Built as a refugee camp for Jews fleeing from Germany in 1939 in the Northern part of the Netherlands. in 1941 the Nazis turned the camp into a transition camp to transport over a hundred thousands of Jews, Sinti and Roma to the concentration camps like Auschwitz and Sobibor. Camp Westerbork was better known as 'the gateway to Hell' during the Second World War. In this tour, we will go over the terrain of Camp Westerbork, nowadays a place of remembrance. I will show and tell beautiful and sad stories about this place. Anne Frank and her family were just some of the people transported via Westerbork. The tour is not only about the time of WW2, but also how the Dutch government used the camp until the 1970s for other groups of people who came to the Netherlands. And we will see the beautiful Dutch flat landscape in this rural part of the Netherlands.
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. He found out that walking and cycling around the city with international visitors is a lot more fun than a desk job! As a host, Stephan loves to show his virtual guests, the hidden gems in Amsterdam through the eyes of a local. He has a passion for telling stories about Dutch history and culture. So join him on the bike or by foot, and see the highlights of Amsterdam.
Stephan has been guiding since Jul 2016
Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Westerbork 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 guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Westerbork. 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 guide 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 guide’s hard work, 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.