Amsterdam
– city tours
– virtual online tours
– museum tours

by Art Historians & Art Teachers

Welcome

Amsterdam is an ancient city built on pilings. If you walked underground, you imagine yourself in a Scandinavian forest. And above ground it sometimes looks like a playful grand dollhouse. Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands with 165 canals and 2500 houseboats, where the bicycle is the most important means of transport.

A great city in pocket size

The Amstel river and the Magere Brug (skinny bridge).

The Amstel River and the Magere Brug

The Amstel River gives Amsterdam its name.

Compared to other capitals in Europe, Amsterdam feels like a village. The city has about 880,000 inhabitants, of whom about 90,000 live in the center. An average bike ride through the city center from A to B takes no more than 25 minutes.
Despite its pocket size as a city, it feels big as a capital in the fields of art, culture, music and recreation.

Art is important to the city

Rijksmuseum
One of those cultural spectacles is The Rijksmuseum. The many high-quality works of art are a feast for the eyes. Lovers of the Golden Age, of artists such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer, Frans Hals and Jan Steen, will find plenty to their liking. But not only the Golden Age speaks volumes there, the other departments also tell, in an uninterrupted way, the history of 800 years of Dutch art production.

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam

The Rijksmuseum opened its doors on July 13, 1885

Vincent van Gogh Museum
The Vincent van Gogh Museum is renowned for its more than 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh. It is the mecca for every Van Gogh enthusiast. Make sure you have an online ticket, otherwise it can be sold out upon arrival.

Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890),  Irises, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May 1890, Vincent van Gogh Museum.

Irises

Vincent van Gogh, Irises, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, May 1890, Vincent van Gogh Museum.

Stedelijk Museum
The Stedelijk Museum in a partly futuristic building is perhaps the most important museum for modern art in the Netherlands. With works from Kazimir Malevich to Henri Matisse, from Piet Mondriaan to Gerrit Rietveld, from Pablo Picasso to Karel Appel and many more. In an oasis of space, art and design are displayed side by side.

Heringa / Van Kalsbeek, Untitled, 2006, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Untitled

Heringa / Van Kalsbeek, Untitled, 2006, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam

Hermitage, Rembrandt House, Amsterdam Museum and so on…
But there is so much more to mention. For example the Hermitage Amsterdam, a branch of the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. The Rembrandt House, the Amsterdam Museum, the Tropenmuseum, Museum van Loon, Eye Filmmuseum, or the museums devoted to photography such as the Foam and Huis Marseille.

Museum Het Rembrandthuis

Rembrandt’s studio

Anne Frank House
And not to forget the very important Anne Frank House. The museum tells the story of the family Frank, Van Pels and Fritz Pfeffer hid in the Secret Annex for over 2 years during the WWII.

The Anne Frank House (in the middle).

The Anne Frank House (in the middle)

The music lover will also find something to his or her liking

Muziekgebouw aan het IJ & Bimhuis

Muziekgebouw aan het IJ & Bimhuis

There are also many opportunities for music lovers. Just to mention a few. From the renowned acoustics of the Concertgebouw to the Muziekgebouw aan het IJ with one of the most modern concert halls in the world to the Bimhuis, a place for pioneering musicians. But also the Paradiso and the Melkweg, which carry out a cross-generational concert program.

Surrounded by juicy green flat landscape

The Church of Ransdorp, built in 1525.

The Church of Ransdorp built in 1525 in a late gothic style.

The juicy green environment around Amsterdam is highly recommended for those interested in ancient villages – even older than Amsterdam – in a man-cultivated polder landscape. You can be in the countryside by bike in about 30 minutes. Villages like Durgerdam and Ransdorp are within a pleasant cycling distance. A little further, for the trained cyclist, or easily accessible by public transport, are the imaginative villages such as Monnickendam and the island of Marken, which is connected by bridge.
They revive the history of Old Holland.

There is too much to mention. You get the most out of Amsterdam and surroundings with a private guide. We are happy to assist you.

Read more

Virtual Guided Tour
Virtual Guided Tour

New: Private Virtual Online Tour

The Virtual Online Tour is our newest service. Experience the museum collections from home and discover online tours and activities. Join a virtual tour, online presentation or webinar about an exhibition or a museum collection. For times when there is no other way, or as a preparation for a visit. And also because it is fun.


OUR CITY TOURS IN AMSTERDAM

Our private city tours can be tailored to individual needs.

City Tour
Highlights of Amsterdam

A perfect introduction to the city of Amsterdam.

Discover a city full of water in the old part and in the new part of Amsterdam during our Highlights tour. And uncover how traditional architecture can be an inspiration for contemporary architecture. But that is just a small example out of many that we will discuss.

City Tour
The Jordaan Quarter

The most beautiful district of Amsterdam.

The Jordaan is a real flower district. This is due to the many flowers that decorate the windows and bridges. Another special feature of the Jordaan is the many hidden courtyards.

City Tour
Old Amsterdam

The oldest part of Amsterdam.

This tour goes through the oldest part of the city. With its maze of streets organized along the oldest canals in Amsterdam.

City Tour
Historical Jewish Amsterdam

Ancient Jewish artifacts in Amsterdam.

In the 17th century, Amsterdam became an important place for the many Jews who were expelled from other countries because of its religious freedom policy. In this tour we look for historical Jewish Amsterdam.

City Tour
Painters in Amsterdam

Amsterdam a city for artists and by artists.

Picturesque Amsterdam is an attractive city for artists. Many artists have therefore visited, lived and worked in the city. During this city walk we will look for places where painters like Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh, Rembrandt van Rijn and many others have worked.

City Tour
New Amsterdam

Experience the new Amsterdam through the eyes of the contemporary Amsterdammer.

Amsterdam is also an attractive city for contemporary residents. Not only in the old center but also in the new neighborhoods that have arisen in the former port area or on newly built islands. In this tour we will look for new Amsterdam. A little visited area by tourists.

Rijksmuseum
Private Guided Tour

The Rijksmuseum is one of the most important museums in the Netherlands. It is the national museum for history and art history. And it is big, because more than 80 rooms or galleries show more than 8000 works of art from an 800-years period of art production.

Van Gogh Museum
Private Guided Tour

The Vincent van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam has the largest collection of Van Goghs paintings, drawings, graphic work and letters in the world. It is therefore the best place to delve into the work and life of the sunflower painter.

Stedelijk Museum
Private Guided Tour

The Stedelijk Museum houses an important collection of modern and contemporary art. Artworks are displayed from the late 19th century to contemporary art (=the art of today). The Stedelijk Museum also has a significant collection of design objects. So if you are interested in modern art or design, this is the place to be.

Private City Tour, Bicycle & Boat Tour in Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a unique city. Not only because it has more than 7000 monumental buildings within the canal-district. Also because of the 165 canals with a total length of more than 100 km (=62 miles). You will also find 8 windmills, 40 parks, 2500 houseboats, 38 markets and 75 museums. And not to forget, more than 881,000 bicycles, which is more than the number of inhabitants.

Private city tour
Amsterdam

Will be added

Private city tour
Amsterdam

Will be added

IAMSTERDAM
Tip: on the Iamsterdam website, you will find usefull information for your visit to Amsterdam – the capital of the Netherlands.