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Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour in German

1. Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour in German

Get to know one of the most important facets of the city and immerse yourself in the history, current affairs and culture of the Jews of Amsterdam with an experienced German-speaking guide. The Jews, expelled by the Spanish Inquisition, transformed Amsterdam into one of the wealthiest commercial cities in Europe and thereby influenced the cityscape significantly. This is how the Jodenbuurt was founded with its most well-known part the Jewish Triangle. The tour will take you through this area with interesting stories and illustrate why it was especially this piece of land that the Jews wanted to inhabit. Not only Jews settled here. Non-Jews like the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn also had their domicile in the middle of the Jewish quarter. The district was booming and the city was doing well. But even in Amsterdam, Jewish history is not just about success and good life. The strong discrimination experienced by the Jews by the Nazi Germans also ended in Amsterdam with the Holocaust. Learn about the young and courageous Anne Frank, who was one of the Jews hiding not to get deported. While hiding she wrote her famous diary. Her diary will accompany the tour and exemplify the grief the Jewish community had to undergo.Thousands of people were deported and hardly anyone came back. But not all Amsterdammers wanted to accept this. Learn about the February Strike in 1941, but above all: learn of the courageous resistance by Jews and non-Jews, who saved many lives while endangering their own.  Pass by the Portuguese synagogue on the tour and see important testimonies such as Stolpersteine, the gate of the old plague cemetery and monuments commemorating the courageous resistance of the Third Reich. Also, discover how the Jewish community lives today in multicultural Amsterdam. Join this tour to explore the Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam and enjoy an unforgettable experience. 

Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

2. 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.

Private Day Trip From Amsterdam to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

3. Private Day Trip From Amsterdam to Rotterdam and Kinderdijk

Discover the beautiful countryside and the amazing city of Rotterdam on this one-day private tour from Amsterdam. Take the opportunity to visit the picturesque village of Kinderdijk and the amazing city of Rotterdam learning about the culture and history of the Netherlands that has influenced the innovation and architecture you will see on the tour.  Your day tour will begin when you are picked up from your accommodations in Amsterdam by your guide and driver. From Amsterdam, you will die into the countryside of the Netherlands and explore Kinderdijk, a village home of UNESCO World Heritage Site windmills which you will explore. You will also see the dykes and learn about their use in the Netherlands to deal with water. You will then go on a 1-hour boat tour of Kinderdijk to further explore the Dutch countryside with your guide. From Kinderdijk your tour will continue on to Rotterdam, the second city of the Netherlands. With your guide, you will explore both the old and new within the city and learn about how the city was shaped. The city boasts amazing examples of modern architecture in the Netherlands as well as historical landmarks. You will find many architectural sights throughout the city like Markthal, the famous Cube Houses, the Erasmus Bridge and the Town Hall of Rotterdam. After you have explored Rotterdam, your guide will drive you back to your accommodations in Amsterdam. 

Amsterdam: The Anne Frank Story & Neighborhood Walking Tour

4. Amsterdam: The Anne Frank Story & Neighborhood Walking Tour

The story of Anne Frank is known around the world thanks to the touching and harrowing diary she kept of the period that she, her family, and 4 others spent in a hidden annex hiding from Amsterdam’s German occupiers. Less well-known is the story of her life as a young child that moved from Germany to Amsterdam due to her father's fears of Nazi Germany. They arrived in 1934 and settled in a house on the square Merwedeplein. Anne Frank spent many happy moments at this square and its surroundings. During this walking tour, visit the places that were important to Anne Frank in her childhood. See where she went to school and the shop where she bought her famous diary. Explore the area where she played outside and discover the house where Miep Gies lived for many years, the woman who gave Anne's dairy to Otto Frank. This tour takes place in the south of Amsterdam, where you will have the opportunity to become acquainted with an area of the city that you would otherwise likely not see. This area was constructed in the 1920-30s and was based on revolutionary ideas of city planning, architecture and social housing. Explore this area and learn about the happier times in young Anne's life, the girl who is a world-wide symbol of strength through adversity.

