I attended a wedding the Oude Kerk and it was one of the more unique experiences in my life. The church is the oldest church in Amsterdam and is located in the Red Light District, so expect to see some shady characters if you visit. The wedding was non-traditional, so it was a mixture of Dutch and American. I would definitely visit the Oude Kerk, even if I weren’t attending a wedding. European churches are always great spots to visit and this one was no different. It is gorgeous on the inside. They are planning a major renovation, however, so it could be closed sometime toward the end of 2015/2015, so make sure to check out their website or call ahead.
The oldest building in Amsterdam – the Oude Kerk (Old Church) still stands in all its glory, following many renovations, of course. The building itself no longer functions as a church, but rather it houses a cultural institution that is in charge of many exhibitions throughout the year. The space is wonderful for cultural events, and it is a favourite location to visit for both tourists and locals alike. Previously, the World Press Photo exhibition has been displayed in the Old Church, as well as the inauguration for the yearly ‘Museum Night’ – so you should check out their agenda online for any interesting upcoming shows. You can also take a guided tour to learn more about the building itself, and climb its tower (also the oldest high tower in the city). Definitely worth a visit (entrance fees are affordable, less than 10 euros).
The Oude Kerk is the oldest parish(Catholic) Church in Amsterdam. After the Protestants (Calvinists) got control of Amsterdam, they allowed the Church to be looted and to fall into disrepair (late 16th to the late 18th century). Today, after years of renovations, the Church is a major tourist attraction.