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City walk Maritime history

June 22-25, 2023

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Experienced guides from 'Mee in Mokum by Gilde Amsterdam' will take you past the rich maritime history of the port of Amsterdam.

The city walk starts at the former port building the Schreierstoren on the Prins Hendrikkade 94/95 and lasts approximately one and a half hours and costs € 12.50 per person.

Sailing is necessary
Note the façade of the Schreierstoren, where the commemorative stone of the first East Indiaman can be read: 'navigare necesse est' ('sailing is necessary'). This expression is a fine motto for this unique walk, which runs along impressive monuments such as warehouses of the Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie (V.O.C.) and the West Indische Compagnie (W.I.C.) and the Scheepvaarthuis.

Cocoa trade
The fact that Amsterdam has been associated with international trade and shipping for centuries can also be seen along the way in countless other monuments, bridges, gable stones and street names that refer to Amsterdam as a seaport. This ranges from the early Baltic Sea trade, the so-called 'mother Negotiations', to the cocoa trade, which is still one of the largest in the world.

Sea Heroes
The tour passes houses where sea heroes lived or places where sailors boarded small ships, the neighbourhood where the skippers lived and all kinds of other port companies that can be linked to Amsterdam's shipping industry.

End point in consultation
The walk ends on the eastern islands where the Admiralty and V.O.C. were located. In consultation with your tour guide, you can decide exactly where you want to end.

Starting point
Prins Hendrikkade 94/95

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