I take immense pride in the fact that my country was the first the world to legalise same sex marriage on 1st April, 2001. As part of the celebrations for Amsterdam Pride 25, the beautiful Westerkerk, perhaps more familiar to some from my Anne Frank tours, will be illuminated, both inside and out, with the colours of the pride flag. Vibrant colours of the spectrum will glow from every surface inside the church, illuminating the vaulted ceilings in all the hues of the pride rainbow. This is a one time tour only! Outside, the church will look just as stunning as the vivid colours shine through the windows and the glowing lights beam rainbows onto the stonework. To many, this may not seem like a big deal, but consider that even today, there are countries within the EU even (or Europe if you wish) who don’t accept LGBTQI rights or even allow homosexuality to be discussed in schools, let alone churches. To see a building such as the Westerkerk embrace the colours and beliefs of the pride movement fills me with love for the city I call home.
Stephan is a real Dutchie, he was born in Delft (the city of Vermeer), grown up in Gouda (the cheese city), studied in Leiden (city of Rembrandt) and he lived in Rotterdam (the harbour city) before moving to our capital Amsterdam in 2006. After a career in technology as an Online Strategist, he decided to leave behind the corporate world to start guiding visitors of Amsterdam and started his own private tour agency, Amsterdam Experiences. That’s when he discovered that walking and cycling around the city with international visitors is a lot more fun than a desk job! As a guide, Stephan loves to show his virtual guests the hidden gems of Amsterdam through the eyes of a local. He has a passion for telling stories about Dutch history and culture. Stephan is very enthusiastic about the Netherlands and also guides tours in Delft, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Gouda, Leiden and Den Hague. Stephan’s tours cover a wide range of topics, whether that be sensitively tackling difficult subjects, such as Anne Frank and Jewish history of Amsterdam. However, he is equally comfortable being spontaneous, whether visiting goats in a goat farm to riding his orange flowerbike around with the flowerbike man himself. Stephan also now has tours in Belgium, covering Antwerp, Bruges and Ghent. So join him on the bike or by foot, and see the highlights of the Netherlands or even perhaps Belgium.
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Amsterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.
The tour will last about 40 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Amsterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.
The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
08 August 2021
Really fascinating and I always enjoy seeing lit up buildings in the reflections of the canals.
06 August 2021
Very different. I loved it, thank you.
06 August 2021
Thank you for this beautiful and moving tour, it brought tears to my eyes! Stephan always goes above and beyond for us! So blessed to get to experience his tours!
Cathy (Essex, England) M.
06 August 2021
There are not enough stars to give Stephan who is such a dedicated awesome guide. He gave us plenty of time to drink in the atmosphere of the beautifully decorated church for Gay Pride. Whatever I say will not do him justice. It was just wonderful.
05 August 2021
Thank you for taking us to see this beautiful church!!