The itinerary takes us on an interesting sightseeing tour of some of the most significant buildings and places in Amsterdam, including the Dam, the central square with the magnificent buildings that surround it, and three of the city's symbolic towers. The excursion includes a moving visit to the Anne Frank House Museum. Anne Frank, was the author of the famous diary which was a vivid testimony of her years spent in hiding before being caught by the Nazis and sent to her death.
What we will see
- Western Church
- Anne Frank Statue
- Anne Frank House Museum
- Sightseeing tour
- Royal Palace
- New Church
- Mint Tower
- Weeping Tower
What we will do
- After leaving the port, a short coach transfer will take us to the first destination on our itinerary: the Western Church (Westerkerk). It is the biggest church in Amsterdam and its tower is considered by many to be the city's most iconic symbol. In the square in front of the church there is the small but extremely significant statue of Anne Frank.
- The house where the young Jewish girl took refuge is only a very short distance away. It was here that Anne wrote her famous diary, a valuable and tragic testimony of the holocaust while she hid from the Nazis with her family. Anne lived in a secret room in this house on Prinsengracht in the shadow of the tower for two years before her capture and expulsion which led to her premature death. The house has since been converted into a monument in her memory.
- The Anne Frank Museum, established in her honour, attracts around 1 million visitors each year and has recently been extended into the adjoining building, enabling the house's interior to be restored to its original state.
- We follow our guide through the residence in respectful silence. All the necessary information will be provided before entering the museum because talking is not permitted inside.
- After the visit to this place of immeasurable historic value, we will enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city by coach during which we will visit Dam Square where the majestic Royal Palace is located. Built as the city's Town Hall in Dutch Baroque style in the middle of the 17th century and converted to the Royal Palace at the beginning of the following century, it became the property of the monarchy a few years before the Second World War. The palace is used by the King of the Netherlands for official functions, state visits and other special occasions.
- Also in the city's central square, next to the Royal Palace, is the splendid Gothic-style New Church (Nieuwe Kerk), which was built in the 15th century and is mainly used today as an exhibition hall or for organ concerts. However, it is still the location for the Dutch royal family's investiture ceremonies, such as that of King Willem-Alexander in 2013.
- Before we return to the ship, our journey through the city will show us two particularly representative buildings: the Mint Tower (Munttoren), a Renaissance-style bell tower, and the Weeping Tower (Schreierstoren) built as a defensive tower in 1481 as part of the city's medieval fortifications and now one of the oldest buildings in Amsterdam.
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