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Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German or English

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German or English

Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a fun tour with a German OR English 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. Additionally discover the history of coffeeshops in Amsterdam, what the political situation around them looks like and how coffeeshops in Amsterdam are regarded both a blessing and a curse for the city. Red Light District Tour and Highlights From the National Monument on Dam Square go to Warmoestraat, one of the most famous gay streets in Amsterdam. Pass the Condomerie, a fun condom store and learn about Amsterdams contraception history. Take a look at the Oude Kerk, the oldest church of Amsterdam, and explore its paradox connection to the red light district. 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. 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 picturesque spots in Amsterdam. Learn more about the history and politics of the coffeeshop business in Amsterdam, how it was established, what issues the city has to tackle and what the future of coffeeshops in Amsterdam may look like. This tour does not include an inside visit of a coffeeshop. You will get the chance to explore them at your own pace after the tour if you wish. 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 Guided Walking Tour

Amsterdam: Anne Frank Guided Walking Tour

Take an immersive and deeply moving journey of one of history's most poignant stories on this Anne Frank Walking Tour. Begin your tour by meandering through Amsterdam's picturesque streets as a knowledgeable guide shares insights into the Frank family's life and the escalating dangers they faced. See lesser-known sites related to the Holocaust and the resistance in Amsterdam, illustrating the broader context of the Jewish experience during the war. End the tour outside the Anne Frank House, the secret annex where Anne and her family hid for more than two years. Throughout the tour, listen to themes of tolerance, abuse of human rights, and the importance of historical memory. Hear an impactful exploration of a young girl's courage and a lasting reminder of the need for empathy and understanding in our world.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a a full-day tour from Brussels. Travel in a comfortable bus from a centrally-located meeting point. Hop aboard a spacious bus and sit back and relax on the drive from Brussels to Amsterdam. Once you arrive, begin a guided tour where the history of the city is revealed. Find out where the city was founded in the 13th century at Dam Square. Admire the Gothic architecture of the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and Dutch Baroque architecture of the Royal Palace. Venture into the oldest part of Amsterdam. Continue to De Waag to view the remains of the medieval wall. End your guided tour and enjoy the free time discovering the city on your own. Return to your meeting point in Brussels by bus.

Amsterdam: Cultural Inner City Tour in German or English

Amsterdam: Cultural Inner City Tour in German or English

Visit famous sites of Amsterdam downtown and get an overview of the city on this 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: Traditional Dutch Syrup Waffle Making Workshop

Amsterdam: Traditional Dutch Syrup Waffle Making Workshop

Step into a cozy venue nestled in the charming heart of Amsterdam and allow the aroma of caramel and freshly baked dough to envelop you, setting the stage for a truly authentic Dutch experience. Begin your workshop with an introduction from your instructor, who will share the fascinating history of the stroopwafel, a beloved Dutch specialty since the 18th century. Don your apron and gather around as the guide demonstrates the art of crafting the perfect Stroopwafel—from mixing the dough to the precise cooking technique required to achieve that golden, crispy texture. Then, it’s your turn to get hands-on. Roll out your dough and learn how to cook it to perfection on a traditional iron. Enjoy the highlights of the process: drizzling warm, gooey syrup —the 'stroop'— between the thin waffle layers, sealing the sweet concoction. While your creations cool, enjoy a well-deserved break with a cup of coffee or tea, mingling with fellow baking enthusiasts. Relish the first bite of your own stroopwafel, crisp yet tender, perfectly complemented by your hot beverage. As the workshop draws to a close, pack up one of your stroopwafels to take home, along with new skills and sweet memories.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour

Join this 2-hour walking tour and discover a unique insight into the Red Light District. Learn about the history of the Red Light District as you wander through the historical Old Town of Amsterdam. Explore the district and learn about its history, culture, and the daily life of its inhabitants. We'll start by exploring the area's famous red-lit windows and neon signs, learning about the legal and cultural aspects of the trade. Visit some of the district's hidden gems, including historic buildings and cultural landmarks that often go unnoticed by visitors. Throughout the tour your guide will provide you with insightful information about the district, offering a deeper understanding of this unique and often misunderstood neighborhood. As you stroll through the district's narrow streets and alleys, your guide will share fascinating stories and anecdotes about the district's past and present, including its more recent controversies. See the oldest building in Amsterdam, the canals, and beautiful old houses. While inside the Red Light District, your guide will walk you through its many alleys. Wander along the narrowest street in Amsterdam and see the first coffee shop. Finally, your tour will end at the Dam Square.

Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic full-day coach tour of North Holland, and discover a charming landscape of windmills, canals, picturesque villages, and locals in traditional costume. Choose the all-in option to add a few extras to your tour, including a clog-making demonstration and a boat trip. Depart from Amsterdam station for the small fishing town of Marken, renowned for its preservation of traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour through streets full of colorful houses. If you've chosen the all-in option, stop at a shoemaker’s studio to watch how wooden clogs are made. Next, head to Volendam by coach if you've chosen the standard option or board the Marken Express if you've chosen the all-in option for a boat trip across the beautiful IJssel Lake. On arrival in Volendam, enjoy free time to explore the shops or try on a traditional costume for a souvenir photo.  Then, enjoy a tasting at a traditional Holland cheese factory and learn how cheese is made before continuing into the heart of North Holland to Edam. Discover the history of the former shipyard and see Grote Kerk, the largest church in the Netherlands, as you stroll the cobbled streets. Next, take in the last stop on your tour, the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Admire its magnificent collection of historic windmills. If you opt for the all-in ticket, you can go inside one of the operating windmills to learn more about this Dutch icon of industrial architecture. Finally, marvel at the picturesque homes, wooden barns, and scenic meadows of North Holland as you travel back to Amsterdam by coach. If you prefer a smaller group, like to take your time and explore all the best of this tour, then opt for the Charm of Holland guided tour. Available on Fridays. The tourguide takes a small group to all the inclusions in the all-in tour. The Charm of Holland also includes lunch at a traditional Dutch fish taverne.

Amsterdam: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Amsterdam: Highlights Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt & City Tour

Get to know Amsterdam at your own pace with this interactive scavenger hunt you can play on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. Enjoy an ideal outdoor for couples, groups, families, and children. Download the app to your phone and head over to the Amsterdam Centraal to start the game. Complete a challenge based on the location to move to the next exciting place. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to solve the riddles. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. Let the app guide you to each destination as you learn interesting facts. Pause at any point to take a break or spend more time sightseeing. You can start playing any time, the schedule is indicative. Start your tour from Amsterdam Centraal, the central station of Amsterdam. Visit the Basiliek van de Heilige Nicolaas with its beautiful interior and exterior and explore the Beurs van Berlage as you learn its history. Photograph the Oude Church, one of Amsterdam's oldest churches. Marvel at Amsterdam's Dam Square, built by the famous architect Jacobus Oud. Gaze at the imposing Palace that awaits you. Get photographed with famous people in Madame Tussaud's Museum and admire the Westerkerk with its unique aesthetics. See the Anne Frank monument and be reminded primarily of the suffering of Anne Frank and secondarily of the victims of WWII. Finally, stop by the famous 9 Streets, the icing on the cake of this unique tour.

Amsterdam Small-Group Walking Tour

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.

Amsterdam visite guidée à vélo en français

Amsterdam visite guidée à vélo en français

Bonjour et bienvenue à Amsterdam ! Je m'appelle Samy. Je suis professeur de français et guide professionnel depuis 12 ans. J'organise des tours à vélo, en bateau et à pied en français d'Amsterdam. Amsterdam est belle et je vous donnerai l'envie de l'aimer !!! Je vous propose de découvrir l'emblématique ville d'Amsterdam à vélo comme un vrai local. A vélo, je vous ferai découvrir Amsterdam comme un vrai local et briser les clichés. Contrairement aux grosses entreprises, je privilégie mes tours avec de petits groupes, ce qui rend la visite beaucoup plus attrayante, conviviale, authentique voir même atypique. Nous visiterons des quartiers que vous même, n'auriez pas eu la chance de découvrir. Allez, allez !!!! Venez découvrir Amsterdam autrement : Pendant 2h30 sur un vélo de qualité, vous allez parcourir la vielle ville et passerez devant les monuments importants de l'histoire d'Amsterdam. Au programme : Le Centre-ville et ses innombrables canaux Le quartier des Entrepôts Le quartier du Plantage L'ancien quartier juif et le Monument National de l'Holocauste Le Jordaan et la maison d'Anne Frank Le fameux Pont maigre Le Canal des sept ponts Le Béguinage, où se trouve la plus ancienne maison d'Amsterdam... Cette visite guidée dure 2h30. Deux départs sont possibles dans la journée. Le premier à 10h30 et le second à 13H30. Vous pouvez toujours me contacter pour des tours privés (Entreprises, scolaires, universitaires, associations, mairies, séminaires, enterrement de vie de jeunes filles ou de garçons) Le tarif inclut la location de vélos de qualité, équipés de freins sous le guidon et d'un petit panier. A bientôt et hâte de vous faire découvrir Amsterdam dans la joie et la bonne humeur. Samy

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The tour was great! We had Lea as our guide and were a very small group on Friday evening at 8 p.m. (5 people). Of course we understood everything much better in German than if the tour had been in English. We were able to ask lots of questions and it was really interesting. We were surprised by the red light district. We didn't expect that when you think of Amsterdam. THANK YOU Lea for this unforgettable, informative evening!

Alexios was an amazing tour guide! He was very knowledgeable of the area and had a great tour route. Definitely worth it if you’re in town for just a short amount of time since you see a lot of the big areas in the city. Couldn’t recommend this enough and again, Alexios was great!

Tristan made the city come alive to repaint the memories of the times while gifting so much knowledgeable facts and enactments of the journey of Anne Frank.

Guide (Wendy) very entertaining, enjoyable and knowledgeable to tell the story.

Max was excellent... so much knowledge, insight..... would highly recommend it!