I've lived in downtown Amsterdam for more than 20 years. I love and know my city as a local, crisscrossing it on my bicycle.
Traveling is my passion! I traveled extensively in Europe, South America and East Asia and I also worked abroad, employed at a Swiss University and on a River Cruise ship on the Douro river in Portugal and Spain. Every winter I travel for at least a month to discover some new places in the world.
If you are looking for a flexible, personable, enthusiastic and licensed guide during your stay in Amsterdam and the Netherlands, I am your guy! I can customize the tours according to your interests. Let's visit this small country your way and have a wonderful time!
I can offer a variety of tours, ranging from private Walking tours of downtown Amsterdam to private Tours of the Museums or private day-trips to the countryside.
On a private Amsterdam walking discovery tour, you will not only see the most important monuments, but also the daily life in this small cosmopolitan city. Monuments might include the Dam Square, the National Monument, the New Church, the Orphanage Squares, the Beguinage and the Floating Flower Market. You will feel like a local at the end of the tour!
On a private museum tour, we can focus on special interests like the Dutch Golden Age, genre painting, maritime history and much more. A tailor-made program including visits to various museums can give you a great overview of Dutch Art. A tailor-made Museum Tour can be between a few hours to about 5 days.
On a private countryside tour you can discover the Dutch polder landscape. A polder is a reclaimed body of water. You will learn how the Dutch will keep their feet dry in a country where about 40 per cent lies below the level of the sea. We will travel 'green' using the comfortable and reliable Dutch public transport system. To cut down costs, we will use the local public transport tickets called OV Chip Card. Traveling this way is a great way discovering the Netherlands.
Beside my job as a tourist guide, I am also working as a teacher at the ROC Dutch Guiding School. I teach the students professional and practical skills on their way to become a licensed tourist guide.
In my free time I like to find new places of interest, relax in our beautiful parks, or - as many locals do - go on a bike ride to the surroundings. It's not a surprise that Dutch people love their bikes! Did you know that there are more than 1, 100, 000 bicycles in Amsterdam? That's four times the number of cars!
Let's visit this small country on your way and have a wonderful time! During the tours, I will surprise you with fun facts about my city and will give you suggestion for places to explore on your own!
I look forward to be your private tour guide and hope to see you soon!
A Recent Review of this guide
It's hard to hit the highlights of the Van Gogh and Rijksmuseum in a 3 1/2 hour tour, but Roland did an excellent job! Roland knows the physical layout, artwork, and artist histories in depth. We could have spent many more hours on our own and not gained the appreciation of these museums that we experienced with Roland. Roland's English was excellent and we were able to communicate easily. We would highly recommend him if you want to experience the best of these museums in a short amount of time.
1993 Graduated at the Eindhoven University of Technology as a User Interface Software Designer.
Worked at companies DSM, DAF Trucks, BDO, Rabobank, Philips, Community of Amsterdam and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises
2003 Graduated at the ROC Dutch National Guide School
2003 Graduated at the GUIDOR Dutch National Guide Organization. Passed exams in the languages English (2003), German (2003) and Portuguese (2005)
2015 Examiner at the ROC Dutch National Guide School
2019 - now Teacher Practical & Professional Skills at the Roc Dutch National Guide School
Volunteer work Experience:
2000-2008 Amsterdam Tourist Police - Assisting foreign robbed tourists in Amsterdam
2012 - now International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - Q&A moderator
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.