Architecture | History
Financial History Tour
Follow the money: 500 years of economic innovation
Banknotes, a stock exchange, an exchange bank, an economic bubble and stock frauds, the financial legacy of Amsterdam is priceless! For two centuries the world’s elite, such as Russian tsars and American presidents formed the clientele of Amsterdam’s banks.
Follow the money from Amsterdam’s oldest document, via the Golden Age, to World War II, and the city’s current position in the financial world.
- The world’s first stock exchange, limited company and central bank
Three of the financial innovations that shook world trade started in Amsterdam. Learn the story behind Amsterdam as an emerging superpower in the early 1600s.
- Tulip Mania
What is the story behind the world’s first economic bubble, that happened right here in Amsterdam?
- John Adams’ first US embassy and the Louisiana Purchase
Why was the U.S. first embassy located on the Amsterdam canals and how did Amsterdam contribute to the world’s largest land purchase in history?
- A visit to an iconic hundred years old former bank building
We visit a monumental former bank building and we venture into the faults to find the historical treasures of the city.
- Bank frauds during World War II.
How did the resistance finance their underground actions? How did the Nazies finance the holocaust? It all happened remarkably close to each other in the streets of Amsterdam.
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