April 2021: Amsterdam is still in lockdown so we are NOT giving any tours at the moment.

But things are improving.

Starting from July it will be possible to join a Free Walking Tour.

Starting from May will be possible to book a Private Walking Tour.

Email us at info@freedamtours.com to arrange a Private Tour.

Corona-Virus update


Of the most liberal city in the world

Discover the fascinating history


Maximum 15 people per group, for a truly authentic & high quality experience.



Amsterdam from the perspective of real, life-long locals

Informative and fun

Free Walking Tour Amsterdam guide

Everything you need to know about Amsterdam in one comprehensive tour!

From history to modern life


Covering history to modern lifestyle, and unique personal stories you won’t hear anywhere else!

Passionate, super local guides

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Absolutely Amsterdam tour

Amsterdam free walking tour

Sightseeing, History & Cultural Heritage Tour

“The only free walking tour in Amsterdam offering the quality of a small, high-end boutique tour”

Discover the fascinating history of the most liberal city in the world with FreeDam Tours – The Nr.1 best rated walking tour in Amsterdam!

We combine beautiful sightseeing with exciting storytelling and cover everything you need to know about Amsterdam in one tour. 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.

When and where?? Every day at 11AM (Friday and Saturday also at 2 PM!) at our new meeting point in front of the Stock Exchange. Click here for directions.

* After the tour you can tip your guide how much the tour was worth to you. This motivates us to give you the best possible experience – always!

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Free Walking Tour Amsterdam

Free Walking Tour

Your introduction to Amsterdam’s history, culture & modern life

Offered Daily / 2h 30min / Free

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Anne Frank Walking Tour

Anne Frank

Amsterdam during WW2 and Nazi occupation

Staring in July 2021 on Fri, Sat, Sun / 2h 30min / €19,99

Coming soon
Private Walking Tour of Amsterdam

Private Walking Tour

Get up close and personal with Amsterdam

2h 30min / €179,-

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Not all free city tours of Amsterdam are made equal. Out of over 800 tours on offer, Freedam Tours is super proud to be ​the Nr1 best-rated walking tour in Amsterdam on Tripadvisor!

See how some of our guests experienced the tour.

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.

Passionate local guides

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

Personal attention

Maximum 15 people per group (12 during Corona times) 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 tour for free 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 experience – always!

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are the answers to some of the most Frequently Asked Questions:

Why do I have to pay a Tourist Tax?

Starting from January 2020 ALL tours and activities in Amsterdam are subject to a new and compulsory Municipal ‘Entertainment Tax’ of €1,50 (plus €0.30 transaction fees) per person. This applies to ALL providers of tours and activities, including free tours like ours and that of our fellow free-walking tour companies. Click HERE to read more about this tax.

Why this tax? 

  • To counter overcrowding and strive for a ‘better balance between the costs and benefits of tourism’ – see the Municipal report City in Balance
  • To help restore our crumbling canals walls (read more about that here)

So, while we had preferred not to have to charge you this compulsory tax, on the bright side,

With this small contribution you literally help keep our city beautiful AND sustainable – thank you! ?

When does the tour run?

Due to the Covid 19 we have suspended all tours. We HOPE to reopen on April 1st 2021

No Tours on:

1 January

27 April (kings day)

How long is the tour?

It depends a little on the guide and weather, but on average the tour is 2,5 hours long. Distance covered: 2,5 km / 1.5 mi.

Where does the tour end?

The tour ends in front of the Royal Palace on Dam Square.

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. Click here for more information on our private tours.

Do I need to make a reservation?

It’s not mandatory, but we strongly suggest making a reservation (especially on days like Friday and Saturday!) since the maximum number group of people allowed on a tour is limited to 15 people. Reserving is fast and easy. If you are not able to make a reservation that means the tour is fully booked. But even in that case, there is hope: 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 the spot of someone who does not show up for their reservation.

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 per person.

How do I find the guide?

Your tour guide will be at the meeting point (in front of the Stock Exchange at Beursplein 5) 15 minutes before the start of the tour wearing a yellow key-cord with their name holding a big yellow umbrella.

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 ? In case of a truly heavy storm we may have to cancel a tour. If this happens will notify you the day before by email or text message.

Is the tour suitable for children?

In our opinion, yes. The tour deals with the subject of prostitution and the Red Light District, but all 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, on the contrary. However, every parent (and child) is different, so at the end of the day, it’s up to you.

Can I join the free tour with a larger group of 6 or more people?

No, unfortunately not. The maximum number of people allowed on a free (tips only) tour is 5 people. Bigger groups are required to book a private tour. We reserve the right to turn away multiple reservations resulting in groups bigger than 5 people. This includes different members of the same group attempting to join the tour by making several individual bookings.

Meet our guides



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


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


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


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.“


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


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.”


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


Guide — “Our tour guide Joran was lovely and his enthusiasm for the history of Amsterdam made the tour come to life.“


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


Guide — “Mike was brilliant and very knowledgeable, combining interesting facts with fun and laughter.“


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


Guide — “Willem has such a powerful and vast knowledge, and he seems to love the city so much. The curiosities he shared were extremely important to the full understanding of the story’.“

FreeDam Tours

FreeDam Tours is a collective of experienced guides with fresh new ideas who are (almost literally) in love with what we do. Founded in 2016 with the mission not to be the biggest, but the best walking tour company in Amsterdam.  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.


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