Starting at about 1570, Amsterdam became one of the richest cities on earth. The epicentre of international trade. In the banking world the city remained important up to the 1850s. On the Herengracht (Gentleman’s Canal) the Fat Cats lived; the high and mighty gentlemen who unashamedly exhibited their good taste power and wealth in architecture. As regents of the city, they worked for the benefit of themselves, their family and clan, but also contributed to the city, to the welfare of the old, orphans and the sick. Their artists, such as the 17th century Dutch painter Rembrandt and his students Ferdinand Bol and Govert Flinck, produced masterpieces for this market of affluent citizens and institutions. Were they subservient or did they follow their own path? A source of conflicts!
This is an in-depth excursion of high quality, covering a good deal of the centre of Amsterdam. On a variety of locations you will hear many tales about events - and quotes from people from that day and age who wrote diaries and letters. First you will take a walking tour of about an hour and a half. For the last part of the excursion, you then board a historic ship, a veritable floating monument, designed with glass roofs and perfect views. Coffee or thee and cake are served on the ship, included in the price of the tour. Other bites to eat and beverages are of course also available. Tour given by art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach, of Private Art Tours, Amsterdam. Kaldenbach has been featured on both Dutch national and international television including; NPS Dutch National TV, BBC2. BBC3, Japanese TV. and was interviewed by CNN in Atlanta, Georgia. (In case of sickness he will be replaced).
- Start of walk: Ground floor covered gallery in the Amsterdam Historic Museum.
- Duration: 1½ hour. Subsequently a boat tour of 1½ hour.
- A 3 hrs walk + boat ride for E 57,50 per person including coffee.
- Price for just the walk: please contact me.
- Language: English, Dutch.
- Date and time: on demand.
- Group size: 20 to 30. Smaller groups are possible upon request.
Generally for small groups of 1-4 persons in Amsterdam 60 EUR per hour. Contact me for information on higher amounts with other venues and more people.