For nearly a century, Amsterdam was the center of a worldwide empire. The history of Amsterdam's Golden Age remains visible in the modern city today. We will travel back in time to discover how Amsterdam transformed from a sleepy medieval village to the most important city in the world. During a 2.5 hour walking tour we will visit the Golden Age landmarks where Amsterdam's liberal and progressive heritage, and the Dutch empire's wealth and rich culture originated. These monumental remains form the background for exciting tales about Amsterdam's merchants, inventors, painters, thinkers, notables and commoners. Along the way, we will taste both herring and jenever, the Dutch predecessor of gin, two typical Dutch Golden Age delicacies still popular today.
Herring The fish on which the Dutch empire was built.
Jenever The typical liquor of the Netherlands, from which gin evolved.
Staying inside the Middel Age city center, we will pass by monumental sites such as Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the Begijnhof and the Old Church. These places and buildings vividly demonstrate what life in the Golden Age looked like and are of great historical importance for the city of Amsterdam.