Free tour

Dutch Books, Art, Food and Museums: a many faceted walk through the center of Amsterdam

Duration: 2h and 15min
Languages: English, Italian
Guru: Janet
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 the academic and literary heart of the city (where you find the book markets and the University of Amsterdam) and continues all the way through to the thriving art district, finishing our tour on the Museumplein, by the Rijksmuseum, where many of the great museums of Amsterdam are gathered in one place.

We will meet in front of the American Book Center, the literary center of the city, (as well as the scene of one of the most famous hippy protests of the 60's). We will walk down the Singel canal past the flower market until we reach the Spiegelstraat, known for its art and antique galleries.

We will make a short stop at a Dutch cafe where I will acquaint you with the different kinds of Dutch cuisine. Many of them are the result of the Dutch golden age of trade and colonization. There, you might decide to try the famous dutch apple tart, get a coffee or a drink, or just visit the WC.

Along the way, I'll explain what made Amsterdam one of the greatest cities of the 17th century, and how its liberal views shaped the city and why the Herengracht, the canal named after the merchants, was more important than the Prinzengracht, the canal named after the prince.

I'll introduce you to Dutch cuisine, Dutch customs and quirks, and how to safely navigate a city where the bike is more powerful than the car.
Join me for a trip through the center of this crescent-shaped city and soak up the atmosphere of this bustling slice of Amsterdam.   

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  • Meeting point:
    Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Spui 12, 1012 XA Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Meet in front of The American Book Center, at Spui 12. I will be wearing a red beret and I have long dark hair.

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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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!
Sophie 07 Jan 2023

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Travelled in family - Jan 2023
Great tour! Janet gave lots of tips on how best to spend a few days in Amsterdam!
Tom 05 Jan 2023

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2022
We've had a great time on this "non-standard" walking tour of Amsterdam! Even though there were only two of us and we were expecting the tour to be cancelled, Janet turned out to be an absolutely lovely host with a lot of knowledge about the city and neighborhood! She still gave it her full attention and effort without shortening the tour or making it feel rushed - in the generous two hours she showed us many a hidden corner, while also leaving us with a plethora of recommendations throughout and afterwards! Thanks again for your time and commitment!
Flor... 03 Jan 2023
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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
Excelent tour guide. Very informative and entertaining. Janet is very nice and really loves the city. We highly recommend It.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
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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