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Amsterdam’s Financial History Tour

Astonishing legacy of the financial sector

Quick Details

Duration: 2 hours

Weekdays: 10:00 and 14:00

Weekends: 14:00 only

Meeting Point

We meet at Beursplein, in front of Bistro Berlage. Here is the Google Maps link 

Adults (Ages 10+)
Children (Ages 3-9)
Infants (Ages 2 and Under)
Private Tour

Amsterdam’s Financial History

Meet your expert guide at the iconic Beurs van Berlage – Amsterdam’s most important financial address. In a small group, we walk along five centuries of Amsterdam’s financial history; literally following the money in the streets of Amsterdam!

Enjoy a historical angle of the financial sector in the hub spot  – no need to have any specific affinity with the financial sector to appreciate the tour. 

Walk along all the financial hotspots in the old center where the rich legacy of economic inventions are still visible and all around.

Head into the Medieval alleyways to discover the Flemish link to the sudden success of Amsterdam in the early 1600s. 

Your expert guide culminates a story including the foundation of the world’s first limited company, first central exchange bank, and first stock exchange. Three innovations that ushered a Golden Age for Amsterdam and the young Dutch Republic. Visit the street where the first stock in the world was issued and which is still the location of the municipal exchange bank.

 In the 17th century part of Amsterdam, we admire the most prestigious merchant houses on the canal ring: the so-called Golden Bend. Once this was the financial center of Europe. We explain how the trading companies from the 17th century evolved into banking houses and insurance companies in the 18th century.

We walk along the first National Central Bank and the Dutch Trade Company. Two institutions established to counter the country’s bankruptcy after the French period, the early 1800s. We enter the monumental Dutch Trade Company building, which evolved into a bank. Now it houses the City’s Archives, where we dive into its spectacular vault in the basement. For years the elite of Amsterdam stored its fortune here. Also, find out more about the bankers’ involvement in Dutch slave trade.

The City’s Archives can also serve as a welcome sanitary stop or coffee break halfway through the tour.

On our way back to Dam square, we pass several reminders of more recent financial events like the funding of the resistance in WWII and the holocaust. 

We finish the tour close to the location where we started. Here we overlook the current position of Amsterdam in the financial market. What is the future of finance in Amsterdam in a time of digital revolution and political turmoil?