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Amsterdam City Center Private Historical Walking Tour
"Once you meet your private guide at a designated meeting point you will head off to explore some of the little-known secrets of this city: the quaint quiet corners; tranquil tree-lined plazas and private courtyards. Your guide will also share priceless tips helpful advice and cultural insights bringing an insider´s expertise to your visit to Amsterdam.On the tour you will see: the Dam Square Wester & Old Church & Hidden Churches
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Amsterdam Private Bike Tour with a Local
"Meet your private guide near Amsterdam Centraal Station at a time convenient to you. Then hop onto your bike and head into the city to begin your cycling tour. Widely considered among Europe’s most cycle-friendly cities Amsterdam is a wonderful place to explore by bike!Pedal along seemingly endless cycle lanes through diverse districts such as Chinatown the Jewish District Jordaan and Nieuwmarkt and admire the striking architecture for which the city is famous.During your tour take in popular landmarks including the Houten Huys — the oldest house in Amsterdam — the Nationale Opera & Ballet and the 17th-century Trippenhuis
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Private Amsterdam Highlights and Hidden Gems Walking Tour with a Local
"Enjoy Amsterdam to its fullest during your private highlights tour with a twist. Your local guide will amaze you with all the hidden gems of this city; they’re just around the corner of all the must-visits. But they are kept away from the touristy crowds with a reason.  Wander past all famous monuments while you get to know all historical facts and unique local insights about them. And of course we’ve also taken care of your appetite by including a Dam Square and the previously mentioned famous Flowermarket. But what’s best about this tour is those unique places they take you to. A beautiful hidden chapel  one of the best sandwich you’ll ever have and an gigantic statue near Rembrandts house that most people don’t know of. This is the plan:Meeting Point: BeurspleinStop 1:Walk around the famous Dam SquareStop 2:Visit a bea""Visit Amsterdam’s beautiful highlights during your private tour of the city while discovering hidden local spots along the way with your local guide! Get to know the history and stories of the city like a local.   title=Highlights&1=Private%2C+3-hour+walking+tour+of+Amsterdam&2=Learn+the+fascinating+history+behind+the+city%27s+famous+landmarks&3=Stroll+through+the+beautiful+Flower+Market&4=Visit+a+hidden+medieval+chapel+in+the+Begijnhof&5=Savor+a+favorite+local+sna
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An entirely Dutch phenomenon - Street Organ

In the early part of twentieth century the Netherlands became world famous for its street organs. Love it or hate it, or just putting a smile on your face, even today the sound of street organs belongs to Amsterdam as much as its winding canals and its liberal attitude.
It is true that the organ tends to attract a more appreciative audience from tourists rather than locals. In the city the number of them had dropped to just three in the last couple of years.
They are typically found in the busiest shopping streets on a Saturday afternoon, or somewhere in the Red Light District. Although the music is free, their owners would not quibble at a contribution of a couple of Euro out of the hands of passersbys.

Following what has become a real Amsterdam tradition, Street Organ festival takes place on the Dam Square each year.
A collection of street organs you can visit in the National Museum From Musical Clock To Street Organ in Utrecht.

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csordila
Apr 04, 2011

Street Artists

Street Artist mainly can be found at the DAM and Leidseplein squares.

At the DAM you will see several living statues, a good¨promotion for Madama Tussaud´s Museum.

At the Leidseplein street performers of any kind will roulate+ some of them will perform at the DAM too.

Next to these two location you might encounter musicians at the Central Station.

Don´t be surprised you see performing artist at other spot. Each weekend has it own events throughout the city.

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pieter_jan_v
Oct 25, 2009

Mimes and Poseurs

These individuals appear to be ubiquitous in tourist infested large cities. It is more entertaining than begging (and safer to the walker). Too many stand rigidly made up in silver simulating statues (whichis really begging). Of course you can take a picture of them (fee optional?). This old English chap was outside the Rijksmuseum. We had a pleasant chat with him about how to locate our missing wives. It was worth the fee.

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hquittner
Sep 17, 2006

Street musicians

These guys were not from Holland but, I guess, from Mongolia. But, anyway, exotic music they were performed just in front of the Rijksmuseum three days in a row means they are entitled to get a local custom label.

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SnoopySue
Feb 05, 2005
 
 
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Street performers are out in...

Street performers are out in force during the weekends. This guy was in Dam Square and was kind enough to pose for a picture with each member of our group, and there were 4 of us. Dam Square is a great place to hang out and relax, but it tends to get pretty crowded.

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goingplaces
Aug 25, 2002

Pictured here are a couple of...

Pictured here are a couple of street mimes who were performing in the town square. Their costumes were quite impressive which enabled them to deceive many passerbys. The sqaure is a good central location to begin your sightseeing in Amsterdam.

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tiirrep
Aug 24, 2002

Piano playing at the Central Station

Be a street artist yourself. In the main hall of the Amsterdam CS is a piano open to be played by the public.

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pieter_jan_v
Apr 11, 2015

We really enjoyed the street...

We really enjoyed the street performers...we actually ran into some who had been performing in Paris when we had visited a few months earlier!

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jgemini65
Aug 25, 2002

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