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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.

Amsterdam: Murder Mystery Game on WhatsApp With Remote Guide

2. Amsterdam: Murder Mystery Game on WhatsApp With Remote Guide

Solve a murder and at the same time see all the highlights of the city center of Amsterdam. Play this unique game with a group of friends or your family. You will receive instructions, a photo frame and an answer form in advance via email. You'll also receive a map of the city where the murder took place. The center is divided into sections where you have to look for a location where you can take a group selfie. Once you've located the spot, send a selfie via WhatsApp to your game instructor. If the location's correct, they'll send you the next clue about the murder. As you walk along the nicest places in the centre of the city, you will collect more and more clues about the murder. During the game you will have enough time to enter a cafe or shop that you pass and to admire some of the highlights of Amsterdam.

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

3. 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.

Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

4. 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.

Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Canal Cruise

5. 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.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

6. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Sightseeing Tour by Rickshaw

A rickshaw, or bike-taxi, can take you places that aren’t accessible by bus or boat, and can cover much more of the city than you could on foot in a limited amount of time. Your driver for this rickshaw tour of Amsterdam will also be able to tell you about the city and its history and point out interesting details along the way. Experience the beauty of Amsterdam’s historic center in an eco-friendly way on this 2 hour tour. A tour by bike-taxi in Amsterdam is ideal for anyone looking to learn about the secrets and hidden gems of the city and is not able or willing to walk or ride a bike around the city. It’s time-efficient as well, as you’ll be able to see most of the highlights in a relatively short time. The driver can park the rickshaw at some places of interest, where entering on foot is necessary, such as the Begijnhof, Civic Guards Gallery, Holocaust Memorial, and other museums.

Amsterdam: Historical Highlights Guided Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam: Historical Highlights Guided Walking Tour

Beginning at Dam Square, discover Amsterdam with the best local guides and hear about the city in your own language: German, Italian, or French. Your expert guide will make history come alive with stories and lively commentary as you stroll through the beautiful streets of medieval and Golden Age Amsterdam on a 2-hour tour. Admire the architecture and hear about the city's long history of commerce and trade. Some highlights you'll pass include: The Royal Palace, The New Church, the most important canals, bridges, and locks, the smallest house in the city, the Begijnhof, a late-16th-century men's prison, the Mint Tower, and the Amstel River.

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour in German or English

8. Private Amsterdam Walking Tour in German or English

Meet your tour guide in front of the Amsterdam central station. Here your guide will introduce themselves and walk with you to the Old Town area and Red Light District. Learn about the Amsterdam history and see many sights like the Old Church, China Town, and the narrowest street of Amsterdam. After the Red Light District, walk to the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and Begijnhof. Hear interesting stories about the Dutch and learn everything you need to know about Amsterdam. Then head to the floating street market, where you could buy everything that is flower related. The tour ends at the Dam Square.

Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Amsterdam with your own personal guide, and stroll through the medieval center to see parts of the old city wall. Continue along the famous canals to explore Chinatown, the former Jewish District, and the infamous Red Light District. Learn how Amsterdam was built on a reclaimed swamp, when the land was buried in mud and the harbor was almost inaccessible. Connection with the North Sea was not realised until the 19th century, but Amsterdam had already became one of the most important cities in the world. As you stroll, you will learn about its position as a major science and cultural center, and discover how in 1650 its population of 220,000 inhabitants made it the 3rd largest city in Europe. Your guide will explain key aspects of Amsterdam’s story, passing sights such as the 17th-century Oostindisch Huis, the Amsterdam headquarters of the East India Company. Discover old pawn shops and handsome merchant houses in the Jordaan district. Walk the banks of the Herengracht, one of the first 3 major canals of the city, and more.

Amsterdam Small-Group Walking Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Begijnhof

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 1,437 reviews

We had a wonderful time with our guide Tice. All the food was delicious and the historical details he shared were fascinating. I would highly recommend this tour!

Laura was a wonderful guide. She was informative, entertaining and polite. She answered all our questions with more information than our guidebook! Thanks Laura!

Chantal war ein super Guide mit großem Wissen und Spaß an der Arbeit. 2,5 h vergingen wie im Flug. Thorsten und Karla Kircheis

Fun and interesting walking tour with Laura! She was an excellent guide and the pancake lunch was yummy!!

Laura was amazing and very fluent in English and history of Amsterdam... the food was tasty too