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Portuguese Synagogue Tours

Portuguese Synagogue
The Portuguese Synagogue in Amsterdam is one of the most significant remnants of Jewish history in the city. Built between 1671 and 1675, the synagogue has been restored over the years, but overall it stands today as it did over 300 years ago.

The Basics
The Portuguese Synagogue is located in a complex that also houses a number of other buildings, including the rabbinate, a mortuary, and the Ets Haim (Tree of Life) library, which is home to a valuable collection of Sephardic Jewish manuscripts. Still in use by the Jewish community in Amsterdam, it also attracts swaths of visitors who come to marvel at its ancient architecture and beguiling interior.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Portuguese Synagogue is a must-visit for those interested in history, architecture, or Judea.
  • Remember to dress conservatively, out of respect for religious traditions.
  • Hours vary so check with the synagogue, especially if your visit coincides with major Jewish holidays.
 
How to Get There
The Portuguese Synagogue is located at Mr. Visserplein 3, right across from the Botanical Garden. It can be reached via tram line 9 or 14, or via the 51, 53, or 54 metro line to the Waterlooplein stop. It's about a 20-minute walk or 5-minute metro ride from the Centraal railway station.
 
When to Get There
Opening times for the Portuguese Synagogue vary throughout the year, and the synagogue is closed on Saturdays for Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and for special events. Services are held on Shabbat evenings and mornings, again on Sunday mornings, and on holidays, but they aren't open to non-Jews, and Jewish visitors need to register ahead of time and bring ID.

The History of Jews in Amsterdam
Amsterdam has had a large Jewish population due to a mass migration that took place from the late 15th century through the 16th century after the Spanish and Portuguese inquisitions, including crypto-Jews, or Marranos, who had been forcibly converted to Catholicism but secretly continued to practice Judaism. Community members fled persecution in Spain and Portugal in search of a more accepting and tolerant society, migrating to far-off places such as Brazil as well as closer destinations, such as Amsterdam.

Address: Mr. Visserplein 3, Amsterdam 1011 RD, Netherlands
Admission: Varies
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Discover Amsterdam's Golden Age in the Portuguese Synagogue Ticket

Discover Amsterdam's Golden Age in the Portuguese Synagogue Ticket

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Explore Amsterdam’s Jewish history and heritage with admission to the Portuguese Synagogue, a 17th-century Sephardic place of worship with stunning architecture and artifacts. Take in the beautifully-preserved interior, from grand stone pillars to plaster walls and a series of 72 windows. Your ticket includes admission to the most important heritage sites in Amsterdam's Jewish Cultural Quarter.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$20.11
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$20.11

Jewish Quarter Anne Frank Small-Group Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Jewish Quarter Anne Frank Small-Group Walking Tour in Amsterdam

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Discover Amsterdam’s WWII history and follow in the footsteps of Anne Frank on this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. See the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Auschwitz Monument; learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger, and end the tour outside the Anne Frank House (entrance not included).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$33.72
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$33.72
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

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See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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  • 1 hour 5 minutes
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$23.66
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$23.66
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I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

I amsterdam Card - City Pass for Amsterdam

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Get the most out of your Amsterdam stay — and save money — with the I amsterdam City Card. With this pass, you enjoy unlimited use of public transport, a canal cruise and discounts on attractions and restaurants. Plus, gain entry to 44 museums including the Rijksmuseum, the Rembrandthuis Museum, Van Gogh Museum (with time slot booking option) and Hermitage Amsterdam. Use your pass to discover this marvelous city at your own pace!
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  • 1 to 4 days
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$76.90
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$76.90

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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  • 3 hours
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$38.38
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$38.38

Private Anne Frank & Jewish Quarter Tour

Private Anne Frank & Jewish Quarter Tour

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Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and a dedicated guide on this private half-day tour of Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter. Your guide's commentary will focus on the story of Anne Frank and the role of the Netherlands in World War II. You'll visit the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, and other important Jewish landmarks. Booking a private tour means you'll have plenty of time for questions and discussion.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$84.00
Price varies by group size
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$84.00
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Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tour

