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Discover Amsterdam with the

KLM miniature houses walking tour

It’s been a time-honoured tradition for passengers travelling in KLM Business Class to receive a Delft Blue miniature house at the end of their flight. Each house is a replica of a Dutch building and most of the original houses are located in Amsterdam. A KLM flight attendant has created a unique walking tour to view some of these monumental buildings in real life

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Join us for a walk

The Delft Blue miniature houses presented by KLM to each Business Class passenger have been sought-after collector items for more than 60 years. Every year on the date of KLM’s anniversary, 7 October, a new house is added to the collection. So far there are 97 models.

Valerie Musson, a KLM flight attendant, has recently come up with the idea to include some of the houses in a wonderful walking tour through Amsterdam’s historic city centre. We show you some of the highlights.

Curious about the rest of the walking tour? Click here

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Rembrandt’s House

One of the first museums on the KLM miniature houses walking tour is Rembrandt’s House. From 1639 to 1658, this monumental building was the home and studio of world-famous painter Rembrandt van Rijn, whose most renowned painting ‘The Night Watch’ is on display at the Rijksmuseum.

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Furnished with 17th-century furniture and art, Rembrandt’s House is a wonderful trip back in time. The museum boasts an almost complete collection of the master painter’s etchings and holds regular exhibits about the artist himself, his contemporaries and his apprentices. 

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Museum van Loon

Stop by the Museum Van Loon on the elegant Keizersgracht to take a peek inside one of the most beautiful canal houses in Amsterdam. The building was once home to the regent family Van Loon. In 1602, Willem van Loon was a founding member of the Dutch East India Company (VOC), one of the most important Dutch trading companies of the time. The house provides a wonderful glimpse into 17th-century life. Don’t forget to take a stroll through the magnificent garden.

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More miniature houses along the route.

The complete route includes 37 houses along the most beautiful canals of Amsterdam. And you can view some other highlights along the way.

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The complete collection

Kramer Kunst & Antiek

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d’Vijff Vlieghen

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Conclude the tour with a drink of Dutch gin

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Fun facts

Did you know…

… that since the 1980s, the KLM miniature houses have been filled with Dutch gin by Bols? Prior to that, they were filled with liqueur from Dutch distilleries Rynbende and Henkes.

… that in addition to the numbered houses, the collection also includes miniatures without a number? For example, the Royal Palace on Dam Square and the Goudse Waag in Gouda. Traditionally these houses were presented to newlyweds flying KLM on their honeymoon.

… that miniature house 85 is actually not in the Netherlands but in a Dutch territory? It depicts the Penha Building on Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles.

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