During this three-hour stroll around the historic center you are exposed to over 800 years of Amsterdam history and culture. The tour evolves daily, as is necessary and more enjoyable in such a lively town…
- See the world famous Portuguese-Israelite Synagogue built in the 17th century
- Walk the neighborhoods of the Azkenazi Jews and here their stories
- Hear some anecdotes by Rembrandthouse where the Dutch painter Rembrandt lived
- Explore the lesser-known monument sites in Amsterdam and buildings of occupied Holland
- Taste a bit of history with a treat made by our local Jewish community.
About the Tour
After a short explanation of the geograhy of Amsterdam and the situation of the Jews in Spain and Portugal around 1600, the tour starts in the direction of the centre of the former Jewish quarter. Next a view from the St Antonie’s sluis shows the Motelbeans tower where according to the legend the first rabbi in Amsterdam landed. You’ll see the Rembrandt house where the famous Dutch painter lived for 30 years. The tour continues by the first diamond factory in Europe. See at the Waterlooplein, the first official synagogue, a sculpture of the philosopher Spinoza and the monument for the Jewish resistance during World War 2.
Hear the stories of Portuguese Jews with ties to the Dutch royal family in contract to the Nazi occupation and those effects on the cities population.
The tour continues to the synagogue heart of the city where both Azkenazi Jews and the Sefardiemcame to worship and study.
Going further we enter the area called The Plantage where the war and holocaust memorials are situated.
The tour gives a living image of the importance of the Jewish community and culture since their arrival in the Netherlands around 1600 until the second world war.
Meeting Point: Amstel 264, 1017AM Amsterdam (next to the “Skinny Bridge” as a monument reference point).