Private Amsterdam WW2 walking tour

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Join this 2 hour walking tour and discover all about life during nazi-occupation in the early 1940s. Find out how the people endured important events such as the February strike and the hunger winter. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and their struggles during this dark period of time. Learn all about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city and Learn more about Amsterdam’s troubled past. Get an insight into how the Jewish community lived and survived during and after the Second World War. See many sights like the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Historical Museum and the Headquarters of the Jewish Council. Discover sites like the Dokwerker and the Auschwitz Monument. Hear stories about Anne Frank and her family, her move from Germany, her now famous diary and how her father published it after the war.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$143.89
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$143.89
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Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour Ticket

Jewish Cultural Quarter Self-Guided Tour Ticket

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Gain admission to four institutions in the Jewish Cultural Quarter of Amsterdam, located near the Waterlooplein. Visit the Jewish Historical Museum, JHM Children’s Museum, and Portuguese Synagogue. Learn about Jewish heritage in the Netherlands with this multi-attraction pass, which includes an audio tour with recorded commentary and a map for a self-guided tour of the old Jewish neighborhood. Your ticket is valid for one month.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$20.11
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$20.11

Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

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Learn about Amsterdam's Jewish history on this private tour. Visit what was once the Jewish Quarter, with its old Synagogue and former Jewish theater (Hollandse Schouwburg) before heading to the Anne Frank House via tram. Here you have the option of going inside to see where the famous diarist hid until she was finally captured during WWII. Tickets are not included, but we can advise you on the best way to visit after the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$107.66
Price varies by group size
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$107.66
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Private Amsterdam Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter tour

Private Amsterdam Anne Frank and Jewish Quarter tour

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Join this 2-hour private walking tour and learn about the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter of the city in a small group and learn about the life of Anne Frank from your guide. Hear stories about Anne Frank's family relationships, her move from Germany, the time she was hiding, and her father's life after the war. Get interesting information about the background of the original Jewish quarter and its evolution over the centuries. Your private guide will tell you stories about Anne Frank's love of writing and the circumstances she experienced in Amsterdam in the 1930s and 1940s. Listen to how her diary gained worldwide fame. Discover some secret hiding places where the writer sought refuge during the Dutch resistance in the Second World War. See many sights like the Joods Historisch Museum, the Auschwitz Monument and finally the house of Anne Frank, where your tour ends.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.85
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$79.85
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Anne Frank Walking Tour & entrance to the Jewish Cultural Quarter

Anne Frank Walking Tour & entrance to the Jewish Cultural Quarter

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Amsterdam’s Jewish Quarter is a significant city landmark with a unique past, but fully appreciating its World War 2 history can be difficult on a self-led tour. Gain insight into the experience of Anne Frank and other Jewish residents on a walking tour, and benefit from included admission to the Jewish Historical Museum and National Holocaust Museum for a deeper understanding of the city’s Jewish heritage.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$53.24
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$53.24
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2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour

2.5 hours Amsterdam Pedicab Tour

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This private sightseeing tour of Amsterdam takes you around the historic city center by rickshaw (aka pedicab). Travel with ease while your driver-guide narrates the highlights; you’ll pass by the Anne Frank House, Van Gogh Museum, and other attractions. With a customized itinerary, your driver makes brief stops at Vondelpark or other scenic spots. Pickup and drop-off include hotels and cruise port.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$236.61
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$236.61
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Anne Frank private walking tour

Anne Frank private walking tour

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Join this 2 hour walking tour through Amsterdam and learn all about Anne Frank during the Second World War. Meet your guide at Waterlooplein and discover the most important sights about Anne Frank and other Jews during World War 2 including the Jewish Quarter, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Council headquarters. Discover historical monuments and buildings which are still marked by traces of war. Learn about life during the second World War and the struggles people endured like the February strike and the hunger winter. Discover the many hiding places in the city where families such as the Franks were forced to flee. Get an idea of ​​what life was like in the Netherlands during nazi-occupation in the early 1940s. Hear the story of Anne Frank, her family and what they had to endure during this dark period of time. Learn about her diary, how it was published by her father after the war and how it became one of the best selling books of all time.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$79.85
Price varies by group size
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$79.85
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Private Anne Frank tour with canal cruise

