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Jewish District Half Day Tour

400 years of  Jewish culture in ‘New Jerusalem’



On this 4 hour private tour in the Amsterdam Jewish district you learn about more than 400 years of Judaism in the city. Since the 16th century Amsterdam has housed a huge Jewish community. Let a local guide explain why the Jewish community called Amsterdam their ‘New Jerusalem’.

How did World War II affect the Jewish district and what is left of the Jewish heritage today, like the Yiddish language and the typical Jewish sense of humor? Get the answers on the Amsterdam Jewish District Tour.


  • A visit to the Portuguese Synagogue

Once the world’s largest synagogue, now still in its original 17th century state

  • A visit to the Hollandsche Schouwburg (Nazi detention center) 

From here the rounded up Jewish population awaited the transport to the concentration camps. Now it’s the National Holocaust Memorial

  • Waterlooplein market

The flea market with strong Jewish roots on the former island Vlooienburg, hench the Dutch nickname Vlooienmarkt (flea market)

  • Important Jewish residents

Philosopher Baruch Spinoza, Zionist Jacob Israel De Haan, Socialist Henri Polak, The family Wertheim, the Premsela and Asscher

  • Jewish Historical Museum

Optional: A visit to the Jewish Historical Museum to get a good overview on Jewish life in The Netherlands

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Starting point

We meet in front of the Rembrandt House Museum on Jodenbreestraat 4


Duration: 4 hours / Distance: about 3,5 km 
Portuguese Synagogue is closed on Saturday


- Entrance tickets to the Portuguese Synagogue, National Holocaust Memorial and Jewish Historical Museum and a drink afterwards or halfway

Combine with...

Flexible as we are, you can combine this tour with: - Canal Ring Architecture - World War II - Medieval Amsterdam - Walk & Cruise - Golden Age - Rembrandt Walk - Financial History - Sixties


Tailored tours, tailored offers

Our private tours are tailor made. Do you prefer a hotel pick up? A mix of tours? A more extended program? We are here to make your Amsterdam visit a great experience.

Contact us to receive a tailor made offer:

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