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This unique tour will take you off the beaten track and past some noteworthy spots in Amsterdam's literary and cultural life, from mainstream to alternative. Heading into the heart of the historical Jordaan, your friendly local guide will provide insights into the fascinating history of this beautiful city and its inhabitants, as seen through the eyes of writers, poets and thinkers who have made their homes here. Anyone who loves the printed word and wants to know more about the fascinating literary and cultural history of Amsterdam will be entertained and informed in equal measure.

The tour starts and ends here at our shop, the port of call for the English-language reading and writing community of Amsterdam.

  • Hear about the eccentric Harry Mulisch, and see where he held court and wrote his famous books including The Assault (later an Oscar-winning film).
  • See where Multatuli (a humble civil servant) lived and wrote his ground-breaking 1860 book Max Havelaar which sent shockwaves through respectable Dutch society.
  • Everyone knows the story of Anne Frank, but learn about the impact of her famous diary on post-war education and thinking in Amsterdam.
  • Dicsover how the "Fleet Street" of Amsterdam led to squatter movement of the 1960's and how its influence continues to the present day.
  • Admire the elegant Felix Meritis building on the Keizersgracht (home of the European centre for Arts Culture and Science) and its place in the life of the city since 1788.

and much more...

Schedule:

Tour takes place on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Tour departs from The English Bookshop at 10.30am. Return at approximately 12.30pm.

Price for adults:

€18,50 / €16,50 with 10% BookMiles discount

Tour is not suitable for children under 12 years. Group sizes are limited, reservations strongly recommended.

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