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Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Immerse yourself in the history of Amsterdam during this walking tour of the city center. Spend time in the company of an engaging guide and small group of just eight people or fewer as you see famous landmarks including the Red Light District, the Flower Market, Dam Square, and walk around the city's famous canals which have been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
  • Small-group walking tour of center city Amsterdam
  • Visit highlights such as New Market Square, Begijnof, Pisengracht, and others
  • Small group of eight people or fewer
  • Personal attention and an intimate atmosphere
Find your way to a central location to meet your guide and group. Travel with a small group of eight people or fewer, ensuring personalized attention from your guide and plenty of time to ask questions. 

Walk across the city's many bridges and down cobblestone lanes, learning how Amsterdam transformed into a small fishing village in the 12th century to one of the world's bustling cosmopolitan capitals. Visit highlights and landmarks including the medieval city gate, the New Market Square, Chinatown, the sea dike, the thinnest house, Begijnof, Prisengracht, Old Church, and more.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
St. Nicholas Basilica
Starting at our designated meeting point of St Nicholas’ Basilica, we will firstly discuss the history of the city’s primary Roman Catholic Church. Built at the end of the 19th century at a time when Roman Catholics could once again profess their faith in public after three centuries of prohibition, the building is a blend of different architectural styles and artistic movements.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Weeping Tower
We will then make our way towards the Schreierstoren, often known as the Tower of Tears or Weeper’s Tower. Originally part of the medieval city wall of Amsterdam, this tower is mainly known for the belief that women wept there for their husbands who would leave from the port to go to war or to fish.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Zeedijk
We will then walk through an area known to be the Chinatown of Amsterdam. Zeedijk is a street in the old centre of Amsterdam and consists of a number of Asian markets, restaurants and shops, as well as the Zeedijk Buddhist temple, known to be the largest Chinese style Buddhist temple in Europe.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Museum Ons'Lieve Heer Op Solder
We will briefly walk by and discuss the Museum Our Lord in the Attic, one of the most cherished museums in Amsterdam. The attic of this bourgeois’ house conceals a secret Catholic Church originally built in 1663, when Catholics lost their right to workship in their own way.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Oude Kerk
Next we will see the monumental church De Oude Kerk (the Old Church) which dominates over the Red Light District. The Oude Kerk is the oldest and for centuries was the most important church in Amsterdam. Although it lost this title to what is known as The New Church, it remains one of the grand sights to visit.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Nieuwmarkt
From here, we will make our way to the lively nightspot and market square, Nieuwmarkt which is found in the old city centre. This spot has been a centre for commerce and socialising in Amsterdam since the 17th century as the square’s location just inside the old city gate made it a convenient spot for traders and shoppers looking for fresh produce.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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De Waag
During our time at Nieuwmarkt, we will also see what is known as “De Waag”, a 15th century building that is one of Amsterdam’s oldest remaining non-religious buildings. Originally a city gate and part of the walls of Amsterdam, the building has also served as a guildhall, museum and firestation, among other things.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Trippenhuis
Moving on, we will see both the Trippenhuis & Klein Trippenhuis. While the Trippenhuis is Amsterdam’s widest home, spanning an enormous 22m, the Klein Trippenhuis is one of Amsterdam’s narrowest houses located right across from the Trippenhuis.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Jodenbuurt
We will then walk towards the Former Jewish Neighborhood, or Jodenbuurt, an area which contains many historically important buildings that are currently preserved and managed by the Jewish Cultural Quarter.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
Next we will pass by Rembrandt’s house, a historical building and art museum in which the Painter Rembrandt lived and worked between 1639 and 1656. The collection of the museum contains Rembrandt’s etchings and paintings of his contemporaries.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Dutch National Opera
Following, we will go to what is known as the Stopera, a building complex housing both the city hall and the Dutch National Opera and Ballet. The construction of this building was at least 60 years in the making.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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South Church (Zuiderkerk)
You will then be taken to see the Zuiderkerk, or what is known as the Southern Church. This church is a protestant church located in the Nieuwmarkt region and was not only a major part of Rembrandt’s life, but also features in a Claude Monet painting.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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The Amstel
Next we will walk along the Amstel River, which has been a vital part of the Netherlands since the Middle Ages. Its currents have been supplying Amsterdam with water and transportation for over 800 years.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Magere Brug
At the river we will see two bridges, known as the Skinny Bridge and the Blue Bridge. While the Skinny Bridge is probably Amsterdam’s most famous bridge, spanning across the River Amstel from 1934, the Blue Bridge, which is not blue at all, is named after the wooden blue bridge that spun across the Amstel in the 17th century.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Blauwbrug
At the river we will see two bridges, known as the Skinny Bridge and the Blue Bridge. While the Skinny Bridge is probably Amsterdam’s most famous bridge, spanning across the River Amstel from 1934, the Blue Bridge, which is not blue at all, is named after the wooden blue bridge that spun across the Amstel in the 17th century.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Rembrandtplein
Following, we will walk through one of the busiest squares in the city, Rembrandt Square. As you can tell by its name, Rembrandtplein is named after the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt. Here you will see a bronze-cast representation of his most famous painting, The Night Watch, which was displayed as part of the celebration of the artist’s 400th birthday in 2006.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Bloemenmarkt
After this, we will then walk through the flower market where you will see the Munttoren (“Mind Tower”). The tower was originally part of one of the main gates in Amsterdam’s medieval city wall.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Munt Tower (Munttoren)
After this, we will then walk through the flower market where you will see the Munttoren (“Mind Tower”). The tower was originally part of one of the main gates in Amsterdam’s medieval city wall.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Begijnhof
Following, we will see one of the oldest hofjes, or almshouses in Amsterdam, Begijnhof. It consists of a group of houses built around a secluded courtyard and garden, known to have provided homes for the Beguines – a group of unmarried women who lived together under vows of chastity. Today it is also the site of two churches.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Amsterdam Museum
Next we will pass by the Amsterdam Museum and the Walk of Art Gallery, which is free for everybody.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Prinsengracht
During the tour you will also see the Prinsengracht, a canal that runs through the centre of Amsterdam. It is the third and outermost of the three main canals of Amsterdam, forming an expansion project that took 50 years to build.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Westerkerk
You will also wander past Westerkerk, a 17th century Dutch Protestant church. Located in the heart of Amsterdam it is the largest of its kind in the city.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Dam Square
One of the tour’s last stop includes the Dam Square. Its notable buildings and frequent events make it one of the most well-known locations in the city, as it includes the Royal Place, New Church and National Monument.
Duration: 10 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Babylon Tours Amsterdam
Amsterdam conjures up images of a less-than-puritan style of life, but we’re here to show you that this city offers way more than just the Red Light District – even though it’s a part of it! Our English speaking guides will help you cut the lines and explore the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh Museum, two of the city’s biggest attractions, on private or small group tours. With Babylon Tours, we’ll help you experience the historic side of Amsterdam, but we know how to let down our hair, too. Join us as well to explore the, let’s call them, alternative venues of the Red Light District with one of our energetic young guides.
Duration: 150 Minutes
Admission Ticket Free

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