This is a 3 hour walking tour through the oldest parts of Amsterdam. We can start at your hotel, Central Station or any other place you prefer. If thre hours is too much for you, just let me know. We can shorten the walk or add a coffee stop. We will do the walk at your own pace. The walk is going to be informative and fun.
Private walking tour Amsterdam
I will show you the highlights the city centre has to offer. Of course you will see Dam square, where Amsterdam started. People were already living on dikes along the Amstel river, but around 1250 these two dikes were connected by a dam. I will show you these two dikes and tell you all about the Dam cities in Holland.
The medieval church at Dam square has no tower. I will tell you why. Also I will explain why the street in between the church and the Palace had a different name during WW2. You will see the borders of the city, from 1350, 1375 and 1450. I will show you why most spout gables can be found at the Prinsencanal and the biggest canal houses on the eastern side on the UNESCO canal district. After this walk you can tell everybody at home why for centuries, visitors called Amsterdam the beautiful virgin with the stinking breath
Red light district Amsterdam
The red light district is the old harbour of Amsterdam. The sailors needed bars, churches and prostitutes. The sailors are gone, but the rest is still there. Let me know if you want to see the area or not. The morning is the best time of day to see the area because there is not much activity yet, but you will get a good idea of what is going on here. The area is normally just a small part of the tour and we mainly focus on the beautiful gables of the canalhouses, the architecture and the two oldest canals in Amsterdam.