“The only free walking tour of Amsterdam offering the quality of a small high-end boutique tour".

Freedom runs in the DNA of Amsterdam. Free trade turned this former swamp into the centre of a vast trading empire. Freethinking inspired philosophers and artists like Rembrandt to produce their finest works here. Liberalism influenced the city’s architecture with unique canal houses in all shapes and sizes. Freedom continues to shape modern day Amsterdam with its liberal attitudes towards sex, drugs and welcoming alternative lifestyles. Discover how and why on this fascinating historical free walking tour of Amsterdam. Your super local guide will educate you on the brightest and darkest pages of our history on a hart-felt tour that speaks to the free spirit of Amsterdam – FreeDam Tours. Every day at 10AM, 11AM, 1PM and 2PM, in front of the Old Church, in the heart of the Red Light District.



Tours & how to Reserve Your Spot

Free Walking Tour of Amsterdam

Private Walking Tour of Amsterdam

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 to 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.


Not all free city tours of Amsterdam are made equal. Out of almost 600 tours on offer in the city, Freedam Tours is super proud to be ​the best rated walking tour in Amsterdam!

See how some of our guests experienced the tour >>>


“Very interesting tour about Amsterdam history, architecture, dutch culture and everyday life. We got so much information and after the tour you don’t look at Amsterdam the same way”.

Noemie P on Tripadvisor

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 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 tor 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 tour – always!

Frequently Asked Questions

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

The tour runs daily at 10:00, 11:00, 13:00 and 14:00. There is 10:00 tour from November till  March. No 11AM tour on January 1st & no tours at all on April 27th – Kings Day.

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.

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

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.

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. But 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 their – if don’t show up .

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.

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 wearing a yellow key-cord with their name holding a big yellow umbrella.

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.

In our opinion, yes. The tour starts in- and deals with 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.

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. Click here for more information on Private Tours. Alternatively, depending on availability, groups between 6 and 10 people can join the tour for a fixed fee of €12 per person, as described in our terms and conditions.

Meet our guides


Owner & Guide

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



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



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



“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.“



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



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



“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 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.”



“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.”



“​Shanna​, our guide was friendly, knowledgeable and fun to be with. The stories and tales she wove was magic”



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



“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’.“



“Natalie shared her knowledge in a very impressive dynamic way, and she made sure to keep a cozy tour.”

About Us

FreeDam Tours was founded in 2016 with the mission not to be the biggest, but the best walking tour company in Amsterdam. We are a collective of experienced guides with fresh new ideas who 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.

Contact Us

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.