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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: Royal Palace Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

2. Amsterdam: Royal Palace Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

Enter the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and explore the regal building with an audio guide in your chosen language. Learn the history of the 17th-century monument, still used for state visits, award ceremonies and other royal receptions to this day. Admire masterpieces of art from the Dutch Golden Age and see sculptures by artists such as Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck. Walk through the vast marble chamber of the Citizens' Hall and see notable features such as the statue of Atlas with the sky on his shoulders.

Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

3. Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic full-day coach tour of North Holland, and discover a charming landscape of windmills, canals, picturesque villages, and locals in traditional costume. Choose the all-in option to add a few extras to your tour, including a clog-making demonstration and a boat trip. Depart from Amsterdam station for the small fishing town of Marken, renowned for its preservation of traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour through streets full of colorful houses. If you've chosen the all-in option, stop at a shoemaker’s studio to watch how wooden clogs are made. Next, head to Volendam by coach if you've chosen the standard option or board the Marken Express if you've chosen the all-in option for a boat trip across the beautiful IJssel Lake. On arrival in Volendam, enjoy free time to explore the shops or try on a traditional costume for a souvenir photo.  Then, enjoy a tasting at a traditional Holland cheese factory and learn how cheese is made before continuing into the heart of North Holland to Edam. Discover the history of the former shipyard and see Grote Kerk, the largest church in the Netherlands, as you stroll the cobbled streets. Next, take in the last stop on your tour, the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Admire its magnificent collection of historic windmills. If you opt for the all-in ticket, you can go inside one of the operating windmills to learn more about this Dutch icon of industrial architecture. Finally, marvel at the picturesque homes, wooden barns, and scenic meadows of North Holland as you travel back to Amsterdam by coach.

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

4. Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

Discover infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub. Begin this tour in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city in either a shared, public, or small group. Start with a walk around the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and tell you about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Hear stories about famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' mandje. You also get the opportunity to take a look inside. Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, peep shows, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Here, you will find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Your guide will tell you what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District, liberal laws, and many interesting facts about sex work in Amsterdam. Then, walk to Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

5. From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a a full-day tour from Brussels. Travel in a comfortable and climate-controlled bus from a centrally-located meeting point. Follow your guide as you uncover top sights like the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk, and the Jewish Quarter. Hop aboard a spacious bus and sit back and relax on the drive from Brussels to Amsterdam. Once you arrive, begin a guided tour where the history of the city is revealed. Find out where the city was founded in the 13th century at Dam Square. Admire the Gothic architecture of the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and Dutch Baroque architecture of the Royal Palace. Venture into the oldest part of Amsterdam to see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and wander the infamous streets of the Red Light District. Continue to De Waag to view the remains of the medieval wall before going into the Jewish Quarter where Rembrandt once lived. End your guided tour at the flower market and have 3 hours of free time discover the city on your own. Return to your meeting point in Brussels by bus.

From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

6. From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

With this 1-day electric scooter rental, you get to decide what time you’ll start out, when and where you’ll stop and how long you’ll spend at the numerous attractions. Before you start the activity you get instructions from an instructor and have a test run. After that, you can go off on your own (not in a group). Your route starts in Landsmeer, a small village just above Amsterdam. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi, car, or bus to get to the starting point from Amsterdam. After a cup of coffee or tea and an explanation of the navigation app routiq, head out to discover the beautiful countryside. With your scooter rental, you’ll get a digital route to the Zaanse Schans, with its traditional Dutch houses and windmills.