Private Anne Frank tour with canal cruise

Meet your guide at Waterlooplein and explore the centuries-old Jewish quarter and learn about the life of Anne Frank. Learn all about the background of the original Jewish quarter and how it has changed in the past centuries. Hear Anne Frank's story from beginning to end. From her move from Germany to the time she was hiding and her father's life after the war. Learn about her diary, how it was published and how it became one of the best selling books of all time. See many sights like the Joods Historisch Museum, the Auschwitz Monument, the house of Anne Frank, the Portuguese Synagogue and the Jewish Council headquarters. Visit several historical monuments and buildings and learn about life during the second World War. Also discover many hiding places where jewish families sought refugee. At the Anne Frank house you will enter a boat and cruise around the Amsterdam canal ring. Sit back and relax as you see some amazing sight while getting to know all about your surroundings.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.54
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$171.54
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Amsterdam Jewish Quarter Private Tour

Amsterdam Jewish Quarter Private Tour

Considered, from centuries XVI and XVII, like the European Jerusalem by ample freedom of cult that was exerted within its limits. Amsterdam will host much of the Jewish population being expelled in different parts of Europe for religious reasons. On a route through the old Jewish quarter, which will not take you more than a couple of hours, the traveler can enjoy the various points of interest in the area From Waterlooplein, where the Spinoza monument is located, to the Amsterdam Zoo, site of the National Holocaust Memorial, and from the Hermitage area of Amsterdam, location of The Shadow Canal Monument, to the Nieuwe Herengracht canal, where we will find the Impressive Portuguese Synagogue, during the tour of the Jewish cultural district travels more than 45 points of interest related to the culture of the Jewish community of the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$176.27
per group
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$176.27
per group
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Amsterdam Jewish Quarter Tour

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Amsterdam Jewish Quarter Tour

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Considered, from centuries XVI and XVII, like the European Jerusalem by ample freedom of cult that was exerted within its limits. Amsterdam will host much of the Jewish population being expelled in different parts of Europe for religious reasons. On a route through the old Jewish quarter, which will not take you more than a couple of hours, the traveler can enjoy the various points of interest in the area From Waterlooplein, where the Spinoza monument is located, to the Amsterdam Zoo, site of the National Holocaust Memorial, and from the Hermitage area of Amsterdam, location of The Shadow Canal Monument, to the Nieuwe Herengracht canal, where we will find the Impressive Portuguese Synagogue, during the tour of the Jewish cultural district travels more than 45 points of interest related to the culture of the Jewish community of the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$21.19
$23.54
$2.35 savings
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$21.19
$23.54
$2.35 savings
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Jewish History Morning or Afternoon Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Jewish History Morning or Afternoon Walking Tour in Amsterdam

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Follow a path through Amsterdam’s Jewish history and heritage on a walking tour of the city with a local guide. Visit the Portuguese synagogue then explore an atmospheric neighborhood where 16th-century Jewish residents created a thriving community. Hear stories of the tragic period when German fences made the area into a closed ghetto and learn about the families who struggled to survive the holocaust, and about modern-day Jewish people in Amsterdam.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$154.68
Price varies by group size
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$154.68
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Amsterdam: Jewish Cultural Quarter & Gassan Diamonds

Amsterdam: Jewish Cultural Quarter & Gassan Diamonds

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Get an insider’s look at Jewish history and diamond production in Amsterdam on a 4-hour tour. Visit the top attractions of the Jewish Cultural Quarter, Portuguese Synagogue, and more. Multilingual audio guides are available for a more immersive experience. Observe the diamond polishing process at family-owned Gassan Diamonds and have a complimentary glass of champagne and gift after the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.62
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$26.62

Amsterdam Jiddisch History + nasch, my parents WW II hiding. 3 hr walking tour

Amsterdam Jiddisch History + nasch, my parents WW II hiding. 3 hr walking tour

An outstanding experience, an astonishing story ! I will take you along 12 generations (more than 400 years!) of my family to personalize the Jewish history of Amsterdam. From the 17th century till today, I connect all aspects of Jewish life in Mokum ( = Jiddisch for Amsterdam) in to the Waterman's & Casseres families and their descendants. I will let you experience: * Jewish live in Amsterdam before the war, when my gramdmother became famous with her free chicken soep, on shabbat, in her cigar store. * The hiding under the store floor during "razzia's" and all neighbors were send to the camps,  * The SS soldier who warned my grandfather, followed by the hiding under a roof for over more than 3 years * pass by important historical sites of Jewish Amsterdam, such as: Portuguese es noga, Hollandse schouwburg, Jewish historical museum & holocaust memorial site * mini language course Amstedams - Jiddisch * free tasting of 3 famous & authentic Jiddische pastrys  
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$436.54
per group
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$436.54
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Private Amsterdam Bike Tour with a local guide (also for families)

