Discover Amsterdam’s architectural highlights in this unique tour with an art historian. Walk the streets with an overview of the architectural style of the city’s heritage.
Join this tour for a deeper knowledge…
...grapple with the scope of destruction from the Holocaust
Duration: 2 Hours
This tour runs every day: 10:00 / 14:00 / 16:00
We meet at Westermarkt, in front of the tall Wester church tower, next to the small statue of Anne Frank.
Meet your guide and your small group on Westermarkt for a walking tour to understand the Jewish presence in Amsterdam before and during WWII. Hear the insightful story of Anne Frank and her family dynamics, their move from Germany, their time in hiding and her father’s life after the war.
Cross the city center from West to East and find the locations that mattered during the five years of Nazi-occupation in Amsterdam between May 1940 and May 1945. Your expert guide’s narration will introduce you to several people that played their role during these dire years.
Walk by the Amsterdam canals into the medieval center and hear about the Dutch Resistance during WWII . See where secret hiding places were located. Have all your questions answered: Was Amsterdam ever bombed? How was the anti-Nazi resistance organized? What happened with the Royal Palace and the Royal family during the war?
Explore the Dam Square as the backdrop for the annual ceremony on National Memorial Day where people gather every year on May 4th to commemorate the victims of World War II. Join the Royal family and the army in an insightful remembrance and learn about this part of history in Amsterdam.
Walking towards the Eastern part of the city center the accent of the tour shifts more towards the Jewish community in Amsterdam. Before the German invasion, Amsterdam had a thriving Jewish community. The Holocaust has had a tremendous impact on Amsterdam. We tell the story of the former Jewish district during the months of the holocaust.
End your tour at the Hollandsche Schouwburg, the former theater transformed by the Nazis as detention center for Jews. Now it houses the National Holocaust Memorial. A place of reflexion and mourning.
Although the famed Anne Frank House is not included due to guiding restrictions, our walk of Amsterdam’s Jewish sites provides a comprehensive introduction.
Due to space limitations, guided tours are not permitted inside the Anne Frank House. Instead, they have an excellent self-guided exhibition which we highly recommend you explore independently.