While most free walking tours of Amsterdam offer a quick tour of the main sights, at FreeDam Tours we really take a deep dive into Amsterdam’s unique history and culture.
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.
Be prepared to challenge all your preconceived ideas you may have of this city because after this tour you will never look and think of Amsterdam in the same way!
Out of more than 800 tours of Amsterdam, we are proud to be The Nr.1 best-rated walking tour in Amsterdam!
Here’s a short video of what your can expect:
With photos, fun facts, maps of the expansion of the city and history, I'm extremely satisfacted with the experience. And for sure the best Free Walking tour so far! Thank you!
We highly recommend this tour for anyone who really wants to understand Amsterdam. Our guide was highly knowledgeable and a lot of fun. This is one tour of Amsterdam you don't want to miss!
It was the best tour we attended during our vacation. The guide explained so many interesting things! I also loved the cookies and the postcard.
If you have not done this tour, cancel your plans and make time for it! This was not just a tour of the city but a historically enriched peek into the principles underlying Dutch culture, all delivered by an extremely knowledgeable and passionate guide. I am looking forward to taking the tour again with my friends and family that come to visit!
Normally I am bored as hell in this kind of tours, but our guide really "painted a picture" and made a story out of all the facts and the time flew by. Also after the tour we got a lot of recommendations (and discount codes) about what else to do in Amsterdam, and each of the recommendations we tried was very good too! I can only recommend everyone to take this tour as a first thing to do in Amsterdam.
Fascinating historic events, inspiring stories, and funny personal anecdotes. Supported by pictures, maps and paintings that bring history back to life.
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.
Maximum 15 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.
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!
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?
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!
We have tours every day of the year, EXCEPT ON:
27 April (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.
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.
This is totally up to you, according to your possibilities and how much you enjoyed the tour.
A tour of this scope would normally cost €25-30 but in this case you decide whether the tour met your expectations and you tip accordingly. People that really enjoyed the experience usually tip their guide around €15-€20.
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.
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 deals with the subject of prostitution, 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. Our goal is to show you Amsterdam is so much more than that. However, every parent (and child) is different, so at the end of the day, it’s up to you. Moreover, the city of Amsterdam has banned guided tours from the Red Light District, so we will not be entering the area and seeing sex-workers.
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.
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.