Amsterdam & Jewish Heritage

Inside visit of Jewish Historical Museum, guided walking tour in Jewish Quarter, when open inside visit of Portuguese Synagogue.

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    3 Hours
Beautiful synagogues, striking buildings and impressive monuments color the streets of Amsterdam’s Jewish Cultural Quarter. Transfer from the ship for a guided walk through this historic area. Built in 1892, the Hollandsche Schouwburg Theater was the largest and most luxurious in the area. At the beginning of WWII, only Jewish artists were allowed to perform in the Schouwburg; later, in 1942 and 1943, it was used as a prison and a deportation center for Jews. Today Hollandsche Schouwburg stands as a monument in memory of the 104,000 Jews who did not return to Amsterdam after World War II. 

From the Schouwburg, continue to the Portuguese Synagogue which was built in 1675 by Elias Bouman for the three congregations of Portuguese Jews which fled to the lowlands from persecution in their homelands.

Finally, you will visit the Jewish Historical Museum housed in a beautiful set of former synagogues. For more than 300 years Jews from all over Europe found refuge in tolerant Amsterdam and settled in this part of the city. A rich and vibrant community built up, bringing forth famous scholars, philosophers and artists. The Jewish Historical Museum brings this history to life. Afterwards, your driver will pick you up for your return transfer to the pier.

Important Notes:
This tour includes approximately 2 hours of easy to moderate walking and/or standing. There are approximately 20 steps to be negotiated at the Amsterdam Jewish Museum. On Saturdays the Portuguese Synagogue is closed for Shabat.

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