The Jewish Cultural Quarter offers a vast array of guided tours led by professional tour guides trained by the Education Department. For those with special wishes customized tours can be arranged. Tours include the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum, walking tours around Jewish Amsterdam, and more.
During the Anne Frank Walking tour a professional guide takes you around Amsterdam and shows you the city from the perspective of Anne Frank during the second world war. Starting from the Jewish Quarter and ending at the Anne Frank House, this 2 hour tour gives an interesting and in-depth perspective on what Anne Frank and others had to go through during these difficult times. Discover the many hiding places in the city where families like the Franks were forced to seek refuge. Get a sense of what life was like in the Netherlands following the occupation by the Germans in the early 1940s. Hear the story of Anne Frank’s diary and how her father, Otto, ended up publishing it.
Travel back in time with us in this private tour to learn about the life of Anne Frank and the Jewish history in Amsterdam. Starting in the 16th century, Amsterdam became the safe place for Jewish families fleeing from Southern and Eastern Europe. We will also get you advise how to get tickets for the Anne Frank House. We hope to meet you in our Private Anne Frank Tour before entering the Anne Frank House on your own pace.
This Jewish Heritage Walk will give you a full overview of Jewish history in Amsterdam from 1600 up until the Jewish history today. The tour begins with a quick geographical explanation of Amsterdam Jews in Spain and Portugal around 1600 and then moves into the center of the former Jewish quarter, where the Jewish population was once thriving. From there, you will get a view from the St Antonie’s sluis where you can see the Motelbeans tower, a place that according to the legend, the first rabbi in Amsterdam landed. On the tour you will see the Rembrandt house, the first diamond factory in Europe, the Waterlooplein, the first official synagogue, The Plantage war and Holocaust memories, a sculpture of the philosopher Spinoza, and finally, the monument for the Jewish resistance during World War II. You will hear stories of Portuguese Jews who are related to the Dutch royal family and learn about the horror the Jews experienced under Nazi occupation and the effect this had on the population of Amsterdam. When you complete the tour, you will understand the importance of the Jewish community and culture in Amsterdam and the richness they added to Amsterdam society since their arrival in 1600.
This Jewish history tour is unlike any other in that the tour guide takes a very personal approach and allows you to experience Jewish life in Amsterdam through the eyes of a single family, the Sousa family. On this tour, you will discover the 10 generation history of this family from the 17th century until today. You might be wondering how the guides know so many personal stories. Well, this is because the guides are describing their own family history! The tour begins in the historical Jewish district, where the first Jews arrived in the 17th century. Here you will hear about how the Jews lived, what their professions were, and their position in society. Some of the highlights in this district include the famous Waterlooplein flea market, several Holocaust memorials, and the Portuguese Synagogue. These guides are eager to share their family's history with you and there is no better way to learn about the Jewish history than through the eyes a family who once lived there.
The company name "Friendship," was named after the first boat that two best friends, who share a passion for boats and water sports, built. Riding down the breathtaking canals of Amsterdam will give you the ultimate Amsterdam experience, but the view is not the only thing you will enjoy. You can also enjoy a gin-tonic and homemade hamburger on board the luxury boat and are encouraged to ask any questions you have about the city.