When most people think of Amsterdam, they likely think of some of the more controversial practices and beliefs for which the liberal... more » city is known. The Red Light District and cannabis-selling coffee shops may first come to mind. While these liberal practices make up a part of Amsterdam's character, it is first and foremost a city of history and culture.
This tour starts at the Amsterdam Central Station. It takes you down the main pedestrian thoroughfare, Damrak, where you will walk through busy Dam Square and have the chance to tour the New Church and Royal Palace.
Next, learn about one of Amsterdam's most famous stories, that of Anne Frank and her family, by visiting the annex where they hid for more than two years until discovered by Nazis.
Learn about the key role Amsterdam played in European trade and how this small city became a central market for the western world.
See where Rembrandt, one of the most famous Dutch painters, spent his life while mastering his craft and hear the sad tale about the decline of his career and how he outlived his wife and four children
Finish by touring the oldest church in Amsterdam and admiring the light through the high windows.
There's also plenty to see outside the central city: several world-class museums including the Van Gogh Museum, which houses the largest collection of his paintings, and the all-encompassing Rijksmuseum, the Heineken Brewery, several parks and hidden canals, and the Red Light District and coffee shops for which Amsterdam has become known. less «