What you'll do
Amsterdam has an incredibly rich literary history. Multiple factors provide the key to an understanding of the remarkable success the Dutch Republic had in the sphere of publishing, printing, and bookselling. In the 17th century, more books were printed in the Netherlands than in all other European countries put together. We meet and have a short tour (entry fee included) of Amsterdam's most obscure library (Dan Brown's inspiration), then walk through the city, visiting the most interesting literary landmarks, see locations of books set in Amsterdam (i.e. The Goldfinch), and book markets. Then a stop at a local literary cafe for a coffee or tea. We continue on, with more landmarks and end up at one of the most beautiful modern libraries in the world with a rooftop cafe and amazing views of Amsterdam. Some names you'll hear: Spinoza, Irving, Vondel, Multaluli. I provide a printed and digital map of every street in Amsterdam named for Dutch writers, a list of banned books and Amsterdam reading recommendations.
A historian and technologist, originally from New York City, I moved to Amsterdam and sought to find the origins of the global literary influence of the Dutch and Amsterdam, in particular. This walk is a tribute to Amsterdam, Dutch writers, the beauty of books, book markets and libraries, and their inspiration. You can find my list of suggested books on Goodreads "There is Something About Amsterdam!" list. I offer the tour on Fridays and Saturdays but feel free to contact me for a private tour for 2 or more on other days.
Coffee at Literary Cafe or tea!
Entrance to Embassy of the Free Mind - retail 12.50€
Dutch writers map/list includes all the places we won't have time to see
Navigation section for review pages
Where you'll be
Here are highlights of the places we will visit: Embassy of the Free Mind Two vintage book and art markets A book store visit with a free BookLovers Tote A literary cafe Visits to important statues, landmarks, streets and multiple locations featured in novels set in and/or about Amsterdam. We end the walk at one of the most beautiful libraries in the world with an amazing view of Amsterdam and a great local restaurant if you'd like a meal.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 5 guests ages 10 and up can attend.
Guests should wear walking shoes and be able to walk for 1.5 hours. I offer the tour on Friday for the AMS book Market but feel free to contact me for a private tour for 2 or more on other days.
Banned Books & Literary Walking Tour