Jewish Cultural Quarter is a must-experience for those who are curious to know about Amsterdam’s longstanding Jewish traditions and heritage, dating back to the 16th century. As it continues to be the city’s top historical landmark, this tour is your ticket to know everything about this age-old quarter, such as how it came about, why it is exceptional, and what to see here.
Historically referred to as Jodenbuurt, this area close to Waterlooplein is packed to brim with several amazing museums, synagogues, and classic architectural marvels. Your ticket offers access to its most significant sights and also includes the services of an experienced guide. So, as you wander through this district, you can expect to discover some real treasures that showcase its inspiring past and present.
There is no better way to delve into the Jewish history and culture than via exploring the Jewish Historical Museum, locally known as Joods Historisch Museum; thanks to its over 12,000 art and artifacts which shed light on the influence of Judaism in the region. Located right in the centre of the quarter and taking up four Ashkenazic synagogues, it also houses JHM Children’s Museum, exclusively for your kids from 6 to 12 years.
The Portuguese Synagogue is another unmissable attraction in the quarter. Built in the 17th century, it’s one of Europe’s oldest and biggest working synagogues. You’ll further make your way to Hollandsche Schouwburg which was once a Dutch theater and later transformed into a deportation camp as part of the gruesome Holocaust. It now stands as a tribute to those Jews who lost their lives during the WWII.