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Amsterdam's Jordaan District Walking Tour

1. Amsterdam's Jordaan District Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in this area will start from the convenient meeting point at Westermarkt 1 near the West Church. Set off at a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this district. The Jordaan district of Amsterdam is definitely known as one of the real hotspots of Amsterdam. The origins of the area can be traced back to the 17th century where it is believed to have been erected for the city's laborers and immigrants. Many of these immigrants originated from France or near, then being the agricultural part of town, was subsequently named Jardin which is French for garden. This word eventually changed into Jordaan, the name of the district today. As a working class neighborhood this area ceased to exist in the 1980s. Due to urban renewal the rent price rose and many of the original inhabitants moved to satelite towns such as Purmerend and Almere. After their departure the area became the trendy place to be, attracting students, artists and young entrepeneurs. During the walk your guide will enlighten you with many stories and anecdotes about these contrasting periods in the Jordaan. We will also visit a typical Dutch "Hofje" (innercourt or patio garden) and show you the famous Westchurch and many small streets and idyllic canals. On Mondays and Saturdays we will also visit a vibrant local market. In addition to all the sights, your personal Jordaan guide will reveal the district’s unique character, teach you local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities, public transport and more.

Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1.5 hour private or public walking tour of Amsterdam with a small (private) group of maximum four travelers and a guide. The small group size makes it easy to explore this gorgeous but busy city and enhances the feeling of escaping mass tourism. Learn about the city's interesting history and cultural life. You will certainly be impressed by the city's architectural beauty with static and imposing canal houses, its people and its relaxed, open-minded atmosphere. The easiest way and place to meet your guide is at the National Monument on Dam (Dam Square) since you truly cannot overlook the giant white pillar. Dam is the heart of the city and the place where the Amsterdammers built a dam over the river. Because this is where the city originated one could say that this is where all the magic happened. Nowadays the beautiful square is a symbolic location because it houses important national symbols such as the National Monument, the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and the Royal Palace. Follow your guide who leads the way through quaint alleyways with cobble-stoned streets where no other tourists are to be found. In the Dutch 17th century Holland was incredibly wealthy and powerful. The architectural heritage from those colonial dark days is seen all over this compact city, just like its classical character with gorgeous canal houses and historical houseboats. Admire the Waag, a medieval, fairytale-like building that once served as the gate to Amsterdam and other important sights such as Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk (Wester Church). Make sure to have enough space on your phone to take hundreds of photos because no matter where you look there will be something picturesque to see. Wander a bit off to take that perfect shot, because with the headsets that are used during the tour you can hear your guide even from a distance. Be surprised about Dutch culture and enjoy the entertaining stories your spontaneous and enthusiastic guide shares with you and learn about the city’s vibrant history and the dynamic between history, tolerance, religion, and pragmatism. Curious? Book below and be sure to enjoy a high-quality, off-the-beaten-path walking tour full countless of marvelous views.

Amsterdam: Guided Off-The-Beaten-Track Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Guided Off-The-Beaten-Track Walking Tour

Starting from the Beursplein walking through the Citycenter to Dam square the first thing to do is to talk about the most important sights on the Dam: the Royal Palace, National Monument and the Nieuwe Kerk. If possible ( open for public ) take a look inside, with its rich history and beauty. Learn about how Amsterdam was built and expanded into the most important trading metropolis in Europe. The immeasurable wealth of the Golden Age and the Dutch monarchy. Pass the Magna Plaza building to enter the "Torensluis", Amsterdams former Maut bridge, with all information about the creation of the canal belt and its development. Amsterdams unique architecture with the countless beautiful and loving details. Continue along Amsterdams most beautiful canals in the direction of the Haarlemmer Buurt and the Western Islands, where both the former, small shipyards and pure life in Amsterdam can be found. ( you can also swim if you want....) In a curve back, pass the modern, newly designed Westerdoks and the unique Houseboats, to Brouwersgracht with converted warehouses, to the outermost canal, Prinsengracht and the well-known Jordaan district. A short visit at the Noordermaarkt, if it"s a market day we stroll along the diverse market stalls, maybe you want to try a Haring or Amsterdams best Icecream? ... and if wanted recommendations for the nice dinner restaurants around, the best Appeltaart ever and the most tasty drinks. See the famous Anne Frank house and the Westerkerk, with it"s tower and eventful history, located around the full life on the smaller canals of the Jordaan. If wanted, accompaniment back to the meeting point on the Beursplein, after the Homomonument have been seen. Of course there is the possibility of strolling into the Jordaan district on your own from here, browsing the numerous shops of the 9 Straatjes, eating out or strolling to the fancy shopping areas of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam Walking Tour and Canal Cruise

4. Amsterdam Walking Tour and Canal Cruise

Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at your hotel or if you travel to Amsterdam from elsewhere at a central point in the city. Set off at a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about this town and it’s original highlights. Your guide will take you to some of the city’s most important highlights such as Dam Square, where you can see the royal palace and national monument to commemorate all Dutch war victims. Walk past the West Church, the most important church of the city just around the corner from Anne Frank’s House. Explore the museum area with the Rijksmuseum and van Gogh museum. In addition to all the sights, your personal Amsterdam guide will reveal the city’s unique character, teach you local history and culture, and give you insider’s tips about great local restaurants, shops, attractions, activities, public transport and more. Finally step aboard a glass roofed canal boat and experience the city from water level. This cruise passes many of Amsterdam’s famous attractions. Canal houses from the Golden Age, the Stopera and a part of the harbor: the canal cruise takes you past all of these sights. Canal cruises are the ultimate way of getting to know the city and you’ll find out just why the canals of Amsterdam have been given World Heritage status by UNESCO.

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What people are saying about Westerkerk

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 28 reviews

Nice tour, tailored to our needs

Our guide Esther discussed the route with us according to our wishes. We had a wonderful morning in sunny Amsterdam, got a lot of interesting background information in very good German! Esther was spontaneous and designed the tour individually. I would definitely book them again. THANK YOU VERY MUCH! PS info: the canal boat trip takes place after the tour (without a guide)

Gijs guided us through the streets of the Joordan district, showing us how it has changed over time and making us understand how people lived in the past and also in the present! Gijs is a nice and very prepared person, it was a pleasure to do this tour with him, despite the rain that came and went! Thanks for everything!

Our guide, Jerome, was very friendly. The visit to this former working-class neighborhood that has become one of the most popular neighborhoods in Amsterdam was very interesting. Our guide made us discover the history of the Joordan district in particular and also that of Amsterdam.

Excellent tour by Guide Harry.

Despite it being a cold, sometimes damp day, Harry provided a very interesting and informative tour which whilst we were cold we did not want to cut short because it was so enjoyable. He did kindly take us to a great cafe for a warm drink during the tour, which was very welcome!

Our guide was excellent.

It was our first time in Amsterdam. Our guide was prompt, extremely informative, and took us on s fantastic tour of the city