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Amsterdam: City Walking Tour

1. Amsterdam: City Walking Tour

Explore Amsterdam with a local guide who knows all the city’s secrets. During this walking tour, learn about the city’s heritage as you visit popular sites, as well as some local gems along the way. Learn about the history of the city, from its beginnings as a muddy village on the River Amstel to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. Topics covered range from the history of sex work and drug decriminalization in the Netherlands, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and the Nazi occupation. The aim of this unique tour is to give you the perfect introduction to the city. Whether you go on to visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay.

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Amsterdam: Private Walking Tour of Jordaan & De 9 Straatjes

2. Amsterdam: Private Walking Tour of Jordaan & De 9 Straatjes

Join an enthusiastic local guide on a private walking tour to get a unique glimpse of the ultra-trendy Jordaan district and De 9 Straatjes, its adjacent micro-neighborhood lined with vintage boutiques and niche outlets. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your guide and start at the National Monument across from Dam Square, before heading to the quaint and quirky De 9 Straatjes to explore original stores selling clothing, books, art, and food.  Walk down the picturesque paths to Bij Ons Vintage, one of the city’s most famous vintage stores, and sift through stylish clothes from decades ago. Cross a couple of the area’s iconic canals on your way to browse through Galerie Geluk’s gorgeous Asian antiques, jade carvings, and intricate jewelry. Once you’ve done some more window-shopping – or regular shopping – squeeze in some sightseeing at the 400-year-old Westerkerk, an iconic monument at the edge of the Jordaan.  Pass a street musician or two as you explore the independent art galleries, fantastic restaurants, and fresh markets that make this neighborhood famous across the Netherlands.  Visit fashion-forward attractions like the chic Hutspot concept store and LENA The Fashion Library, and wind down with your local guide over a coffee at a cobbled café.

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Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1.5 hour private or public walking tour of Amsterdam with a small (private) group of maximum four travelers and a guide. The small group size makes it easy to explore this gorgeous but busy city and enhances the feeling of escaping mass tourism. Learn about the city's interesting history and cultural life. You will certainly be impressed by the city's architectural beauty with static and imposing canal houses, its people and its relaxed, open-minded atmosphere. The easiest way and place to meet your guide is at the National Monument on Dam (Dam Square) since you truly cannot overlook the giant white pillar. Dam is the heart of the city and the place where the Amsterdammers built a dam over the river. Because this is where the city originated one could say that this is where all the magic happened. Nowadays the beautiful square is a symbolic location because it houses important national symbols such as the National Monument, the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and the Royal Palace. Follow your guide who leads the way through quaint alleyways with cobble-stoned streets where no other tourists are to be found. In the Dutch 17th century Holland was incredibly wealthy and powerful. The architectural heritage from those colonial dark days is seen all over this compact city, just like its classical character with gorgeous canal houses and historical houseboats. Admire the Waag, a medieval, fairytale-like building that once served as the gate to Amsterdam and other important sights such as Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk (Wester Church). Make sure to have enough space on your phone to take hundreds of photos because no matter where you look there will be something picturesque to see. Wander a bit off to take that perfect shot, because with the headsets that are used during the tour you can hear your guide even from a distance. Be surprised about Dutch culture and enjoy the entertaining stories your spontaneous and enthusiastic guide shares with you and learn about the city’s vibrant history and the dynamic between history, tolerance, religion, and pragmatism. Curious? Book below and be sure to enjoy a high-quality, off-the-beaten-path walking tour full countless of marvelous views.

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Amsterdam: Scavenger Hunt Game for Smartphones

4. Amsterdam: Scavenger Hunt Game for Smartphones

Take a self-guided tour of Amsterdam's most famous spots as you solve riddles in a scavenger hunt game. Download the app to your phone and head over to the Amsterdam Museum to start the game. Complete a challenge based on the location to move to the next exciting place. Let the app guide you to each destination as you learn interesting facts. Pause at any point to take a break or spend more time sightseeing.

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Amsterdam: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

5. Amsterdam: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Walking Tour

Get an authentic experience of Amsterdam on a personalized tour of the city center with a local guide. Marvel at the city's history, culture, and fantastic food scene as you're led down its liveliest streets and those off the well-trodden tourist trail. You'll be paired with guides that are passionate about the place they call home and who choose to spend their free time sharing it with like-minded travelers matched to them. Meet your local guide in the heart of Amsterdam at the National Monument, and see iconic landmarks like the 400-year-old Westerkerk and Dam Square. Pass by the iconic venues that put Amsterdam on the map, like the Anne Frank House, and experience the city's food culture at the Old Amsterdam Cheese Store, as well as the quaint cafes and restaurants lining the ultra-trendy Jordaan district. Explore De 9 Straatjes, Jordaan’s adjacent micro-neighborhood that connects the city’s main waterways, packed with vintage boutiques and niche outlets. Stroll along the banks of the canals and savor the floral fragrance at the Bloemenmarkt, the world's first floating flower market founded in 1862. Finally, head to Amsterdam-Noord, a lively area known for its vast green parks, charming villages, and contemporary art scene. Your personalized itinerary will be planned according to the number of hours booked and adapted to your preferences. Once you've booked, someone from the local partner's team will be in touch, so just let them know if you have any special requirements.

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Amsterdam: Culinary Cultural Tour

6. Amsterdam: Culinary Cultural Tour

Munch on some classic Dutch snacks and take in the charm of the Grachtengordel and the Jordaan District on this culinary cultural tour of Amsterdam. Start your tour checking out the Royal Palace, National Monument, and Nieuwe Park. Stroll Admire the charming Grachtengordel and the Jordaan District. Learn about the landmarks and the local history over some herring or a stroopwafel and coffee.

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What people are saying about National Monument, Amsterdam

worth it and time is well spent!

The personal tour guide-Olga, is a lovely lady who is knowledgeable and passion in historical art. She explained the details of each of the interesting building and suggested selective museums to visit based on your interests. It was really a fruitful trips to Zaanse Schans, Nemo Museum, and walking around the city. If you are travelling solo, and tired of typical tourist spots, it's a good idea to get a local friend.

Olga was amazing! Totally love her

Olga made the perfect itinerary for me my husband and the kids. She was so friendly, smiling all the time and the 8 hours walking tour pass by so fast and we don’t even feel tired at all. She brought us for lunch at De Plantage and it was just as perfect as the itinerary. Tahnk you Olga for making us a wonderful day in amsterdam.

Absolutely Delightful

I think the best decision to go this. Ai mu local guide was charming , enthusiatic and helped me to have the best orientation tour on the first day and first time solo trip to AMS. Absolutely recommend