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Every day at 10:30 13:30 and 16:00

Meeting point: Dam Square in front of the National Monument.

New: The Free Alternative tour of Amsterdam, every day at 13:30


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If you want to know more about Amsterdam you must take this tour with a Dutch guide!

Free Walking Tours Amsterdam tells you the best stories that Amsterdam has to offer. Discover why Amsterdam is known as the most liberal city in the world. How did this small fishing village become so important in the 16th century? As Dutchmen we will tell you about Dutch culture and typical Dutch food. So join this tour and see Amsterdam as an Amsterdammer.

On this 2 hour tour we cover


royale palace Amsterdam

Royale Palace

The most important monument from the Golden Age, found on the square where Amsterdam got its name

Drugs Amsterdam

Drugs story

Find out why of all countries in the world did Holland choose to legalise marijuana and more?

VOC Amsterdam

The History of the VOC

Discover how trade made Amsterdam the richest city in the world during the Golden Age

Red light district Amsterdam

Red light district

Why is the prostitution legal? How does it work behind the windows? We will see the girls working in the famous Red-light district.

And a lot more!

New the Free Alternative tour of Amsterdam


Every day at 13:30

The Free Alternative tour of Amsterdam will take you beyond the basic tourist destinations to the heart and soul of Amsterdam: Learn all about crazy Dutch traditions, Dutch food and why it is so hard to find a Dutch restaurant, why we sell more than just good coffee at our coffee shops. With this Free Alternative tour, we will walk the UNESCO canal belt, go in-depth about new& old street art, squat movement and drugs story of Amsterdam. Know how and why this formed Amsterdam to the city it is today. This tour covers: Street Art explanation, indebt coffee shop explanation, squatting movement Amsterdam, why Amsterdam is gay capital, and much more……

Our team of Dutch guides has a passion for the alternative lifestyle of Amsterdam. We know the bar’s, artist and a squatting scene that make Amsterdam’s alternative scene. Join us on a tour that gets you off the tourist tracks and show you a different Amsterdam


Free Food Tour Amsterdam, lets taste the culture!


Every Friday & Saturday 10:30

With the Free Food Tour of Amsterdam. We discover why Amsterdammers eat 17 kilos of cheese a year, what are bitterballen or kroketten, and when do we eat it? What is a typical Dutch dinner, where can you get the best chocolate from Amsterdam? This and a lot more we discover on our Free Food Tour in Amsterdam. The tour is Free (tip based) and the samples are included. Book a spot and together we discover and taste Amsterdam and its Dutch Food.


Our guides


Our Guide Tim

Tim

Born in Harderwijk, a town one hours drive from Amsterdam. Which is a big distance in the Netherlands because in two hours you are already in Germany or Belgium. Having lived in Amsterdam for more than five years now I really love this liberal city.

Before I moved to Amsterdam I traveled a lot, and on these journeys I enjoyed a lot of free walking tours. I really loved the idea of a free walking tour so much, that I now started free walking tours Amsterdam for myself.

What do I really like about the walking tours? I like to meet all different cultures and learn about the differences and similarities that we have. Join me on one of the tours and ask all about Amsterdam's history culture and the special places where no tourist goes.

Our Guide Marius

Marius

Born in Amsterdam and live in Amsterdam which, is pretty unique these days. I lived (and studied) in Delft and Rotterdam too. But love my city Amsterdam the most, and as a local I thought I knew a lot about the city.

But when I first did a Free Walking Tour with Tim I felt really dumb, because there is so much more to know about Amsterdam than the locals know. For instance, I never knew about the secret hidden church...and why Napoleon called himself a rabbit when he became our king... So join the army of tourist that are way better informed than the locals, and join my tour.

The Free Walking Tour Amsterdam is just that good. It's a fresh and alternative tour that will learn you the origin of some English words like Angel, Love and F... (Freedom, yes very good) :) So what are you waiting for. Stop reading right now and hurry to the Dam!!

Our Guide Britt

Britt

Born in Hilversum, a city just 20 minutes away from Amsterdam, and also called “Hillywood” , the first thing I was sure about in my life was that I had to move to Amsterdam, which I did ASAP!

I studied History at the University of Amsterdam and as a social historian Amsterdam is one of the best cities in the world, because it is a city with religious freedom, tolerance, pragmatism and a unique society from the very beginning.

For me the combination of my passion for history and my passion for travelling and meeting new people come together when I’m giving a Free walking tour and hopefully I can show you the beauty behind the weed, the sex and the rock and roll (and maybe also the beauty of it)! So come and join me on the next free walking tour in Amsterdam

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If you want to see the best of Amsterdam, you have to hit the streets. And with Free Walking Tours Amsterdam I will help you discover Amsterdam and all the things you want to see. Free walking tours Amsterdam takes you where bus tours or canal tours cannot. Experience a personal tour from a Dutch and know the story behind the legalization of marijuana, the famous painter Rembrandt and the voyages of the VOC sailors.