Amsterdam: Magic Show

7. Amsterdam: Magic Show

Marvel as 7 international award-winning magicians perform tricks in 7 different styles before your eyes at the acclaimed Amsterdam Magic Show. Located just a 5-minute walk from Anne Frank's house and a 10-minute walk from Dam Square, the 1920s-era cabaret theater is situated in the historic Jordaan area. Walk into a secret oasis and be enveloped by its intimate ambiance.  Then, journey into a world of magic, mystery and merriment, and see pre-show tricks performed before your eyes as you take your seats for the 2-part performance. Get ready for 105 minutes of pure entertainment (with intermission) as the lights dim and the host announces the first stage act. Experience the skills of Zippo, champion of magic, and watch a unique style of mystery performed by Rico Weeland. Discover the magical talents of Arthur Gerards, a fresh-faced youngster with age-old powers. Laugh out loud at the comedy act of "Fritz with a Z," known around the world for his TV appearances and the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Prepare to have your mind bent by Slovenian wizard Aljaz Son, and welcome special guests from all around the globe.

Marken, Volendam and Edam: Private Full-Day Tour

8. Marken, Volendam and Edam: Private Full-Day Tour

Explore the beautiful Dutch countryside with this full-day tour from Amsterdam. Meet your local guide at your hotel in Amsterdam and enjoy a scenic 45-minute ride to the island of Marken. Stroll through the picturesque streets of Marken and enjoy stunning views over the Markermeer, then have visit a local mini museum to discover how the people of Marken used to live. Continue your tour with a lovely 30-minute boat ride across the lake towards Volendam, where you will embark on a short walking tour of the famous fisherman village. Explore its labyrinth, see its unique former fish auction building, and then make your way to a local cheese shop to sample some local cheese. After some free time to explore Volendam, set off for the next stop on the tour: the charming medieval village of Edam. Visit Edam's former town hall, the floating cellar, as well as the oldest wooden house in town before you catch a local bus back to Amsterdam bid farewell to beautiful Dutch countryside.

Become the Art you See!

9. Become the Art you See!

Step back in time over 300 years and get yourself pictured as a Dutch Golden Age masterpiece (The Milkmaid, Girl with the Pearl Earring, Prince William of Orange, The Happy Drinker or Rembrandt van Rijn in Circles. In spring 2017 you will also be able to adorn the costumes of William the 2nd and Maria Stuart. Britt and Peter welcome you in their small and cozy photo studio only 10 meters from Dam Square; the beating heart of Amsterdam. When you arrive you will choose with guidance what kind of portrait you'd like, and you'll be dressed up as one of the masterpieces. There are beautiful backgrounds, and all the costumes are handmade by Britt. Every 3 months there are more choices. When you're dressed up, a couple of photos will be taken, and you will pick the one you like, which will be printed for you. A postcard will also be made, and the original file (4MB) will be sent by email. This will give you a lovely memory of your visit to Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Haunted City Exploration Game

10. Amsterdam: Haunted City Exploration Game

Play a game while touring Amsterdam at your own pace. Enjoy a story about the dark forces that wish to turn back the clock in this liberal and progressive city. Imagine you return to your hotel after drinking, but your friends have gone missing. Discover that this goes beyond anything you have ever experienced, even beyond the grave. As the story unfolds the exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location Start at Hotel Prins Hendrik and immerse yourself in 2 to 2.5 hours of gameplay. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Save your data by playing offline. Finish triumphantly at Westerkerk. Compete with groups or play on your own, as one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group, so the group can download and play the city game on their phone.

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What people are saying about Dam Square

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,273 reviews

O passeio as cidades do interior da Holanda foi muito bonito. As cidades visitadas são incríveis. O guia Sr. Alfredo foi especialmente atencioso e muito gentil. Nos deu informações muito relevantes e interessantes. Certamente lembraremos desse dia com muita alegria !

very nice experience at the Royal Palace and the audio guide is nice. The audio guide explains really the history behind the palace and its construction. One can know a lot about Amsterdam

The walking tour was great Xavier was a fantastic guide and kept us entertained and informed over a period of three hours I recommend this trip to all visiting Amsterdam

Great tour of the Palace, audio guide assisted as went around (well timed, bite size snippets). Good to compare with English Royal Palaces.

Tour was really good - enjoyed the audio! Saw an hour for the estimated time to complete the tour, would allocate 1.5 hours