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Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour in German

1. Amsterdam: Anne Frank Walking Tour in German

Get to know one of the most important facets of the city and immerse yourself in the history, current affairs and culture of the Jews of Amsterdam with an experienced German-speaking guide. The Jews, expelled by the Spanish Inquisition, transformed Amsterdam into one of the wealthiest commercial cities in Europe and thereby influenced the cityscape significantly. This is how the Jodenbuurt was founded with its most well-known part the Jewish Triangle. The tour will take you through this area with interesting stories and illustrate why it was especially this piece of land that the Jews wanted to inhabit. Not only Jews settled here. Non-Jews like the famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn also had their domicile in the middle of the Jewish quarter. The district was booming and the city was doing well. But even in Amsterdam, Jewish history is not just about success and good life. The strong discrimination experienced by the Jews by the Nazi Germans also ended in Amsterdam with the Holocaust. Learn about the young and courageous Anne Frank, who was one of the Jews hiding not to get deported. While hiding she wrote her famous diary. Her diary will accompany the tour and exemplify the grief the Jewish community had to undergo.Thousands of people were deported and hardly anyone came back. But not all Amsterdammers wanted to accept this. Learn about the February Strike in 1941, but above all: learn of the courageous resistance by Jews and non-Jews, who saved many lives while endangering their own.  Pass by the Portuguese synagogue on the tour and see important testimonies such as Stolpersteine, the gate of the old plague cemetery and monuments commemorating the courageous resistance of the Third Reich. Also, discover how the Jewish community lives today in multicultural Amsterdam. Join this tour to explore the Jewish Quarter of Amsterdam and enjoy an unforgettable experience. 

Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

2. 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: National Monument and City Walking Tour

3. 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 Old City Private Walking Tour

4. 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: World War II and Anne Frank Walking Tour

5. Amsterdam: World War II and Anne Frank Walking Tour

Learn about Amsterdam's struggles during the Nazi occupation of the early 1940s. Find out how the people endured important events such as the February Strike and the hunger winter. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and their strife during this dark period of time. Discover more about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city. Get an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived during and after the Second World War. See notable points of interest such as the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum, and the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Discover sites like the Dokwerker and the Auschwitz Monument.

Private Amsterdam Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter Tour

6. Private Amsterdam Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter Tour

Join this 2-hour private walking tour and learn about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city in a small group and learn about the life of Anne Frank from your guide. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish Quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Your private guide will tell you stories about Anne Frank's love of writing and the circumstances she experienced in Amsterdam in the 1930s and 1940s. Hear stories about Anne Frank's family relationships, her move from Germany, the time she was hiding, and her father's life after the war. Listen to how her diary gained worldwide fame. Discover some secret hiding places where the writer sought refuge during the Dutch resistance in the Second World War. See many sights like the Joods Historisch Museum, the Auschwitz Monument and finally the house of Anne Frank, where your tour ends.

Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Private Tour

7. 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

8. 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.

School groups in Amsterdam: Anne Frank and WWII Walking Tour

9. School groups in Amsterdam: Anne Frank and WWII Walking Tour

Better acquaint yourself with Anne Frank's fascinating yet tragic story on a 2-hour Anne Frank walking tour through te Jewish Quarter & the historical city center of Amsterdam. The tour starts in front of the Jewish Historical Museum. Walk past monuments and buildings still bearing scars from WWII. Your guide will bring history to life, giving you a sense of how the city’s citizens coped during the occupation and how they moved around in times of alarm, fear, and horror. Travel back in time to the dark days of WWII, learning what life was like during the occupation by the Germans from 1940-1945, and how Anne Frank became an iconic symbol of the brutality of suppression. Hear the story about her diary and how it came to be published by her father Otto Frank. Learn why the Dutch tried to co-exist with the occupying army, and hear about several events, such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger. Visit the Jewish Cultural Quarter, listen to the history of dokwerker, the Portuguese synagogue and the Auschwitz monument. Discover locations the Dutch resistance offered as secret hiding places to families like the Franks. The tour ends by the Anne Frank House. If you would like to continue delving into Anne Frank's story, you have the option of entering on your own (at your own expense) when its doors open to the public at 15:30.

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What people are saying about Jewish Quarter, Amsterdam

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based on 142 reviews

Talia was superb. We would not hesitate to book her again. It was a very comprehensive, well paced, experience. Her family connection even added to the impact. She is well spoken, with an extremely strong knowledge of her presentation.

Really knowledge tour from Peter who clearly knew and had a passion for history particularly around the wartime story of the Frank's.

Guide was first class,informative knowledgeable insightful and amusing Would totally recommend this tour

Holly was the most knowledgeable and engaging of guides - really enjoyed the tour

Grat tour. Tour guide was very interesting and humorous.