History of the Palace
The Koninklijk Paleis Amsterdam was designed by architect Jacob van Kempen in 1662 as a city building whose purpose was to reflect the importance of the city and the prosperity of the period. The new building was decided to be built in the center of the city, on Dam Square. The construction of the building took seven years and the total cost amounted to 8.3 million Dutch guilders.
The modest facade of the palace did not prevent Louis Bonaparte, the brother of Napoleon, the ruler of France, from wanting the building for himself. But what is the connection between him and the Netherlands, you ask? Well, Napoleon's brother ruled the Netherlands and he loved the palace, mainly because of the park and the tremendous impression it makes when you enter it. Bonaparte turned the building into the official royal palace of the Netherlands, but upon the end of its reign the building was restored to the city. The cost of building maintenance, which was too expensive, caused the government to rent it to Prince William to serve as an official residence.
In 1935 the state again bought the palace and renovated it. To this day it is considered an official palace, although it is not used for the Queen's residence but only for official events and royal ceremonies.
Between 2005 and 2009 the palace underwent a major renovation and opened many parts to the public as a museum and tourist attraction.