Beurs van Berlage
19th century monument
The first stock exchange in the Netherlands was set up by the Dutch East India Company (VOC) in 1602. They came up with the idea of issuing s in order to finance their maritime activities. They did need a stock exchange building however, in order to be able to trade the s. At the end of the 19th century, Amsterdam was doing well. Trade was flourishing and a growing number of people decided to move to the city. In 1896, the Amsterdam administration therefore decided to allow the construction of the new stock exchange to go ahead after all. The honour of developing this new building went to architect and urban designer Hendrik Petrus Berlage. Berlage designed a completely new building, its bell tower carrying the ‘Beursbengel’ (exchange bell) being the most prominent element. Berlage, being a staunch socialist, believed the stock exchange trade had a short lease of life. Yet he found a smart and creative solution for this dilemma: inspired by the Italian Palazzo Pubblicos, he decided to design the new stock exchange building in such a way that it could serve as a grand communal home, a public palace, after socialism had triumphed. He therefore built a sort of symbolic city hall, a ‘public palace’ that could temporarily serve as a stock exchange.
Opening TimesMonday - Friday: 8.30am-5.30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am-5pm
Entrance PricesTour with tower climb € 14,50
Damrak 243,1012 Amsterdam