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  • Languages
    English, Italian, German, French, Dutch
  • Duration
    60 Minutes

Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful artificial cities in the world. Built entirely on water, walk with me to see its origins as an often-flooded fishing and farming community. How did the city become the wealthiest in the world, almost 400 years after a modest dam was built to control the wily Amstel River? The story unfolds on this walk through Amsterdam’s old city, taking in the essential sights that every first visit to the capital city should include.

The hour-long walk reveals over 800 years of Amsterdam’s unique history. You’ll understand how the city was built on water, how it navigated the Amstel River for trade and controlled its waters for survival. See the charming canals that ensured goods from all over the world reached the merchant’s beautiful gabled homes. I will show you the bridges, locks, and dikes that keep the city “afloat”.

These beginnings would lead to prosperity, innovation, and trade the 16th-century world had never seen before. See where the stock exchange, the newspaper, and the first multinational corporation were born. Understand how the Netherlands became the first Protestant nation during the Reformation, and how the Spanish Inquisition and King Philip of Spain shook the new nation to its core. You might also be able to see our world-famous tulip bulbs at the bustling, floating flower market (if open at the time of our walk). No matter the time, see the bicycles zooming by and the surprising details only an intimate walk with me could provide.

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  • Group Ticket

    We're trying to keep things as personal as possible, but sometimes sitting around one device isn't an option. If you want to share the experience with loved ones who can't be with you, add a Group Ticket for up to 5 extra devices!

    25 €
  • Photographs

    Ask your host to take a photo at any point during the tour. You can even direct them to the exact spot that you want to have captured! The photos will have a high resolution and will be sent to you after the tour has finished.

    Free
  • Booklet

    Get a PDF with information shared during the tour, photos and links for further research!

    5 €
  • You've got mail!

    Are you a postcard lover? Choose one from the many shops on the way and your host will mail it to you after the tour!

    5 €
  • Souvenir

    What's a visit without a souvenir? Your host will buy one for you while on the call! You can choose between a small fridge-magnet, keyring or statuette and it will be posted to you after the tour has finished.

    20 €

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Hosted By Larae

Larae

Larae has been showing guests Amsterdam since 2006 as both a local tour guide and tour director. With a journalism and political science background, she likes to pepper each walk with stories about culture, history, and current affairs. Having once been a television news reporter, showing you the sights via video promises to be more engaging as the evening news.

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