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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: The Story of Anne Frank & Jewish History Tour

4. Amsterdam: The Story of Anne Frank & Jewish History Tour

You'll meet your guide and small group (depending on the option selected) on Westermarkt for a walking tour to understand the Jewish presence in Amsterdam before and during World War II. Hear the insightful story of Anne Frank and her family dynamics, including their move from Germany, their time in hiding, and her father's life after the war. Cross the city center from west to east and find the locations that mattered during the five years of Nazi-occupation in Amsterdam between May 1940 and May 1945. Your expert guide's narration will introduce you to several people that played their role during these dire years. Walk by the Amsterdam canals into the medieval center and hear about the Dutch Resistance during the war. Before exploring Dam Square, the backdrop for the annual ceremony on National Memorial Day. Join the Royal Family and the army in an insightful remembrance, and learn about this part of history in Amsterdam. Walking towards the eastern part of the city center, the accent of the tour shifts more towards the Jewish community in Amsterdam. Before the German invasion, Amsterdam had a thriving Jewish community. The Holocaust had a tremendous impact on Amsterdam, and your guides will tell you the story of the former Jewish district during the months of the Holocaust. You'll later end your tour at the Hollandsche Schouwburg, a former theater transformed by the Nazis as a detention center for Jews. Today it houses the National Holocaust Memorial, a place of reflection and mourning.

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.

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What people are saying about Plantage, Amsterdam

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 974 reviews

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.