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Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

1. Amsterdam: Jewish Quarter Walking Tour

Learn more about Amsterdam’s troubled past while gaining an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived in the aftermath of the Second World War in Amsterdam. Hear about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands from 1940 until 1945 and how it affected those living in Amsterdam and especially the Jewish community. Discover the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum, and stroll by the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Learn how the Dutch behaved towards the Jews of Amsterdam and how the people endured the hardships as you pass sites like the Auschwitz Monument and the Dokwerker. The tour ends in front of the Anne Frank House, where you will learn more about her best-selling diary, how it was published by her father Otto Frank, and how it gained worldwide fame. Choose between group and private tour options.

Amsterdam: World War II and Anne Frank Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: World War II and Anne Frank Walking Tour

Learn about Amsterdam's struggles during the Nazi occupation of the early 1940s. Find out how the people endured important events such as the February Strike and the hunger winter. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and their strife during this dark period of time. Discover more about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city. Get an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived during and after the Second World War. See notable points of interest such as the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum, and the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Discover sites like the Dokwerker and the Auschwitz Monument.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Jewish History Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Jewish History Walking Tour

Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at the statue of the dockworker at the foot of the Portuguese synagogue. Set off in a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about the Jewish history and population from Amsterdam. The first Jewish inhabitants arrived in Amsterdam in the 16th century. From the start they established themselves in the area around the Jodenbreestraat. In the course of World War II this area was made into a ghetto by the Germans. They raised a big fence around the area and many bridges remained open permanently, so the inhabitants could only enter and leave the area at certain points. During many raids the inhabitants were taken away. After the war, this once vibrant and lively area had turned into a sad, abandoned, and neglected area. Your guide will take you back to the times of the rise of the Jewish people in Amsterdam and the sad period of 1940-1945.

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What people are saying about The Dokwerker

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

I really enjoyed this experience. The guide was very informative. Among many things, he showed us the memorials along the canal. Those names were the Jewish families who lived in the houses right across the way - before they were taken to concentration camps. It was powerful and sad.

James the tour guide was an excellent and interesting communicator who was very knowledgable of his history. The pace of delivery was just right and he readily responded to any questions put. We also probably benefited from being a small group (7)

Our tour guide James was kind, funny and lovely. I had a lovely time and enjoyed the new respective. Also, he gave us almost another full hour and took us through many places.

Excellent knowledgable guide Very thorough and answered all our questions Thought provoking Interesting for Jewish and non tourists alike

James was an Excellent tour guide - one of the best of our two week trip and 12+ tours. Interesting content - lots of new information.