We have had an amazing summer with Oranje Umbrella. Some former guides like Phillip and Regina came back to help us over the summer and new guides were hired to our ever expanding family of guides. Our owner and manager Erik, became a DJ on the side, and Amsterdam saw its highest number of tourists we’ve ever had!
Oranje Umbrella therefore, had the most tourists we’ve ever had on our tours ( 6,000 tickets sold on just one out of our four websites) and more than 10,000 people this year! Can you imagine
There’s something we are doing right here … Read more
Can you imagine kids, an era is coming to an end here in Amsterdam. The Red Light District tour has officially been banned in Amsterdam! Can you imagine? No more fun strolling past the windows and learning about the history or about the stories of the women. You will have to wonder through it on your own. For some reason the Amsterdam gementee ( that means the municipality) think that will help decrease the noise and foot traffic of the red light district. After writing a lengthy letter to the mayor (Burgemeester Femka Halesma) Of Amsterdam and the city council, … Read more
Amsterdam is a pretty watery city. Probably the most watery in the world. That’s because Amsterdam is known for its canals. There are four main canals: Singel, Herengracht, Keizersgracht, Prinsengracht. They all date back from the 17thcentury. Almost 25 percent of Amsterdam is water. Since 2010 the inner city canals and some surrounding land are listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Fun fact: Amsterdam is the only city where the historic medieval city isn’t a museum, but a prostitution area.
Amsterdam consists of natural and manmade waterways. They play an important part with controlling the water, transportation and … Read more
You know how it works. You go on a tour. You are excited, but there are always people who will ruin the tour, by talking or not paying attention. And then there is the tour itself. They’re interesting, but you get the same that everybody else gets. A polished up tour with all the usual stuff.
With us you can book a private tour just for you and your group, and really make it your own. And we offer more than a traditional tour.
Every tour has a pitstop at Hulschers. We offer one free typical Dutch fried snack called … Read more
Everywhere you go in Amsterdam, you will see the 3 crosses appear. And we get a lot of questions about the famous crosses. What does it mean? What’s the origin? What do they stand for? Well, today we’re gonna explain what they stand for.
The three crosses, or sometimes referred to as X’s, are a part of the weapon of Amsterdam. The weapon of Amsterdam is a banner with two lions holding up a shield with the three crosses, and a crown on top. Underneath it, there are three words: ‘Heldhaftig, Vastberaden, Barmhartig’. Respectively, they mean ‘Heroic, Determined, Merciful’. These … Read more
Well our tours are still strolling along into summer. Can you believe it’s summer 2019 already! Time flies when your looking at boobies. This is however again your last chance to look at boobies in the red light district, do shots with us, learn about the neighborhood, and find out what to do and what NOT to do in the red light district. We know you hear it from so many other tours, but ours really is different. There are no scripts, there is no format ,and each tour can be different. It all depends on you! Our tours touch … Read more
Its been a hell of a year already in 2019 with huge changes in Amsterdam. The new mayor Femke Halsema, has been dead set on changing up things in Amsterdam.
One of the first changes is there are no more scooters allowed on the bicycle path. They have to now ride on the main roads with the cars( even though they arent allowed to go as fast as the cars), also it is now mandatory to wear a helmet. This may not seem like a big deal to you, but people are staging protests all … Read more
Winter is coming!!! …..Ok Im kinda late cause like winter is here. but….
Anyway. Everyone is gathering around fireplaces and preparing themselves for the holiday season. Alot of people are curious about whats happening here in Amsterdam, and I can tell you the last weeks………not that much
But ! as soon as we get to December 1, its already busy with us!
Cause we are awesome thats why.
Lots of fun things are coming up in the Dutch culture. For example the conversations around Zwarte Piet are popping up again. What is Zwarte Piet you … Read more
Did you know that I am an international world acclaimed fashion designer?
Me neither!…….. But Im going to give it a try. Coupled with some of the most talented graphic designers in the world I am all about packages. I know that sounds dirty, but what I mean is how products are displayed to the world. I am obsessed with taking something that is otherwise dirty, and usually shabby, and showing it off like its a diamond freshly made. Makes sense right?
Sort of a rags to riches look, and that’s exactly what I did with our ganja tour. … Read more