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SvdB06250 wrote a review Jun 2014
Mansfield Center, Connecticut4 contributions5 helpful votes
This is an approximately two hour walking tour of a relatively small area of Central Amsterdam which closely follows the history of the Night Watch, from the moment Rembrandt signed the contract to paint it to the time it was restored to Amsterdam after WWll. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the professional and personal life of Rembrandt and also about relevant political, economic and social aspects of the historical period in which the creation of this masterpiece took place. He took us past the residences of a number of key persons appearing in the painting, the meeting places of the painters' guild as well as the various locations where the painting was hung prior to its first exhibition in a public access location. In the process we learned a lot about the City of Amsterdam that one would not be exposed to in other tours; not in the least how Rembrandt became "the" Dutch painter and the Night Watch "the" Dutch painting. The walking tour proceeds at an easy pace through busy narrow streets, along shaded off-the-beaten path canals and across narrow bridges, touching the busy Amsterdam of today and withdrawing into tiny streets with nary a tourist. The tour is walkable for all; one in our party of four has limited mobility and was able to complete the tour. Aided, no doubt, by the coffee spot that gets introduced halfway through the tour. We all enjoyed it, even the teenage boys.…
Date of experience: June 2014This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.