Amsterdam: National Monument and City Walking Tour

5. Amsterdam: National Monument and City Walking Tour

The guides will be waiting for you at Dam Square, in front of Madame Tussauds (Wax Museum), one of the most spectacular and popular places in the city, which you will have the opportunity to get to know in detail. In the center of Dam Square, towering above the other buildings, stands the spectacular Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the venue for the country's most solemn events, such as awards ceremonies and official receptions. Our tour then moves on to the National Monument. The Netherlands was one of the territories that suffered most from the consequences of the Second World War. This work of art commemorates and serves as a tribute to all those who lost their lives during the war. You will learn everything you need to know about this monument from the expert local guides who will accompany you at the time. This tour through the streets of Amsterdam will take you to the most important church in the Netherlands. This is the New Church or Nieuwe Kerk. A spectacular place of worship that will captivate you as soon as you see its 15th-century façade, which stands out from the rest of the buildings and premises around it. It is here where the Kings are married and crowned, that's why its importance. This impressive guided tour of Amsterdam aims to show you everything, and the next stop is one of the most unknown corners of the city, the Beguinary, built with the idea of being occupied by women who were lonely due to the absence of their relatives and where they carried out charity work. From there we will go directly to the Singel Canal, where, among other things, you can be amazed at the Amsterdam Flower Market. A spectacular place with one of the most beautiful postcards of the city. Before we finish our guided tour of the capital of the Netherlands, it's time to delve back into history, and more specifically into the Second World War. We will visit the Jewish Quarter, very important for the city and relevant to understand one of the darkest periods of the old continent. Anne Frank's family lived there in hiding, so you can visit the Anne Frank House, where she had to protect herself from the Nazis. Continuing with history, several centuries before the outbreak of the Second World War, the city was surrounded by walls to protect it from its enemies. Therefore, a key point to stop at on our tour is the so-called St. Anthony's Gate, the point through which Amsterdam was entered in the past. Our visit will end in the surroundings of the Central Station, a spectacular building that has been around for more than a century and is nowadays the main entrance to the capital of the Netherlands. It must be said that these are just some of the places you will enjoy, as during the visit you will also discover magical and sensational places that will make you fall in love with Amsterdam forever, and you will also be able to taste some of the most typical cheeses of the country. What are you waiting for, book now, we are waiting for you!

Amsterdam Small-Group Walking Tour

6. 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: World War II and Anne Frank Walking Tour

7. 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

8. 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.

Private Small-Group Bike Tour in Neighborhood of Anne Frank

9. Private Small-Group Bike Tour in Neighborhood of Anne Frank

The easy-to-use city bikes with no less than 7 gears are ready to be adjusted to your height. Starting the bike tour you will follow the river Amstel, passing by holocaust memorials and stopping several times for more in-depth stories about WWII. After a bike ride of more or less 4 km you will arrive at the River District where Anne Frank grew up. Her house, her primary school and the bookshop where her diary was bought; everything is located there. This serene square where your guide will tell you the story of Anne Frank, her life before and during hiding, makes it all complete. You will move around the neighborhood to feel and see the history, before returning to the city centre. The roads that are used for the bike ride are more quiet and less crazy than the historic city centre, however it is advised, that you only participate if you already have bicycle experience. This bike tour is offered in several languages and is the perfect activity for athletic and adventurous history lovers of Amsterdam.

Anne Frank Story & Private 2-Hour Neighborhood Tour

10. Anne Frank Story & Private 2-Hour Neighborhood Tour

The story of Anne Frank is known around the world because of her diary describing the period that she, her family, and 4 others spent in a secret annex hidden from Amsterdam’s German occupiers. On this 2-hour private tour you’ll learn how the diary was handed by Miep Gies to Otto Frank after the war. She had saved a number of the family’s personal belongings after the Germans raided the house. Otto Frank was reluctant to publish the diary, but when he read in the diary that it was his daughter’s wish to have it published, he allowed the book to become public in June 1947. Your guide will show you the places where Anne Frank spent her happy childhood in Amsterdam and will provide commentary on the facts and fiction about her. The tour takes place in the south of Amsterdam, where you’ll have the opportunity to become acquainted with an area of the city that you would otherwise likely not see.

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I really enjoyed this experience. The guide was very informative. Among many things, he showed us the memorials along the canal. Those names were the Jewish families who lived in the houses right across the way - before they were taken to concentration camps. It was powerful and sad.

James the tour guide was an excellent and interesting communicator who was very knowledgable of his history. The pace of delivery was just right and he readily responded to any questions put. We also probably benefited from being a small group (7)

Our tour guide James was kind, funny and lovely. I had a lovely time and enjoyed the new respective. Also, he gave us almost another full hour and took us through many places.

Excellent knowledgable guide Very thorough and answered all our questions Thought provoking Interesting for Jewish and non tourists alike

James was an Excellent tour guide - one of the best of our two week trip and 12+ tours. Interesting content - lots of new information.