7. Amsterdam: Architectural Highlights Walking Tour
Enjoy your guide’s expertise as you begin with the roots of this unique maritime metropolis, Amsterdam’s medieval harbor. The most interesting architecture in the Dutch capital can be found along its waterfronts, from the historical canal area to artificial archipelagos. See the neighborhood’s most striking monuments, markets, street-art hot spots, and little-known local haunts that characterize this beautiful and lively area. It will be there that you will also learn how and from where the Dutch began to sail the seas of the world.
You'll see Amsterdam’s unique housing boats, classic wooden sailing crafts and barges, and the wharf-lined docks which are a bustling place to investigate on foot. The area attracts many artists, and has a lot to offer visitors. See the picturesque and costly homes which in the past were warehouses used for storing the goods that came from Amsterdam’s port.
Later, continue into the Jordaan, which is Amsterdam’s most famous neighborhood. Watch how the gentrification of decades has worked to attract more galleries, restaurants, specialty shops, and upwardly-mobile residents to its "higgledy-piggledy" picturesque streets. You will gain a deeper knowledge of how Amsterdam has evolved from a merchant stronghold to a predominant European cultural capital as you walk around its streets.
Following that, travel with your guide to the "Nine Streets" on Amsterdam’s 17th-century canal ring area, and enjoy one of the marvels of this world’s architecture. Learn as your guide documents the history of this unique urban development, and find out just why this area has been designated by UNESCO as world heritage.
The area offers a great overview of the architectural style of Amsterdam’s rich past. After 400 years it is still very lively with artisanal businesses, hidden cafés, restaurants, galleries, and a unique blend of specialized and authentic shops.