Walking Tour on the Financial History of Amsterdam

Walking Tour on the Financial History of Amsterdam

Walking Tour on the Financial History of Amsterdam
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Tom L
Amsterdam, Nederland2 bijdragen
sep. 2022
I came across this tour while I was looking for a unique type of social event, for a finance conference that I was organizing. I highly recommend the experience! Simon responds very promptly and has plenty of suggestions for how to structure the tour. At the same time, he is flexible to work around your plans. We ended up booking a boat tour through the canal belt, and Simon joined on the boat and co-ordinated the route with the tour company. (He also offers walking tours.)

The tour itself was very interesting, filled with many historical anecdotes and also a broader view on how the Netherland's unique situation affected financial development. Simon is a highly knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker. About half the boat ride was like a guided tour with him speaking, and he also incorporated several breaks to enjoy the city's scenery. This format works especially well for groups that are captivated by history and/or economics.
Geschreven op 26 oktober 2022
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SandraReizen
Rotterdam, Nederland14 bijdragen
feb. 2016 • Zaken
I went on this tour with a group of my international exchange students. Simon gave us a really nice tour and told us a lot about the city. It was interesting to learn more about the history of Amsterdam from a financial perspective. Thank you Simon!
Geschreven op 24 maart 2016
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Jean B
Heeze, Nederland1 bijdrage
jul. 2015 • Gezinnen
Together with the family we celebrated the 25th anniversary of my professional banking career of which a large part in the domain of (international) trade finance. With Amsterdam as office location we were interested to learn more about the roots of this business in an Amsterdam’s historic context. We are delighted to have found such a knowledgeable, passionate, dedicated and friendly tour guide as Simon Lelieveldt. Next to historic interpretations he was able to link these to practices nowadays still applied. All of it was further illustrated by visiting the relevant hot spots in the center of Amsterdam. With an audience that had no- or little- background in the financial world he provided such an insight full 2 hours tour. He showed us really the historic world of finance -and |Amsterdam’s role/ position in it - very well. A great success and we sincerely recommend Simon for a trip in the historic world of Amsterdam’s haute finance (and where its prosperity is largely based on). It was sincere pleasure.
Geschreven op 25 juli 2015
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Spinwido
Atlanta3 bijdragen
okt. 2014 • Zaken
I've been wanting to do this tour for a very long time and I finally got to. Simon was an excellent guide and he explained and showed the history of financial development in Amsterdam with expert knowledge and unabashed pride. It's definitely not the typical tourist Amsterdam and after the tour, I felt as if I knew and could see Amsterdam better. It's a must do for anyone interested in history, architecture, or in finance and development.
Geschreven op 15 oktober 2014
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EsthervanLuit
Amsterdam, Nederland2 bijdragen
jun. 2014 • Zaken
Simon guided our company Innopay through the streets of Amsterdam with flair and erudite commentary. The company roots and still much of our ongoing business lies with payments, so to learn more about how the historic events in the financial heart of Amsterdam impacted the current landscape of payments as we know it, was a true treat. I'd recommend this tour to anyone with a keen interest in financial institutions and how they flourished with time, or with a want for knowledge on the backdrop of some of Amsterdam's most iconic buildings that laid the Dutch financial foundations.
Geschreven op 21 juli 2014
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JosjeInnopay
Amsterdam, Nederland1 bijdrage
jul. 2014 • Zaken
Although I live in Amsterdam now for years, this tour showed me new places and learned me new things about the financial history of Amsterdam. Very interesting! Simon had a convenient way of telling and was very enthusiastic. Would certainly recommend this tour!
Geschreven op 21 juli 2014
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erinbtaylor
Lissabon, Portugal10 bijdragen
mrt. 2014 • Vrienden
I'm normally not a fan of walking tours, but I was very excited to attend this one. Amsterdam played such an important role in the world's financial history that it would be remiss to visit the city and not take this tour! Simon was an excellent guide and I learnt a lot. I would totally recommend this to everyone.
