Tours & Activities in Amsterdam
Why was Amsterdam the safest place for Jews to live for 350 years until WWII, when the Netherlands became the country with the highest percentage (75%) of Jews murdered in Western Europe? The best chance to survive was to go into hiding, just as Anne Frank and her family did in 1942.
We will use Anne Frank’s story to understand what it was like to live in a country occupied by a Nazi regime for both Jews and non-Jews,
We will also talk about the incredible exploits of the heroes and traitors during the war, both Jewish and Christian.
- The Jewish children who were bravely saved from the transit centre nursery.
- The nurse who led a resistance cell whose existence was never discovered by the Nazis.
- The paid informants who hunted down Jews in hiding, including the Jewish woman accused of betraying seven hundred Jews.
- The effects of Queen Wilhelmina's anti-semitism on the fates of Dutch Jews
We will also discuss the kinds of lies used to create such virulent anti-Semitism and how lies continue to be used today to foment hate and war.
The tour will take place in the Jewish Quarter, the heart of Jewish culture in Amsterdam.
We will arrive at the Portuguese Synagogue two hours and 15 minutes after the beginning of the tour. The tour will be completely over within two and a half hours.
Since we are in Amsterdam, we will try to make even this tour about WWII as gezellig (friendly and convivial) as possible.
PLEASE PERSONALLY CONFIRM THAT YOU WILL ATTEND THE TOUR A DAY AHEAD. You should receive a reminder email 2 days before the tour. Tours in Amsterdam are limited to 15 persons, so an accurate count is necessary.
Downloading the Guruwalk app will make sure you find out if an opening becomes available and ensure that you don't miss any messages.
Note: This tour does not go to the Anne Frank House, which is a 25-minute walk from the end of our tour and has little to offer outside of the museum.
This tour is a terrific substitute or accompaniment for the Anne Frank House (annefrank.org). You can only buy tickets to the Anne Frank House through their website two months ahead of time. Read the link below and follow the directions closely!. Book the terrific introductory program in English if it is available. https://www.annefrank.org/en/museum/tickets/
The Van Gogh Museum and Rijksmuseum are usually sold out for at least a week or more. Reserve early for many museums.
If you will visit at least three Dutch museums (including the Anne Frank House and the Portuguese Synagogue), it can be a good idea to buy a Museum Card for 65 euros, good at 450 museums for one year. You can buy a temporary pass at the first museum you visit, use that pass five times, and receive a permanent pass within five days or less. If ordering tickets for the Anne Frank House or another museum, just mark that you have a Museum Card and don't pay anything online. Then buy the card at the first museum you visit. https://www.museum.nl/en/museumpass
We look forward to seeing you soon - Jon, Stan & Peter
Discover the fascinating history of the most liberal city in the world with FreeDam Tours – the best-rated walking tour in Amsterdam! Together with your super-local guide, you will discover how freedom and tolerance shaped the city and its people throughout the ages and understand how these values continue to influence it today.
We combine beautiful sightseeing with exciting storytelling and cover everything you need to know about Amsterdam in one tour: history, modern life, culture, art, fun facts and personal stories for a unique insider’s perspective on life in Amsterdam. Be prepared to challenge all your pre-conceived ideas about this city because after this tour you will never look and think of Amsterdam the same way.
“From the Red Light District to the evolution of Amsterdam as the global centre of world trade in the 17th century, its transition from a republic to a monarchy, the tragedy of the Nazi occupation and its enlightened and effective attitude to drug control, your guide will stitch these diverse items together with humorous personal anecdotes and insightful commentary on the underlying social and cultural mores of the Dutch people”.
Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting point: In front of the main entrance of the Stock Exchange (Beursplein 5), by the statue of the bull. You can also find us by looking for freedamtours on Googe maps!
