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Banned Books & Literary Walking Tour with Mary Sobiechowski

  • 123 Keizersgracht Amsterdam, NH, 1015 CJ Netherlands (map)

What we’ll do

Amsterdam has an incredibly rich literary history. Did you know that over 70 Amsterdam street names were named after Dutch writers and poets? Multiple factors provide the key to an understanding of the remarkable success the Dutch Republic had in the sphere of publishing, printing, and bookselling. In the 17th century, more books were printed in the Netherlands than in all other European countries put together. Why? Banned Books. We meet and have a short tour (entry fee included) of Amsterdam's most obscure library (Dan Brown's inspiration), then walk through the city, visiting the most interesting literary landmarks, see locations of books set in Amsterdam (i.e. The Goldfinch), and book markets. Then a stop at a local literary cafe for a coffee or tea. We continue on, with more landmarks and end up at one of the most beautiful modern libraries in the world with a rooftop cafe and amazing views of Amsterdam. Some names you'll hear: Spinoza, Irving, Vondel, Multaluli. I provide a printed and digital map of every street in Amsterdam named for Dutch writers, a list of banned books and Amsterdam reading recommendations.

About Mary

A historian and technologist, originally from New York City, I moved to Amsterdam and sought to find the origins of the global literary influence of the Dutch and Amsterdam, in particular. This walk is a tribute to Amsterdam, Dutch writers, the beauty of books, book markets and libraries, and their inspiration. You can find my list of suggested books on Goodreads "There is Something About Amsterdam!" list.