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Westerkerk (Western Church) Tours

Westerkerk (Western Church)
Amsterdam’s 17th-century Westerkerk (Western Church) is as known for its architecture, including a spire that measures some 280 feet (85 meters), as it is for its history. Rembrandt was buried here, and in her diaries Anne Frank wrote about the church’s clock chime—one of the few outside-world experiences she had while hiding from the Nazis.

The Basics
Built in the 1620s and one of the older Protestant churches in Amsterdam, the gorgeous Westerkerk was designed by star architect Hendrick de Keyser in the Dutch Renaissance style. It features beautiful architectural elements—including the city’s highest church tower, the Ouwe Wester (or Westertoren), which houses a 51-bell carillon and offers some of the best views in the city from its platform.

Entry to the church is by guided tours, which usually run every half hour. Many small-group and private city walking and bike tours stop at West Church, and daytime and evening canal cruises float past.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Westerkerk is a must-visit for architecture, history, and Rembrandt fans. 
  • If you visit on Sunday for a service, you won’t be able to tour the church afterward, as it closes to the public after Mass. 
  • Children must be 6 or older to enter the tower.
  • The church itself is accessible to wheelchair users, though the tower’s viewing platform can be reached only by fairly steep stairs.

How to Get There
Westerkerk is located in the heart of Amsterdam, one block south of the Anne Frank House, between Prinsengracht and Keizersgracht canals. The Amsterdam Westermarkt tram stop is right in front of the church; multiple lines run to the main Centraal railway station, about 10 minutes away.
 
When to Get There
The church is open from 10am to 3pm Monday through Friday, and 10am to 3pm Saturday from April 1 through November 1. Services are held at 10:30am on Sundays and Christmas Day. While there are no tours on Sunday, it’s the best day to visit if you want to hear the church’s 51 bells sound through the neighborhood.

The Burning Bush 
The newest feature in the church is the Burning Bush, a special chapel designed for reflection, with spaces to light candles and write down prayers. This sculpted chapel opened in 2007 and pays homage to the commonality of Abrahamic faiths as symbolized through Moses’ vision of a burning bush.
Address: Prinsengracht 281, Amsterdam 1016, Netherlands
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury River Boat - Small Group - from AnneFrank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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Xtracold Icebar Amsterdam and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Head to Amsterdam Icebar Xtracold, where you’re treated to a welcome drink plus two Smirnoff cocktails or Heineken beers — your choice —while relaxing in a frosty bar where everything, even your drinking glass, is made of ice! Continue this totally ‘cool’ experience by taking a canal sightseeing cruise on a luxury glass-topped boat. It’s the best way to see Amsterdam’s top highlights.
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Amsterdam Small-Group, Guided Evening Canal Cruise with Bar on Board

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Come and join us on one of our legendary and Tripadvisor top 3 boat tours and get ready to cruise along the Amsterdam canals on our unique, electric boats. We have small open boats so you are able to enjoy the full experience! On our 1 hour evening cruise you will explore Amsterdam, its famous landmarks, culture, and rich trading history whilst relaxing on our luxury boat. At night all the bridges light up in the city so it will feel like sailing through a fairytale. The cruise will be done with a small group of people, so expect an interactive tour, with enough space for questions and any needed recommendations for your further stay in Amsterdam. Our canal cruise is a great alternative compared to those old-school tourist canal boats that your grandma probably recommended.
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Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise

Blue Boat Company Amsterdam City Canal Cruise

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Absorb the canal-front sights of Amsterdam on a leisurely 75-minute sightseeing cruise. Take a seat in a comfortable, glass-topped boat, and enjoy the views as you glide along the city’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed canals and listen to the informative audio commentary. Drift by top Amsterdam attractions such as the Anne Frank House and City Hall, and drink in the gabled townhouses, bridges and leafy canalsides from the peaceful vantage point of the water. A relaxing way to get to know the pretty Dutch capital for first-time visitors.
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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic Van Gogh paintings, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum attracts lines often in excess of two hours. Beat the crowds with this priority admission ticket that also includes an Amsterdam canal cruise, during which you get unobstructed views of the city's waterside attractions. This stress-free combo ticket is an ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time in the Dutch capital.
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Amsterdam International-Group Historical Bike Tour

