Anne Frank’s house features many every-day items left behind by its occupants.11 min
This monument recognizes the many homosexuals persecuted by the Nazis.5 min
Along this street are prime examples of 17th & 18th century merchant houses.3 min
Once a children’s home, this museum brings Amsterdam’s history to life.3 min
Until 1971, this small square served as the home to the order of the Begijns.5 min
A bit of a tourist hotspot, this market is once again devoted mainly to flowers.4 min
Rebuilt in the early 17th century, this tower was, for a time, Holland’s mint.3 min
This square honors Rembrandt and features a statue of him in its center.5 min
Unlike most bridges in Amsterdam, the Blauwbrug Bridge is relatively ornate.3 min
A Jewish neighborhood for centuries, many aspects of the area point to this heritage.4 min
The home of the famous artist & art dealer features artifacts from around the world.3 min
An example of the Dutch Renaissance style, this church is where de Keyser was buried.3 min
This ancient gatehouse’s history is entwined with the market that grew up around it.4 min
Known in Dutch as the Rosse Buurt, this is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.2 min
Now an exhibition center, this beautiful church is Amsterdam’s oldest structure.3 min
Lined with cafés and bars, this street is considered Amsterdam’s oldest.3 min
Amsterdam’s hub, Dam Square features a memorial to those who died in World War II.7 min
Our tour starts at Anne Frank's house and then, over the next four or five hours, depending on how many breaks you take, goes on via the beautiful Westerkerk church to the city's simple, but moving, monument to its gay residents who have suffered over the years. Further on we'll explain the meaning of the 'XXX' that you'll see everywhere and reveal where the term 'Dutch courage' comes from.
As we pick out the other sites such as Dam Square and the quaint Bergijnhof and we'll tell you about why this unique city looks like it does and what is being done to preserve it so you'll have a sense of the real Amsterdam as it is today - not just the picture post card image.
As you stroll through the flower market we'll tell you why it is that tulips are always associated with Amsterdam. Later as you stand outside Rembrandt's House we'll explain why, despite his talent and fame, the city's most famous painter lead such a tragic life.