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New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt) Tours

New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt)
In the heart of Amsterdam, New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt) is a bustling central square that’s long been a popular hangout spot. It once served as a market (hence its name), though also saw some of the darker moments of European history: in World War II the Nazis used it as an assembly point for Jews who were being sent to concentration camps.

The Basics
Straddling the edge of Amsterdam’s Chinatown and Red Light District, this old square has been hosting markets since the 17th century. At the heart of New Market Square is the last surviving fortified gate in Amsterdam, De Waag, which dates back to the 14th century, when this was the edge of town. The gate was later used as a storehouse, then the home of the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons, and then, after WWII, the Jewish Historical Museum. Today De Waag houses a restaurant that’s a popular people-watching spot.

Many walking and bike tours of Amsterdam and the Red Light District include a stop at New Market.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • New Market Square is a must-visit for history lovers, those interested in the Holocaust, and all first-time visitors to Amsterdam.
  • Wear comfortable footwear, as the area is best explored on foot or by bike.
  • New Market and De Waag are accessible to wheelchair users.
 
How to Get There
New Market Square is situated in the heart of Amsterdam, about a 7-minute walk from Centraal Station. To get there from elsewhere in the city, take metro line 51, 53, or 54 to the Nieuwmarkt station. The Rijksmuseum is a 20-minute walk away.

When to Get There
This area is great to visit day or night, though it naturally gets more crowded during the summer, when temperatures are warmer. A farmers market featuring all kinds of fresh produce is held from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays, plus there’s a Sunday antiques market in the summertime.

The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp
De Waag was the setting of one of Rembrandt’s earliest masterpieces, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, which took place inside the structure when it served as the Amsterdam Guild of Surgeons’ headquarters. This lesson involved the dissection of an executed criminal’s cadaver, which was allowed only once per year—and as such, at the time, were popular events for students and the public alike. Today the painting is on display at Mauritshuis in The Hague.
Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide

Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Discover the buzzing nightlife and racy reputation of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District on this walking tour. Wind your way through the streets of Amsterdam’s most iconic neighborhood and embrace the weird, wonderful and wacky! Along the way, see oddities like the world’s first condom shop and the Museum of Prostitution; weave through colorful Chinatown, and snap photos of Amsterdam’s scenic canal ways.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$28.55
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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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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$21.73
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

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Experience the best of Amsterdam in two hours on a fun Segway city tour. Hop aboard your electric self-balancing transportation device, and cruise effortlessly around the key sights. Glide across the famous Skinny Bridge over the Amstel River, wheel around the charming canal quarter, and coast to top Amsterdam attractions such as Dam Square, the Botanical Gardens and more. Make regular stops for photos and hear fun facts about the sights from an informative guide. Numbers are limited to nine on this small-group tour, ensuring a more personalized experience.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$78.96
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Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Get a true insider's view of Amsterdam on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Stroll around the city with the knowledgeable local guide and head to some lesser-known hidden gems in the city. Along the way, stop and learn about some of the major sites, too. Visit such spots as Dam Square, artists squats, leaning houses, Prinsengracht, Begijnof, the thinnest house, the oldest canals, the Sea Dike and China Town, The New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt) and the medieval city gate
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$88.29
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2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour

2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour

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This private sightseeing tour of Amsterdam takes you around the historic city center by rickshaw (aka pedicab). Travel with ease while your driver-guide narrates the highlights; you’ll pass by the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and other attractions. With a customized itinerary, your driver makes brief stops at Vondelpark or other scenic spots. Pickup and drop-off include hotels and cruise port.
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  • 2 hours
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$241.42
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Amsterdam walking tour (small groups)

Amsterdam walking tour (small groups)

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Start your journey with the best introduction to Amsterdam. A unique vision of the city which has a unique style of combining history with pure entertainment. This 2.5-hour* walking tour covers the main sights of the inner city. On this tour, you’ll hear the stories you’d never hear otherwise. With an expert guide, you’ll experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. After the tour, you’ll have all the time you want to explore further with fellow travelers. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$30.06
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$30.06
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Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

