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Body Worlds Amsterdam: The Happiness Project Ticket

1. Body Worlds Amsterdam: The Happiness Project Ticket

Explore how happiness influences the health of the human body, and discover answers to other mysteries of human life at Amsterdam’s Body Worlds: The Happiness Project. This fascinating new exhibition by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, centrally located on Amsterdam's Damrak, features more than 200 anatomical specimens of authentic human bodies, all utilized to demonstrate the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human form. Suitable for adults and children, the interactive show also features an adults-only exhibition in the basement that has attracted over 40 million visitors worldwide. The only exhibition of its kind to make use of a donor program, Body Worlds is a scientific exploration of how happiness can affect both your body and soul.

Amsterdam: Body Worlds Exhibition and Canal Cruise

2. Amsterdam: Body Worlds Exhibition and Canal Cruise

Explore how happiness influences the health of the human body, and discover answers to other mysteries of human life at Amsterdam’s Body Worlds: The Happiness Project. This fascinating new exhibition by Dr. Gunther von Hagens features more than 200 anatomical specimens of authentic human bodies, all utilized to demonstrate the complexity, resilience, and vulnerability of the human form. A visit to the exhibition is suitable for adults and children, although the interactive show also features an adults-only exhibition in the basement. Over 40 million people from around the world have visited Body Worlds, which explores through science how happiness can affect both your body and soul. Next on the program you’ll enjoy an hour-long cruise on the UNESCO-listed canal district of Amsterdam, with the opportunity to take in many of the historic sights of the city center. Feast your eyes on the elegant merchant houses that date back to the Dutch Golden Age, the stunning gables, beautiful churches, the iconic Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) and many other top attractions. During the cruise you can listen to recorded audio commentary in your choice of 16 languages. The boat tour offers frequent departures throughout the day, 7 days a week.

Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

3. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Financial History Tour

4. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Financial History Tour

Meet your expert guide at the iconic Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam’s most important financial address. In a small group or private tour, walk through five centuries of Amsterdam’s financial history; literally following the money through the streets of Amsterdam. Enjoy a historical angle of the financial sector as your expert guide walks with you along all of the financial hot spots in the old center, and see the rich legacy of economic inventions in Amsterdam. Head into the medieval alleyways to discover the Flemish link to the sudden success of Amsterdam in the early 1600s. Listen to your guide's culminated story about the foundation of the world’s first limited company, first central exchange bank, and first stock exchange. Learn about these three innovations that ushered the golden age for both Amsterdam and the young Dutch Republic. Visit the street where the first stock in the world was issued, which is still the location of the municipal exchange bank. Admire the most prestigious merchant houses on the canal ring, which are dated from the 17th century. Explore the Golden Bend, which was once the financial center of Europe, where you will find out how trading companies evolved into banking houses and insurance companies in the 18th century. Discover the streets of Amsterdam to find the first National Central Bank and the monumental Dutch Trade Company, which evolved into a bank. Explore the city’s archives and dive into its spectacular vault in the basement, seeing how for years the elite of Amsterdam stored its fortune there. Find out more about the bankers’ involvement in the Dutch slave trade. Follow your guide back to Dam Square, passing several reminders of more recent financial events like the financing of the resistance in World War II and the Holocaust. Finish the tour close to the location you began from, overlooking the current position of Amsterdam in the financial market.

Amsterdam: Cultural Food Tour in German

5. Amsterdam: Cultural Food Tour in German

Get to know Amsterdam in the most beautiful way: from a culinary perspective. Let yourself be seduced by different tastes and get to know the food variety of the Dutch capital. During the tour you will try at least 7 delicious delicacies, which together make a full meal. Not only typical Dutch delicacies are served, but also delicious snacks that make Amsterdam what it is known for: a wonderful multi-cultural city. But it is not just eaten. Dive into the life of Amsterdam between the food stops and get to know the urban development of the past centuries. Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe with its crooked canal houses. Let the charm of the small streets and the many cafes take your breath away, while your city guide will take you on a relaxed journey through her stories and explanations into all epochs of the city's history. Visit the major sightseeing hotspots in central Amsterdam and get a comprehensive overview of the city on this 3-hour cultural food tour.

Amsterdam: Game of the Goose on WhatsApp With Remote Guide

6. Amsterdam: Game of the Goose on WhatsApp With Remote Guide

Go out in the city with your friends or family and visit different locations while playing this game. Throughout the game, you'll be guided via WhatsApp by an instructor who will assess your assignments. If you answer the assignments correctly, you will receive instructions to continue playing.  Walk through the best places in the centre of the city, while you will collect more and more clues in this adventurous game. Before you start you will receive an explanation by email along with a photo frame and an answer form. You will also receive a map of the city.  Sometimes you'll have to do a thinking assignment, sometimes you'll participate in an acitivity. By performing the thinking tasks, you collect letters to crack the final code. The activities tell you where the letters are. Can you crack the code within 3 hours? In the assignments, make use of all the possibilities of WhatsApp, by making videos, recording sounds and texts, and taking photos. As this game is played on foot, there will be enough time to visit a cafe or enter a shop.

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What people are saying about Damrak Avenue

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 908 reviews

Body Worlds is interesting, even for children. Biology differently. The canal cruise was nice. Good for children with a journey time of a good hour.

The tour is about 40 minutes, but you don't get tired or bored, not for a second. It's a different kind of a museum.

Laura was amazing and very fluent in English and history of Amsterdam... the food was tasty too

Very informative and very strange at the same time but overall, very interesting experience

Brilliant! I learnt so much and it was fascinating!