Free Walking tour of Amsterdam

Sightseeing and Cultural History Tour

Meeting Point:  Stock Exchange Square (Beursplein) 

Click here for directions on Google maps.

Meet us on the ‘Stock Exchange Square’ in front of the Stock Exchange (Beurplein 5). Your guide will be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start of the tour holding a big yellow umbrella.

Time:

Every day at 11:00 (11am)

Meeting Point Free Walking Tour

GROUPS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING:

  • Extra small groups (12 -15 people max) to ensure appropriate social distance between guests so you can have a both safe and high-quality tour experience.
  • Maximum 4 people per booking. If you are with 5 or more people you can now book a private tour for a special discounted price staring at only €125
  • Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone number, email) during the booking process or at the meeting point for contact tracing purposes. 

HYGIENE:

  • New mask requirement in certain areas: starting from August 5th there will be a mask requirement in some busy parts of the city. We will try to avoid these places as much a possible but we do ask everybody to bring a mask in case we walk in these areas. Please bring your own mask. If  you don’t have one we will provide free masks till Sunday august 9th after which you can buy one from us for €2.
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitation wipes will be available at the meeting point and guides will also have these items during the tour for you to use anytime you wish. 
  • Guides will wear latex gloves when necessary.
  • We encourage contactless payments / tips. Guides have mobile payments devised so that, if you wish, you will have the possibility to tip them without using cash money. To ensure proper social distance the mobile pay-devices will be placed on selfie -sticks and will be disinfected frequently.

These protocols are based on te advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and Dutch Government and the City of Amsterdam (click for English-version sites).

Are you ready to start your Amsterdam Adventure?

Join us on an exciting journey along the beautiful canals of Amsterdam. Together with your super local guide you will discover how freedom and tolerance shaped the city and its people through the ages and understand how these values continue to influence it today.

Be prepared to challenge all the preconceived ideas you may have, because after this tour you will never look and think of Amsterdam the same way.

On the tour you will see, experience and discuss:

HISTORY

The ‘Golden Age’: how Amsterdam was able to become the richest city on the planet in the 17th Century.

Why the Dutch made the surprising transition from a Republic to Monarchy.

The tragedy of WWII and Nazi occupation.

MODERN LIFE

Why Amsterdam’s brothels are going out of business and the uncertain future of the Red Light District.

Coffee Shops & Dutch (soft)drug policies explained: why it originated in Chinatown and how Marijuana is not as legal as you may think…

How the hippies saved Amsterdam.

The latest gossip around our current Royal Family at the Royal Palace 😉

CULTURE

Where Rembrandt painted his first masterpiece. 

What lies beneath the famous ‘Dutch tolerance’?

Dutch way of life: from our bike culture to why we keep our curtains open – at all times!

….And much, MUCH more!

Please note: every tour is unique. Route, sights and topics may vary slightly depending on weather and / or guide.

HIGHLIGHTS:

OLD HARBOR • THE TOWER OF TEARS • A HIDDEN CHURCH • THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT • CHINATOWN  • NIEUWMARKT SQUARE • COFFEESHOPS AND DUTCH DRUG LAWS EXPLAINED • REMBRANDT • THE DUTCH EAST INDIA HEADQUARTERS • THE JEWISH QUARTER or ANN FRANKS HOUSE • QUAINT CANALS & GLORIOUS CANAL HOUSES  • UNIVERSITY DISTRICT • DUTCH BIKE CULTURE • DAM SQUARE & THE ROYAL PALACE  • AMSTERDAM LIFESTYLE  • UNIQUE PERSONAL STORIES

Free / Tip-based Walking Tour means we offer you this tour for free and after tour you can tip your guide what you think the tour was worth. That motivates us to give you the best tour and you get the best possible value!

"Truly fantastic. Very informative, very interesting, and very fun!"

GROUPS AND SOCIAL DISTANCING:

  • Extra small groups (12 -15 people max) to ensure appropriate social distance between guests so you can have a both safe and high-quality tour experience.
  • Maximum 4 people per booking. If you are with 5 or more people you can now book a private tour for a special discounted price staring at only €125
  • Guests will be required to provide personal details (name, phone number, email) during the booking process or at the meeting point for contact tracing purposes. 

HYGIENE:

  • Hand sanitizer and sanitation wipes will be available at the meeting point and guides will also have these items during the tour for you to use anytime you wish. 
  • Guides will wear latex gloves when necessary.
  • Guests can bring and wear their own masks. If you like you can also  purchase a surgical mask from your guide for €2.
  • We encourage contactless payments / tips. Guides have mobile payments devised so that, if you wish, you will have the possibility to tip them without using cash money. To ensure proper social distance the mobile pay-devices will be placed on selfie -sticks and will be disinfected frequently.

These protocols are based on te advice of the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment and Dutch Government and the City of Amsterdam (click for English-version sites).

Location visits on this tour

What you’ll see

Meeting Point Free Waking Tour Amsterdam
Meeting Point Free Waking Tour Amsterdam
Meeting Point Free Waking Tour Amsterdam

“From the Red Light District to the evolution of Amsterdam as the global center of world trade in the 17th century, its transition from a republic to a monarchy, the tragedy of the Nazi occupation and its enlightened and effective attitude to drug control, your guide will stitch these diverse items together with humorous personal anecdotes and insightful commentary on the underlying social and cultural mores of the Dutch people”.

Sue On TripAdvisor

  • 5 star ratingWalking Tour with Joy Amsterdam Freedam tours was amazing! Joy was very informative and engaging. Time flew by with her. Would highly recommend going on this tour with Joy.

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    950sameenam
    1/27/2020

    Sebastian was an amazing tour guide, he made the tour super interesting, with a lot of insights into the Amsterdam’s culture and its background! Me and my friend really loved it! A great kickstart to get to know this beautiful city better!

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    Julia
    2/18/2020

    5 star ratingThoroughly enjoyed this tour. We were planning to do a private 90 minute tour but times weren't good for us so I went ahead and booked this tour. When we first arrived I was a little put off by the crowd but our tour guide, Joran, was brilliant and had us all chatting in no time. The 2.5 hours flew by with the group taken many places and told of a lot of Amsterdam's history. Would definitely recommend to others!

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    Roaming413
    1/03/2020
  • very nice experience
    If you're new here I recommend join this

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    Minjun
    2/16/2020

    5 star ratingInformative walking tour We had a three hour tour with Joran on 5th February 2020. I really liked Joran’s style - he was easygoing, friendly and informative. I really enjoyed this tour, because we were able to find out a lot about the history and culture of Amsterdam and gain a better understanding of the things we saw around us. I also like the concept of paying what you think the tour was worth at the end rather than paying a fixed fee at the beginning.

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    jtaylor946
    2/15/2020

    The FreeDam Walking Tour was auch an amazing experience!! My tour guide was Mike and I think nobody could have made it better than he did! Everything he told about cannabis, drugs, prostitution, history etc. was so interesting and even though I have been on my own, I was laughing a lot and really enjoying myself due to his ironic way of storytelling! I’m
    I would definitely recommend you to take this amazing tour - especially with Mike!!

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    Ju'Lia
    11/29/2019