Amsterdam Highlights – 3 hr walking tour
Amsterdam is one of the great cultural and architectural treasures of northern Europe, though frequently overlooked in favour of the likes of Brussels and Paris. In this three-hour walking tour of the city you’ll orientate yourself with a friendly and knowledgeable Walks In Europe guide, and get to see Amsterdam Highlights including Museum Quarter, the infamous Red Light District, and more.
Dam Square, in central Amsterdam, was indeed once a dam, linking two settlements on either side of the river. It’s from this dam that Amsterdam takes its name. Today there’s little sign of the dam or the river, but instead the square is lined by some of the Netherlands’ most important public buildings, including the Royal Palace, Nieuwe Kirke, and the National Monument. On May 4 there are Memorial Day parades, which always draw a crowd, and several times a year the funfair also sets up in Dam Square.
Amsterdam’s Museum Quarter centres on the Rijksmuseum, and today it is one of the most upmarket neighbourhoods in the city. The boulevards are wide, the architecture grand, and in addition to the Rijksmuseum you can also see the Van Gogh Museum and the Stedelijk Museum.
One of Amsterdam’s most curious sites — and one which is perennially popular with visitors — is the yellow submarine on Prinseneiland, which is included in your tour Amsterdam Highlights tour.
Whether or not this colourful micro sub inspired The Beatles is debatable, but it certainly makes for some good photos. The submarine is just one of hundreds of boats moored on Prinseneiland, many of which are classic wooden sailing craft or barges, and the wharf-lined docks are a bustling place to investigate on foot.
And then, of course, there is Amsterdam’s Red Light District!
Red Light District is packed with parties at weekend nights, and host to a lively nightlife on every day of the week. Yes, this is the centre of the city’s sex trade, but as you’ll discover on your walking tour, there’s far more to The Wallen (the district’s actual name) than that.
Your local guide will show you Chinatown and its Buddhist temple; gothic Oude Kerk, the oldest church (and oldest building) in Amsterdam; and the Nieuwmarkt, an open canal filled in during the 17th century so that the city’s daily food market could be held on the site. It’s a great place for a bite to eat and end your walking tour of Amsterdam Highlights.
You can opt to join a group walk, which is limited to eight people and a great way to make new friends, or choose a private tour. We’ll designate a central meeting point (or pick you up from your hotel) and include a coffee break and chocolate to keep your sugar and caffeine levels up whilst we explore Amsterdam Highlights.