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An Amsterdam introduction: Explore the origins of Amsterdam on an audio tour

Join me on this self-guided audio introduction to the history of Amsterdam, and find out how this fisherman’s hamlet in a swamp became Europe’s most powerful trading hub in the 17th century.

How did this happen? Let’s trace the clues along the canals and dykes, and uncover the history buried beneath these cobbled streets. Our walk takes us along the old port and the remains of the medieval city defences to the maze of little streets around the oldest building in Amsterdam. We’ll take in the Red Light District and Chinatown along the way, and end our exploration at Nieuwmarkt. There’s a marvel of engineering at the centre of the story too because for trade to flourish, Amsterdam had to keep the waters at bay.

The tour’s highlights include:

• How the disastrous consequences of the drainage of the original peat marshes still affect us today.
• Why the Dutch have a reputation for tolerance
• You’ll also find out why there’s so little of medieval Amsterdam left.

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60 to 75 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • Lifetime access to this tour in English
    • VoiceMap App for Android and iOS
    • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
    What's excluded :
    • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
    • Smartphone and headphones
    • Transportation
    • Food and drink
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Pass By: Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic Museum), Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, 1012 GD Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The tour passed by Our Lord in the Attic Museum

    Pass By: The Oude Church, Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam, Netherlands

    The tour goes around the Old Church.

    Pass By: Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    The tour ends in Amsterdam's Nieuwmarkt

  • Departure Point :
    Centraal Station, 1012 ZZ Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Departure Time :
    Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods. 7/13/2020 - 10/30/2021
    Monday - Sunday:12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    Return Detail :
    Nieuwmarkt, 1011 HB Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • All of VoiceMap's audio tours are self-guided and users must bring their own smartphone and headphones to take the tour. We urge all our users to wear facemasks and carry hand sanitizer with them to ensure they're own protection and the protection of others.
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.


English - Audio

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Activity ID: V-110804P283

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