Golden Age Walk

The his­tor­ic­al centre of Amsterdam is a UNESCO world her­it­age site and counts no less than 8500 lis­ted monu­ments. The decis­ive peri­od in its devel­op­ment was the Golden Age of the Neth­er­lands.


From its ori­gins as a fisherman’s vil­lage in the 12th cen­tury, Amsterdam developed into an import­ant har­bour town and then became one of the most prom­in­ent cit­ies in Europe. This devel­op­ment is still vis­ible in the city fab­ric today. Take a chro­no­lo­gic­al walk from the very first har­bour to the medi­ev­al part of town and the baroque canal area, fin­ish­ing in the vil­lage-like Jordaan quarter with its hid­den court­yards.

On this tour we show you the old town of Amsterdam from an archi­tect’s per­spect­ive, inform­ing you about his­tor­ic­al urb­an design and the archi­tec­ture of canal houses, but also about recent devel­op­ments and real estate prices. Cur­rent top­ics like dens­ity and over­tour­ism are also addressed.


Pro­gramme: Golden Age Walk

  •  Explan­a­tions about the city his­tory of Amsterdam: ori­gins, Golden Age, indus­tri­al­iz­i­ation, recent devel­op­ments
  • Chin­atown and Red­light Dis­trict
  • Dam Square
  • Canal area, with explan­a­tions about the urb­an lay­out, cre­ation of the canals, water man­age­ment, archi­tec­ture of canal houses
  • Jordaan quarter, incl. vis­it to sev­er­al hid­den ‘hofjes’: his­tor­ic court­yards with hous­ing for the eld­erly (week­days only)
  • 2‑hour or half-day tour
  • for groups
  • Trans­port: walk­ing
  • Please con­tact us for a quote

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