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Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

1. Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Learn more about Amsterdam’s troubled past while gaining an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived in the aftermath of the Second World War in Amsterdam. Hear about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands from 1940 until 1945 and how it affected those living in Amsterdam and especially the Jewish community. Discover the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum, and stroll by the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Learn how the Dutch behaved towards the Jews of Amsterdam and how the people endured the hardships as you pass sites like the Auschwitz Monument and the Dokwerker. The tour ends in front of the Anne Frank House, where you will learn more about her best-selling diary, how it was published by her father Otto Frank, and how it gained worldwide fame. Choose between group and private tour options.

Amsterdam: World War II and Anne Frank Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: World War II and Anne Frank Walking Tour

Learn about Amsterdam's struggles during the Nazi occupation of the early 1940s. Find out how the people endured important events such as the February Strike and the hunger winter. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and their strife during this dark period of time. Discover more about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city. Get an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived during and after the Second World War. See notable points of interest such as the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum, and the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Discover sites like the Dokwerker and the Auschwitz Monument.

Private Amsterdam Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter Tour

3. Private Amsterdam Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter Tour

Join this 2-hour private walking tour and learn about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city in a small group and learn about the life of Anne Frank from your guide. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish Quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Your private guide will tell you stories about Anne Frank's love of writing and the circumstances she experienced in Amsterdam in the 1930s and 1940s. Hear stories about Anne Frank's family relationships, her move from Germany, the time she was hiding, and her father's life after the war. Listen to how her diary gained worldwide fame. Discover some secret hiding places where the writer sought refuge during the Dutch resistance in the Second World War. See many sights like the Joods Historisch Museum, the Auschwitz Monument and finally the house of Anne Frank, where your tour ends.

Amsterdam: 2 City Walking Tours

4. Amsterdam: 2 City Walking Tours

Between its legalisation of marijuana, alliance with gay rights, and relaxed Red Light District, Amsterdam is considered one of the most progressive capital cities in the world. For this reason, it draws a diverse and liberal crowd that puts it at the forefront of art and design. Yet, as we walk between the maze of canals on our walking tours, we find the city steeped in history too. With the help of our Amsterdam guided city tours, you will gain an unparalleled insight into both the modern and historic Amsterdam. If you’re doing a whistlestop tour of the city and want to see all of its best bits in one go, or want to have a well-rounded introduction to the city before you explore on your own, then we recommend the Amsterdam Introduction Highlights guided tour. Starting with a dose of culture at the Rembrandt House Museum, we head towards Dam Square in Binnenstad, Amsterdam’s commercial centre. Here, we will discover some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the National Monument and the Royal Palace, before heading across the canals to the eerie Anne Frank’s House. Afterwards, we wander past the boutiques and cafes of Negen Straatjes, the city’s most stylish neighbourhood to find ourselves at the Amstel River, the city’s biggest waterway. Along the river, we introduce you to some of our favourite shops, theatres, markets, and bars in Amsterdam so that you know the coolest places to spend your time once the tour is complete. As well as our highlights tour, we have a number of alternative routes that knit together to show you the fabric of Amsterdam. On one of these routes, we follow Van Gogh’s Footsteps through the museum district. You can look forward to our commentary on the Moco Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein park, and the much-loved Museum Market. Best of all, this tour introduces you to the Van Gogh Museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of works from the evocative Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Amsterdam’s only downfall is that it’s home to so many amazing museums that there’s never enough time to visit them all. Our Van Gogh’s Footsteps guided tour will help you decide which museums you most want to visit. Our Amsterdam guided walking tours go far beyond introducing its most famous landmarks; they show you its trendiest shops, coolest cafes, and hippest hangout spots too. So whilst our guided tours will give you a fun yet informative insight into Amsterdam, above all they immerse you in the city’s creative, youthful, and liberal culture. Use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Amsterdam and its insatiably cool atmosphere.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Jewish History Walking Tour

5. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Jewish History Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at the statue of the dockworker at the foot of the Portuguese synagogue. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about the Jewish history and population from Amsterdam. The first Jewish inhabitants arrived in Amsterdam in the 16th century. From the start they established themselves in the area around the Jodenbreestraat. In the course of World War II this area was made into a ghetto by the Germans. They raised a big fence around the area and many bridges remained open permanently, so the inhabitants could only enter and leave the area at certain points. During many raids the inhabitants were taken away. After the war, this once vibrant and lively area had turned into a sad, abandoned, and neglected area. Your guide will take you back to the times of the rise of the Jewish people in Amsterdam and the sad period of 1940-1945.

School groups in Amsterdam: Anne Frank and WWII Walking Tour

6. School groups in Amsterdam: Anne Frank and WWII Walking Tour

Better acquaint yourself with Anne Frank's fascinating yet tragic story on a 2-hour Anne Frank walking tour through te Jewish Quarter & the historical city center of Amsterdam. The tour starts in front of the Jewish Historical Museum. Walk past monuments and buildings still bearing scars from WWII. Your guide will bring history to life, giving you a sense of how the city’s citizens coped during the occupation and how they moved around in times of alarm, fear, and horror. Travel back in time to the dark days of WWII, learning what life was like during the occupation by the Germans from 1940-1945, and how Anne Frank became an iconic symbol of the brutality of suppression. Hear the story about her diary and how it came to be published by her father Otto Frank. Learn why the Dutch tried to co-exist with the occupying army, and hear about several events, such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger. Visit the Jewish Cultural Quarter, listen to the history of dokwerker, the Portuguese synagogue and the Auschwitz monument. Discover locations the Dutch resistance offered as secret hiding places to families like the Franks. The tour ends by the Anne Frank House. If you would like to continue delving into Anne Frank's story, you have the option of entering on your own (at your own expense) when its doors open to the public at 15:30.

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What people are saying about Jewish Historical Museum

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James was very informative and took the group to see the various sites on World War 11 which was interesting and harrowing to see. Excellent 2.5 hours of culture and walks. Thank you James and my niece Grace really enjoyed the history and took away so much information.

The tour was great and really informative. Our guide gave information I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about when learning about WW2. Definitely would recommend as a great introduction to Amsterdam.

Fantastic guide, very informative tour, just simply amazing. Best tour I have ever had the pleasure of participating in!

I learned a lot and met a lot of interesting and kind new people. Thank you!

Informatively ,and nice outing for the day. Ann Frank house not included