This is a selection of walking tours I have prepared for you. Every tour can be adjusted to your interests or wishes. They can be longer or shorter than the standard, which of course will have an effect on the costs.
You can find more of these and others at my ToursByLocals site
I have prepared these walks in the centre of Amsterdam, which will give you a good overall idea about the history of the city, besides seeing some extraordinary buildings, squares and other places.
For all walking tours there is a maximum of 6 people.
Along the wall
Duration: 3 hours, costs € 175,-
We walk over the streets and squares where in the 15th till 17th century there the medieval wall used to stand. We will pass some buildings that were in those days the gates to the city and you will be amazed how small the city and yet so very rich was at the time.
Inside ‘De Jordaan’
Duration: 3 hours; costs € 175,-
The Jordaan is a famous neighborhood in Amsterdam. Partly because of the unique character of its streets and not so high buildings which gives it a very cosy atmosphere.
Also because of the fact that a lot of famous Dutch singers were born in the Jordaan. Some of them have even statues on the Johnny Jordaanplein, next to the houseboat museum.
Hidden courtyards a must see!
In the 17th century quite a few rich successful businessmen bought property in the neighborhood for the widows and orphans of workers and seamen.Partly out of pity, partly out of a sense of guilt, mainly to ensure themselves a place in heaven.
But appearances can be deceiving. The history of the Jordaan is also one of social struggle and uprising. Because this has been one of the poorest aras in the city, rebellion against those in power was never far away.
Inside the city
This walk goes right through the heart of the city. We will be walking over Dam Square with its beautiful royal palace. Did you know the first ‘royal’ to lived there was French?
A visit to the Noorderkerk (Northern Church) or a former hidden church “Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder”, now a museum, gives you a very good idea of the way people used to live in the 17th century.
We will also visit the Rembrandt House were the famous artist used to live in his glory days.
Anne Frank Walking tour
Anne Frank came to Amsterdam in 1934 and lived in the then fairly new neighborhood the ‘Rivierenbuurt’ (river neigborhood). She was very happy in the days before the 2nd World War.
During this walk we will pass some of the places she knew very well, like her school and famous ice-cream parlor. And I will tell you about the heroic people that tried to save the Frank family and others.
And I will also tell you about other terrible events in this period in Amsterdam and the Netherlands. There is still quite a bit of shame about what happened in my city at the time.
I do think these stories have to be told again and again so that we might learn from it and see to it that it will never happen again.