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From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

1. From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a full-day tour from Brussels and learn the history of the city from an English-speaking guide. Discover where the city was founded in the 13th century on Dam Square and admire the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and 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 look at the remains of the medieval wall, and then go into the Jewish Quarter where Rembrandt once lived. End at the flower market, and get 3 hours of free time to explore on your own. Discover the famous coffee shops or try some local cheese.

Amsterdam: 1, 2, 3, or 5-Day Go City All-Inclusive Pass

2. Amsterdam: 1, 2, 3, or 5-Day Go City All-Inclusive Pass

Enjoy unlimited access to Amsterdam's hottest attractions with a city pass for 1, 2, 3, or 5 days. Visit the Moco Museum, discover world-famous collections of historic art, and admire the city from the canals on a cruise. Easily display your pass on your phone and use the digital guide to help you plan your itinerary and make reservations when necessary. There is something for everyone to see with over 25 attractions including the Heineken Experience. Attractions: Heineken Experience (reservations required)RijksmuseumThis Is HollandMoco MuseumA'DAM Lookout100 Highlights CruiseTour de BonTonRoyal Experience - Royal Coster DiamondsJohan Cruijff Stadium tour1-Hour pedal boatMacBike bike rentalHouseboat MuseumDiamond Museum AmsterdamPancakes AmsterdamJewish Cultural QuarterAmsterdam Pipe MuseumHouse of Bols cocktail experienceAmsterdam Tulip MuseumTony Chocolonely Superstore

Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Learn more about Amsterdam’s troubled past while gaining an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived in the aftermath of the Second World War in Amsterdam. Hear about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands from 1940 until 1945 and how it affected those living in Amsterdam and especially the Jewish community. Discover the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum, and stroll by the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Learn how the Dutch behaved towards the Jews of Amsterdam and how the people endured the hardships as you pass sites like the Auschwitz Monument and the Dokwerker. The tour ends in front of the Anne Frank House, where you will learn more about her best-selling diary, how it was published by her father Otto Frank, and how it gained worldwide fame. Choose between group and private tour options.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

4. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

Amsterdam: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour with Audioguide

5. Amsterdam: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour with Audioguide

Hop onboard a state-of-the-art bus and explore the Dutch capital from a new perspective. The bus boasts an open-top roof (weather permitting), providing panoramic views of Amsterdam from start to finish. Travel around the city at a leisurely pace, admiring the city’s highlights as well as hidden gems along the way. The tour starts at the IJ River, from there drive along the famous Canal Belt and watch the locals go about their day. See a selection of the city’s picturesque canals, including the Brouwersgracht and the Prinsengracht, as well as sights such as the Haarlemmerpoort. Next, explore the Museum Quarter and admire Museum Square, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Royal Concert Building. Later, drive along the Amstel River, soaking up epic views from the bus and snapping photos for your vacation album. Finally, discover the historic Jewish Quarter and the Old City Center, where you can find landmarks including Nieuwmarkt Square, the Red Light District, Dam Square, the Royal Palace, and Central Station.

Amsterdam: National Monument and City Walking Tour

6. Amsterdam: National Monument and City Walking Tour

The guides will be waiting for you at Dam Square, in front of Madame Tussauds (Wax Museum), one of the most spectacular and popular places in the city, which you will have the opportunity to get to know in detail. In the center of Dam Square, towering above the other buildings, stands the spectacular Royal Palace of Amsterdam, the venue for the country's most solemn events, such as awards ceremonies and official receptions. Our tour then moves on to the National Monument. The Netherlands was one of the territories that suffered most from the consequences of the Second World War. This work of art commemorates and serves as a tribute to all those who lost their lives during the war. You will learn everything you need to know about this monument from the expert local guides who will accompany you at the time. This tour through the streets of Amsterdam will take you to the most important church in the Netherlands. This is the New Church or Nieuwe Kerk. A spectacular place of worship that will captivate you as soon as you see its 15th-century façade, which stands out from the rest of the buildings and premises around it. It is here where the Kings are married and crowned, that's why its importance. This impressive guided tour of Amsterdam aims to show you everything, and the next stop is one of the most unknown corners of the city, the Beguinary, built with the idea of being occupied by women who were lonely due to the absence of their relatives and where they carried out charity work. From there we will go directly to the Singel Canal, where, among other things, you can be amazed at the Amsterdam Flower Market. A spectacular place with one of the most beautiful postcards of the city. Before we finish our guided tour of the capital of the Netherlands, it's time to delve back into history, and more specifically into the Second World War. We will visit the Jewish Quarter, very important for the city and relevant to understand one of the darkest periods of the old continent. Anne Frank's family lived there in hiding, so you can visit the Anne Frank House, where she had to protect herself from the Nazis. Continuing with history, several centuries before the outbreak of the Second World War, the city was surrounded by walls to protect it from its enemies. Therefore, a key point to stop at on our tour is the so-called St. Anthony's Gate, the point through which Amsterdam was entered in the past. Our visit will end in the surroundings of the Central Station, a spectacular building that has been around for more than a century and is nowadays the main entrance to the capital of the Netherlands. It must be said that these are just some of the places you will enjoy, as during the visit you will also discover magical and sensational places that will make you fall in love with Amsterdam forever, and you will also be able to taste some of the most typical cheeses of the country. What are you waiting for, book now, we are waiting for you!

