ARTTRA offers various cultural day programs on different themes. From the Golden Age to contemporary architecture. Tailored to the interests of your guests, guided by experienced art historians in any language desired. They are socially very capable, they will tailor their information to your group, and they will do their utmost to give you and your guests a good time. Clearly, ARTTRA ensures that all practical issues are perfectly taken care of.
Golden Age: spices, wines and VOC
Hidden and unknown to many, Amsterdam has a beautiful Hortus Botanicus, laid out in 1682 as a nursery for the growing of medical plants and herbs. In 1706 it was the first place outside Europe where coffee beans where grown. The Hortus now houses one of the largest botanic collections in the world.
We will give you a guided tour with special emphasis on medical plants and houseplants that were brought in from the East Indies. We will also tell you about the practices of ship doctors, how they used to treat patients at that time and how they treated the sea diseases and then unknown tropical diseases.
A boat will then pick up and take you from the Plantage neighborhood for a roundtrip. During the trip your guests will be served herring and jenever.
After that you will enjoy a ‘tasting lecture’ on the use of spices like clove, mace and pepper are used. During dinner we will tell you about wines that people used to drink in the 17th century.
Extra: tour of the Rijksmuseum
Prices depending on your wishes and the number of participants.
Tweede Boomdwarsstraat 4
1015 LK Amsterdam
tel +31 (0) 20 6259303
Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For further information please call us or mail to [email protected]