How Amsterdam became a wealthy city in the 17th century
Amsterdam became a protestant city in 1572. It was a liberal city and and open to foreigners with different religions, like Huguenots from France and Jewish immigrants fleeing from the Spanish kings. Traders were in power. Combined with a great invention in modern ship building this was the start of the golden age of Amsterdam, the 100 years of fame.
On this tour we will see how Amsterdam was dealing with the rest of the world, both the colonisation of and trading with other countries and the influx of immigrants from other parts of Europe. It is a walking tour through the old city.
We will walk from the former head office of the East Indian trading company to the former head office of the West Indian trading company.
It is a walk from the eastern side of the old city to the western side of the old city as well. In between we will walk past many monuments that do remind us of the trading and nautical past of Amsterdam. We will see old traders' mansions, gable stones showing what they were trading in.
Everywhere in the old city of Amsterdam are connections to its maritime past.
Good weather is not included. Be prepared for rain, wind and cold weather. In the months of March and April, even gloves are sometimes needed.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Amsterdam Nautical museum.
Other meeting location options in or near the city centre are available. Please contact me for details.
End location: We will end the tour in or near the city centre of Amsterdam.
Duration: 3 hours 30 min.
My time and service as your private guide during the tour is included.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
10 Euro - For a cup of coffee on the way to get warm again. Be prepared for cold weather and rain. This is still the Netherlands.
Transportation to the starting point of the walk.
Transportation from the final point back to your hotel or cruise terminal.
@Museums. I do not guide inside. They have written information, audio-guides or professional guides available for you.
@Languages. I can guide in English and Netherlands. In the other languages listed, I do have basic understanding.