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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 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: Jewish Quarter Private Tour

3. 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.

School groups in Amsterdam: Anne Frank and WWII Walking Tour

4. 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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Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Excellent and knowledgeable tour of key landmarks. A lot of walking but I was prepared for that. So much to see and do and appropriate stops at key landmarks so tour guide could brief us. The time flew by!

This walking tour was the highlight of our trip to Amsterdam. It was so informative and fascinating. John was an outstanding guide - so knowledgable, really bringing the history and stories to life.

Very personal experience. He listened to our questions and told very detailed history. Very easy to understand.

Very enjoyable and interesting, Very varied with the museum and the Gassan Diamonds.

super führung was gesehen ubd die geschichte erklärt