Featured Private Tours


The Rijksmuseum is the best place to follow the rise, fall and legacy of this Dutch empire. Let us take you on a crash course of Dutch history and art and meet Rembrandt! 

Jewish District

How did World War Two affect the Jewish district and what is left of the Jewish heritage today? Get the answers on the Amsterdam Jewish District Tour.

€140,- / 10 persons

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Canal Ring Architecture

Let us guide you on a walk along the Amsterdam Canal Ring. A masterpiece of urban engineering in the 17th century, listed on the UNESCO world heritage list.

€140,- / 10 persons

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The Jordaan is Amsterdam in a nuttshell: A blueprint for social housing, a vibrant pub culture, colourful markets picturesque courtyards. The Jordaan has it all. 

€140,- / 10 persons

Medieval Amsterdam Tour

Get a deeper insight on the historical center of Amsterdam. How its medieval origins resonate today’s Amsterdam tolerance and pragmatism. 

€140,- / 10 persons

Financial History Tour

Banknotes, economic bubbles and stock frauds, the financial legacy of Amsterdam is rich! 
Follow the money from the oldest document towards the ‘Hippy 60’s’.

€140,- / 10 persons

About us

Historical Amsterdam Tours is a collective of private city guides. We offer personal tours in Amsterdam, focused on the history, culture and arts of the city. 

We speak fluent Dutch, English and German. On request we can also arrange tours in other languages. We love to mix education and entertainment: Edutainment. A fun way of learning how Amsterdam became Amsterdam.

We are Tijs, Edgar and Maarten: your private guides in Historical Amsterdam.

Our tours

Our private walking tours address the art, architecture and history of Amsterdam. Enjoy our museum tours, canal ring walks and tours with various historical themes.

Our guides

Tijs, Edgar and Maarten are your private guides in Amsterdam. All over 10 years of experience in art, history and tourism. We are happy to show you our beloved city.

Top ratings

Historical Amsterdam Tours is proud to be awarded by TripAdvisor with the Certificate of Excellence. We are, however, as good as our latest tour. Let’s walk!

What others say about us

  •   On our first trip to Amsterdam together, my husband and I wanted to get a city tour and make the most of our relatively short time here. Historical Amsterdam Tours did not disappoint us! Our guide Tijs gave us such a personal, historic and fun...More

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      My family of 5 adults never has more than a long weekend to explore the cities of Europe and Tijs truly surpassed our expectations, This knowledgable, fun and experienced guide remained with us from early morning until late at night ( I believe we would...More

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      All communication before the tour was prompt and friendly. Tijs was waiting exactly where he was supposed to be, and we did a walking tour which covered the Golden Age, Financial information and World War II. Tijs was engaging, interesting and humorous and I would...More

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  •   Edgar was our tour guide and met us at Centraal Station. We were guided around the city for the next two hours and it was delivered in perfect English. You can tell Edgar is very passionate and knowledgeable about history and art, and loves living...More

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      I was looking for personal tour guides for our trip on Amsterdam. I read about Edmund and Tijs on the web and started an email dialogue to create an itinerary covering our 2 day visit with an emphasis on museums. We have always enjoyed docent...More

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      Exploring the canals of Amsterdam on foot with Tijs as the tour guide was one of the highlights of my first visit to the city. Tijs not only has thorough knowledge of the city's history and architecture (spanning both ancient and modern times, e.g. "The...More

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  •   Tijs our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable and interesting. In a short hours we already got all the information and history of Amsterdam, let us know more about Amsterdam this amazing city. Great way to see the city in a short period of time. This...More

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      Very informative tour about the Jewish history in Amsterdam from various angles and centuries. Tijs has a way to tell the stories in an interesting way, pointing out details and throwing in portions of humor where appropriate. I could feel that he is enthusiastic about...More

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      We booked this tour for UCL economics students (18-21 years old) and everyone enjoyed it a lot! Our guides Tijs, Edgar, Maarten and Joyce were very knowledgeable and incredibly kind. The 2.5 hours tour was engaging and we received answers to all our questions. We...More

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  •   I booked a private tour of the Rijksmuseum with Old Amsterdam Tours for a corporate event. Egor was our amazing guide who was engaging, knowable and genuinely excited to share his in-depth knowledge of the art and artists of the museum. I’ve never enjoyed any...More

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