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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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