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Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

1. Amsterdam: Guided Bike Tour of Central Amsterdam

Discover the sights of central Amsterdam with an expert guide riding by your side. You’ll learn about the city’s culture, see important historical sites, and famous hotspots as well as lesser-known local favorites.  Start your journey near the central station, pass the impressive A’DAM Tower, and ride over to the Western Islands, which are filled with charming drawbridges, old warehouses, and chic artists' studios.  Continue along the Brouwersgracht Canal and visit the trendy Jordaan and 9 Street districts flanked by indie boutiques, cozy cafes, and hip eateries. As you ride deeper into the city center, you will enter the Grachtengordel neighborhood and zoom past the Westerkerk (Western Church) and the historic Anne Frank House.  Feel the buzz of music and street performers around Leidseplein Square, a busy theater district with a buzzing nightlife.  After so much excitement, enjoy a pleasant break in the Vondelpark, the largest park in Amsterdam and the most famous park in the Netherlands. Feeling recharged, circle the Museum Quarter and ride through the narrow streets of the Bohemian-influenced De Pijp neighborhood.  Cross the iconic Magere Brug (skinny bridge), a wooden drawbridge over the River Amstel, and arrive at the famed Artis Zoo leading into the Maritime Quarter.  Admire the impressive replica of a 17th-century Dutch East Indian Company ship at the Salt Harbour, before returning to back where your bike journey began.

Amsterdam: Light Sculptures Small Boat Tour with Gluhwein

2. Amsterdam: Light Sculptures Small Boat Tour with Gluhwein

Set off on a small boat tour including gluhwein (mulled wine), a panoramic view of the city, and a front-row seat to wonderful art exhibitions. Your agile boat will allow you to get up close to many of these magical installations. Your guide has been following this festival closely for the last 5 years and knows all of its ins and outs. With your guide, you can discuss the artist’s inspiration, including what moves them and what they wanted to express through their works. You can share ideas, insights, and opinions, and can hopefully walk away from this experience more inspired, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic about art and what it offers.

Amsterdam: Guided Off-The-Beaten-Track Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Guided Off-The-Beaten-Track Walking Tour

Starting from the Beursplein walking through the Citycenter to Dam square the first thing to do is to talk about the most important sights on the Dam: the Royal Palace, National Monument and the Nieuwe Kerk. If possible ( open for public ) take a look inside, with its rich history and beauty. Learn about how Amsterdam was built and expanded into the most important trading metropolis in Europe. The immeasurable wealth of the Golden Age and the Dutch monarchy. Pass the Magna Plaza building to enter the "Torensluis", Amsterdams former Maut bridge, with all information about the creation of the canal belt and its development. Amsterdams unique architecture with the countless beautiful and loving details. Continue along Amsterdams most beautiful canals in the direction of the Haarlemmer Buurt and the Western Islands, where both the former, small shipyards and pure life in Amsterdam can be found. ( you can also swim if you want....) In a curve back, pass the modern, newly designed Westerdoks and the unique Houseboats, to Brouwersgracht with converted warehouses, to the outermost canal, Prinsengracht and the well-known Jordaan district. A short visit at the Noordermaarkt, if it"s a market day we stroll along the diverse market stalls, maybe you want to try a Haring or Amsterdams best Icecream? ... and if wanted recommendations for the nice dinner restaurants around, the best Appeltaart ever and the most tasty drinks. See the famous Anne Frank house and the Westerkerk, with it"s tower and eventful history, located around the full life on the smaller canals of the Jordaan. If wanted, accompaniment back to the meeting point on the Beursplein, after the Homomonument have been seen. Of course there is the possibility of strolling into the Jordaan district on your own from here, browsing the numerous shops of the 9 Straatjes, eating out or strolling to the fancy shopping areas of Amsterdam.

