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Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

1. Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

You'll start the tour at Dam square, birthplace of the city, the main square and heart of the old centre of Amsterdam. It's the place from where Amsterdam started to evolve and where we find the royal palace, the new church and the national monument. Next stop is Zeedijk, nowadays a street but in the old days one of the dikes protecting the old city. Here you'll see the oldest cafe still standing today with it's original interior and a bit futher down the street get a glimpse of the nearby Chinatown. New Market square, with it's most important building, the 15th century city gate, standing right in the middle of it. This place is full of history and you'll learn all about it. Minutes later there will be a stop at the Montelbaanstoren, an old watch and defense tower, part of the Amsterdam expanded defense line early 16th century. From here there is also a good lookout over the 'oude Waal' where there are a lot of houseboats lined up with 17th century canal houses as background decor. Next will be the jewish quarter where you'll see the very first synagoge that jewish people were allowed to built in Western Europe over 350 years ago, the 'big synagoge'. On the other side of the street you'll see the Portuguese synagoge. Nearby there is the holocaust name monument with 102 thousand bricks giving the names of the dutch jewish victims of the second world war. Just opposite the monument are a row of beautiful old 17th century canalhouses that were inhabited by jewish sefardic immigrants who were succesfull in the diamond business. Then you'll see the Hermitage, a huge old 17th century widowhouse that nowadays houses the hermitage museum. The skinny bridge is one of the most iconic bridges of Amsterdam that beautifully lights up at night when hundreds of light bulbs accentuate it's skinny but stylefull design. From here you have a panoramic over the canalised river the Amstel, which is the main and widest canal in Amsterdam. It's a good place to take pictures! The ride continues thrugh the canal district which is the 17th century neighberhoud surrounding the old centre of Amsterdam. On any city map it can be clearly seen as half circles that go around the centre. Here you find the majority of the typical Amsterdam canal houses that were once the homes of successful merchants. Unlike modern times, all canal houses are slightly different, although we will see there are some typical similarities among them that unveil their building era. The final stop before returning is at Museumsquare which is the biggest and greenest squares of Amsterdam with beautiful scenic views over the surrounding museums. On one side resides the largest museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum, where the bigger Rembrandt paintings are on display, on the other side we will see the Concertgebouw, concert hall for classical music. Also located next to the square are the Van Gogh museum, the Stedelijk museum for contemporary art, the Moco museum (Banksky) and the Diamond museum. Enough to keep you busy for a few days if you have the time. You can set a desired location to finish the tour before hand.

Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

2. 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: Red Light District Self-Guided Audio Tour

3. Amsterdam: Red Light District Self-Guided Audio Tour

Download an engaging self-guided audio tour of the vibrant city of Amsterdam. Your tour is combined with a fully detailed map, enabling you to get the most out of your experience. On this incredible tour of Amsterdam around the red light district enjoy the bustling shopping district of Chinatown and see the house where the reowned painter Rembrandt lived. With over 50 museums, and hundreds of coffee shops, Amsterdam is an engaging and fascinating city. You will also see Church of our Lord in the Attic, the Old Church, the Rosseburt, Nieuwmarkt, Walloon Church, the Former Headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, Zuiderkerk and Waterlooplein.

Amsterdam: Private Red Light District Tour in Spanish

4. Amsterdam: Private Red Light District Tour in Spanish

Join a 2-hour walking tour through Amsterdam with a private Spanish-speaking guide, learning about the Red Light District and Old Town from a local's perspective. Meet your guide in front of the central station of Amsterdam, from where you will discover the most important sights of the Red Light District. The first part of the tour leads you through an old sailor's neighborhood called Zeedijk Street, as well as Amsterdam’s famous Chinatown. This part of the Red Light District used to be a no-go area, but has totally changed to a safe and friendly part of the city. In this area you will see sights such as Amsterdam’s Buddhist Temple, a famous pub titled "the Ape", and the Waag. Following that, walk to the Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam. In this area you will see many things such as the narrowest street of Amsterdam, the city's first coffeeshop, an indoor prostitute street, and many smart shops. You can walk through the famous prostitute streets and learn about the history and current situation of the Red Light District, including why prostitution is legalized, and how the name "coffeeshop” was created. Finally, walk to Dam Square where your tour will conclude. When walking to this area you will see some of the last sights of the tour, such as the Condomerie and the Royal Palace.

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What people are saying about Zeedijk Street

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 688 reviews

We really liked the city guide, he earned 5 stars. What we didn't like was that when we booked the tour our hotel was chosen as the meeting point. Two days before our departure we were informed by email that the meeting point with the city guide has changed and should now be at the main train station. However, the city guide was not informed of this change, so that we could only wait for a long time to start the tour after a long phone call.

The guide presented Amsterdam in detail and with very good specialist and background knowledge. It went into the wishes and ideas of our travel group in detail and took into account the different mobile capabilities of the individual group members. Despite the many tourists in the individual quarters, he knew how to inform our group about niche areas.

We had a slightly older guide who obviously enjoyed telling and showing us a lot, e.g. B. an old seafarers' hotel - you never think of going in there alone. The tour also took a little longer than booked - as I said, it was very interesting.

We had an awesome time with Bram! He made our tour very interesting and took us to some great locations. Highly reccomend!