Amsterdam is by nature a small and compact city and is ideal for discovery on foot! Walking around Amsterdam is like stepping into an giant open-air museum – many parts have not changed for hundreds of years. Our Amsterdam Discovery walking tour takes you on a 2 hour stroll around the centre of the city, highlighting famous cultural and architectural sites and giving you an understanding of Amsterdam’s rich and vibrant history.
We’ll look at how the city began over 800 years ago and how it expanded during the 17th Century Golden Age with the construction of the Grachtengordel (canal belt) and explain the formation of the Dutch East and West India Companies. We will stroll along the canals and discover in detail how and why the canals they were built, before passing the Westerkerk, mentioned frequently in the Diary of Anne Frank.
The walk continues to Dam Square and the magnificent Royal Palace. We will then cross over to the Eastern side of the city, past the narrowest house in the city at Oude Hoogstraat 22, to the Waag, the oldest secular building in Amsterdam and famous for Rembrandt’s ‘Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp’. We then head through the Civic Guard’s Gallery of the Amsterdam Museum (free, open to all) before exploring the tranquility and peace of the hidden Begijnhof.
This walk is ideal for the first time visitor to Amsterdam as well as those who would like a more in-depth view of the city. The Amsterdam Discovery Walk is also suitable for families looking for a child-friendly orientation to the city.
Private small group walking tour in English
Services of an experienced native English-speaking museum educator
All local taxes
Note: The length of the walking tour is approximately 3km. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.