Maritime Amsterdam

Set Sail for Adventure: Dive into Amsterdam’s Maritime History!

  • Starting point
    Starting point

    We meet in front of Amsterdam Centraal Station at Restaurant Loetje, Stationsplein 10
    This is where the tour ends as well.

  • Duration | Distance
    Duration | Distance

    2.5 hours | -/+ 3 km (1.4 ml)

  • Highlights
    Highlights

    – The story of Henry Hudson
    – The original harbour of the infamous Dutch East India Company
    – The Naval dockland
    – Amsterdam’s Silicon Valley
    – Maritime Museum

  • Price
    Price

    See booking page for options

  • Starting point
    Starting point

    We meet in front of Amsterdam Centraal Station at Restaurant Loetje, Stationsplein 10
    This is where the tour ends as well.

  • Duration | Distance​
    Duration | Distance​

    2.5 hours | -/+ 3 km (1.4 ml)​

  • Highlights
    Highlights

    – The story of Henry Hudson
    – The original harbour of the infamous Dutch East India Company
    – The Naval dockland
    – Amsterdam’s Silicon Valley
    – Maritime Museum

  • Price
    Price

    See booking page for options

Unveil the secrets of Amsterdam’s rise to maritime superpower on our exclusive Historical Amsterdam Tour!

Ever wondered how a swampy outpost became a global powerhouse? Our passionate Dutch historian guides will be your compass. They’ll paint a vivid picture of medieval Amsterdam’s meteoric rise to become a “pre-modern” global powerhouse within just a few decades. Discover the cascade of inventions and intrepid personalities that laid the foundation for this remarkable transformation. Learn how a humble fish, the herring, played a pivotal role in Amsterdam’s success.

Explore the “Golden Age” of exploration:

  • Follow the footsteps of illustrious admirals, privateers, and explorers who charted the globe.
  • Unravel the secrets of the Dutch East India Company, a global powerhouse that shaped Amsterdam’s “Golden Age.”
  • Gaze upon magnificent 17th-century buildings, testaments to a bygone era of maritime might.

Dive into captivating stories, from daring pirate raids to epic sea battles and the establishment of lucrative trade routes. Witness how Amsterdam became the world’s warehouse, a vital hub for not only physical cargo but also information and ideas that shaped the modern world.

Our journey takes us past:

  • The house of Michiel de Ruyter, the Netherlands’ greatest admiral.
  • One of Amsterdam’s oldest sailor’s waterholes.
  • The very spot where Russian Tsar Peter the Great built his own ship.

Witness the transition to steam power:

  • Experience how the mid-1800s Industrial Revolution ushered in a new era for Maritime Amsterdam and a new generation of shipping companies.
  • Discover the iconic “Shipping House,” a celebration of Dutch nautical history.
  • Explore Amsterdam’s largest warehouse complex, the 500-meter long Entrepotdok.

Everywhere you turn, Amsterdam’s maritime heritage is evident. We’ll navigate past the Open Harbor Museum and admire a replica of an 18th-century merchant ship at the National Maritime Museum. At the Marineterrein, witness how Amsterdam is reinventing itself, embracing new technologies to remain a relevant player on the global stage.

 

This captivating walk is for anyone who loves adventure, history, and wants to gain a deeper understanding of Amsterdam.

Book your Maritime Amsterdam Tour today and embark on an unforgettable journey through Amsterdam’s maritime heart!

 

Tour reviews

  • star rating  Tijs is one of the people that makes us wish the day to have more than 24 hours! 🙂 Not only a guide who makes the fascinating Amsterdam even more… read more

    RafaTraveller
    December 1, 2020
  • star rating  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… read more

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    August 26, 2018
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    March 8, 2020
  • star rating  This walking tour gave an insight about Amsterdam during the dark period of 1940 and 1945. The 2 hour tour started at the Anne Frank House and ended at… read more

    Ildiko F
    March 1, 2020
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    November 9, 2017

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