gothic architecture and modern facilities, this atmospheric heritage building is a unique venue in Amsterdam. It’s no wonder that this is a place where exceptional, moving and tender stories are written.

Venue hire

Heart-warming and magical

The round nave, the heart of the church, is guaranteed to win the heart of any visitor – bride, musician, writer, convention participant, yoga practitioner or dinner guest. All this so close to the centre of Amsterdam, and with the Vondelpark as its back garden.

The picturesque ceiling evokes a fairy-tale atmosphere, enhanced by the beautiful light through the stained-glass windows. Singer-songwriter performances are memorable for their intimacy – you can see the guitar strings vibrating.

With its romantic ambience, the venue is ideal for weddings, with the Vondelpark as the perfect backdrop for first-class photos. You can pick up the key for the park’s island bandstand, which makes for a picturesque setting to immortalise the best day of your life.

Facilities

Professional and flexible

The Vondelkerk, like all Stadsherstel’s heritage venues, is equipped with modern conveniences such as underfloor heating, beautiful bathroom facilities and excellent audio-visual possibilities. Stadsherstel works together with a variety of renowned caterers who can provide anything from simple lunches to luxurious dinners. The Stadsherstel team is ready to help you realise your ideas and ensure that your event is a dazzling success.

The enchanting blue ceiling is one of the most eye-catching features of this heritage building.

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Floor area
265 m2
Reception capacity
250 people *
Concert capacity
200 people *
Dinner capacity
125 people *
* Due to the current corona measures, different numbers apply and we determine a maximum capacity per event. Please contact us to discuss this.
The church is open to the public every first Wednesday and third Sunday of the month from 12:00 to 16:00 (Sunday from 13:00).
The round nave, the heart of the church, is guaranteed to win the heart of any visitor.

The building

Architectural masterpiece in a prime location

This neo-Gothic cross-basilica was designed by the famous Dutch architect Pierre Cuypers and named after the 17th-century poet Joost van den Vondel. Cuypers, who also designed Central Station, the Rijksmuseum and dozens of churches throughout the Netherlands, was the project developer behind Vondelstraat. He considered the Vondelkerk to be his most beautiful church, not only in terms of its architecture but also because of the ideal setting in the midst of the community of Vondelstraat, for which he also designed the houses. Such was his enthusiasm, he moved into one of the houses looking out onto the Vondelkerk.

Even the toilets under the vaults are beautiful and have been voted the most beautiful toilets in the Netherlands.  

Restoring the city

Choose heritage

The Vondelkerk dates from 1872 and for many years it was a well-attended church, also known as the Church of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, named after the Catholic parish that worshipped there. Around a century later, due to secularization, the badly neglected building was threatened with demolition. However, a plan to restore and repurpose the church was developed, a foundation was established in 1980 to make it possible, and hence the beautiful building has survived to this day. Part of Stadsherstel’s redevelopment plan was to convert parts of the church into office space. The enchanting central space is available for hire, which ensures the church can be preserved and maintained. By choosing one of Stadsherstel’s venues, you contribute to the restoration of the city and the conservation of cultural heritage.

 

The Vondelkerk has a rich literary history. In 1969, the church was the setting for P.C. Hooft Award winner Gerard Reve to give a TV performance which caused a sensation and was talked about for years afterwards. Poet and author Simon Vinkenoog kept his archive in the church for many years, as do various publishing houses, including Uitgeverij Bas Lubberhuizen. Many book launches and literary events have been held in the Vondelkerk, and much has been written about the church itself. Writer Kees Fens described it in de Volkskrant as follows: “…a church as in a forest. And there lived a different God than in all the other churches in the city, a summery, rather distinguished, relaxed God. He was the main resident of the Vondelstraat.”
Quotes
You can immediately feel that you’re in a building by Cuypers.
Business event organiser
You’re so close, you’re almost sitting on the musician’s lap. You can see the strings vibrating.
Audience member, Hollow Coves concert
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