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Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

1. Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

Visit famous sites of Amsterdam downtown and get an overview of the city on this walking tour dedicated to culture and history. Profit from tips every adventurous traveler needs to know and make the best of your trip. Find out which food you should taste and which districts can be discovered independently by bike. Listen to your guide telling you which architectural designs were popular in the past and get an idea of the people of Amsterdam. Hear stories about how merchants, salesmen, and the poor used to live in the Middle Ages, why the world of art blossomed in the Golden Era, how World War II has changed the people of the city and what it feels like to live in the tolerant, multicultural city today. Start your tour in the heart of the city at Dam Square, where Amsterdam was founded. The tour leads you past the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the New Church Nieuwe Kerk, and past the former main post office, to Torensluis Bridge. See one of the tiniest houses of the city and learn more about the colonial times at the statue of Multatuli on Torensluis Bridge.  Stroll past romantic canal-side houses and cross Spui Square to get to the pearl of Amsterdam – Begijnhof. With its entrance hidden in a narrow side street, this very special hofje is waiting for you to be discovered. On the way back to Dam Square you will see the river that the city owes its name to: the Amstel. The city tour ends at the national monument that was originally built to remember the victims of World War II but is now a memorial to all victims who lost their lives in any war worldwide.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

2. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

A rickshaw, or bike-taxi, can take you places that aren’t accessible by bus or boat, and can cover much more of the city than you could on foot in a limited amount of time. Your driver for this rickshaw tour of Amsterdam will also be able to tell you about the city and its history and point out interesting details along the way. Experience the beauty of Amsterdam’s historic center in an eco-friendly way on this 2 hour tour. A tour by bike-taxi in Amsterdam is ideal for anyone looking to learn about the secrets and hidden gems of the city and is not able or willing to walk or ride a bike around the city. It’s time-efficient as well, as you’ll be able to see most of the highlights in a relatively short time. The driver can park the rickshaw at some places of interest, where entering on foot is necessary, such as the Begijnhof, Civic Guards Gallery, Holocaust Memorial, and other museums.

Amsterdam: Historical Highlights Walking Tour plus Tasting

3. Amsterdam: Historical Highlights Walking Tour plus Tasting

Beginning at Dam Square, discover Amsterdam with the best local guides and hear about the city in your own language. Your expert guide will make history come alive with stories and lively commentary in your chosen language, as you stroll through the beautiful streets of Medieval and Golden Age Amsterdam on a 2-hour walking tour. Admire the architecture and hear about the city's long history of commerce and trade. Some highlights you'll pass include: The Royal Palace, The New Church, the most important canals, bridges and locks, iconic squares, Begijnhof, the Mint Tower, the Flower Market, the LGBT street and the Amstel River. To complete this tour you will also enjoy a local Dutch food tasting!

Amsterdam: Highlights & History Walking Tour

4. Amsterdam: Highlights & History Walking Tour

Meet your guide in front of the Victoria Hotel nearby the central station. Here your guide will introduce himself and walk with you to the Old Town area. This tour walking tour covers all the main sights of the inner city. Learn about the Amsterdam history and see many sights like the Old Church, China Town, crooked houses, and the narrowest street of Amsterdam. Hear stories you'd never hear otherwise and experience the history of Amsterdam's inner city. After the Old Town, walk to the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and Begijnhof. Hear interesting stories about the Dutch and learn everything you need to know about Amsterdam. Then head to the floating street market, where you could buy everything that is flower related. The tour ends at the Dam Square.

Amsterdam Small-Group Walking Tour

5. Amsterdam Small-Group Walking Tour

On this tour, you will hear stories that you would never hear otherwise. With an expert guide, you will experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and the Nazi occupation. The aim of this unique tour is to give you the perfect introduction to the city. After the tour, you will have all the time you want to explore further with fellow travelers. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

6. Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam: Jordaan Area Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam: Jordaan Area Walking Tour

Discover the bustling neighborhood of Jordaan, famous for its artsy cafes and nightlife, with a local guide who lives in Amsterdam. Your guide is a local expert who lives in Amsterdam. Together you will visit Dam Square, the canal area called "Jordaan", the canal belt where to find Anne Frank house, the small streets of the Jordaan and the charming canals. You get the chance to reach the area called the islands of Amsterdam, an old area where to find beautiful houses and wooden bridges still in use.

Historic Amsterdam 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Guide

8. Historic Amsterdam 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Guide

Explore Amsterdam with a private guide for a more personalized impression of the city of canals. Starting from Dam Square, birthplace of the 700-year-old city, the walking or bike tours can be as short as two hours, or as long as a full-day, depending on your schedule. Your local guide will explain the history of the most famous city of the Netherlands, including how 17th-century Amsterdam became the wealthiest city in the world, with Dutch merchants scattered across the globe. Cycle around the famous Red Light District and experience Amsterdam’s laid-back ways. Stop at the Sky Lounge to enjoy the best views in town and pause at local cafés and bars for a cool beer or hot chocolate, depending on the weather. You will end your tour in the direction of Begijnhof, where you will catch the fragrance of the Flower Market, before arriving at nearby Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square), home to the former butter market and close to some of the city’s most popular bars.

Small-Group Walking Tour with Amsterdam Canal Cruise

9. Small-Group Walking Tour with Amsterdam Canal Cruise

From the meeting point at Beursplein square, start the walking tour of the main central attractions with your expert guide. Hear stories you’d never hear otherwise and experience the history of this city. From its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to Amsterdam. At the end of the walking tour, your guide will let you know where to take the selected cruise boat to continue touring the city’s iconic canal routes. On board, relax and take in the memorable sights that surround you. You can’t truly experience the city without getting to know its waterways, and on this cruise you will see the main canals, the Amstel River, and the famous seven bridges. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam's famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Amsterdam with your own personal guide, and stroll through the medieval center to see parts of the old city wall. Continue along the famous canals to explore Chinatown, the former Jewish District, and the infamous Red Light District. Learn how Amsterdam was built on a reclaimed swamp, when the land was buried in mud and the harbor was almost inaccessible. Connection with the North Sea was not realised until the 19th century, but Amsterdam had already became one of the most important cities in the world. As you stroll, you will learn about its position as a major science and cultural center, and discover how in 1650 its population of 220,000 inhabitants made it the 3rd largest city in Europe. Your guide will explain key aspects of Amsterdam’s story, passing sights such as the 17th-century Oostindisch Huis, the Amsterdam headquarters of the East India Company. Discover old pawn shops and handsome merchant houses in the Jordaan district. Walk the banks of the Herengracht, one of the first 3 major canals of the city, and more.

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What people are saying about Begijnhof

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We did a walking tour on a Sunday morning with Ilya. My 15 year old son and I really enjoyed the walk; historic facts, cultural details, current politics and recommends on places to eat. What more could you want in 2.5 hours! Thank you!

We were accompanied through the streets of the city by Petra, a very knowledgeable, friendly and nice girl who told us many anecdotes about the city making us feel like real Dutch for a couple of hours! Super recommended!!!

Absolutely Brilliant very knowledgeable and so informative. Costa developed the historical fabric of Amsterdam and Holland through out the tour, and such a nice guy.

Thanks to Xavier for his knowledge of the city and for his enthusiasm

One of the best tour I have ever experienced… thank you