Immerse yourself in the life of Amsterdammers during WWII
Amsterdam was on the front lines of the most devastating war in human history. Thankfully, the city itself survived almost entirely, yet it is still left scarred by the tragedies of the holocaust, the Hunger Winter, and five years of Nazi occupation. These times of great danger lead the ordinary men and women of Amsterdam to do extraordinary things. So much so, that Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands personally presented the motto "Valient, Steadfast, Compassionate" to be added to the Amsterdam coat of arms in remembrance of Amsterdam's heroic citizens during WWII.
Walking is an easy way to get around Amsterdam, where you can go whatever route you want and really take in the city. This being said, I will be offering a three-hour walking tour where you will have the chance to visit the actual places of historical significance during the war, get to know the people, and learn their stories. Along with the stories, I will provide you with a collection of various visual references to enhance the immersion.
For this 3-hour walking tour, we will be starting at the Dam Square.
We will head through the Jewish Ghetto and along the Amstel river, continuing towards de Pijp neighborhood, where we will stop at a hiding spot, Asschers Diamond Factory, the old Cafe Koco, original WWII graffiti, and a Jewish school.
From our starting point to our destination we will be walking over 3 km. But the tour is designed so that we will be able to visit all of the places, talk about them and even grab a bite to eat or drink on the way.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: At place of your choice in Amsterdam.
End location: At place of your choice.
Duration: 3 hours
I am flexible with starting times and duration. Please contact me for a custom made tour.
We will be walking.
A privately guided tour showing you the most historically significant spots of WWII in Amsterdam.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
20 Euro - Possible public transportation costs
Possible museum costs
Possible personal expenses for a drink or food.
Be prepared for a walking around for a couple hours and possible bad weather. Check the weather before our tour. I would almost always recommend bringing a jacket. Umbrellas and rain jackets for days where it may rain.
If it is bad weather or even if you so wish, we can always take public or private transportation.
I am not a driver guide but I can arrange transportation upon request.