Concertgebouw: the magic of a legendary hall


With its rich history, unique architecture, multi-cultural forward thinking energy and vibrant art scene, Amsterdam is an exciting and always refreshingly city to discover easily explored by foot, or bike, or boat.

For music lovers, a special place to discover in Amsterdam is the Royal Concertgebouw, one of the most famous concert halls in the world with unparalleled acoustics. Hearing music in its halls is a unique magical experience for both musicians and audiences alike.

So what is the secret of the world-famous acoustics of the Main Hall? Is it just a coincidence that its architect Dolf van Gendt, considered by his family to be completely devoid of musical talent, was able to create a perfectly resonant hall? In the time that The Concertgebouw was taking shape, the science of acoustics was still considered a mysterious combination of many different and undefinable factors. Professional recording equipment was only developed in the 20th century; at the time, architects only had successful examples to look to. As a result, the Main Hall – in terms of design and materials used – was based on the large concert hall of the Neue Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany. In later restorations, the original design and finishing details of the halls were left intact as much as possible to preserve the sensitive acoustics. Because even the most advanced equipment is unable to unmask the secret of the Main Hall’s unparalleled acoustics.

To learn more about its history, its programming and information on guided visits consult the web: