Join us on the best rated walking tour in Amsterdam

…and discover the fascinating history of the most liberal city in the world!

Walking
Tour

Every
Day

10am   11am

1pm   2pm

Oude Kerk
(Old Church)

Tips
only

THE TOUR

Join us on an amazing journey through the infamous streets of Amsterdam. Discover how freedom and tolerance transformed a simple fisherman’s village into the centre of a vast trading empire and understand how these values continue to shape its liberal attitudes today. With the perfect mix of information and entertainment, covering history, modern life, and unique personal stories you won’t hear anywhere else to help you understand the essence of Amsterdam and Dutch culture.

This Free Walking Tour Amsterdam is brought to you by passionate, engaging, super local guides who are more than happy to share all their local knowledge with you. Beware – not all free city tours of Amsterdam are made equal. Out of ALL the  580+ in Amsterdam  FreeDam Tours is

the best rated walking tour in Amsterdam!

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It’s simple: we offer you the best possible tour without charging you anything upfront and at the end you can tip your guide what YOU think the experience was worth according to you. This motivates us to give you the best possible experience and you get the best possible value. At FreeDam we don’t aim to be as good as ‘regular’ tour. Our mission is to be better than any pre-paid tour and exceed all your expectations!

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HIGHLIGHTS

THE OLD CHURCH • A HIDDEN CHURCH • THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT • CHINATOWN  • THE WEIGHING HOUSE ON NIEUWMARKT SQUARE • REMBRANDT • THE DUTCH EAST INDIA HEADQUARTERS • THE JEWISH QUARTER • WWII & NAZI OCCUPATION • QUAINT CANALS & GLORIOUS CANAL HOUSES  • UNIVERSITY DISTRICT • DUTCH BIKE CULTURE • DAM SQUARE & THE ROYAL PALACE  • AMSTERDAM LIFESTYLE •  BIKE CULTURE   • UNIQUE PERSONAL STORIES 

….And much more!

Route, sights and topics may vary slightly depending on weather and / or guide.

BOOK A TOUR

RESERVE YOUR FREE SPOT

Limited capacity (maximum of 20 people per group) so reserving a spot is advised, especially on the weekends. Or join us last-minute – depending on availability.  

The free tour is for individuals and small groups of maximum 6 people per booking. Bigger groups are required to book a private tour.

Interested in a PRIVATE TOUR? Then click here for more information.

NOW, ARE YOU READY TO START YOUR AMSTERDAM ADVENTURE?

Then reserve your free spot by clicking on one of the four daily options:

Please note: the 10am tour only runs from April 1st till October 31st

TESTIMONIALS

“The best way to know Amsterdam”

The best way to know Amsterdam is through the locals, and Freedam Tours gives you that experience.

RlrriveraManila, PhilippinesJune 2019 - See this review on TripAdvisor

Best walking tour in AMS! (and I’ve done a few)

So glad I did my research on this one. The other comments and 5 star ratings say it all – awesome tour and the only one you should do.

Lucieag24May 2019 - See this review on TripAdvisor

“Now I fully understand this rating!”

FreeDam is a perfect way to spend 2,5 hour to dig into Amsterdam and Dutch culture. The walk itself isn’t that long but it’s not about checking monuments and viewpoints one after another. It’s about the story of tolerance and its good and bad aspects. And this, combining with our guide’s vast background (history and culture) mixed with her intelligence, sarcasm and storytelling skills makes this tour extremely enjoyable, interesting and inspirational.

KamildadaApril 2019 - See this review on TripAdvisor

“Great tour”

“A must do when visiting Amsterdam. The tour is definitely up there with the other attractions of the city like the Van Gogh museum and the Rijksmuseum!”

Andy GFebruary 2019February 2019 - See this review on TripAdvisor

“Outstanding”

Completed free walking tours in many cities around the world but this was by far and away the BEST.
We have been to Amsterdam on numerous occasions but today saw things and found out things we’d never heard before. Thank you so much. Highly recommend this fantastic tour

Tracey GHalesowen, United KingdomDecember 2018 - See this review on TripAdvisor

“Excellent tour of Amsterdam”

This walking tour is a true gem. If you want to understand what Amsterdam is today and how it came to be, look no further.

igormkDecember 2018 - See this review on TripAdvisor

WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING ABOUT US:

MEETING POINT

Meet us at the the OLD CHURCH (OUDE KERK) in front of the Black Bikes bike rental shop.

CLICK ON THE BLUE BUTTON TO RESERVE YOUR FREE SPOT:

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SO WHY WALK WITH US?

COMPELLING STORIES

Fascinating historic events, inspiring stories, and funny personal anecdotes. Supported by pictures, maps and paintings that bring history back to life.

TRULY LOCAL GUIDES

Our guides are the best thing that will happen to you in Amsterdam! They are professional, passionate locals, and happy to share their knowledge with you.

SMALL GROUP

Maximum 20 people per group so you can hear your guide clearly, engage with them personally and get an answer to all your questions – all for a truly high quality experience.

BEST VALUE

We offer you a free tour and if you liked it you can tip your guide how much the tour was worth to you. This motivates us to give you the best possible tour – always!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When does the tour run?

The tour runs daily at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 14:00. The 10 am tour only runs from April 1st till  till October 31st.  No 11:00 tour on January 1st & no tours at all on April 27th-Kings Day.

How long is the tour?

Depending on the guide, the tour is between 2,5 and 3 hours long. Distance covered: 3 km / 2 mi

Where does the tour end?

Must guides end the tour in front of the Royal Palace on Dam Square, but his may vary according to the guide.

Are there free tours in other languages except English?

No, unfortunately, all our daily tours are in English. It is possible to book a private tour in Dutch or German. Email us at info@freedamtour.s.com for more information on private tours.

Do I need to make a reservation?

We strongly suggest making a reservation since the maximum number group of people allowed on a tour is limited to 20 people. Reserving is free and easy. If you are not able to make a reservation that means the tour is fully booked. However,  there are always some people that don’t show up for the reservation, so if you come early (15 minutes before the start) we can put you on the stand-by list and you can take their place. 

Can I join with a larger group of 7 or more people?

No, unfortunately not. The maximum number of people allowed on a free (tips only) tour is 6 people. Bigger groups are required to book a private tour. However, depending on availability, groups between 6 and 10 people can sometimes join for a fixed per person fee of €15 per person, to be paid in advance by invoice, as described in our terms and conditions. Click here for more information on Private Tours.

What should I tip?

This is totally up to you, according to your possibilities and how much you enjoyed the tour. On average people tip somewhere between €10-15-20-25 per person.

How do I find the tour guide?

Your tour guide will be at the meeting point (in front of the Old church in the Red Light District) 15 minutes before the start of the tour. They are holding a big yellow umbrella and they are wearing a yellow key-cord so you can easily recognise them.

Is the tour cancelled in case of rain?

No. As long as there are at least 5 people, tours always run. Just come prepared for Dutch weather :)

Is the tour suitable for children?

In our opinion, yes. The tour starts and deals with the Red Light District, but the content (historical and present day) on our tour is family friendly. This being a walking of Amsterdam, of course, we also, but definitely not only discuss prostitution and drug policies. Every parent (and child) is different though, so at the end of the day, it’s up to you.

ABOUT US

Founded in 2016 – FreeDam Tours is the new free walking tour Amsterdam company in town. But we are not new to the business of giving great tours. We are experienced guides with fresh new ideas, and we are (almost literally) in love with what we do. So much so we created the ideal formula for the best free walking tour in Amsterdam: one containing the perfect mix of historical depth to make you knowledgeable, compelling facts to make you think again and personal anecdotes that will make you smile. A tour that speaks to the free spirit of Amsterdam – FreeDam Tours.

MEET OUR GUIDES:

Sergio

Sergio

Owner & Guide

“Very funny, sassy, enthusiastic and full of knowledge. He made the tour super fun even though it was raining.“

Floor

Floor

Guide

“Do you want to have fun, learn and enjoy beautiful Amsterdam all in one? Floor can do that for you!“

Nick

Nick

Guide

“If my history teacher was as good as our guide Nick, it probably would have been my favorite subject in school!!!“

Zaida

Zaida

Guide

“Zaida gave a great tour, keeping us laughing while sharing fascinating history and information that I couldn’t wait to tell my family and friends.“

Sebastian

Sebastian

Guide

“The experience was not at all like usual tour guides, it is fun, lively, and informative.“

Marcella

Marcella

Giude

“She showed us Amsterdam through a lens of wit and culture – offering funny anecdotes and interesting facts throughout the tour.“

Gianni

Gianni

Guide

“Not only did he share his profound knowledge about Amsterdam, but he did it in such pleasant a manner that we enjoyed immensely.“

Suzanne

Suzanne

Guide

“Her knowledge. Her humour. Her excellent use of the English language was all amazing“

Ricardo

Ricardo

Guide

“Ricardo was our most excellent guide. Knowledgeable, animated, honest and funny.“

Mike

Mike

Guide

“Mike was brilliant and very knowledgable, combining interesting facts with fun and laughter.“

Tobi

Tobi

Guide

“Tobi connects every area with its historical context and does a fantastic job at keeping the tour entertaining and fun!“

Joy

Joy

Guide

“Joy puts so much energy and enthusiasms into the tour, it is very contagious. “

Bram

Bram

Guide

"Our guide Bram was not only fun and witty. He really put a lot of effort to make the tour well-paced, coherent, and engaging at the same time."

Suze

Suze

Guide

"Suze was our guide and did a fantastic job educating us on the history of Amsterdam while keeping things light and fun and relevant in today’s world."

Sam

Sam

Guide

"To say that Sam brought Amsterdam to life would be an understatement. He is an actor, raconteur, singer and entertainer as well as a fount of information."

Cam

Cam

Guide

“Camiel was a very open and friendly tour guide who made our walk interesting and fun!“

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.