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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 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: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

2. Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

Discover infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub. Meet your guide in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city. Start in the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and about some of the city's oldest pubs. Hear stories and take a look inside famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' Mandje. Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, peep shows, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Hear what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District and find out about liberal laws. Walk to Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub.

Amsterdam: Royal Palace Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

3. Amsterdam: Royal Palace Entry Ticket and Audio Guide

Enter the Royal Palace of Amsterdam and explore the regal building with an audio guide in your chosen language. Learn the history of the 17th-century monument, still used for state visits, award ceremonies and other royal receptions to this day. Admire masterpieces of art from the Dutch Golden Age and see sculptures by artists such as Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck. Walk through the vast marble chamber of the Citizens' Hall and see notable features such as the statue of Atlas with the sky on his shoulders.

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

4. 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.

From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

5. From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a a full-day tour from Brussels. Travel in a comfortable and climate-controlled bus from a centrally-located meeting point. Follow your guide as you uncover top sights like the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk, and the Jewish Quarter. 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 to see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and wander the infamous streets of the Red Light District. Continue to De Waag to view the remains of the medieval wall before going into the Jewish Quarter where Rembrandt once lived. End your guided tour at the flower market and have 3 hours of free time discover the city on your own. Return to your meeting point in Brussels by bus.

From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

6. From Zaandam: Windmills, Clogs & Cheese by Electric Scooter

With this 1-day electric scooter rental, you get to decide what time you’ll start out, when and where you’ll stop and how long you’ll spend at the numerous attractions. Before you start the activity you get instructions from an instructor and have a test run. After that, you can go off on your own (not in a group). Your route starts in Landsmeer, a small village just above Amsterdam. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi, car, or bus to get to the starting point from Amsterdam. After a cup of coffee or tea and an explanation of the navigation app routiq, head out to discover the beautiful countryside. With your scooter rental, you’ll get a digital route to the Zaanse Schans, with its traditional Dutch houses and windmills.

Amsterdam: Private Red Light District and Food Tour

7. Amsterdam: Private Red Light District and Food Tour

Explore Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District and learn about Dutch food culture on this 2-hour private tour. Start at the Amsterdam Central Station to meet your tour guide. Walk to the Red Light District and see several well-known sights like the Old Church, China Town, the city's first coffee shop and the narrowest street of Amsterdam. Listen to your knowledgeable, local guide as they provide you with an educational insight to the area and its coffee shop culture. Also, hear about Dutch law and the legalization of prostitution and toleration of marijuana. Learn about Dutch food culture, what locals eat and what the traditional Dutch snacks are. Taste 3 Dutch foods, such as a kroket, Dutch cheese and the famous stroopwafel. End your day at Dam Square.

Amsterdam: Magic Show

8. Amsterdam: Magic Show

Marvel as 7 international award-winning magicians perform tricks in 7 different styles before your eyes at the acclaimed Amsterdam Magic Show. Located just a 5-minute walk from Anne Frank's house and a 10-minute walk from Dam Square, the 1920s-era cabaret theater is situated in the historic Jordaan area. Walk into a secret oasis and be enveloped by its intimate ambiance.  Then, journey into a world of magic, mystery and merriment, and see pre-show tricks performed before your eyes as you take your seats for the 2-part performance. Get ready for 105 minutes of pure entertainment (with intermission) as the lights dim and the host announces the first stage act. Experience the skills of Zippo, champion of magic, and watch a unique style of mystery performed by Rico Weeland. Discover the magical talents of Arthur Gerards, a fresh-faced youngster with age-old powers. Laugh out loud at the comedy act of "Fritz with a Z," known around the world for his TV appearances and the Magic Castle in Hollywood. Prepare to have your mind bent by Slovenian wizard Aljaz Son, and welcome special guests from all around the globe.

Amsterdam: Private Guided City Tour by Pedicab

9. Amsterdam: Private Guided City Tour by Pedicab

Visit of Amsterdam in Pedicab : Historical center , Newmarket, Chinatown, IJ bay, Damrak and Dam square, Munttoren, Flower market, Rembrand square, Rembrandt house, Old Jewish quarter, Herengracht, Keizergracht, Prinsengracht, Museum quarter, Jordaan.

Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

10. 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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What people are saying about Dam Square

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4.7 / 5

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A 3 hour drive and then 2.5 hour guided tour in my language with 3 hours to enjoy Amsterdam by self. Was happy with this as great value and well organised. Maybe guided tour could be bit shorter as very hungry and thirsty by 1.45pm. Overall would recommend.

Great way to see the Windmills and countryside, the scooters were easy to ride, loved all the bike paths. Bart was friendly and easily showed us how to ride the scooters.

Great tour with Alfonso. We loved the one on one time and he had so much information about Amsterdam's history. It was an amazing way to see the highlights of the city.

Very good experience ! I loved it, it was really great and I have good memories !

Fantastic day out for the price we paid . Highly recommended