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.
Freedam Tours takes you on an incredible journey through the historical streets of Amsterdam. You'll learn how this once fisherman's village turned into a trading empire and about the transformation of freedom and tolerance that took place in this city. The Freedam Tours guides will teach you about Amsterdam's history and modern life, and will share unique personal stories that you won’t hear anywhere else. At the end of the tour, you'll understand the essence of Amsterdam and Dutch culture and since the guides work on a tips-only basis, you can decide how much the tour was worth to you.
Amsterdam has nearly 400 kilometers of bike lane and now you can drive a Segway on it while exploring the history and beautiful scenery and canals of Amsterdam. Segway City Tours gives you a unique opportunity as you glide over the streets without making a sound. While riding a Segway might be a little intimidating for first-time riders, it's actually very simple to balance and maneuver. After the first few minutes, you'll be riding like a pro and won't want to give up your Segway after the 90 minute tour.