Who we are

Tijs, Edgar and Maarten are all Amsterdam locals who know their city by heart. We speak Dutch, English and German. On request we can arrange other languages.  Our Amsterdam city tours focus on the city’s art, architecture and history.

Historical Amsterdam Tours is a collective of private city guides. Three Amsterdam locals with an impressive curriculum on the city’s art, architecture and history.

There are many ways to explore Amsterdam. We believe that there is no better way to approach the city than with a private guide, who knows all the good places and all the ins and outs of Amsterdam.

We offer personal tours in Amsterdam, focused on its history, culture and arts.

Historical Amsterdam Tours Private Guide Tijs


Founder | Guide

After his bachelor of science in tourism and some years experience at the Amsterdam Tourist Office, Tijs decided to share his knowledge about Amsterdam.

As a history geek he has collected an impressive library on Amsterdam. He loves the combination of storytelling and the international character of tourism. 

This is why he founded Historical Amsterdam Tours as a private guides collective: a personal approach to the city’s rich heritage.

Amsterdam Canal Ring Architecture tour
Tijs is a fantastic, energetic and fun guide. Our group consisted of 30 international guests. They loved the walk through Amsterdam guided by Tijs. Defenitelly can recomment Historical Amsterdam Tours!
Jordaan Tour


Art Historian | Guide

Although Edgar spent most of his life in Amsterdam, he wanted to understand more about this city. 

So Edgar studied the History of Art at the University of Amsterdam. The more he learned, the more beautiful and complex Amsterdam became. Now Edgar works in tourism and writes about art.

Edgar is your ideal private guide in the many Amsterdam museums and along the Amsterdam canals.

Edgar: your private art historian in the Rijksmuseum
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 in Amsterdam itself. He is very approachable and tells a memorable story!
Peter B
Medieval Amsterdam Tour


Art Historian | Guide

Maarten likes nothing more than to share his enthusiasm and knowledge about Amsterdam with others.

He studied Art History as well as Dutch Literature. Although he is quite an all-rounder as a city guide, his specializations are in the field of visual arts and cultural history.

Maarten looks forward to showing you his beloved city of Amsterdam.

Maarten was our tour guide. Very punctual, friendly and informative. Booked for my partner who is a finance professional and he loved it. Other positives: well structured and researched; happy to answer questions; and good value!
Financial History Tour

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