Are those houses leaning over funny? Yes they are, it's not something you ate! Houses here often lean over at odd angles, sometimes intentional, sometimes not! Occasionally they even fall over, but that is unlikely nowadays. This tour is all about houses and whatever interesting subjects crop up along the way. I start the tour showing you the prettiest of the 2 remaining wooden houses in Amsterdam, this one is from 1519 and explain why the houses lean over forwards. Then we walk the length of the Zeedijk that takes us through China Town. On the Nieuwmarkt Square I show you different architectural styles from the 1600s to 1800s and how to identify them. Topics along the way include why the houses are not sinking, well they are a bit. Why they lean over sideways. Why the big windows and the hooks at the top. We walk past the largest house of the 1600s that was built by arms dealers wanting to flaunt their wealth. I'll show you an incredibly narrow little house with a gorgeous gable. Mark will end the tour at the smallest house in Amsterdam (it's official according to the city council). This is a tea shop run by friends of Mark and he has arranged that we can go inside if they are open and he can show you the upper floors, he can almost touch the side walls with my arms stretched out each side of him! This tour, like all his tours, will have lots of postcard opportunities. he loves taking photos and thinks the postcard function on Virtual Trips is genius! After the tour Mark will always stay for an extra 10 minutes to answer any questions that he missed during the tour or others that you have.
Mark has been sharing places and stories about Amsterdam, his adopted home, for 10 years now and he is still smitten by the place! He absolutely loves distilling chunks of history into bite-sized bits of fun. The vibrancy of the city takes his breath away, and he loves finding odd little details to share. Live-streaming tours are an exciting adventure as it is possible to open places and areas that are not accessible on in-person tours!
Mark has been guiding since Dec 2011
Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Amsterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.
The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Amsterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!
While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.
We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.
Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.
Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.
For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.
22 February 2021
Mark did a great job, on a wet rainy day !!
21 February 2021
Really enjoy marks tours, he’s very informative
19 February 2021
Really knows his stuff, very informative. Loved the smallest house.
19 February 2021
Terrific guide great personality very interesting
19 February 2021
Really enjoyed this tour, especially the opportunity to tnter the smallest housse. What a treat!
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