We will take the time to see, enjoy and photograph all of the things you came to see. To make it possible for all travelers to join the tour, it is on a pay what you like basis. What this means is that you can donate what you like at the end. It also means I have to give you the best possible walking tour to keep you entertained and educated to earn your appreciation right till the end. To see all that Amsterdam has to offer come meet me at the monument at The Dam and experience it yourself.

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Amsterdam is a beautiful city and what a fun way to discover more about it by foot. A great tour if you want to discover the city for the first time.

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Our guide for the walk was Marius, and he was excellent. Very informative, and with a good sense of humour. There were only 7 of us on this tour, and it helped to make it seem more personal

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“Lovely way to see Amsterdam”

Lovely way to see the city and learn more of its history, this tour really opens your eyes to Amsterdam's colorful culture in ways you might not discover on your own.

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Frequently Asked Questions


For answers to some of the most frequently asked questions, see below. In some cases, it depends on which city you’re visiting and which tour you’d like to take but the most up to date information can always be found on the cities individual website – from which tours are offered when on the Tour Calendar to our private tour policies.



This is the title given to tours that offer the tour for free and work on a donation basis. At the end you can give the guide what you felt the tour was worth. In our small company, we are confident enough to let you decide what the value of the tour is.

You can not get a more fair system and this ensures that our guides give their best service every tour.

So is the tips of the tour, your only income? Yes the only source of income the guides have is the tips that generous people think that the tour is worth after having taken the awesome tour. We don’t get sponsored by the city or anyone else. We at Free walking tour Amsterdam do not have any commission with any company. Any tip is accepted of course, in this way, anyone can join no matter your travel budget.

We have 3 different tours, there is always something for everyone. With all 3 tours you walk a total different route and see totally different things. This is why it is fun to walk all 3 different tours.

With this walking tour we take a walk around the highlights of Amsterdam. Where we explain how Amsterdam became the liberal city it is today!

We will see : The Red Light-district

That is the oldest part of Amsterdam, with the old church in the middle of it all. The Red-light district also called De Wallen in Dutch is of course the part where we explain how it all works behind the windows. Why prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, and what the government does to keep the area save as it is today.

The Waag

This is the Harry Potter look alike building on the New markt. It is our old city guide but this historical highlight has had a lot of different functions over the years.

VOC headquarters

What is the VOC, what did they do, and why is it so special. Amsterdam today looks the way it does mainly because of the VOC.

University

This is where we walk through the Oude man, Huis Poort, Old Mens gate. Where you have the everyday book market.

Begijnhof

Also known as the secret garden with one of the two wooden houses still left in Amsterdam. Also we find two churches, one of them which was originally a hidden one.

Canal Belt Area

In Dutch known as the Grachtengordel ← impossible to pronounce if you are not Dutch!

We show you the Westerkerk where the Anne Frank house is. So you know how to find it. We do not visit the Anne Frank house with this tour.

Back to the Dam square so you don’t get lost on the tour.

With the Free Alternative tour we go to the west side of the city centre. We take the route away from the normal tourist track.

Spui Straat

This is the original squatting street of Amsterdam. We explain the squatting movement of Amsterdam.

Negen straatjes

Nine streets, where you find all the original boutique shops, that sell unique things. No big franchise shops, but alternative, vintage shops from local entrepreneurs .

Homo monument

Next to the Westerkerk, you find the Homo Monument. We make a stop for the historical acceptance of gays, lesbians and transgenders in Amsterdam.

Anne Frank House

The most famous girl from Amsterdam. At her house where she was hidden behind a closet, we tell her story, and how life was for Jews in Amsterdam.

Tulip Museum

Why are these flowers from Turkey so special for Holland? What was the price of a box of flowers in Amsterdam in 1632?

Jordaan

We walk through this part that used to be a ghetto in Amsterdam. Now it is one of the most loved area’s of Amsterdam to live in!

Alternative Red light District

Yes not only the famous Red light district everybody knows and sees. There are more alternatives with alternative options.

Back to the Dam Square so you do not get lost.
The Food tour is a really small walk, during which we spend a lot of time in the shops and restaurants that offer the food. This also makes it the best tour for a day with bad weather.

    This tour includes:
  • Cheese tasting
  • Cannabis oil tasting
  • Licorice at a 17th century shop
  • Herring tasting

And as a dessert, stroop waffle, and Ice cream at the best place for ice cream!

Again we end at the National monument on Dam Square so you do not get lost.

