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Amsterdam: 2-Hour Financial History Tour

1. 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: Kids Tour in the Old City

2. Amsterdam: Kids Tour in the Old City

At the meeting point, you will be greeted by your local guide who will brief your family about the experience. Together, you will stroll through the Old City of Amsterdam to see highlights such as Nieuwmarkt, Waterloopleinmarkt, Rembrandt House and Dam Square. Throughout the tour, the history of Amsterdam will be revealed through fun activities for the children. For example, in one activity, the children receive a secret note, in which the letters are replaced with emojis. The kids have to crack the code and tell the guide the content of the secret note to proceed to the next stop. There are also puzzles, mazes, drawing activities, and more. Although the tour is custom-made for children, parents also enjoy the stories and are often involved in the activities. You are encouraged to ask any questions you might have, whether it is about Amsterdam, Dutch culture, or even recommendations for your family trip, your guide is there to provide you with all the information you might need.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 8 reviews

We experienced a very interesting tour of the city center with Claudia from Amsterdam-Liebe in a wonderfully small group of 12 participants. The entertaining, varied information about the city, the history and the life of the people of Amsterdam and "their houses" will remain unforgettable. Great thanks!

Our city tour was super informative. Theresa brought everything across in a relaxed and witty way - great praise - you have to do it

Super exciting guided tour. Lots of background knowledge and lots of tips. Lively tour with Theresa. Gladly again.

Ne tolle Tour! Definitiv empfehlenswert. Vera als Tourguide - besser konnten wir es nicht treffen :-)

Vera was a great, dedicated guide who had an answer to any of our questions