Amsterdam: 2 City Walking Tours

7. Amsterdam: 2 City Walking Tours

Between its legalisation of marijuana, alliance with gay rights, and relaxed Red Light District, Amsterdam is considered one of the most progressive capital cities in the world. For this reason, it draws a diverse and liberal crowd that puts it at the forefront of art and design. Yet, as we walk between the maze of canals on our walking tours, we find the city steeped in history too. With the help of our Amsterdam guided city tours, you will gain an unparalleled insight into both the modern and historic Amsterdam. If you’re doing a whistlestop tour of the city and want to see all of its best bits in one go, or want to have a well-rounded introduction to the city before you explore on your own, then we recommend the Amsterdam Introduction Highlights guided tour. Starting with a dose of culture at the Rembrandt House Museum, we head towards Dam Square in Binnenstad, Amsterdam’s commercial centre. Here, we will discover some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including the National Monument and the Royal Palace, before heading across the canals to the eerie Anne Frank’s House. Afterwards, we wander past the boutiques and cafes of Negen Straatjes, the city’s most stylish neighbourhood to find ourselves at the Amstel River, the city’s biggest waterway. Along the river, we introduce you to some of our favourite shops, theatres, markets, and bars in Amsterdam so that you know the coolest places to spend your time once the tour is complete. As well as our highlights tour, we have a number of alternative routes that knit together to show you the fabric of Amsterdam. On one of these routes, we follow Van Gogh’s Footsteps through the museum district. You can look forward to our commentary on the Moco Museum, Rijksmuseum, Stedelijk Museum, Museumplein park, and the much-loved Museum Market. Best of all, this tour introduces you to the Van Gogh Museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of works from the evocative Dutch Post-Impressionist painter. Amsterdam’s only downfall is that it’s home to so many amazing museums that there’s never enough time to visit them all. Our Van Gogh’s Footsteps guided tour will help you decide which museums you most want to visit. Our Amsterdam guided walking tours go far beyond introducing its most famous landmarks; they show you its trendiest shops, coolest cafes, and hippest hangout spots too. So whilst our guided tours will give you a fun yet informative insight into Amsterdam, above all they immerse you in the city’s creative, youthful, and liberal culture. Use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Amsterdam and its insatiably cool atmosphere.

Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Private Tour

8. Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Private Tour

From the 16th to the 17th centuries, Jewish people were the target of much hostility in Europe and were often, tragically, expelled from their homes. Amsterdam welcomed much of Europe's Jewish population and the Jewish community in Amsterdam became one of the most important and vibrant in Europe. On this route through the old Jewish quarter, you will see the main points of interest in the area related to the culture of the Jewish community. From Waterlooplein (where the Spinoza monument is located), to the Amsterdam Zoo (site of the National Holocaust Memorial), and from the Hermitage area of Amsterdam (location of the Shadow Canal Monument) to the Nieuwe Herengracht canal, where you will find the Impressive Portuguese Synagogue.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Jewish History Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Jewish History Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at the statue of the dockworker at the foot of the Portuguese synagogue. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about the Jewish history and population from Amsterdam. The first Jewish inhabitants arrived in Amsterdam in the 16th century. From the start they established themselves in the area around the Jodenbreestraat. In the course of World War II this area was made into a ghetto by the Germans. They raised a big fence around the area and many bridges remained open permanently, so the inhabitants could only enter and leave the area at certain points. During many raids the inhabitants were taken away. After the war, this once vibrant and lively area had turned into a sad, abandoned, and neglected area. Your guide will take you back to the times of the rise of the Jewish people in Amsterdam and the sad period of 1940-1945.

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What people are saying about Jewish Quarter, Amsterdam

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James was very informative and took the group to see the various sites on World War 11 which was interesting and harrowing to see. Excellent 2.5 hours of culture and walks. Thank you James and my niece Grace really enjoyed the history and took away so much information.

The tour was great and really informative. Our guide gave information I don’t think I’ve ever really thought about when learning about WW2. Definitely would recommend as a great introduction to Amsterdam.

Fantastic guide, very informative tour, just simply amazing. Best tour I have ever had the pleasure of participating in!

I learned a lot and met a lot of interesting and kind new people. Thank you!

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