Discover the Portuguese Synagogue, the Hollandsche Schouwburg and a walk through the former Jewish neighborhood
The first Jewish people arrived in Amsterdam about 400 years ago and were of Sephardic as well as Ashkenazy origin. The Jewish immigrants were welcome in the city and the community of Amsterdam allowed them to build their synagogues around 1670. These synagogues are the oldest synagogues in Western Europe.
Your private licensed guide will pick you up in your hotel downtown Amsterdam and brings you to the Jewish neighborhood using the comfortable local public transport.
First you will see the Portuguese Synagogue, which is still used by the Sepharic Jewish Community. On Saturday (Sabbath) the Synagogue is not open to the public, so we will see the Jewish Historical Museum instead.
The guided walk through the former Jewish district includes
* the Dockworker
* Stumble stones
* Auschwitz Monument
* the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the former Jewish theatre
You will also learn about the Jewish influence on the Amsterdam culture.
After the tour, your guide will bring you back to the hotel.
In the itinerary described below, the tour is presented as a morning tour. If the tour starts in the afternoon, the itinerary is the same; only the timings are different.
9:30 AM Departure from the Meeting Point (your hotel downtown Amsterdam or the Victoria Hotel)
Use the public transport to travel to the former Jewish Neighborhood
10:00 AM Visit of the Portuguese Synagogue (Jewish Historical Museum on Saturdays and Jewish religious holidays)
11:00 AM Walk through the former Jewish Neighborhood
11:45 AM Visit of the Hollandsche Schouwburg
Around 12:30 PM end of the Tour
After the tour, your guide can bring you to for example
* your hotel downtown Amsterdam
* canal cruise company
* local café or restaurant
* shopping district
Meeting Point + Tour Duration
Meeting Point Options: Hotel, Suggested by Guide: At the entrance door of the Victoria Hotel in front of the Central Railway Station, Prins Hendrikkade 36, 1012 LG, Amsterdam.
End Point Options: Hotel
Duration: 3 hours
Around 3 hours, depending on your interests
public transport and walking
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 € - a few euros for the souvenir shop in the Portuguese Synagogue
Please be aware that Credit Cards are not accepted everywhere.
I am not a driver. I prefer to use the Dutch public transport system, which is environmentally friendly, reliable, relatively fast and a great way of discovering our country. I do also have colleagues available with private transport.