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Discover the stories and secrets of Amsterdam’s most notorious neighborhood on a private tour of the Red Light District. Break away from the curious tourist throngs as a savvy local guide ushers you through hedonistic alleyways and past bars and cafes. Learn the history behind the city’s famously permissive culture and explore hidden spots beyond the glowing red lights and windows.
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  • 2 hours
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$51.91
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Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour

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Gain an intimate glimpse of Amsterdam on this small-group walking tour, led by an experienced guide. Discover city highlights and hidden gems such as the Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Oude Kerk, as well as plenty of locally loved cafes and learn more about the city’s history and culture as you explore its picturesque streets on foot.
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  • 3 hours
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$112.56
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Guided Tour - Private Tour

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Guided Tour - Private Tour

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Combine a private walking tour of Amsterdam with skip-the-line access to the popular Rijksmuseum on this half-day tour. Breeze past the crowds at the often crowded Rijksmuseum for a guided tour with your dedicated guide, then stroll through the city to learn about what it was like during the 18th and 19th centuries. This private tour ensures personalized attention for you and your party.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$216.24
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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  • 1 hour
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Amsterdam Walking Tour with Cheese Tasting

Amsterdam Walking Tour with Cheese Tasting

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The best combination! Discover the secrets of Amsterdam with a professional guide and complete your visit with a cheese tasting On this tour, you’ll hear the stories you’d never hear otherwise. With an expert guide, you’ll experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. After the tour, you’ll have all the time you want to explore further with fellow travelers. For the cheese lovers, this is the perfect combination to enjoy Amsterdam. Start your trip with our walking tour through the streets of downtown Amsterdam. And complete your visit to the city with a cheese tasting in one of the most emblematic cheese factory in the city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

Skip-the-line Rijksmuseum & Amsterdam City Center Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Skip the line at the popular Rijksmuseum, as well as get a comprehensive walking tour of Amsterdam's historic center during this half-day tour. Travel with a small group, which ensures personalized attention and the chance to ask questions. Your ticket to the Rijksmuseum is valid all day long, so you can explore at your leisure after the conclusion of your tour.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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$216.24
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$216.24
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Amsterdam walking tour with canal cruise (unlimited drinks)

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Amsterdam walking tour with canal cruise (unlimited drinks)

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The perfect combination to know the Venice of the North. Starting with a walking tour through the city center combined with a 1h canal cruise with all drinks included (beer, wine or soft drinks). A unique vision of the city which has a unique style of combining history with pure entertainment. The walking tour covers the main sights of the inner city. and the canal cruise route takes us through the principal canals, Amstel River and seven bridges, some of Amsterdam’s most notable locations. You can’t truly experience the city without getting to know its waterways! On this tour, you’ll hear the stories you’d never hear otherwise. With an expert guide, you’ll experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to this city.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Amsterdam banned guided tours of its notorious Red Light District on 1 January 2020. But you can still learn the ins and outs of this fascinating area by downloading this great audio guide, which uses your phone’s GPS but works even when you’re offline. Learn about historic churches, flood defences, and Amsterdam history, and the role that legalized sex work has played in this tolerant city.
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  • 35 minutes
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$5.41
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Historical City Walk

Historical City Walk

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Get the best out of you stay with this 2-hour Historical City Tour with a local Italian, French or German Guide. You can choose your own language!
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  • 2 hours
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$24.14
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$24.14
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Private Fun Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

Private Fun Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

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I love history, architecture, legendary stories and culture. During a private Amsterdam tour I can show you the must see attractions such as Dam square, the historic beauty and cultural wealth of the Red Light District and the Canals as well as places "off the beaten path". Always with a personal touch, because I want your trip to Amsterdam to be memorable and fun. Whether you are interested in an overview tour, a tour of multiple days, a tour for a special occasion, if you have plans to work or study in Amsterdam, a tasting, a theme, walking or in combination with boat I like to organize the experience for you.
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  • 4 hours
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$170.06
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$170.06
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Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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

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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.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$88.29
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$88.29
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Amsterdam Red Light District: A Walking Audio Tour on your Phone (1hour)

Amsterdam Red Light District: A Walking Audio Tour on your Phone (1hour)

