Includes impressive single buildings such as Scheepvaarthuis; the office at Stadhouderskade/Overtoom; the extravagent building near Central Station, the Hardware store Gunters & Meuser in Jordaan. Especially for architecture buffs! Tours executed by a gifted, enthused tour guide. Guided quality tour by scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach. During this tour which may be done by taxi, bicycle or on foot we will discover the hot-spots which connect us with great architects and ideas from the past. Dutch version.
Amsterdam is the uncrowned capital of The Netherlands. The beauty of the city center is the result of many centuries of careful city planning. It boasts the most wonderfully preserved group of canals and ancient canal houses found anywhere in the world. In the center we find the headquarters of the United East India Company, pivot of international trade and source of great wealth in the 17th century. Dutch painter Rembrandt, prince of painters, and prolific etcher, draughtsman also made his home here and catered to the wealthy merchants.
A number of important museums including the Rijksmuseum and the Van Gogh museum are also located here. A dozen of other museums are well worth visiting, including the Rembrandt house. On Dam square, from which this town on the Amstel river originally got its name, is the former Town Hall, now Royal Palace. Next to it stands the late mediaeval New Church, now mainly serving as an exhibition hall. A five-minute walk going east takes us to the large Old Church in the middle of the Red Light District. As a reference manual I use the famous d’Ailly historical handbook during the Amsterdam walks.
As an art historian based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, I can meet you in Amsterdam for a personalized guided tour of art museums and the historic center.Together we will experience the beauty and history. Enjoy yourself and learn about history while strolling and discussing the country's history, art and culture. In doing so, we may touch a number of bases - spanning not only fine art and architecture but also the city's history and current social issues. Starting at your hotel I will take you on a wonderful private cultural walking tour of your choice. My guided itinerary offers you accessible informative conversation in English, Dutch, or German (my French and Italian are more limited).
- Please contact me for time and fees of the tailor-made tour you are interested in
- These tailor made tours are available upon request - please contact me to book a date
- Minimum group size: 1 person
- Maximum group size is limited to about 10 persons
- With a megaphone I can also manage larger groups on the streets.
Drs. Kees Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 TV, NTV Japan, Danish TV and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Delft artists by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Delft, on Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics.
Generally for small groups of 2-12 persons in Amsterdam. Bike hire = extra cost. Contact me for information on higher amounts with other venues and more people.
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