National Monument Tours

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Standing high in the center of Amsterdam’s Dam Square, the National Monument is the Netherlands’ most important World War II memorial. In 1945, shortly after the end of the war, a liberty pole was erected in Dam Square; it evolved into the present-day 72-feet tall monument, which was unveiled on May 4 1956 by Queen Juliana of the Netherlands. Every May 4 since then, the Dutch royal family and local residents participate in National Remembrance Day and pay their respects to fallen soldiers from both WWII and subsequent armed conflicts involving the Netherlands.

Dutch architect J.J.P. Oud created the travertine stone monument, while John Rädecker and his sons designed the monument's sculptures. One of the most striking features is the Peace relief, which depicts four chained male figures demonstrating the misery endured during the war. The conical pillar is inscribed with a Latin message meaning, "Here, where the heart of the fatherland is, may this monument, which citizens carry in their heart, gaze at God's stars."

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Due to its central location on Dam Square, the National Monument is easily accessible on foot or by public transit, including trams (4, 9, 14, 16, 24).
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Address: Dam Square, Amsterdam, North Holland 1012, Netherlands
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Amsterdam Hop-on Hop-off Boat Day Pass and Heineken Experience

Go for Amsterdam gold: a 24- or 48-hour Amsterdam hop-on hop-off Boat Pass, plus entry to the Heineken Experience. Cruise Amsterdam’s scenic waterways and hop on and off at any of the 7 to 9 stops (depending on the season) located near the city’s top attractions including the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. During the Heineken Experience, discover the tradition behind one of the world's most famous breweries at a site that is part beer museum and part amusement park.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Private Day Trip to Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Edam from Amsterdam

Immerse yourself in Holland’s pretty countryside and rich culture on a private 5-hour trip to Zaanse Schans, Volendam and Edam from Amsterdam. Venturing north from the Dutch capital, enter a world of lush flatlands, villages and wooden windmills, and learn about the region’s significance during the 17th-century Dutch Golden Age. View Zaanse Schans’ famous windmills, and watch artisans at work at cheese and clog-making workshops. Visit the pretty fishing village of Volendam where some locals still wear traditional dress, and explore medieval Edam, best known for its wax-coated cheese.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience and Canals Pizza Cruise

Save money with this Amsterdam Super Saver that gives you two best-selling tours in one day at a discounted price: the Heineken Experience and a canal pizza cruise. Start off with the Heineken Experience, and discover the tradition behind one of the world's most famous breweries at a site that is part beer museum and part amusement park. Then, dig into oven-made pizza during an evening cruise along UNESCO-listed canals. Admire the city’s top attractions amid twinkling lights, while onboard commentary further illuminates your Amsterdam canal cruise.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Amsterdam Super Saver: City Tour plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Volendam and Marken Day Trip

Colorful windmills, fishing villages and a canal cruise — experience top Amsterdam attractions with this Super Saver that combines three popular tours at one low price. Travel by comfy coach into the Dutch countryside and visit the windmills of Zaanse Schans. In the charming fishing villages of Volendam and Marken, stop at a cheese farm and watch a clog-maker at work.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Amsterdam City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Canal Cruise or Rijksmuseum

Perfect for first-time visitors, this Amsterdam sightseeing tour takes you past major city landmarks. From your comfortable coach, view sights such as the Royal Palace, National Monument and Albert Cuyp Market, with onboard commentary from your professional guide. If desired, select the option to add on a visit to the Rijksmuseum or an 1-hour cruise exploring the majestic canals of romantic Amsterdam.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Amsterdam Canal Cocktail Cruise

Find the perfect gin tonic to a bustling day of sightseeing in Amsterdam with this 2-hour nighttime cocktail cruise. Take in picturesque views as you glide along the UNESCO-listed canals, while savoring cocktails and tasty snacks. Hear light commentary along the way, listen to music and enjoy the lit-up waterfront views of Amsterdam.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Keukenhof Gardens Day Trip plus Amsterdam City Tour

Experience the best of Amsterdam with this sightseeing combo that pairs a morning in the city with an afternoon in Keukenhof Gardens. Travel along the scenic canals and rolling country landscapes as you make your way past Dutch windmills past Amsterdam’s top attractions. You’ll see the National Monument and Albert Cuyup Market, plus plenty more, on a two-and-a-half hour morning coach tour. Next wander Keukenhof Gardens on a guided tour before taking time to explore at your leisure. Save when you book these trips together and take the headache and hassle out of planning your own adventure.1-hour canal sightseeing cruise in Amsterdam with audio commentary included.
  • Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
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Full-Day Super Saver: Guided Amsterdam City Tour, Delft, The Hague & Madurodam Miniature Park

Enjoy two top-selling Holland tours in one memorable day. See Amsterdam on a city tour combined with an afternoon trip to Delft and The Hague with this Amsterdam Super Saver. Listen to guided commentary as your coach passes by popular attractions including the Royal Palace, the Skinny Bridge and the Red Light District. Later, witness how Delft pottery is produced at De  Delftse Pauw, view the Binnenhof and the Peace Palace, and admire Dutch landmarks in miniature at Madurodam. You'll save money with the discounted price!
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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