Amsterdam is getting ready for its 750th birthday in 2025. On 27 October 1275, the count of Holland mentioned a small settlement on the Amstel river (‘Amestelledamme’) and its people for the first time. Count Floris V granted them the freedom to travel through the county of Holland without paying taxes. This privilege is seen as the basis for Amsterdam’s rise and bloom as the trade superpower in the 17th century. From 1300 to 1700 the city built its (in)famous trade network and grew from 1000 to 200.000 inhabitants, absorbing many customs from near and afar. Walking through the historic centre of Amsterdam, this history is never far.
On this walk our Dutch teacher and historian Onno will take you on a journey through time. From the Dam – the very dam in the river where the first inhabitants lived – we follow the traces of the urban expansions. We’ll pass by the facades of buildings as Sweelinck, Spinoza and Rembrandt saw them. We cross canals dug by the generations that build the city. We look for the remains of low and high culture, the rich and the poor, slavery and freedom.
In an hour and a half you explore the known and unknown gems of historic Amsterdam.
10:00: Gather at the Amsterdam Museum (Amstel 51)
10:00: English walk starts from the Amsterdam Museum
11:30: Visit Amsterdam Museum
B1 levels and higher:
10:00: Visit Amsterdam Museum
11:30: Dutch walk starts from the Amsterdam Museum
The ticket price doesn’t include entrance to the museum – you can buy tickets here. You can register below. Please let us know in the remarks what your current level is.
Saturday 7 October 2023