Discover the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

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Rembrandt's Night Watch - swarmed by visitors to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

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You can order the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam entrance ticket online. This allows you to visit the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam without having to wait. Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam Everybody should visit for himself The Netherlands, his art and his history. We use the departure day of our trip to the Netherlands for a flying visit. We get to know Dutch masters like Rembrandt and Vermeer. However, we mostly look at their masterpieces from afar. We are not the only ones who want to see them. But we dive into the history of the HOC. We also learn a lot about the Dutch. Best of all: we see one of my favorite portraits of Vincent van Gogh.

During our visit, there is a special exhibition with the works of Rembrandt. Therefore, we start our tour of Holland's painting with a boat tour. It leads us through the canals of Amsterdam in the footsteps of Rembrandt. An actress runs it. She represents Hendrickje Stoffels. With her, Rembrandt began a relationship after the death of his wife. That's how “Hendrickje” tells us about her life with the painter. She tells how she gave birth to his daughter as his lover. We also get an insight into the life of the Rembrandt van Rijns family.


Dutch masters in the Rijksmuseum - Rijksmuseum Amsterdam entry
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Rembrandt and Vermeer

Equipped with the stories from “Hendrijckje Stoffels” we visit the Rijksmuseum's gallery of honor. We can see Rembrandt van Rijn's night watch only from a distance. The rush of visitors is too great. We prefer to visit the adjoining rooms instead. There we see other works by Rembrandt. Among them is his self-portrait. “Hendrickje” praised Rembrandt's nubble nose on the boat tour. We can now admire this. The masterpieces in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam include “The woman who reads a letter”. Also “The Milkmaid” by Johannes Vermeer. They all testify to the skills of the 17th century masters from Holland.


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Many works by these artists provide an insight into the life of Holland. This includes “The Fête Champêtre” by Dirck Hals. In it, a society celebrates life in the country. "The happy fiddler" by Gerard van Honthorst likes savor his drink. Both his expression and the glass in his hand prove that.


Dutch merchant ships
Merchant ships in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam - in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam entry without waiting

East India company

As a friend of the history of the discovery of the world, I find the exhibitions about the East India Company Hollands in the Rijksmuseum interesting. Shown are pictures and drawings. These present the way of the Dutch on the northern route through the Arctic to the west. They also give an insight into their routes to Southeast Asia. Sailors repel a polar bear with the spear. This comes dangerously close to them. Hendrick Cornelisz Vroom's painting by 1599 shows the return of the second expedition to the East Indies. This provides insights into a time when the earth was not so well known!


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We learn more about the trading activities of the Dutch East India Company. In addition, their relationships with the Natives are an issue. As well as their entanglements in the sugar trade of the Caribbean and in the slave trade.


Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Entry possible without waiting


Our time before our departure in the evening is enough for a tour of the artworks of the Renaissance. These are located in the basement of the Rijksmuseum. We also take a look at Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait. In front of it, only a few visitors are gathered. Maybe it's because the painting does not have the dimensions of Rembrandt's Night Watch?

Bibliotheek of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Even if you are not researching in the archives of this library, take a look at the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Bibliotheek. It is a sight in itself. From above, you can take a look into the library's reading room from the 19th century.

The research library of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the most important libraries in the world. Here you will find everything from auction and exhibition catalogs to books, periodicals and annual reports relating to the museum's collections. If you want to research, you need an access permit. Information can be found on the library page.


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If you have an evening flight from Amsterdam, then this day can be combined with a visit to the museum. We check in our luggage at the airport. Then we take the 197 bus from Schiphol Airport Plaza to the Rijksmuseum. You save time when you order the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam entry online. Thus, you bypass queues.


The museum is open from 9.00–17.00. From there we reach our return flight around 21.00 clock.

Information about the museum you can find under this link.

Museum Shop

The Rijksmuseum Shop is located in the atrium of the museum. It is open 365 days from 9: 00 to 18: 00 clock. There are products specifically for the museum. In the basement there are books.

You can find Rijksmuseum Amsterdam prices and opening hours under this link. 

Rijksmuseum parking

There is parking near the Rijksmuseum. Parking fee is required. Alternatively there is a parking garage under the Museumsplein. Map, Q-park, Van Baerelstraat 33b, entrance at the Concertgebouw site

Rijksmuseum restaurant

The restaurant likes to invite chefs. If you don't want to eat in the museum restaurant, you can find a selection of the best restaurants in Amsterdam at Lust 'till Dawn.

Opening hours:

Mon to Sat, 11.30 - 15 | 17 - 22 clock
So 11.30 - 15 clock


Information about Amsterdam and surroundings

How the participants of our blogger trip experienced Amsterdam in the Netherlands you can read here:

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Quelle Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Entry without waiting: research on site for Rijksmuseum Amsterdam entry. We thank the Rijksmuseum and Rembrandt Cruises for the invitation. A thank you also to Simone from To Holland for the travel organization. Information is available in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam Wiki.

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Discover the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Slow Travel and Enjoyment travel blog TravelWorldOnline Traveller. You have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Your topics are Trips to Savor and wine tourism worldwide and Slow Travel. During her studies, Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she traveled to the USA and Canada - sometimes together with Petar Fuchs - and spent a research year in British Columbia. This strengthened her thirst for knowledge, which she pursued for 6 years Adventure Guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as Study tour guide for Studiosus Reisen tried to breastfeed all over the world. She constantly expanded her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: “What is beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do you eat in this region?” These are the questions she is now trying to answer as a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), among others. travel writer and travel blogger answers in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is below Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021 Other Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs. Recommendations on LinkedIn from tourism experts Further recommendations from cooperation partners and tourism experts Professional experience Monika on LinkedIn

10 thoughts too "Discover the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam"

    1. Hi Jenny,

      I am glad if you like our tip. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is really worth a visit.

      Best regards,

  1. Dear Monika, Dear Petar,
    A few years ago we visited the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam extensively. This is really a must if you want to deal with Holland and its history. The works of the museum are great. Nice to experience this again with your article ...
    LG, Ricarda

    1. Dear Ricarda,

      we were also excited. We like art and history very much. Especially the shipping and trade history is very exciting. And there is a lot to discover in this museum. Then there are the impressions conveyed by the paintings of Vermeer and Rembrandt from the Golden Age of Holland. We liked that very much.

      Best regards,

  2. The Rijksmuseum has been on my Museum Visiting Wish List for some time now - thanks to your great post, it has just slipped up a bit!

    1. Dear Barbara,

      I'm glad if you like our report. The museum is really worth a visit.

      Best regards,

  3. That must be on the list for the next visit to Amsterdam. Too bad that it is so crowded in many places. But the side rooms seem to be well worth seeing. Thanks for the report.
    Greet Cordula

    1. Hello Cordula,

      Above all, it is the absolute highlights of the exhibition that people gather in front of. You really need luck to see the pictures up close. However, I found the side rooms just as fascinating. The museum is definitely worth a visit, especially if you are interested in Holland, its history, its art and the Golden Age of the country.

      Best regards,

    1. Hello Claudi,

      I can only recommend the museum. Not only the night watch is great. We did not hear too much about it because of the crowds that stood in front of it. That was probably because we were there on the Sunday before King's Day. But in the neighboring rooms there were many other interesting paintings from the time, such as Vermeer.

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