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The Dungeon Amsterdam: A Horrible History Lesson

Updated on October 3, 2014
The Amsterdam Dungeons
The Amsterdam Dungeons | Source

I Was Having Sooooo Much Fun At The Dungeon in Amsterdam That I Almost Lost My Head!

The Dungeon Amsterdam was an unexpected and unplanned side trip of our cruise in Europe.

Our final two days on the continent were spent in the city of Amsterdam and we packed more than we could have possibly imagined into those two days.

Toward the end of the final day, we passed The Dungeon and three of us decided to venture into this deep and dark attraction.

My husband opted to chicken out and managed to get a couple of hours of shopping in while we were inside, being tortured...

Those Of Us Who Dared Enter This Dark Tomb Of Torture, Disease And Death

Enter At Your Own Peril!

The Dungeon in Amsterdam is part museum, part theatre and part amusement park!

What Awaits Those Who Dare Enter The Dungeons In Amsterdam?

Those who dare to enter will encounter torture, disease and even death. A series of actors does a wonderful job of guiding you through your visit to The Dungeons. If you go, be prepared for the following (and more) horrible experiences:

In Amsterdam's Dungeons, You'll Meet The Grim Reaper - (Whether you want to, or not!)

The Grim Reaper
The Grim Reaper | Source
  • Reaper

    Meet your first guide, a robed figure in the torture chamber. Sit down beside your fellow victims and hope that YOU are not the one he singles out.

  • Labyrinth of the Lost

    Find your way through the most amazing labyrinth of mirrors that I have ever encountered. Just when you think you see a path straight forward (and maybe even out of this torturous place) you walk into a mirror. See your travelling companion over there? Be careful because that may not be him at all but rather his reflection ten times over.

  • Council of Blood

    Visit the Council of Blood and see Holland and law enforcement as it existed in the 16th century in Holland. Do not enter this courtroom if you have been up to no good.

  • Rembrandt's Secret

    Rembrandt did have a secret...enter the madhouse and discover what it was all about.

  • Soul Merchants De VOC

    Ah, yes, you signed innocently and gave your life away to the soul merchant of the 17th and 18th centuries. Now you will be forced to travel across the seas under horrible conditions.

The Dungeons are recommended for children aged 10 and up. I'm not sure if my second son would have enjoyed this at the age of 10.

Tours cost 21 euros but keep your eyes open for discount coupons worth 5 to 7.5 euros off the cost of admission. Check your hotel!

Expect to spend about one and a half hours in The Dungeons. (Plus a bit more time if you have to que for photos at the end and if you want to shop in the store.)

Eyewitness Travel Guide to Amsterdam

A great travel guide to help you plan your visits to The Dungeon and The Torture Museum in Amsterdam.

Travel guides are an important part of any vacation. If you are going to spend a lot of money on a vacation, make sure you buy at LEAST one great travel guide. They tend to be inexpensive and they will save you a lot of grief when you are at your destination!

Over the years, I have had a lot of luck with the guides from Fodor's, Frommer's and, of course, this Eyewitness one. These ones are definitely my favorites and are very reliable sources of information for planning a great vacation.

Horrible Histories In A Blood Curdling Box
Horrible Histories In A Blood Curdling Box | Source

Horrible Histories In A Blood Curdling Box

"Nasty bits of history that your teacher never told you." ~~ C. Bruce

What a collection and what a great gift set it would make for children around the ages of 9 through 12. All of the awful books from the "Horrible Histories" series are gathered together here in this horrible boxed set. That means you receive twenty books including Rotten Romans, Terrible Tudors and Awesome Egyptians.

Buy on

Are you scared to visit The Dungeons?

Ordinarily, we skip this kind of somewhat gimmicky attraction. However, at the end of our final day in Europe, we felt like doing something a bit different. We'd seen many museums including Van Gogh's and Rembrandt's in Amsterdam and many historic sites and we were definitely ready for a change.

I am so glad that we did choose to go in as this was a lot of fun. I am sorry only that my husband did not go in with us. If you have boys, no doubt they will know about this destination before you do and, if you decide to go, they are likely to find the whole thing quite brilliant.

Would we go again? In a heartbeat.

How about you? Would you dare to visit the Dungeons?

Are you scared to visit The Dungeons?

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    • TeacherSerenia profile image


      10 years ago

      Yep, my son and husband would both love this - after my son turns 10. He's not there yet. And interesting and different lens. Thank you. Blessed by the western european angel.

    • mivvy profile image


      10 years ago

      What a great lens. I visit Amsterdam often but so far skipped the Dungeons, will incl;ude it next time

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      11 years ago

      That does look like fun!! and yep boys would love it, especially!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      11 years ago

      The Dungeon Amsterdam looks like just the sort of thing that my boys would not miss if they were there. Well done as always!

    • SusanDeppner profile image

      Susan Deppner 

      11 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Yes, I'm scared! But I have two sons, too, so if we were in Amsterdam I suspect this would be a choice stop! Great job on the lens. (How did you do that with your head chopped off??)

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      11 years ago

      Oh, I would Love to visit the Dungeons. It sounds a lot of fun! Wonderful lens!!

    • justholidays profile image


      11 years ago

      You learned me something I even didn't know while I don't live so far from Amsterdam! What's that for great news! I definitely will have a look at this attraction!5 stars from me! I ENJOYED the tour a lot!Dom.

    • Holley Web profile image

      Holley Web 

      11 years ago

      This was a great visit! Thanks for allowing me to go along and enjoy it with you. It looks like fun! I am a little afraid of the grim reaper ;)

    • tandemonimom lm profile image

      tandemonimom lm 

      11 years ago

      A suitably horrible lens!


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