Jewish History Tour

"Discover the history of Anne Frank and the Jewish Amsterdammers by Amsterdam history tour"

Amsterdam’s Jewish population has played an important role for centuries, despite being deeply affected by the Holocaust. Although few original structures remain, the city’s Jewish Quarter honours Jewish life and culture with several monuments and museums. Our Amsterdam Jewish History Tour offers an in-depth explanation of what you’re seeing. 

Learn about Amsterdam’s WWII history and walk in the footsteps of Anne Frank on this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. Learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger. Walk past landmarks such as the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Auschwitz Monument. Learn about Amsterdam during WWII and the Nazi occupation. 

Join us on a private historical tour of Amsterdam’s Jewish history

Discover the Jewish history in Amsterdam as you visit important landmarks in the city on this walking tour. This tour will show and explain the history of the large Jewish population in Amsterdam and the footprints they have made in the city.

 After the war, this once vibrant and lively area had turned into a sad, abandoned, and neglected area. Your guide will take you back to the times of the rise of the Jewish people in Amsterdam and the terrible period of 1940-1945.

Your morning or afternoon in Amsterdam will start at the statue of the dockworker at the foot of the Portuguese synagogue. Set off at a relaxing pace to make sure you really get to see, feel and learn all about the Jewish history and population from Amsterdam. The first Jewish inhabitants arrived in Amsterdam in the 16th century. From the start, they established themselves in the area around the Jodenbreestraat. In the course of World War II, this area was made into a ghetto by the Germans.

 Along the way, learn more about Amsterdam’s troubled past, as you hear about the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands between 1940 and 1945, and the effects of the brutal regime not only on the Jewish community but on the everyday lives of all those living in Amsterdam. You’ll also learn more about the Dutch resistance and how they offered secret hiding places to families like the Franks.

Your tour can end outside the Anne Frank House, where you’ll learn more about her now-legendary diaries and how they came to be published by her father Otto Frank. Entrance to the museum is not included, but you can opt to visit independently after the tour. Your private customized tour can be hosted in: English, Dutch, German, French, Italian and Spanish.


• Learn about the history of Jewish people in Amsterdam

• Visit many monumental buildings as you walk around Amsterdam

 Our local guides that have expertise in Jewish history would love to take you on a private tour! Get in touch with us.  


What is a private tour?

Our private tours are limited exclusively to travellers in your party. They are designed to provide a learning experience that is completely tailored to you and your travelling companions. Private tours give you more flexibility with scheduling (you decide when the walk best fits in your trip), the ability to tailor your itinerary (we’ll work to match the itinerary to the interests and dynamics of your group), and more personalized time with your guide.

Why does this tour not include Anne Frank House?

We do not go inside Anne Frank House on any of our tours. Indeed, for this reason, the museum itself does not provide guided tours. Instead, they have an excellent self-guided exhibition which we highly recommend you explore independently.


The Anne Frank House can only be visited with a ticket bought online for a specific time slot. The same applies to tickets for children (0-9 years old) and visitors with discount cards. The demand often exceeds the number of available tickets. Tickets sell out very fast.

Online ticket sales

80% of tickets are released exactly two months in advance at 12:00 hours (Amsterdam time/CET), 20% on the day itself. Every day at 9:00 hours (Amsterdam time/CET), the tickets for the day are made available on this site.

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