Amsterdam Highlights Tour, Art History with a Local Guide

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English
Guru: Janet
Quality Verified Registered on December 17, 2021

Hello, my name is Janet. I am an American woman who has been living in Amsterdam for the last 4 years. I am a writer and an artist with a BA in art history. I love meeting new people and besides having an (obvious) interest in art and history, I also love food (talking about it, eating it, etc.) and telling a good story. I'd love to share everything I've learned about the Dutch people, their food, their art and their history with you.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Come with me on a walking tour that starts at 

  • Dam Square, the heart of the city. 
    • Royal Palace 
    • New Church 
    • The WW2 monument. 
  • Then on to the Beigenhof, a medieval cloister
    • Spui Square,(where you find the book markets and the University of Amsterdam) . 
  • Flower Market
  • History of the Canals
  • Canal District History and Cool Facts
  • Medieval City Gates, Munt Tower. 
  • The Wag (Weigh Station)

We will meet by the WW2 Monument in Dam Square (an obelisk),

My aim is to entertain! Why are the Canals named Prince, King and Mister?
We'll visit the Flower Market, and learn how Tulipmania took over Holland in the 17th century. 

We will and end our tour at Dam Square, where we started.
Join me for a walking trip through the center of this crescent-shaped city and soak up the atmosphere of Amsterdam.  

Please be informed that if there are less than 2 people signed up for the tour, the tour will not take place. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Dam 39, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Dam 39, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Meet in front of the WW2 National Monument in Dam Square. (It looks like an Obelisk) I am a short woman with long dark hair and will be carrying a baby blue bag.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Dam Square

    The Royal Palace, the New Church, the WW2 monument

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Royal Palace Amsterdam
  • 3
    Outside visit
    National Monument

    WW2 monument

  • 4
    Outside visit
  • 5
    Outside visit
    Flowers market

    Buy tulip bulbs and souvenirs

  • 6
    Outside visit

    Medieval Hof courtyard

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).

Tour opinions

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Francesca 18 Aug 2023

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Travelled in family - Aug 2023
Janet è una persona molto divertente e simpatica tuttavia la sua conoscenza dell'italiano lascia molto a desiderare. Avrebbe dovuto preparare meglio il tour. Troppo spesso dovevamo suggerirle "come si dice in italiano" grazie alle nostre conoscenze di inglese. Se dovete fare un tour con Janet fatelo in inglese e non italiano. Per il resto il tour è stato divertente .
Michelle 12 Apr 2023

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2023
Very fun and informative. Highly recommend.
Irina 27 Feb 2023

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
Janet is a very knowledgeable guide and a lovely person! I very much enjoyed the walk with her, she shared very interesting facts about Amsterdam and the Dutch society. It was a great experience, I recommend everyone taking the tour with Janet!
Barbara 12 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Janet is not your typical guide. She has a rich art history and international background. She offers something other guides simply can’t provide. She knows everything, from art to history, from culture to food. The group was small and Janet is very friendly and patient. The route she designed passes the historical parts of the city and the modern day hot spots. She planned the trip well connected with the past and the present. Well spent 2 hrs. I absolutely recommend it and will definitely come back again.
Veerle 10 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
I absolutely loved following Janet's tour. She is very lovely and knows so much about Amsterdam. She sent us great recommendations and I learned many new things!
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 15 people.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people 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.
Payment methods
Only cash payment is accepted.
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