7. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Financial History Tour
Meet your expert guide at the iconic Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam’s most important financial address. In a small group or private tour, you'll walk through five centuries of Amsterdam’s financial history; literally following the money through the streets of Amsterdam. Enjoy a historical angle of the financial sector in the hub spot as your expert guide walks with you along all of the financial hot-spots in the old center, where the rich legacy of economic inventions are still visible.
Head into the medieval alleyways to discover the Flemish link to the sudden success of Amsterdam in the early 1600s. Listen to your guide's culminated story about the foundation of the world’s first limited company, first central exchange bank, and first stock exchange. Learn about these three innovations that ushered the golden age for both Amsterdam and the young Dutch Republic. Following that, visit the street where the first stock in the world was issued, which is still the location of the municipal exchange bank.
Admire the most prestigious merchant houses on the canal ring, which are dated from the 17th century. Explore the Golden Bend, which was once the financial center of Europe, where you will find out how trading companies evolved into banking houses and insurance companies in the 18th century.
Explore the streets of Amsterdam to find the first National Central Bank and the Dutch Trade Company, before visiting the monumental Dutch Trade Company building, which evolved into a bank. Explore the city’s archives and dive into its spectacular vault in the basement, seeing how for years the elite of Amsterdam stored its fortune there. You can also find out more about the bankers’ involvement in the Dutch slave trade.
You'll eventually follow your guide back to Dam Square, passing several reminders of more recent financial events like the financing of the resistance in World War II and the Holocaust. You'll finally finish the tour close to the location you began from, overlooking the current position of Amsterdam in the financial market.