Luxury cruise, max 8 guests, with extensive open bar/nibbles

4. Luxury cruise, max 8 guests, with extensive open bar/nibbles

With over 200 kilometers of canal Amsterdam offers endless opportunities to explore the city from the water. I myself, having been raised in the heart of the canal belt and sailing the canals since 1998 can offer you the insights into the more secluded sections of the canals, but as well provide insight into my culture and Amsterdam past and current struggles and successes. We will be sailing on a 32 foot custom built fully electric and partially solar powered boat. There is ample seating inside the cozy saloon as well as seating outside at the aft deck. Whatever the unpredictable Dutch weather has to offer, you will be comfortable! To prevent mutinies from arising you will have access to a full open bar with top-shelf liquors, beer, wine and soft drinks (coffee/tea) and a small selection of sweet and savory nibbles to enjoy. Bathroom is onboard, so no need to be shy with the drinks ;-) With a maximum of 8 guests the cruise experience will be personal and tailored towards your wants and needs. Commentary is provided during the cruise but you will have lots of opportunity to ask me any questions you have! I dont offer a fixed route, this is variable on the day and the time and what you want to see and explore! All cruises depart close by the Central Station from the adress: Singel 9, located next to the "Koepelkerk" a big domed church, can't miss it!

Amsterdam: Winter Walking Tour

5. Amsterdam: Winter Walking Tour

Explore the Negen Straatjes, marvel at the stunning Westertoren, and delve into the recent narratives of Spui, where the Provos orchestrated events advocating civil resistance. The itinerary naturally includes iconic landmarks such as the Anne Frank House and the erstwhile working-class enclave of Jordaan. Discover Amsterdam's squatting history along Spuistraat. Immerse yourself in the vibrant essence of Amsterdam and uncover the charm of this dynamic city. Get ready to uncover the heart and soul of Amsterdam in a unique and captivating winter walk tour. Embark on an enriching journey through the historic streets and hidden gems of this vibrant city. Here's a sneak peek at what awaits you: Start from the oldest part of Amsterdam, where tales of the city's beginnings come to life. Learn about the culture of the Westerlijke Wallen, the Red Light District, a place of respect and understanding, where no photos are taken, and no lingering is permitted. Crooked Houses: Admire the charm of the city's iconic tilted houses and discover why Amsterdam stands on wooden poles. Nieuwe Haarlemmersluis: Explore how the city combats seawater intrusion from its historic canals. Herring Trade: Delve into the history of the herring trade, a significant part of Amsterdam's past. Koepelkerk: Uncover the intriguing story behind the copper-clad Lutheran church, witness to Amsterdam's resilience after a massive fire. Brouwersgracht: Trace the supply of grain to breweries and learn why Amsterdam earned the nickname "Booze Capital." Jan Roodenpoortstoren: Discover the secrets hidden beneath the bridge, including historic prison cells. Torensluis: Marvel at the oldest bridge in Amsterdam, once part of the city's defensive wall. Bartolotti House: Admire the elegance of Amsterdam's finest mansion and the fascinating history it holds. Gay monument: Learn about the Dutch Lgbtq+ community's struggles and victories, marking the site of the world's first gay marriage. Anne Frank House: Reflect on the poignant history of World War II and the courageous and world famous story of Anne Frank and her diary. Westertoren: Gaze at Amsterdam's tallest church tower and unravel its historical significance. Brown Cafe Pitstop: Take a break at a cozy, traditional Dutch pub, a perfect spot to savor the local atmosphere. Negen Straatjes: Wander through the picturesque streets, once home to artisans and now bustling with trendy boutiques and cafes. Spui: Discover the symbolic Provo statue and explore its role in student protests and cultural movements. Kalverstraat: Stroll down the most renowned shopping street in the Netherlands, known for its upscale stores. We end our tour at Dam Square and walk back to Yellow Bike at Nieuwezijds Kolk. Join us on this captivating winter walk tour and uncover the rich tapestry of Amsterdam's past and present, filled with intriguing stories, historical sites, and vibrant culture.

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What people are saying about Brouwersgracht

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,172 reviews

This was our first time in Amsterdam, Miriam was our guide and when I say she was wonderful, that’s an understatement! She showed us many places we wanted to see and the history she spoke made it that much more magical. I am not a fantastic bike rider but she watched out for me and made sure that I was safe. Highly recommend this tour and her!!!

Very nice reception. Our tour guide Rad was super nice and had a lot of knowledge about the city. Great bike tour, great pace, just a perfect trip👍! Dear advice, thank you for your knowledge about Amsterdam. We will be back.

We had a great Sunday morning tour of Amsterdam. Streets were quiet and our tour guide ‘Rad’ was very knowledgeable and helpful. We would highly recommend.

Rad was awesome! He made sure we all felt comfortable on our bikes. 3 hours was the perfect amount of time.

Very relaxed and informative tour. Miriam was an excellent guide!