One of the fun things to do in Amsterdam is playing an escape room. They are well set up and so many to choose from in Amsterdam. Till date I played about 7 rooms, so does that make me a semi-professional? I admit, my escape rate at 29% is not so impressive. Anyway, after 7 escape rooms I was ready for the next level: a horror escape room!
Earlier this month, with a group of 5 very brave friends, I booked the most intense horror escape room of Amsterdam or possibly Europe: the Amsterdam catacombs. It takes place in the catacombs of a church called the ‘Posthoornkerk’ built hundreds of years ago. So you are underground……… for the whole 90 minutes during the game.
This escape room is probably nothing like you experienced before. In fact, is a mix of a more traditional escape room and immersive theatre. Immersive theatre basically means that you are not a passive member of the audience but part of the story or the performance. In this case that translates into being a character in a horror movie!
ARE YOU BRAVE ENOUGH TO ENTER THE AMSTERDAM CATACOMBS?
There is a reason why they stress that players should be mentally stable and physically fit. Darkness, flickering lights, weird noises, slamming doors, really get on your nerves at some point. Whenever you find a closed door you always wonder who or what is behind it! During these moments of real stress with actual adrenaline rushing through your body, you’ll have to unravel the secrets and mysteries of the catacombs. We managed to solve most of the puzzles but not all of them (70%); it is just not that easy to keep your head clear and think while evil spirits constantly distract you and test your bravery. So we failed and ‘died’ in the Amsterdam catacombs bringing my escape rate further down to 25%.
If you are not weakhearted and looking for fun you should definitely check this out. We believe it is one of the best escape rooms in Amsterdam. It is just a few minute walk from Central Station. Here is the information:
Can you beat us?
In the picture you see our score: 70%. If you did better send us a message with a picture of proof and we will give you a discount when you book your Comedy Walk. Needless to say that besides being passionate about fun we are also pretty competitive 😉
Have a drink and relax
If you have some time left before or after the escape room check out the bar ‘De blauwe druif‘ (‘the blue grape’) at Haarlemmerstraat 91, just across the street from the escape room. A typical Amsterdam pub, established in 1733 and half of their furniture is glued to the ceiling.
About the author: Laura Kok is a co-founder of Comedy Walks: stand-up comedy shows with the city as a stage, or, if you like, city tours with a professional stand-up comedian as a guide. We currently run Comedy Walks in Amsterdam and Washington DC. By far the most fun way to explore a city!
All information in the blog posts is based on personal experiences and commission free (“I rather drink coffee with inspiring entrepreneurs than compete with them for 20 cents commission for our customers’ coffee” – L.D. Kok).