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Pedal your way around historic Amsterdam and see the city like a local on this 3-hour guided bike tour. Cycle along Amsterdam’s scenic canal ways, landmark bridges and historic streets, and see the famous Red Light District, the bustling New Market and the lively Jordaan district. Stop along the way to admire the city’s quirky architecture and snap photos of attractions like the Old Church, the Royal Palace and the Western Church. This small-group tour has a maximum of 15 people and is suitable for all abilities.
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro.
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Rembrandt Art Walking Tour Including Rijksmuseum

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Relish the rich artistic heritage of Amsterdam on a private walking tour of sites associated with painting pioneer, Rembrandt van Rijn. With your guide, delve into the life and works of the influential artist. Discover the exhibits within the Rembrandt House Museum, the former residence in which many of his masterpieces were painted, and tour the iconic Rijksmuseum to see some of Rembrandt’s most celebrated paintings. Receive the undivided attention of your guide on this private tour, with an itinerary adapted to suit your interests.
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Sebi Boat Tours

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City Canal Cruise with Bar on board and Departure to Anne Frank House

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Amsterdam is a a canal city so see it the best way possible: from the water. Aboard a well-equipped boat, cruise through the city's canals, soaking up the sights, while your skipper and hostess provides background information about each of the landmarks.
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Amsterdam Burgers and Dogs Cruise

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There is no better way to experience Amsterdam then from the water. Well maybe... if you add a really good burger, a hotdog and a cold drink! Create your own Burger & Hotdog during this cruise You are the boss on this Burgers & Dogs Cruise. Our chef will serve you a juicy hot burger & Hotdog - and YOU can dress it up any way you like. Are you a classic burger type that goes for a lettuce, tomato, mayonnaise & ketchup combo? Or are you going to spice up that Hot Dog with a hand full of jalapenos & some cheese? But of course you can enjoy more than just your food on this 90 minute night time cruise. All the cities highlights will pass by your window and if you plug into our Personal Audio System, we will tell you all about them in one of the available 21 languages. Feel free to order another drink: Heineken beer, house wines & soft drinks are all included in this cruise.
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Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise

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Cruising around Amsterdam’s canals is a quintessential experience for visitors to the city. With this tour, see the city at its most magical as you set sail on an evening cruise. Glide past the lively waterfront bars and cafés, spot illuminated landmarks such as Amsterdam Centraal Station and the Anne Frank House, and admire the glittering city skyline from the water.
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Amsterdam Small Group Walking Tour

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Get local insight into the bustling city of Amsterdam on this small-group, comprehensive walking tour, which typically covers several popular attractions such as Anne Frank House, Royal Palace, and the Jordaan district. Ideal for travelers new to Amsterdam or those short on time, this tour takes the guesswork out of seeing the top sights and offers a more intimate experience than other overcrowded tour groups.
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Amsterdam Private Walking Tour

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Get an insider’s perspective of Amsterdam on this private walking tour, led by a city local. Benefit from your guide’s historical and cultural insights as you stroll between landmarks including the Anne Frank House and Begijnhof and enjoy plenty of time to ask questions and receive top tips for the rest of your stay.
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Amsterdam Private Full Day Walking Tour

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Escape the crowd! Whether it’s just you and your significant other, or an extended group of friends, our private tour is specifically designed so that you will get to know Amsterdam intimately. Not only is there plenty of time for all your questions, but all so a chance to get all your travel tips and recommendations from the guide.  Get well acquainted with Amsterdam’s cobblestoned streets on our 6-hour tour, walking over the many beautiful bridges overlooking the iconic canals on Canal Belt. You will be guided along the waterways, seeing the recognizable tall and slim buildings and the many houseboats. On a private tour your guide will be happy to tailor your experience on the day based on what you want to do and see. You’ll get personalized recommendations for where to eat and explore for the rest of your stay and of course, the chance to ask all the questions you want! To choose a Nova Fairy Tales experience is to discover Amsterdam, not just visit it!
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Amsterdam Must-See Historical City Walk with Local Expert

