Tours can be done in English (native US), Dutch, French (near native) Spanish, Portuguese, Italian or German.

Special Walking Tour Extension

Happy New Year to all! As promised, we will be continuing our Special Walking Tour through March 1st. This includes as before a 2 hour walking tour with the most popular highlights of Amsterdam, followed by a delicious warm cup of pea soup (or gluhwein), the Dutch remedy against the cold!

Tours will take place on Sundays and Wednesdays; For details and reservations please contact Marion via our contact form.

Special Tour – Limited Time Only

Come and join our Christmas walking tour, which includes 2 hours of seeing all the highlights of Amsterdam, followed by delicious warm pea soup (or Gluhwein!) at a local pub, guaranteed to warm you up!

Special price is EUR 20. Departure is at 2.00 pm on December 26th, December 27th, December 28th, and December 29th.

Reservations are required. Please contact Marion for arrangements.

Sinterklaas

Below you can see a shot from the traditional Sinterklaas Celebration in Amstelveen Shopping Centre. Sinterklaas is celebrated annually with the giving of gifts on 5 December, the night before Saint Nicholas Day, in the Northern Netherlands and on the morning of 6 December, Saint Nicholas Day itself, in the southern provinces, Belgium, Luxembourg and Northern France.

For those of you unfamiliar with the holiday, Sinterklaas or Sint-Nicolaas is a mythical figure with legendary, historical and folkloric origins based on Saint Nicholas. Accompanied by his band of cheerful helpers, the Zwarte Pieten, he rewards good kids with chocolate letters and marzipan, while he punishes naughty children by bringing them coal instead of presents.

Sinterklaas is considered the primary source of the popular Christmas icon of Santa Claus.

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Celebrating Kingsday in Amsterdam

April 27 is “Kingsday” in the Netherlands… This is the biggest holiday of the year except for Christmas, and until you have experienced it, you can’t possibly understand what it means: Before the holiday starts, people have already put down their name in their favorite spot on the sidewalk (preferably right in front of their house), and at 7:00 am or earlier on the day itself, they are busily setting up their stand, so all junk accumulated during the year for this purpose will be displayed in the best way…. Continue reading