Amsterdam - Jewish History in Amsterdam

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Jewish History in Amsterdam

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(129 reviews)
City Center Amsterdam/ Jewish Area around Johnas Daniel Meijer square, Amsterdam, Netherlands
45 mins

About the tour

Travel back in time with Stephan in this tour to learn about Jewish history in Amsterdam. Starting in the 16th century, Amsterdam became a safe place for Jewish families fleeing from Southern and Eastern Europe. Our journey starts in the historic Jewish Quarter. Together, we will explore the rest of the old Jewish Quarter. We will pass the two Amsterdam Synagogues, the city’s oldest park, my favourite 'Brooklyn like' street in Amsterdam, the Hortus Botanicus and the famous Jewish Memorial. You’ll also discover several hidden gems along the canals, all the while telling stories that will make history feel within arm’s reach.

Meet Stephan


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.

What to expect

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 45 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.

Why are they tip-supported?

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.

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How to join

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.

Reviews from travellers

Joy H.

22 May 2021

Great tour as usual, shame about the windy conditions.

Margaret R.

22 May 2021

As always, Stephan did a good job. Unfortunately, the wind was so strong that it was very difficult to understand him at times.

Noreene, Lancaster, PA .

21 May 2021

Stephan has such a good understanding of Jewish history in Amsterdam, and explain it to us non-Jewish people so well. I am always moved by his tours regarding Judaism and the tragedies in Amsterdam. He is so sincere and obviously feels very deeply about his country's history. He strikes the perfect balance, making us laugh a few times and get close to tears at others. For me, Stephan IS Amsterdam; he has brought it to life for me on numerous tours, and I cannot wait to head to Belgium with him as well. One of my absolute favs. Thank you again, Stephan!

Cheryl B.

21 May 2021

As always you give great tours. But my connection was really bad with the wind blowing. Could barely understand you. Finally gave up, but will definitely rebook as I really want to hear this history.

Judy H.

21 May 2021

Stephan is such a knowledgeable and informative guide! I always appreciate his enthusiasm for sharing Jewish history.

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