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Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

1. Amsterdam: Culture & History Walking Tour in German

Visit famous sites of Amsterdam downtown and get an overview of the city on this 2.5-hour walking tour dedicated to culture and history. Profit from tips every adventurous traveler needs to know and make the best of your trip. Find out which food you should taste and which districts can be discovered independently by bike. Listen to your guide telling you which architectural designs were popular in the past and get an idea of the people of Amsterdam. Hear stories about how merchants, salesmen and the poor used to live in the Middle Ages, why the world of art blossomed in the Golden Era, how World War II has changed the people of the city and what it feels like to live in the tolerant, multicultural city today. Start your tour in the heart of the city at Dam Square, where Amsterdam was founded. The tour leads you past the Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the New Church Nieuwe Kerk and past the former main post office, to Torensluis Bridge. See one of the tiniest houses of the city and learn more about the colonial times at the statue of Multatuli on Torensluis Bridge.  Stroll past romantic canal-side houses and cross Spui Square to get to the pearl of Amsterdam — Begijnhof. With its entrance hidden in a narrow side street, this very special hofje is waiting for you to be discovered. On the way back to Dam Square you will see the river that the city owes its name to: the Amstel. The city tour ends at the national monument that was originally built to remember the victims of World War II, but is now a memorial to all victims who lost their lives in any war worldwide.

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Amsterdam: City Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: City Walking Tour

Explore Amsterdam with a local guide who knows all the city’s secrets. During this walking tour, learn about the city’s heritage as you visit popular sites, as well as some local gems along the way. Learn about the history of the city, from its beginnings as a muddy village on the River Amstel to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. Topics covered range from the history of sex work and drug decriminalization in the Netherlands, 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. Whether you go on to 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.

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Amsterdam: Walking Food Tour

3. Amsterdam: Walking Food Tour

Eat your way through Amsterdam on this guided tour while you stroll through the city's most beautiful streets. Taste local delicacies and discover places like the Royal Palace and the Begijnhof. Pass by the Amsterdam Flower Market, the only floating market in the world. Continue to snack and stroll through the hip district known as "The Pijp" and wander through its most famous flea market. Finally, end the tour by sipping a local beer on a beautiful local terrace.

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Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

4. Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

The best way to explore Amsterdam is like the locals do, on a bike. You will meet your guide in the bike shop and be given a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour you will stop at a number of interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of the city. Discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. Cycle along the famous canals and Dam Square. Cycle through the various different neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass the Rijksmuseum, home to a rich collection of Dutch art and history. Discover other gems such as the Museumplein, Stedelijk Museum, and Concertgebouw.

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Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

5. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. 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 unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

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Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

6. Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

Receive a warm welcome to Amsterdam with a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible. Discover main attractions and landmarks like Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt in only 90 minutes. Get up-to-date tips on where locals like to grab a bite and unwind, or what about a unique family-owned restaurant in a local hotspot? On this private tour, your local guide will make sure you see Amsterdam like a local. Your guide will have all your questions covered and will give you a city orientation to get you acquainted with Amsterdam to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest.

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Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour and see all the main sights of the historic center, including the enchanting bridges, barges, houseboats and mercantile houses of the Canal Belt. Get well-acquainted with Amsterdam’s cobblestoned streets, walking over the many beautiful bridges overlooking the iconic canals on the Canal Belt. Be guided along the waterways, seeing the recognizable tall and slim buildings, numerous houseboats, and, of course, some of the most famous sights in the city. Learn how the city evolved from a muddy town on the Amstel River in the 12th century to the modern day metropolis. Get a local’s perspective and discover some little-known secrets of the city, including tree-lined squares and private courtyards. Get priceless tips on how to make the most of your time in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam: "Fall in Love with Amsterdam" German Walking Tour

8. Amsterdam: "Fall in Love with Amsterdam" German Walking Tour

This tour goes through all the interest points of Amsterdam's old city and lasts approximately 3 hours. Together with a local German speaking tour guide you'll stroll through highlights such as Nieuwmarkt, Waterloopleinmarkt, Rembrandt House, Amsterdam canals, Amstel river, Amsterdam's Flower Market and Dam Square. At each interest point, another piece of Dutch history will be revealed by the guide. The tour is full of engaging stories and anecdotes that will change the way you see the city. The tour visits three different markets (Nieuwmarkt, Waterloopleinmarkt and Amsterdam's Flower Market). Upon arrival at each market, the guide will tell its story (with Q&A) and will set sufficient time for you to explore the market by yourself. Get a Dutch cultural infusion (auf Deutsch) as well as tips and hints on local happenings.

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Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

9. Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

From the meeting point at Beursplein square, start the walking tour of the main central attractions with your expert guide. Hear stories you’d never hear otherwise and experience the history of this city. From its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization, to the tragedy of Anne Frank and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to Amsterdam. Your guide will then take you to the cruise boat to continue the tour of the city’s iconic canal routes. On board, relax with your audioguide and take in the memorable sights that surround you. You can’t truly experience the city without getting to know its waterways and on this cruise you will see the most principal canals as well as the Amstel River and the famous seven bridges.

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Amsterdam: Private Historical Family Walking Tour with Pickup

10. Amsterdam: Private Historical Family Walking Tour with Pickup

Explore Amsterdam with a private guide for a more personalized introduction to this city of canals. Your local guide will explain all about the history of the city, including how 17th-century Amsterdam became the wealthiest city in the world, with Dutch merchants scattered across the globe. Walk around the famous Red Light District and experience Amsterdam’s laid-back ways. Pause at local cafés and bars for a cool beer or hot chocolate, depending on the weather. You will also explore Dam Square and Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square), home to the former butter market.

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What people are saying about Begijnhof

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,435 reviews

We had a great time with Mona who is very attentive and attentive. If you are looking for a French guide, this is the one for you, plus Amsterdam's culinary discoveries are excellent! Very good tastings and a top guide await you so don't hesitate to book!

Claudia was an amazing guide. Her explanations and the way she shared Amsterdam‘s history were first in class. My two teenage boys did not lost one minute of attention and were more than happy about the tour. Furthermore Claudia gave great ideas for more visits

Very interesting stories told by our guide. Many historical facts but told in a not boring way. Really enjoyed it and would recommend

Very good explanationof Amsterdam very comprehensive and detailed Theguide was nice and take care of tourists Very recommended

Great tour! Super nice pleasant guide! Very tasty food! Again any time!