Concertgebouw Tickets

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Opening hours

The box office is open daily from
1.00pm – 7.00pm

Tickets can be bought online and either printed onto paper, shown on your phone or collected at the box office. There are free lunchtime concerts, usually held on a Wednesday all year with the exception of July and August. You require a ticket which is first come first served from 11.30am (If there is a free concert in the main hall no tickets are required). The free concerts may be a public rehearsal by the resident orchestra or a performance by an up and coming musician. There are also guided tours that take you behind the scenes of the theatre where you can learn about the buildings history.Tours conducted in English are held on:

Sundays from 12.30 pm - 1.45 pm

Mondays from 5.00 pm– 6.15 pm from May until September

Wednesdays from 1.30 pm– 2.45 pm(following the free lunchtime concerts)

Fridays from 5.00 pm - 6.15 pm

The tours cost€ 10 per person and can be bought online on the Concertgebouw website.

The cost of the concert tickets vary considerably and start from around€ 35.

How to get there

Concertgebouwplein 10, 1071 LN Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Concertgebouw is located in Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter at Concertgebouwplein 10. Amsterdam has an excellent public transportation system that is operated without cash. You pay by either a credit or debit card or through a travel pass. Visitors travel passes are available for one day up to seven days and can easily be bought at outlets across the city. The tram system (lines 2 and 5) go to Rijksmuseum station, and then it is just a short walk across the Museumplein to the concert hall. Tram 19 goes to Spiegelgracht station; from there it is about a ten minute walk. Metro line 52 to Vijzelgracht station is the most convenient station for Concertgebouw. Another option is to hire a bicycle. Amsterdam is a very bicycle friendly city with numerous option for bicycle hire. The concert hall is served by several bus routes or if you prefer, taxis are easily available from anywhere in the city.


Are tickets available even when a concert is sold out?
You can check through the website to see if any returned tickets become available. At 75 minutes before the scheduled start time of a concert, numbers are distributed on a first come first served basis. Any reserved tickets that are not picked up 30 minutes prior to the start time are then made available to those holding numbers.
Does the Concertgebouw give refunds if I can’t attend a concert I had previously booked?
You can email or telephone the customer services department up to 4pm on the day prior to the booked concert. The Concertgebouw however, does not give refunds. They can convert the cost into a deposit which is then valid for one year against the cost of a future concert you would like to attend.
At what point are tickets no longer available to be purchased online?
As long as tickets are available, they remain on the website until one hour before the scheduled start time. After this time they are only available from the box office. The box office closes 15 minutes after the performance commences so you will need to collect your tickets before this time.
How long does a concert last, at what time will it end?
The time of each concert varies although generally they last from 2 hours up to 2 hours and 15 minutes; this includes the time taken for an intermission. The scheduled finishing time of each concert is displayed on the theatre’s website.
Is there a dress code I have to abide by?
No, there is no dress code for this theatre.
If I arrive late for a concert, can I still enter the theatre?
Any latecomers must wait until a suitable time to enter the hall. Latecomers entering during a performance can be quite disruptive so concert staff will restrict this movement until a suitable break in the performance. Should you arrive late you will still be able to watch the performance on monitors before taking your seat inside the theatre.


The organ was not installed when the theatre first opened in 1888 even though there was a space held in reserve. A benefit concert and lottery were held to raise funds for the organ in 1890.
Restoration of the Organ
In 1990, a two and a half year restoration project began. The first process was the complete disassembly of the organ. At the inaugural concert in March 1993, the restored organ was heard to have regained its original tones with updates making it ready for use in the modern world and giving the organ a new lease of life.
Acoustics of the Main Hall
Professional recording equipment only became available during the 20th century so the designer Dolf van Gendt copied ideas used in Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig in Germany to create the main hall. During later restoration work the acoustics have been largely left untouched to preserve as much as possible the sensitive acoustic sounds. In truth, even the most modern equipment is unable to match the acoustics found in the main hall.
Renovation of the Concertgebouw
Throughout its lifetime the building had due to a lack of funds available kept maintenance and modifications to the bare minimum. In 1972, it became a protected monument and in 1983 it was declared a possible future disaster due to its sinking into the rotting foundations. The safety of the theatre and its visitors was a very serious concern. From July 1985, until April 1988 a large scale renovation project began. During this time concerts continued as usual and saw the construction of a new side wing.
The size of the theatre
The original plan was to have a concert hall for the city of Amsterdam to rival other major European cities. The original idea was to have a 2000 seat theatre. The Concertgebouw has two concert halls; the Main Hall has seating for 1974 people while the smaller Recital Hall seats 437 people. In addition to these two halls there is the Choir Hall with seating for another 150 people.

Places nearby

Amsterdam Rijksmuseum
The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is one of the world’s largest and most interesting art museums. There is an unparalleled collection of paintings, objects of material culture, prints and items showing the history of photography. The museum has recently been rebuilt and modernized to bring it in line with the 21st century. This historic building is truly one of the world’s best art museums.
Van Gogh Museum
The Van Gogh Museum is housed in two buildings of contrasting architecture. One was designed by the Dutch architect Gerrit Rietveld, the other by Kisho Kurokawa form Japan. The museum houses the greatest collection of contemporary art created by the Dutch master, Vincent Van Gogh.
Anne Frank House
In a hidden annex of an Amsterdam house close to one of the canals, two Jewish families hid from the Nazis from July 1942 until their betrayal on August 4th 1944. Anne Frank House is one of the city’s most popular museums. In this house, Anne Frank wrote her famous diary before being sent to the German Concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen, where she was executed at the age of 15. You can visit the modest sized rooms in which the families were hidden. View an original of the diary she kept as well as an exhibition about the hatred the Nazis brought upon the local population.