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Amsterdam: Life of Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

1. Amsterdam: Life of Anne Frank and World War II Walking Tour

Find out more about Anne Frank on a small-group or private guided walking tour of Amsterdam, led by an expert guide. Discover the city’s centuries-old Jewish Quarter in a small group setting while your guide weaves in anecdotes about Anne Frank's life and World War II. You will hear all about Anne Frank’s family dynamics, their move from Germany, their time in hiding, and her father’s life after the war. Start the tour outside the Portuguese Synagogue, a 17th-century Sephardic construction that still functions as a synagogue today. Find out about the background of the original Jewish neighborhood and how it developed over the centuries. Your guide will share stories of Anne Frank’s love of writing, the conditions she lived through in 1930s and 1940s Amsterdam, and how her diary became so famous. You will also hear about the Dutch Resistance during the Second World War and see where secret hiding places were located. Over the course of the tour, you will walk by the Jewish Historical Museum, stop at the Auschwitz Monument and see the outside of the Anne Frank House façade. Finish the tour with a small surprise at a local Dutch cafe.

Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

2. Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs on a tour of the Red Light District. Learn about the district from a local perspective, and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the first coffee shop in Amsterdam. Following pickup from your hotel or meeting point near Central Station, stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District, and see everything that the area has to offer. Explore the small shops and restaurants of Chinatown, and walk down some of the city’s narrowest streets. Hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, prostitution, political issues, and history. Then, enter a coffee shop to enjoy a relaxing break and smoke a joint (only if you want to).

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

3. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a humorous tour with a German guide. Learn how much on average a prostitute earns per night, how many customers they have per shift, and which sexual acts pay the largest sums. Choose the small-group tour with no more than 4 people that goes right into the center of the Red Light District and visits a peepshow, or opt for a tour that tells the story of the Red Light District, visits some of its highlights, and explores other famous hotspots in Chinatown and the harbor.  You can also choose to have a private guide on the small-group tour. Small-Group Red Light District Tour and Peepshow Enter the heart of the Red Light District with a maximum group of 4 people plus your guide. The tour highlights all the positive as well as negative aspects of the Amsterdam Red Light District. From the National Monument on Dam Square go to Warmoestraat, one of the most famous gay streets in Amsterdam. Pass the Condomerie, a condom store that specializes in all kinds of rubbers. Then, go further into the heart of the district to the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) where former prostitutes are dedicated to educational work and are trying to dispel prejudices about prostitution. Directly opposite lies the Old Church (Oude Kerk), the oldest church in Amsterdam and probably the only church in the world which is surrounded by prostitution. The special situation of the Old Church helped enforce its great wealth, because sinners of the night felt obliged to wash their contaminated souls clean through a generous donation or "sin tax". Around the square the church is surrounded by a row of windows flooded by red lights revealing attractive, scantily-clad women. Discover more about the process of negotiations between customers and prostitutes, about their income and expenses, prices, room rental and taxes, but also about the women's security. Past Amsterdam's first commercial coffee shop, the city tour leads to a peepshow from the 70s. The visit to the peepshow is a small highlight of the tour. The peepshow was once the most popular establishment of the entire district, today it is a nostalgic gem in a street of absurd sex shows. Red Light District Highlights, Harbor, and Chinatown Tour Visit selected highlights of the Red Light District and beyond in a group of maximum 15 people. Discover the district’s rich history with your guide and get full insight into the prostitution industry.  Learn details about how customers and sex workers negotiate, how much they earn, how room rental and taxes work, and the women’s security.  See the most popular spots, including De Dam, the Condomerie, and Warmoestraat. You will also be able to see the famous red-lit windows from a distance before exploring the vibrant LGBTQ+ scene on the nearby Zeedijk street in Chinatown.  Dive into the Red Light District’s origins and visit the harbor, the reason the red light district came about. Catch a photo opportunity in front of the “dancing houses,” one of the most-photographed spots in Amsterdam. Pass by a typical coffee shop and continue to Nieuwmarkt, a lively square with lots of inviting bars. Get a glimpse into the street full of sex theaters.  Equip yourself with recommendations from your guide on how to keep exploring the Red Light District at your own pace. Get tips on visiting a 70s peepshow, which you can experience on your own after the tour.

Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour in German

4. 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.  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: Red Light District Tour

5. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour

Start your 2-hour tour in front of the central station in Amsterdam, where you will meet your guide. Continue with a short walk to the Red Light District area. Learn about the history of the Red Light District as you wander through the historical Old Town of Amsterdam. See the oldest building in Amsterdam, the canals, and beautiful old houses. Once you arrive in the Red Light District, your guide will walk you through the many alleys. Wander along the narrowest street in Amsterdam and see the first coffee shop. Your tour will end at Dam Square.

Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

6. Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

Amsterdam's Red Light District is unique: What other countries hide or prohibit is legal in the Netherlands. Visit the neighborhood and learn all about the world's oldest profession. Meet your Spanish-speaking guide and head into the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District on a 2-hour walking tour. The guide will answer any questions you may have and tell you about origins of the neighborhood and the status of prostitution. Walk along the Warmoesstraat (gay street) and see the Condomerie. Hear everything about the PIC (Information Centre on Prostitution), the Sex Museum, Erotic Museum, the prostitutes’ cabins, and venues that feature live sex and peep shows. Then you'll have 10 minutes of free walking time in which you can see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) area and the heart of the Red Light District on your own. After that, walk to Chinatown and the biggest Buddhist temple in Europe with your guide.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Exclusive Night Tour

7. Amsterdam: Red Light District Exclusive Night Tour

Join this 2-hour walking tour through the Red Light District of Amsterdam after dark. At night the Red Light District truly comes alive. Only then can you experience this famous district at its most charming. Learn all about the culture and history of the Red Light District and the Old Town area. Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs and see everything that the area has to offer. See the oldest building in Amsterdam, the canals, and beautiful old houses. You'll also explore the small shops and restaurants of Chinatown, the Condomerie, and the Royal Palace. Admire the Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam, and see many sights such as the narrowest street in Amsterdam, the city's first coffeeshop, several smart shops, and an indoor prostitute street. You'll come away from this tour more educated about the culture, political issues, and history of this famous area.

Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

8. Amsterdam: 3.5-Hour Food Tasting Tour of Jordaan

Enjoy a guided walk through the unique cultural and historical sites of the Jordaan neighborhood on this guided tour. Dig into enough samples to comprise a substantial meal as you stop in for foodie-delighting samples at 6 tasty eateries along the way. Meet your guide at a family-owned cafe on the canals bridge and begin your mouth-watering adventure. Learn how Jordaan went from a working-class neighborhood to a sought-after area to live. Stroll through streets that are lined with specialty shops and charming restaurants. Admire the picturesque network of canals and buildings. Discover local haunts, and meet the families that are keeping Dutch food traditions alive. See historical sites that few tourists ever experience. Be enthralled with stories and insights into Amsterdam’s culture and history from an experienced local guide. End your tour full of good food and just a stone throw away from the Anne Frank House. 

Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Former Sex Worker

9. Amsterdam: Brothel Tour with Former Sex Worker

Get a unique behind-the-scenes look at one of Amsterdam’s most famous brothels. Learn about what the sex work industry is like in the city from a former sex-worker and tour a luxury sex club named Bonton located in a discreet canal-house. Discover everything there is to know about legal prostitution in the Netherlands with your guide. Gain fascinating insights into what it's like to be a sex worker in Amsterdam. Feel free to ask your guide questions about their profession.  Scan the QR codes in the rooms with your phone and learn more interesting facts. Find out about what happens in the rooms in the club, local prices and the different safety measures in place to protect workers. Hear anecdotes and interesting stories that only real insiders in the industry can tell you. Have the unique opportunity to climb onto the strip poles. Show your sexiest move and be photographed by your friends or colleagues.

Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Guided Tour and Ticket

10. Amsterdam: Rijksmuseum Guided Tour and Ticket

Meet your guide at Cobra Cafe, at Museumplein, next to the Rijksmuseum, to start your journey to the highlights of the Dutch Golden Age. The entrance ticket into the Rijksmuseum is included in your tour, and the guide will have hem ready for you at the start. Discover the art and objects that defined the new Dutch Republic. Be amazed by the illusionism of the still-life paintings and be inspired by the scale of Rembrandt’s "The Nightwatch." Learn about some of the most famous features and works in the Museum including Rembrandt’s Portraits, Ferdinand Bol’s self-portrait, Jan Steen’s family interiors, Vermeer’s "The Milkmaid", 7th Century Delftware, 17th Century Dolls Houses, and The Pierre Cuypers Library. Along the way, your professional guide will explain the social and historical context that gave rise to one of the biggest middle-class art markets the world had ever seen. After the tour, you are welcome to continue to explore the rest of some of the 8,000 works on display or relax in the cafe or museum shop. Your ticket is valid all day.

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4.5 / 5

based on 13,383 reviews

Anna is absolutely amazing! She was an exceptionally insightful and incredibly informative guide on our private tour of the Van Gogh museum. Anna brought Van Gogh to life for our family, and we walked away understanding more about the artists paintings while reveling in the story of who Vincent Van Gogh might have been. Having Anna as a guide is a must while in Amsterdam!

Beautiful and intense experience, made so by the guide Giovanni, who was able to convey to the whole group with simplicity, the true story that happened to Anne Frank and the Jews who lived in Holland during the Second World War. Well done.

Excellent and knowledgeable. Fun and more engaging for older kids and younger teens than a museum. Immersive and more relatable than black and white images on a wall.

Our guide Janet was very knowledgeable and possesses a charming personality. She explained very well and answered our questions patiently.

The tour is well organized, rational, essential and at the same time exhaustive. Petra, our guide, very knowledgeable and courteous.