Private tour combining the history of Amsterdam with the history of its Jewish population
On this walking tour we will focus on the history of Amsterdam and pay special attention to the history of its Jewish population. We will visit some places of specific Jewish interest.
Starting at Central Station we will stroll across the oldest parts of town and discover the history of the city, enjoy the typical Amsterdam atmosphere, see the narrow houses along the canals and admire the old buildings. Gradually we will reach the area where the Jewish immigrants settled. We will look back at the 17th century, the period of the arrival of the first immigrants, and consider the tragedy of recent Jewish history in Amsterdam. We will visit the huge synagogue that was built by the Portuguese Sephardic Jews around 1670. In the Wertheimpark we will see the monument that commemorates the victims of Auschwitz.
We will end the tour of the Jewish neighbourhood with a visit of the Hollandsche Schouwburg, which can be considered the Dutch Holocaust Memorial.
We start this walking tour from Central Station or the lobby of your hotel while focussing on Jewish heritage.
* we will cross the medieval citycenter to the former Jewish neighbourhood around Waterloo square
* Spinoza's statue
* Amstel River and monument Jewish Resistance 1940 - 1945
* Jewish Cultural Quarter
* guided visit of the huge synagogue that was built by the Portuguese Sephardic Jews around 1670, including library and treasury
* Wertheimpark and monument that commemorates the victims of Auschwitz
* guided visit and tour of the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the place that can be considered the Dutch Holocaust Memorial.
This is where the guided tour ends.
* If you wish, I can return with you to the historical museum in the Jewish Cultural Quarter. This will offer you a lot of additional information on Jewish culture and history in Amsterdam. The entrance ticket for this museum is included in the price of the tour
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The lobby of your hotel if it is in the citycenter or any other place in the citycenter that is convenient for you.
If you would like me to meet you at the airport, I will have to add an extra hour for the transfer and cost of the trainticket.
End location: the Jewish Cultural Quarter or any other place that is convenient for you and possible within the available time.
After the end of your guided tour you can decide to visit the Jewish Historical Museum on your own or use public transport to go to some other part of the citycenter.
Duration: 4 hours
walking and public transport
* my services as your private guide
* a useful citymap
* a refreshing drink, coffee, tea or hot chocolate during a short stop
* dayticket for public transport
* entrance ticket for the Portuguese Synagogue, the Holocaust Museum and museums of the Jewish Cultural Quarter
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 euro - * If required, public transport from the Passenger Terminal to Central Station will be 3 euros per person
* average price for lunch varies between 8 - 20 euros
Lunch or any other personal expenses. The Jewish Historical Museums has a kosher cafeteria.
I am a safe driver, but if you want to book a tour outside Amsterdam without using public transport, I rent a professional driver and mini van, since I am convinced that driving and guiding are different jobs!
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Thank you for a wonderful tour! We all really enjoyed the knowledge you have for the old Jewish section of Amsterdam. I appreciate your consideration of how I was feeling. Thank you for showing us how to use the tram. The kids and my husband loved their ice cream! It was a beautiful day and a wonderful tour!