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Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Spend the morning discovering Amsterdam's history firsthand on this private 2.5-hour walking tour. With your guide, get oriented in the city center as you learn about Amsterdam's major historical landmarks. Visit spots like Dam Square, artists squats, Prinsengracht, leaning houses, and the medieval city gate while you stretch your legs and crisscross the city's famous canals and bridges on foot.

per adult from

$109

AUD

Duration

2 hours 30 minutes

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  • What's included :
    • Guided Walking Tour
    • Tour Guide Exclusively For You (Does NOT apply if you choose "SAVE! BOOK SEMI-PRIVATE" option)
    • Duration 2 - 2.5 Hours
    • Tour Will Run, Rain Or Shine
    What's excluded :
    • Tour Price Does NOT Include Hotel Pickup or Drop-Off (We Recommend UBER or Taxi)
    • Tour Does NOT Include Gratuities (OPTIONAL)
    • Entry/Admission - Weeping Tower
    • Entry/Admission - Museum Ons'Lieve Heer Op Solder
    • Entry/Admission - Oude Kerk
    • Entry/Admission - Trippenhuis
    • Entry/Admission - Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House)
    • Entry/Admission - National Opera & Ballet
    • Entry/Admission - Munt Tower (Munttoren)
    • Entry/Admission - Begijnhof
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: St. Nicholas Basilica, Prins Hendrikkade 73, 1012 AD Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Weeping Tower, Prins Hendrikkade 94/5, 1012 AE Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Zeedijk, Oudezijds Kolk to Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Museum Ons'Lieve Heer Op Solder, Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, 1012 GD Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: In de Waag, 4 Nieuwmarkt, 1012 CR Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Trippenhuis, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Jodenbuurt, Amsterdam, Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Museum Het Rembrandthuis (Rembrandt House), Jodenbreestraat 4, 1011 NK Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: National Opera & Ballet, Amstel 3, 1011 PN Amsterdam, Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: South Church (Zuiderkerk), Zuiderkerkhof 72, 1011 WB Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: The Amstel, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Magere Brug, Kerkstraat Nieuwe Kerkstraat, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Blauwbrug, linking Rembrandtplein and Waterlooplein, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Rembrandtplein, 1017 CT Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Bloemenmarkt, Singel, 1012 DH Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Munt Tower (Munttoren), Muntplein, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Begijnhof, Gedempte Begijnensloot, 1012 RM Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Amsterdam Museum, Kalverstraat 92, 1012 PH Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Next we will pass by the Amsterdam Museum and the Walk of Art Gallery, which is free for everybody.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Prinsengracht, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Westerkerk, Prinsengracht 279-281, 1016 GW Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Dam Square, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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

    Stop At: Babylon Tours Amsterdam, Dam 1, 1012 JL Amsterdam The Netherlands

    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: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Prins Hendrikkade 73, 1012 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Return Detail :
    Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Notes: The tour route may be affected by national celebrations. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an alternative route still being able to see all the highlights on the tour. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. No large bags or suitcases are allowed during this tour. We recommend comfortable shoes, a bottle of water, umbrella in case of rain and hat during summer. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some can’t be visited from the inside.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
    • Because face masks are optional in Amsterdam and are still not obligatory under in the Dutch law. For private tours we have left this option up to the guests and guides at their own discretion. All guides will have face masks for themselves and guests available and we encourage them to be used.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Language

English - Guide

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

8

Organised by Babylon Tours Amsterdam

Activity ID: V-8681P8

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