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Walking Tour on the Financial History of Amsterdam

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Address: | Amsterdam, 1079 AK Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Phone Number: +31 6 42132842
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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All around the centre of Amsterdam, its buildings still remind us of its...

All around the centre of Amsterdam, its buildings still remind us of its heritage as the centre of finance and financial innovations such as the Amsterdam Bank, the first stock exchange, the first loan to the United States and the ingenious Amsterdam Municipal Giro. Former banker and central banker Simon Lelieveldt guides you through his hometown. And while doing so he shares stories and insights on payments systems and banking that are still relevant today.

While we do mostly private and business tours, feel free to inform whether an open tour is planned.

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Interesting tour

I went on this tour with a group of my international exchange students. Simon gave us a really nice tour and told us a lot about the city. It was interesting to learn more about... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 24 March 2016
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Rotterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

I went on this tour with a group of my international exchange students. Simon gave us a really nice tour and told us a lot about the city. It was interesting to learn more about the history of Amsterdam from a financial perspective. Thank you Simon!

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Heeze, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2015

Together with the family we celebrated the 25th anniversary of my professional banking career of which a large part in the domain of (international) trade finance. With Amsterdam as office location we were interested to learn more about the roots of this business in an Amsterdam’s historic context. We are delighted to have found such a knowledgeable, passionate, dedicated and... More 

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Atlanta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

I've been wanting to do this tour for a very long time and I finally got to. Simon was an excellent guide and he explained and showed the history of financial development in Amsterdam with expert knowledge and unabashed pride. It's definitely not the typical tourist Amsterdam and after the tour, I felt as if I knew and could see... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Simon guided our company Innopay through the streets of Amsterdam with flair and erudite commentary. The company roots and still much of our ongoing business lies with payments, so to learn more about how the historic events in the financial heart of Amsterdam impacted the current landscape of payments as we know it, was a true treat. I'd recommend this... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Although I live in Amsterdam now for years, this tour showed me new places and learned me new things about the financial history of Amsterdam. Very interesting! Simon had a convenient way of telling and was very enthusiastic. Would certainly recommend this tour!

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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2014

I'm normally not a fan of walking tours, but I was very excited to attend this one. Amsterdam played such an important role in the world's financial history that it would be remiss to visit the city and not take this tour! Simon was an excellent guide and I learnt a lot. I would totally recommend this to everyone.

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Brooklyn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013

This was one of the most informative and eye-opening couple of hours I've spent in recent memory. Simon not only understands the specific contours of Amsterdam's history but he has a sophisticated understanding of how Dutch merchants and bankers have laid the foundation for unique modes of business still influencing Dutch financial decsion-making today. Simon not only linked the unique... More 

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Dayton, OH
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2013

Our university group of 10 persons just finished Simon Lelieveldt’s financial history walking tour of Amsterdam. It was fabulous. We had only been in Amsterdam for two days, and the only museum we had visited prior to the tour was the Amsterdam (History) Museum for an overview of the city’s history. Simon’s walking tour clearly explains the contribution of Amsterdam... More 

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

Simon Leilieveldt is an unusual tour guide as he not only knows the history and details of Amsterdam's financial district, but he is a financial professional himself. This meant that while giving his tour he was able to connect Amsterdam's history with recent events to make the tour very relevant for my class of University students studying Global Economics. I... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2012

Saw a side of Amsterdam which I had not known in the past 4 years of being here. Amazing details revealed and very smooth flow of the complete story.

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