Free Walking tour of Amsterdam

Sightseeing and Cultural History Tour

Meeting Point:  The Old Church (Oude kerk) 

Click here for directions on Google maps.

We meet in front of the main entrance of the Old Church. Look for the guide with a yellow umbrella who will be at the meeting point 15 minutes before the start of the tour.

Times:

The tour starts every day at 11:00 (11am) and 14:00 (2pm)

Meeting Point Oude-Kerk

Are you ready to start your Amsterdam Adventure?

Join us on an exciting journey along they 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

Why is the Church surrounded by sex-workers?

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!

(Every tour is unique. Route, sights and topics may vary slightly depending on weather and / or guide).

HIGHLIGHTS:

THE OLD CHURCH • A HIDDEN CHURCH • THE RED LIGHT DISTRICT • CHINATOWN  • NIEUWMARKT SQUARE • REMBRANDT • THE DUTCH EAST INDIA HEADQUARTERS • THE JEWISH QUARTER • 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!"

“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 ratingReally fun and friendly tour Marcella was really friendly and funny and gave an inside view into Amsterdam life and really helpful tips when visiting

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    Emma C
    2/04/2020

    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

    Sebastian was a great tour guide, making the tour interesting through stories and personal experiences. We went with our kids 12 & 15 and they both enjoyed it.

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    Ian
    2/18/2020
  • 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

    An amazing tour with an incredible host! Got to know a lot of stuff about Amsterdam, it’s history and culture.

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    Vishal
    12/23/2019

    5 star ratingWould do it again A most enjoyable tour, the talk was delivered with charm and humor making the information easy to remember. Natalie added some nice touches from the pictures she brought. It added a new level of understanding about Amsterdam.

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    coffee_nerd
    12/17/2019