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Nieuwmarkt Tours

The old heart of Amsterdam runs from the throbbing Dam Square – home of the Koninklijk Paleis (Royal Palace) – south down to the great cobbled public square of Nieuwmarkt. Once bordering a canal that was filled in around 1601, Nieuwmarkt is today packed with bars and cafés and is the gateway to both Chinatown and the Red Light District, which lies a couple of streets west between the parallel canals of Oudezijds Voorburgwaal and Oudezijds Achterburgwaal. The central focus of Nieuwmarkt is the city’s last surviving fortified gate; constructed around 1425, the spiky-spired De Waag sits in the middle of the plaza and was originally one of three entrance gates into the city through the fortified walls. After the walls were demolished to allow the city to expand, De Waag was used as a weigh house for goods coming in to Amsterdam by sea before becoming the lodgings of the Surgeon’s Guild, immortalized in Rembrandt’s gory painting The Anatomy Lesson of Dr Nicolaes Tulp of 1632. Following World War II it housed the Jewish Historical Museum; its present-day incarnation is as a restaurant opened in 1996.

Currently under renovation (penned to finish before summer 2015), the upper stories of De Waag are only occasionally open for special exhibitions but its lower floors are occupied by the Restaurant-Café in de Waag, which serves drink and food all day long; in summer punters spill out on to Nieuwmarkt to watch the world go by. Many well-known Amsterdam sights are nearby, including the somber Oude Kerk (Old Church), the Museum Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (Museum of Our Lord in the Attic) and the Zeedijk Temple, Europe’s largest Buddhist place of worship.

Practical Info

Metro to Nieuwmarkt or a 10-minute walk from Centraal Station.

Tours & Tickets

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Offbeat Amsterdam Red Light District Nighttime Walking Tour with a Local Guide, Amsterdam, null
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Offbeat Amsterdam Red Light District Nighttime Walking Tour with a Local Guide

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 167 Reviews

This tour has been recommended by Lonely Planet, The Telegraph, Fox News, Yahoo, the Huffington Post & The Culture Trip. Join this super interesting & ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.94
Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local, Amsterdam, Cultural Tours
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Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Spin through the Dutch capital and take in top attractions with ease on this private 3-hour bike tour in Amsterdam. Follow a private guide along Amsterdam’s ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $34.71
Small-Group Amsterdam Historical Bike Tour, Amsterdam, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Small-Group Amsterdam Historical Bike Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Join a 3-hour bike tour with an experienced multilingual guide through the old historic center of the city of Amsterdam. The tour goes along the well known ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $29.32
Semi-Private Guided Walking Tour: Amsterdam City Center, Amsterdam, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Semi-Private Guided Walking Tour: Amsterdam City Center

Experience the best Amsterdam has to offer, and discover a few local secrets, on this 2.5-hour walking tour. Join a small group of no more than 10 fellow ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.80
Historic Amsterdam Private Walking Tour, Amsterdam, Walking Tours
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Historic Amsterdam Private Walking Tour

Discover the history of one of Europe's most beautiful and influential cities with this private half-day historic Amsterdam walking tour. Recently described as ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.72
Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour, Amsterdam, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Amsterdam Small-Group City Segway Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 23 Reviews

This 1.5-hour small-group Segway sightseeing tour with a maximum of 7 people will show you the best of Amsterdam's city center on two wheels. Glide ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $70.62
Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local, Amsterdam, Segway Tours
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Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Discover Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District during your 2-hour private tour with a local host, who will guide you through the narrow alleys and busy ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.13
Private Tour: Amsterdam Old Town and Red Light District Walking Tour, Amsterdam, Private ... 
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Old Town and Red Light District Walking Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Take a private 2-hour walking tour around the tree-shrouded canals and cobbled streets of Amsterdam’s historical center. Let your private guide lead the way to ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.91
Private Guided Walking Tour: Amsterdam City Center, Amsterdam, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Private Guided Walking Tour: Amsterdam City Center

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Spend the morning discovering Amsterdam's history firsthand on this private 2.5-hour walking tour. With your guide, get oriented in the city center as you ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $77.80
Amsterdam Super Saver: City Walking Tour plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day ... 
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Amsterdam Super Saver: City Walking Tour plus Zaanse Schans Windmills, Marken and Volendam Half-Day Trip

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Get an overview of Amsterdam’s famous sights and explore the surrounding countryside with this Amsterdam Super Saver, combining two best-selling tours over two ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $85.10
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