Amsterdam

Bijlmer Tours

  Wethouder Seegersplein 14 ,   Zuidoost          (+31) 207 78 61 31     more than a year ago
Unfortunately, Bijlmer Tours doesn't organise guided tours for individuals or walk-ins, so you'll have to put together your own group of enthusiasts if you'd like to spend 2.5 hours listening to local expert Jenny. This gregarious woman has lived in the 'most diverse district in Amsterdam' for decades. The Bijlmer housing estate is perhaps best known for its high proportion of residents of varied ethnic backgrounds. More than 90,000 people live in Bijlmer representing more than 100 different nationalities. Obviously, this heady brew of different cultures and traditions makes for an interesting place to live. Some regard this as a blessing, while others consider it a nightmare, but with the help of this expert guide you'll learn about the background of this area that some regard as a problem. After hours of walking, biking or riding your scooter you can cast aside many of the prejudices that occupy the minds of many Amsterdammers regarding this vibrant district. In fact, as it turns out, Bijlmer can be a quiet estate with plenty of space and green areas for relaxing, but the highlight of the tour would have to be a visit to the mosque. 'The Tree that Witnessed Everything' near the high rise apartments also leaves a lasting impression. It's a symbol of the tragic plane crashed of 1992 that claimed the lives of at least 43 people here. What's perhaps best about this informative tour is that the guide truly shares her experiences and her love for this unique district in which she lives. The Dutch often call her tour an 'exploration of their own country'.

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