Geschreven op 26 maart 2014
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Neil D
Brooklyn1 bijdrage
okt. 2013 • Zaken
This was one of the most informative and eye-opening couple of hours I've spent in recent memory. Simon not only understands the specific contours of Amsterdam's history but he has a sophisticated understanding of how Dutch merchants and bankers have laid the foundation for unique modes of business still influencing Dutch financial decsion-making today. Simon not only linked the unique topography of Amsterdam to the dominant cultural and financial ethics of the city, but he also traces how within the history of Dutch finance and trading you find the seeds of innovative financial instruments still in use today. Simon himself is both a Wikipedia of Dutch history as well as a serious professional with an informed perspective. I can't recommend this tour highly enough, especially for someone looking to develop a bit of professional insight into what makes the Dutch and their financial institutions tick. Also, a very pleasant and affable chap!
Geschreven op 2 november 2013
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Monique X
São Paulo, SP13 bijdragen
sep. 2012 • Vrienden
Qualquer walking tour eh muito bacana de se fazer. Eh uma forma diferente e super gostosa de conhecer o lugar que estamos visitando. No caso deste, dica: chegue cedo para não perder a saída. Fique sempre ligado para onde estão andando senão vc se perde, preste atenção ao que o guia fala pois sem ele, nada faz sentido.
Geschreven op 2 augustus 2013
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bjohn1
Dayton, OH8 bijdragen
jul. 2013 • Vrienden
Our university group of 10 persons just finished Simon Lelieveldt’s financial history walking tour of Amsterdam. It was fabulous. We had only been in Amsterdam for two days, and the only museum we had visited prior to the tour was the Amsterdam (History) Museum for an overview of the city’s history.
Simon’s walking tour clearly explains the contribution of Amsterdam to economics and global finance. While weaving in and out of smaller streets and alleys--avoiding areas plagued by tourists—Simon traces the rise of a fishing village that cooperated in the building of a dam and exploited its ‘tax free status’ to become an entrepôt for goods moving from inland to the sea and to and from the Baltic and the Mediterranean seas. Simon points out that what actually enabled the Netherlands to master the Atlantic ‘bulk trade’ routes and later the ‘rich trade’ routes to Asia was a tradition of financial innovation. Not only was the joint stock corporation—the permanent joint venture, often with government imprimatur-- essentially invented in Amsterdam, but many of the ‘complex’ financial instruments that muddy financial waters today—options, puts and calls, derivatives such as forward contracts and futures—were all innovated in the commodity/stock exchange just off Dam Square.
Simon’s walking tour incorporates all the pivotal sites, but he also uses every stop to clarify important concepts. For example, the first persons to charge interest (usury) in Amsterdam were Lombards (Catholics) from Italy; their operations, equivalent to pawn shops, were then ‘nationalized’ by the city authorities to prevent abuses (excessive interest rates). The Exchange, where foreign currencies were transferred and trading accounts settled (typically on a particular day of the month), later morphed into a bank, much like the Medici maneuver in Italy. But most importantly, Simon emphasizes that was the migration of people into the Low Countries traders from the south--first Jews from Spain and Portugal, later Protestants and commercially-minded Catholics from Antwerp--that enriched Amsterdam’s capital stock. The migrants brought financial capital (funds), social capital (network connections with traders in other markets), but most importantly, human capital: skills and trading savvy.
Simon’s treatment emphasizes the process of ‘continuous improvement’ that enabled the Dutch ‘joint venture’—battling Spain for religious and political independence--to establish a global trading network which integrated the Spice Islands, South Africa, and Surinam, often to the detriment of their inhabitants. He doesn’t neglect to discuss the dark side: He ends the tour near an exhibit on the slave trade, and he is conscientious about revealing the role of trust, greed and derivatives in past (such as the infamous Dutch commodity bubble known as Tulipmania) and more modern financial crises.
Simon is low key and very good at ‘reading’ his audience, able to alter the pace to suit the audience and so well versed on financial topics that almost no question is outside his sphere. We would take another tour at the drop of a florin, if only he offered a sequel!
Geschreven op 9 juli 2013
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