What Private Jewish Amsterdam Tour did we do?
Today, my guests and I discovered Jewish Amsterdam on a private walking tour. We did it the way locals do, by tram and on foot!
First we traveled by tram to the Amsterdam windmill you see in the picture. This windmill is one of the eight remaining windmills in Amsterdam. Nowadays, the windmill serves as a normal residence. Occasionally, you can see the windmill running. The windmill is in the former Jewish Quarter.
From here we walked to the former Jewish Quarter where we visited the Hollandsche Schouwburg. This building has been the Jewish Theatre. Many Jews were deported to the concentration camps from here. On foot we discovered other Jewish Heritage like
- the Auschwitz Monument
- the Wertheim Park
- the Dockworker.
Also we saw the Dutch Resistance Museum and the newly opened Holocaust Museum.
Visit to the Portuguese Synagogue
The private tour Jewish Amsterdam includes a visit to the Portuguese Synagogue. This Synagogue is one of the oldest Synagogues in Western Europe. The Synagogue was already built in 1675. The architect had a wonderful name: Elias Bouman where Bouman means ‘building man’. This Sephardic Synagogue is still in use today. We discovered also the Winter Synagogue inside which is used when the main Synagogue is too cold to be used. Even nowadays there is no electricity available in the main Synagogue. We also had a quick look at the oldest Jewish library in the world: Ets Haim. The Hebrew Ets Haim stands for Tree of Life.
We also traveled to the Dam Square. Beside the National Monument you can see the Krasnapolsky hotel and the Bijenkorf. This department store was founded by a Jewish family.
Are you interested in a Private Jewish Amsterdam Tour?
I look forward to be your private guide for the private tour Jewish Amsterdam. I do not have a Jewish background but can explain the Jewish history of Amsterdam. Ashkenazim and Sephardic Jews settled in Amsterdam since the early 17th century. Their knowledge and expertise was and is important for Amsterdam. You can still find Jewish influence throughout the city. For example, locals use a lot of Hebrew and Jiddish words in their Amsterdam slang. I look forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam soon!
Do you want more background information?
Just check the website of the Jewish Historical Quarter Amsterdam: https://jck.nl/en/page/locations . The Portuguese Synagogue is not open on Saturdays due to Sabbath. A ticket provides entrance to the Jewish Museums in Amsterdam.