Endpoint: Dam Square
PLEASE READ THIS CAREFULLY:
Minimum age: 16
(The tour is not suited for young children)
Maximum number of people per group / booking: 5 people. Bigger groups will be turned away at the meeting point
Every tour is unique. Route, sights, and topics may vary slightly depending on weather and/or guide.
The Tour is always and only in English, NOT spanish.
+ Small Groups of Maximum 15 people for a truly high-quality experience and access to areas that are off-limits to other walking tours.
+ Supported by pictures, paintings and maps that bring history to life.
+ Super Local Guides: all our guides are life-long locals with very deep roots in this city, country and culture so they can answer any question you may have.
+ Free Snack & Souvenir: on the tour, you will be treated to a typical Dutch snack and you will also receive a nice souvenir at the end.
ABOUT THE TOUR
An experience for culture and history lovers, with a good mix of storytelling and sightseeing, personal insight on what is it like to live in the heart of the city, curious facts and tailor made recommendations for all kinds of travelers!
I will share the good, the bad, the real Amsterdam. The chaotic streets of the Red Light, the most important historical sights in the center, and also some of the most beautiful places of Amsterdam.
- NIEUWEMARKT: We will get some basic concepts out of the way, moving to some secrets in the old city gates - an appropriate starting point for the tour.
- VOC (DUCHT EAST INDIA COMPANY): Lets explore the days when this people ruled the seas, the dark side of it's glory and wealth, and the relation of the modern dutch with their historical past.
- RED LIGHT DISTRICT: We will visit the oldest building of Amsterdam - the Oude Kerk - to understand some of its contrasts. The past, the present, and some possible futures of the Red Light District.
- CHINATOWN: Drugs are often a confusing topic for visitors. Lets understand how it really works, how it began, and why it is still a quite controversial topic.
- DANCING HOUSES: The crooked houses of Amsterdam are quite the sight to behold, but there are different reasons behind their dancing angles.
- OUDE WAAL - THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CANAL AND ITS MANY HOUSEBOATS: In the Venice of the North, the canals tells many secrets. The children here used to sing "Beautiful Amsterdam, built on poles. If it breaks, who's gonna pay?". Lets find out!
- JEWISH DISTRIC: In the last stop of our tour, we will reflect upon the events of WWII and how it unfolded inside the city.
You will receive a message in the 24 hours before the tour. You NEED to reply this message, confirming your presence in the tour. Otherwise, your booking might be given to a traveler on the waiting list. Fake mobile numbers will be cancelled.
Bookings larger than 4 people (family/ friends/ acquaintances) are not accepted on this tour, even if they have more than one different reservation. Making the reservation correctly is the traveler's responsibility. If the group exceeds the maximum number, the reservation will be canceled. Groups from 5 participants please contact us directly.
We talk about prostitution, drugs, and we walk inside the Red Light District. Travelers under 18 can only attend together with their parents.
All travelers are required to arrive at least 10 minutes earlier. After the tour starts, mobile communication with the guide will be scarce, as the group has his full attention.
Get to know the heart of Amsterdam with an archaeologist!
I'm going to explain to you everything about the history of the city centre. You'll get a full picture of why Amsterdam is the way it is today as you walk through the oldest part of the city. I will answer all your questions as we pass by some of the most iconic areas and at the same time you will be entertained by many of the anecdotes about centuries past. The tour is like walking with a friend who knows a lot about the area.
These are some of the topics/places we will see along the way:
- City foundation
- Clandestine churches
- Jewish Quarter
- 17th century/East India Company
- Construction of canals and city architecture
- Typical Dutch food
At the end I will give you a list with a series of recommendations that include places of interest and museums mentioned throughout the tour, as well as high-quality places to eat, drink and party. For each of these recommendations you will have a direct link to either buy your ticket or find out the location of the site.
I am looking forward to see you!
Important information you should know:
*The itinerary might change due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e. weather conditions, season, maintenance in the area, etc.).
*Groups of more than 4 persons, even in separate reservations, can only join through the paid option (10 euros per person).