Free Tour of the Jewish Quarter, WWII & the Anne Frank Story

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Jon
Quality Verified Registered on August 03, 2021

Hi, I’m Jon. I’m fascinated by World War II, Hitler's propoganda of hate and its terrible consequences. Living in Amsterdam I find that stories of the Nazi occupation, resistance and collaboration are the stories most worthy of telling. We all need to be aware of how lies can lead to tragedies such as the Holocaust..

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Tour description

Why was Amsterdam the safest place for Jews to live for 350 years until WWII, when it became the country with the highest percentage (75%) of Jews deported to the death camps in Western Europe? The best chance to survive was to go into hiding, just as Anne Frank and her family did in 1942.  

We will use Anne Frank’s story to understand what it was like to live in a country occupied by a Nazi regime for both Jews and non-Jews,

And we will talk about the incredible exploits of the heroes and traitors during the war, both Jewish and Christian. 

  • The brothers who stole millions from the Dutch National Bank to support the resistance.
  • The Jewish sisters who provided a haven to many other Jews, were deported as criminals, and took care of Anne and Margot Frank in Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen.
  • The paid informants who hunted down Jews in hiding, including the Jewish woman who betrayed seven hundred Jews.

We will also discuss the kinds of lies used to create such virulent anti-Semitism and how lies continue to be used today to foment hate and war.

The tour will take place in the Jewish Quarter, the heart of Jewish culture in Amsterdam.  We will begin inside the glass doors of the Stadsloket across from the Spinoza Monument on Waterlooplein at 10:30 a.m. sharp.  I have long white hair, black glasses and a GuruWalk badge. The tour will go on unless there are hurricane warnings.

If participants want general information on Amsterdam, that will also be included in the tour.

Our tour will start at the Spinoza Monument and pass by: 

  • The Jewish Resistance Monument
  • The Jewish Boys Orphanage
  • The Shadow Wall
  • The National Holocaust Names Monument
  • The Memorial to the Deaf Students
  • The Dutch Theater (the deportation center in Amsterdam)
  • The Artis Zoo
  • The Auschwitz Monument
  • The Portuguese Synagogue & The Jewish Museum

We will arrive at the Portuguese Synagogue around 12:45 p.m. The tour will be completely over before 1 p.m.


All your questions and comments are welcome and will serve to make the tour come alive for everybody.  Since we are in Amsterdam, we will try to make even this tour about WWII as gezellig (friendly and convivial) as possible.


It is a good idea to have WhatsApp on the mobile number you gave to Guruwalk while in Europe in order to communicate easily. Then I can send you a live location if you are late, etc.

As of January 1, 2020, participants in all tours and activities of all operators in Amsterdam are subject to an "entertainment tax" of €1.50. It will be collected at the meeting point before the start of the tour. 

Note:  This tour does not go to the Anne Frank House, which is a 25-minute walk from the end of our tour. 

This tour is a terrific preparation or follow-up for the Anne Frank House (annefrank.org) or a particularly good substitute, since tickets are extremely difficult to get.   You can buy tickets to the Anne Frank House only on the first Tuesday of each month starting at midnight Amsterdam time.  Be ready at your computer! If possible, also book the 30-minute introduction - it's great!  Sometimes in low season it is easier to get tickets, so try.

The Van Gogh Museum is usually sold out for at least a week.  Reserve early.

If you will visit at least three Dutch museums (including the Anne Frank House and the Portuguese Synagogue), it can be a good idea to buy a Museum Card for 65 euros, good at 400 museums for one year. You can buy a temporary pass at the first museum you visit, use that pass five times, and receive a permanent pass within five days or less.  If ordering tickets for the Anne Frank House, check that you have a Museum Card and don't pay anything online.  Then buy the card there or at the first museum you visit. https://www.museum.nl/en/museumpass

I look forward to seeing you soon, Jon

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  • Meeting point:
    Zwanenburgwal 15, 1011 VW Amsterdam, ...
    Zwanenburgwal 15, 1011 VW Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Enter Zwanenburgwal 15 or Spinoza Monument on Google Maps. On Monday – Friday I will be inside the double glass doors opposite the statue of Spinoza. I have long white hair and a GuruWalk badge. On Saturdays I will be at the statue of Spinoza.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

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Laura 08 Dec 2022
Espanya la Vella
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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Really good experience, really interesting and John was a very good guide
Gina 05 Dec 2022
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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
Jon was marvellous. He managed to balance the sad history of the tour with some lighter hearted moments when he could. Never detracting from the seriousness of the content, always showing great respect. I would have no hesitation in recommending this tour and Jon. Thanks Jon from Gina and Tim (Brisbane, Australia)
Wendy 05 Dec 2022
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Travelled alone - Nov 2022
Great walk! Anyone who plans on visiting the Anne Frank house should do this walk first...it will definitely help you to understanf just how difficult and tragic those times were during the occupation. I am.so glad i did this walk. I highly recommend.
Pauline 01 Dec 2022
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Travelled in couple - Nov 2022
Jon is an amazing guide with in depth knowledge about the dutch and german history during the second world war. He even researched a quiestion that was left unanswered and sent us the answer a couple days later! A very very dedicated guide!
Mich... 01 Dec 2022
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Travelled alone - Nov 2022
The tour was wonderful and Jon is fantastic. He was so friendly and very knowledgable about Jewish history and Amsterdam in general. He delivered the information respectfully and with some lighthearted humor, which helped keep the tour fun and engaging despite the subject matter. He went above and beyond as a tour guide, offering us snacks and a long list of recommendations in the city.
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

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Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 4 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
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