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Meet Amsterdam, the city which invented tolerance, liberalism and open-mindedness. This tour will bring you a colorful mix of must-see spots and local charms. It is a great way to explore the city, if you don’t know where to start. Discover the must-see landmarks, beautiful canals and important historic areas. All along the way your guide will bring Dutch culture and history vividly to life. • This compact journey will introduce you to the most iconic Amsterdam spots • You will get a better understanding of Dutch liberal culture • Learn more about Amsterdam’s rich history and heritage • Find out how a small fishing town became the center of world’s trade
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 Private Rembrandt and Golden Age Walking Tour

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During this private Rembrandt tour you will get to walk the cozy streets of Amsterdam while vising the famous locations associated with Rembrandt. You will learn everything you have ever wanted to know about Amsterdam in the Golden age and the life of it's most iconic painter, Rembrandt, while enjoying the stunningly beautiful architecture of all the major neighborhoods of the city center. These locations are spread out among the following areas: Nieuwmarkt, Waterlooplein, Oudezijds Achterburgwal, Dam, Grachtengordel (Ring of Canals), Jordaan, Rozengracht.
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Explore hidden streets with friends

Explore hidden streets with friends

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Escape the crowds and explore tranquil places in a historic neighbourhood. See Amsterdam with the eyes of a local! We will show you more than the usual: iconic buildings & hidden courtyards. While strolling through the maze of little streets we will tell you stories spanning centuries from Rembrandt until today. On our way to the local neighbourhood of Jordaan you will: - learn more about the history of the canal belt & encounter magnificent buildings like the Royal Palace - visit hidden courtyards that housed sailors` widows and elderly people on charity in 1650 – the first social housing projects in the world - explore the distinct lay-out and see the difference that this neighbourhood shows compared to the canal belt - find out why both locals & art community fought to preserve the special character of the area when investors and the city tried to remodel it in the 1970s - browse for a reminder on an antique market Let us show you our Jordaan: a living village inside the city
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  • 3 hours
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Explore hidden streets with friends - Private Tour

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Escape the crowds and explore tranquil places in a historic neighbourhood. See Amsterdam with the eyes of a local! We will show you more than the usual: iconic buildings & hidden courtyards. While strolling through the maze of little streets we will tell you stories spanning centuries from Rembrandt until today. On our way to the local neighbourhood of Jordaan you will: - learn more about the history of the canal belt & encounter magnificent buildings like the Royal Palace - visit hidden courtyards that housed sailors` widows and elderly people on charity in 1650 – the first social housing projects in the world - explore the distinct lay-out and see the difference that this neighbourhood shows compared to the canal belt - find out why both locals & art community fought to preserve the special character of the area when investors and the city tried to remodel it in the 1970s - browse for a reminder on an antique market Let us show you our Jordaan: a living village inside the city
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Small Group Bike Tour (Maximum of 6 People) for 2hrs and 30m Guided by The Owner

Small Group Bike Tour (Maximum of 6 People) for 2hrs and 30m Guided by The Owner

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Small group bike tour Safer and more refined our tours cater to a maximum of 6 people. Owner Guided Tours Expect the finest value for money with a professionally qualified guide. Scenic Routes Take in local neighbourhoods, hidden gems and a variety of tour sights along the safest and most scenic routes available with your excellent guide.
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Canal Ring Architecture Walk

Canal Ring Architecture Walk

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Walk along the UNESCO world heritage listed Amsterdam canal ring with a private guide. Why build a ring of canals? Why all these trees? Who used to life here and who lives here now? Have a deeper insight on the architecture and historical context of this unique urban landscape.
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