Private Educational Amsterdam Walks for school groups & special interest groups

Get to know Amsterdam in-depth with your private scholar-lecturer, art historian Drs Kees Kaldenbach

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See the city of Amsterdam in a completely new way with your own school group or special interest group.

Starting off at your hotel or residence I will take you on a wonderful private walking tour of Amsterdam. This guided itinerary tour (in Dutch, English or German) is given by a gifted history specialist in plain, accessible easy language.

I can also carry my own small portable PA (Public Address) system so I can address larger groups, typically about 10 - 15 persons




United east India walk.



Center of town walk.


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Alternatively we can rent a small open or covered boat and make it a private boat tour with a theme according to your own interests and taste, see Menu of tours - with or without drinks and catering (obviously the boat and catering will result in extra cost).


Practical matters



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Amsterdam during World War 2 historical tour




Drs. Kees Kaldenbach is your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours".*

*Martha Gellhorn, Travels with Myself and another, page 182.


All tours are tailor-made to answer your needs and requirements.




1) A personalized tour, not a big mob
2) Customized for client's specific interests
3) Native Amsterdam resident who speaks English and German fluently
4) 25+ years experience as Art Historian and personal guide
5) Trained as a school teacher. Excellent didactics, good educational and fun personality. TV experience.


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Photo by Dick Martin.

Meet a campanion for a day, a Friend in Amsterdam.



It is a rare and unique privilege that the Rijksmuseum has linked from the main Rijksmuseum site to my site. Start at and select Collection, after which you choose Digital Collaboration and the Digital Vermeer House.

I perform Rembrandt walks for the Netherlands Bureau of Tourism, London Office and New York City office. The clients they serve are often top ranking journalists.

The magazine has devoted a main feature to my tours and walks.

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See Amsterdam in 1842 (Map of the city center, with dots indicating where the high and mighty lived in Amsterdam, in the seventeenth century)

Optional extras


An additional options (perhaps on another day) are possible to

a) the Rembrandt Paintings Guided Lecture and Museum Tour

b) Visit to the Rembrandt House, Amsterdam

c) Mauritshuis. The Royal Collection The Mauritshuis Museum in The Hague houses several other renowned Rembrandt paintings, including his 'Anatomical Lesson of Dr Tulp'. Vermeer paintings may also be discussed there. Temporarily housed in the Gemeentemuseum together with outstanding collections of other art.

d) Rijksmuseum Amsterdam. Vermeer tour. Rembrandt tour.

Clients are requested to sign a legal waiver in case of transport by private car. You will either be driven in the car of Mr. Kaldenbach, seating up to 3 to 4 passengers) or in a minibus (seating 4 up to 8 passengers) with Mr Noltes who is both a academic geography teacher and a qualified taxi driver. During the ride he will be able to tell you fascinating details about landscape and human habitation.

About Art Historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

A biography. Drs. K. Kaldenbach has been featured in television and radio documentaries, including BBC2 TV, Dutch national TV, CNN, NTV Japan and Radio Netherlands World Service. In July 2004 he was interviewed about Amsterdam artists by Tetsuya Tsuruhara for the leading Japanese newspaper The Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2004 and 2005 he acted in an advisory role to additional BBC teams. Kaldenbach has written extensively on Vermeer and 17th century Amsterdam, on Vincent van Gogh and on other art history topics.

Drs. Kees Kaldenbach will be your private "scholar-lecturer on culture tours".


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Drs. Kees Kaldenbach, art historian, Haarlemmermeerstraat 83hs, 1058 JS Amsterdam (near Surinameplein, ring road exit s106, streetcar tram 1 and 17). Telephone 020 669 8119; cell phone 06 - 2868 9775.

Open seven days a week.

Member of the Amsterdam Chamber of Commerce (Kamer van Koophandel).

E mail esponses and bookings to art historian Drs. Kees Kaldenbach.

This page forms part of the 2000+ item Vermeer web site at

Launched April 15, 2004. Updated June 9, 2016.



See Vermeer tours English and in Dutch/Nederlands


Research presented in November 2014 about the Amsterdam art collector Mannheimer: he almost bought the best Vermeer: The Art of Painting (now in Vienna)

2013: BBC shoot in Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam.


BBC 4 TV programme shoot in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, March 28, 2013 just before the formal opening. Kaldenbach in red jacket. Behind the middle cameraman interviewer Andrew Graham-Dixon. The director approaching from the right.


In the middle: daughter Suzanne, who has not been there for 12 years, Kees Kaldenbach and interviewer Andrew Graham-Dixon.


Updated 17 january 2017.