In 1881 some prominent citizens of Amsterdam held a meeting to discuss art and culture in the capital. They decided that the time was ripe to build a new Concertgebouw (Concert Hall).
A new location was chosen just outside the city, near the Rijksmuseum, which was built around the same time. Seven years later the Concertgebouw finally opened it's doors.
The Concertgebouw is world renowned for its great acoustics. The Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest (Royal Concert Hall Orchestra) and the Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest (Dutch Philharmonic Orchestra) regularly perform here. The Concertgebouw offers a wide variety of music ranging from classical to jazz and world music.