Private Amsterdam Bike Tour with a local guide (also for families)

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Book this exclusive Private Amsterdam Bike Tour and explore highlights and hidden gems by bike in Amsterdam. Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel and will take you to beautiful canal houses, drawbridges, street-art, old industrial zones and shipdocks. The true hidden gems of the city. We go by bike, maybe take a ferry and will have enough time to have a nice drink or a snack on the route. Based at your hotel we can visit the city center and other parts of the city. You will also visit the less touristy places of the city to see the hidden gems of Amsterdam. You don’t have to be an experienced cyclist, we will go over easy roads so you can get used to the Dutch bike and the traffic. We take care of the bicycle for you, we have bicycles for every size. We can also get tandems or a cargo bike if you want to join with your whole family. Hope to meet you soon at a bicycle :-)
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$153.79
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$153.79
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Private Jewish History Walking Tour

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Private Jewish History Walking Tour

Travel back in time with your very own personal, expert local guide to the Amsterdam of WWII: a city bravely resisting Nazi Germany, where teenage heroine Anne Frank and her family were in hiding. Learn about Amsterdam’s incredibly rich Jewish history as you explore our city’s awe-inspiring Jewish Quarter, drinking in the stunningly moving and inspirational landmarks, monuments and statues. Immerse yourself in the raw emotion and indestructible hope of Anne Frank during the darkest days of the Second World War. This tour delves deep into the history of WWII from a uniquely Amsterdamian perspective. Learn all about the history of the brave Dutch Resistance, view important period monuments up close, such as the stunning Amsterdam Theatre, the poignant Auschwitz Memorial, the National War Memorial, Henri Andreessen’s evocative sculpture of Anne Frank, as well as the outside of the Anne Frank House itself.
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  • 3 hours
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$188.76
$235.97
$47.21 savings
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$188.76
$235.97
$47.21 savings
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Holocaust Series: The Jewish Quarter

Holocaust Series: The Jewish Quarter

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Anne Frank is perhaps on of Amsterdam’s most famous inhabitants, like her, other Jewish living here were gravelly affected during the Holocaust years. We invite you to make a reflection as you walk around the Jewish Quarter as you get to know the story of one of Amsterdam’s darkest historical period .Take a pause on your trip and pay tribute to mankind, honouring freedom on this special soundwalk devoted to World War II remembrance. We intend to take you on an emotional journey to never forget the victims of the Holocaust from the Amsterdam inhabitants perspective.
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  • 39 minutes
  • Taking safety measures
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$6.99
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$6.99
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Private Evening Cruise on a Unique Boat

Private Evening Cruise on a Unique Boat

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Step aboard a one-of-a-kind boat with your private party to cruise the canals of Amsterdam on this evening tour. Learn about the history of the 100-year-old boat and the surrounding scenery through guided commentary while you relax on board. Take in the sights of Dutch architecture and bridges overhead, lit up for the night, which all make for wonderful photographs.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$291.03
Price varies by group size
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$291.03
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2nd World War Tour in Amsterdam

2nd World War Tour in Amsterdam

Planning a trip to Nederlands? Looking for Off-the-Beaten-Path Tour in Amsterdam? What about discovering the Second World War in Amsterdam sights? Amsterdam offers you the chance to learn more about the occupation time, which took a 5 years period. Wha’s included in the Second World War in Amsterdam Walking Tour? You will have the chance to discover the main Holocaust resistance monuments while you enjoy a walk around the city center. The Jewish Cultural Quarter Walk, the City Hall, and Verzets Museum are other stops on the tour. Get ready to experience Nederlands from a different perspective. A local charismatic guide will reveal interesting facts about the Nazi Occupation Years in Amsterdam.
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  • 3 hours
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$638.20
per group
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$638.20
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Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Exploring Amsterdam’s history by bike gives you a chance to cover much more ground than you would on foot. This private bike tour is an ideal choice for those who want to orient themselves to the city. Customize your tour to the sights on your itinerary, or let your guide choose the highlights. Bike at a relaxing pace and enjoy a personalized tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$94.64
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$94.64
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Portuguese Synagogue can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 31 Portuguese Synagogue tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Portuguese Synagogue costs USD 20.11. Guided Portuguese Synagogue tours start around USD 20.11 per person. See all 31 Portuguese Synagogue tickets and tours on Viator.
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