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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: Anne Frank Walking Tour in German

2. 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: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

3. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

Amsterdam: World War II and Anne Frank Walking Tour

4. 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

5. 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: Jewish Quarter Private Tour

6. Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Private Tour

From the 16th to the 17th centuries, Jewish people were the target of much hostility in Europe and were often, tragically, expelled from their homes. Amsterdam welcomed much of Europe's Jewish population and the Jewish community in Amsterdam became one of the most important and vibrant in Europe. On this route through the old Jewish quarter, you will see the main points of interest in the area related to the culture of the Jewish community. From Waterlooplein (where the Spinoza monument is located), to the Amsterdam Zoo (site of the National Holocaust Memorial), and from the Hermitage area of Amsterdam (location of the Shadow Canal Monument) to the Nieuwe Herengracht canal, where you will find the Impressive Portuguese Synagogue.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Jewish History Walking Tour

7. 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

8. 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 Portuguese Synagogue

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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!

Very interesting tour for everyone who is interested in the story of Amsterdam and Anne Frank.

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