Immerse yourself into the fascinating stories of Amsterdam’s most talked-about quarter, the famous Red-light district with a fascinating audio tour on your phone and a detailed map of the suggested route. Start your tour from the centrally located Dam square and set out on an unforgettable stroll that will take you to must-see attractions, such as the Oude Kerk, the Café In’t Aepjen and the “secret” chapel of Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder. Follow in the footsteps of erstwhile sailors, sex workers, merchants & modern curious visitors and let your immersive audio guide carry you away through a riveting storytelling concept! This is an unmissable opportunity to experience at your own pace Amsterdam’s Red Light District guided by an expertly designed audio tour on your phone. * Ticket/entrance fees to museums and sites are not included.
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  • 1 hour
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$9.64
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$9.64
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Walking tour of 2 hours of the highlights of Amsterdam

Walking tour of 2 hours of the highlights of Amsterdam

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Make the most of your limited time in Amsterdam and enjoy a personalized experience on a private walking tour of the city center. Orient yourself to the city as you are transported through its history. Your guide leads you past canal mansions and houseboats, and shows you hidden treasures like a scenic almshouse and the only spot in the city where you can see 17th century paintings for free.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.35
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$122.35
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Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour

Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour

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The best way to get around Amsterdam is on foot, but don’t let the cold weather put you off. This 2-hour winter walking tour shows off the city at its most atmospheric, — admire the glittering illuminations of the Amsterdam Light Festival, see landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Munttoren, and the Flower Market dusted with snow, then warm up with hot chocolate and stroopwafels (included).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$24.14
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$24.14

Amsterdam Jiddisch History + nasch, my parents WW II hiding. 3 hr walking tour

Amsterdam Jiddisch History + nasch, my parents WW II hiding. 3 hr walking tour

An outstanding experience, an astonishing story ! I will take you along 12 generations (more than 400 years!) of my family to personalize the Jewish history of Amsterdam. From the 17th century till today, I connect all aspects of Jewish life in Mokum ( = Jiddisch for Amsterdam) in to the Waterman's & Casseres families and their descendants. I will let you experience: * Jewish live in Amsterdam before the war, when my gramdmother became famous with her free chicken soep, on shabbat, in her cigar store. * The hiding under the store floor during "razzia's" and all neighbors were send to the camps,  * The SS soldier who warned my grandfather, followed by the hiding under a roof for over more than 3 years * pass by important historical sites of Jewish Amsterdam, such as: Portuguese es noga, Hollandse schouwburg, Jewish historical museum & holocaust memorial site * mini language course Amstedams - Jiddisch * free tasting of 3 famous & authentic Jiddische pastrys  
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$445.42
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$445.42
per group

Wheelchair Accessible History Tour Amsterdam

Wheelchair Accessible History Tour Amsterdam

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Enjoy a wheelchair accessible tour of Amsterdams' most popular sights with this 3-hour private tour. Designed for people with limited mobility, your guide will help you explore the center of one of Europe’s most charming cities. Visit the famous canals, the Red Light District, and a picturesque historic courtyard. Take a break for coffee or local beer before your tour concludes.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$368.16
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$368.16
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1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour

1,5 hours Amsterdam Rickshaw Tour

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Ideal for first-time visitors, this private 1-hour rickshaw tour showcases more of Amsterdam’s highlights in less time. With your driver-guide leading the way, you’ll travel along Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals, explore the grandiose Museumplein, and admire the dynamic architecture of Concertgebouw. See, too, the picturesque Jordaan district, home to the Anne Frank House, and reflect on Amsterdam’s history at the National Holocaust Memorial. This private tour is limited to two travelers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.64
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$85.64
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Amsterdam private walking tour

Amsterdam private walking tour

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Start your journey with the best introduction to Amsterdam. A unique vision of the city which has a unique style of combining history with pure entertainment. This private walking tour covers the main sights of the inner city. On this private tour, you’ll hear the stories you’d never hear otherwise. With an expert guide, you’ll experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. After the tour, you’ll have all the time you want to explore further with fellow travelers. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$193.14
per group
From
$193.14
per group
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What's the best way to experience New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt)?