We now only do the tour in English, not yet in Spanish. You can get a private tour in different languages like Dutch, German, and Spanish. If your understanding of English is not as good, feel free to ask us to repeat something.
The tour is about one hour walking, one hour talking. There is no break in the middle. Please prepare yourself with water or a bathroom visit before joining. Of course, for an emergency we make a stop, no problem!
Yes there is and it is 20 people, sometimes we make an exception to 25 people! But if you want to be sure that you own a place you have to book a spot up front!
The Classic tour is a little over 5 kilometers or 3 miles, a circle around the Dam square! The Alternative tour is a little less than 5 kilometers about 2,7 miles. The Free Food tour is the shortest with only 2,3 kilometers or 1.5 mile walk in the centre.
We always try to do the tour in two hours, as we believe this is the perfect timing for a free walking tour. However sometimes the tour may take 2,5 hours, it depends a little on the amount of questions and pace of the group. It is mostly one hour walking, one hour talking.

Yes, you can no problem! Even three if you have the good legs for it. If you want to join more tours on the same day. Please book it in that way, also make sure you have a lunch or water with you up front, so you don’t have to do shopping in the hour or half hour between the tours.

No tour is history only. We always explain more about culture, lifestyle and modern day life in Amsterdam. For the History lovers we recommend to do the classic tour. This tour explains the origin of Amsterdam and why it is the most liberal city in the world.

The Alternative tour has almost no history. It is more about the current culture, street art and it goes deeper into the drug story. The only history story of this tour is the one of Anne Frank and here life in the Second World War.

Yes sure, you're free to join and Free to leave at any time you like. If you want to leave please tell it to the guide when the tour starts, so he can keep it in mind and help you to remember. If you want to leave always let the guide know, so we don’t have to go looking for your in the maze called Amsterdam.


A tall Dutchman holding a WHITE UMBRELLA standing in front of the National monument on Dam square. With the white Umbrella it is easy to recognize us. The National monument is on the opposite site of the Royal Palace. Also check the video about how to find us.

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The group picture that we make is posted every day after 8 pm on facebook. Click here to see the picture, and share it.

We strongly recommend making a reservation. In this way, we know how many people will join the tour, and we make sure there will be enough guides. If the tour is full you may have to join the next tour. So please click here to book a tour!

Sure there is a edit your response button in the bookings mail you get. You can edit the tour for a new time date or group size. If you want to cancel the booking please let us know bye mail. For some stupid reason it is not possible yet to cancel your self.

Then you’ll be able to hear the guide better! As long as at least 1 person has shown up and wants to take the tour, it’s on!

Yes, we offer group tours. Please book in advance and let us know how many people will join us. Depending on the size of the group, there might be more than one guide.

Yes! Children are always welcome on our tours. If we go through the Red Light District, the guide will take extra care to ensure that the children do not see something that they shouldn't. Just remember it is about 3km that we walk. Please ensure your child will be able to walk the distance. You are welcome to bring the stroller along.

The tour ends at the National Monument on Dam Square. We end where we start.

Yes, you can bring any animal on the tour! Apart from a few buildings where we go inside, you can join every part of the tour.

The tours always run as scheduled, rain or snow we always go! There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!

We walk away mostly 5 minutes after the tour time. Please be on time it is impossible to catch up with the tour later.


Is Amsterdam safe to travel? Yes it is,The Safe City Index 2015 Amsterdam gave it the 5th position in the list of safest cities in the world. Though you can buy marihuana and truffles (underground mushrooms) freely in coffee shops or smart shops and the prostitution is legal, Amsterdam is not a dangerous city. The city does especially well in regards to traffic. Aldo everyone travels by bike there are not many traffic accidents and the air in Amsterdam is not (much) polluted.

For crime, Amsterdam is also safe. The risk of violent assault in Amsterdam is pretty much absent, in all parts of the city. Also, crime rates in general in Amsterdam are doing down every year.

Still, most of the crimes like robbing and pick pocketing in Amsterdam happen to tourists. Tourists are more often targeted than Amsterdam residents because they are easily distracted. Tourists will need to be careful of petty thieves, like pickpockets and getting your bag, jacket or things from your car stolen. Also always ignore the street dealers you can find them at nighttime!

The biggest crime in Amsterdam is tax evasion but that won’t bother you! Bike theft may be risky always lock your bike on to something!

Language:
Dutch but everybody speaks also English.
Visas Mostly after 3 months it is a Shengen zone

Money
ATM’s are everywhere to get euros credit cards are accepted in most hotels, but not in all bars or restaurants

Tourist information
There is a VVV but it is best to take a walk with us!

Daly cost:
Amsterdam is expensive especially in the city centre. Unfortunately we don’t know a cheap place to stay.

Getting around

GVB has a OV chipcard that you can us for 1 hours a day or longer. The I amsterdam card offers a good option for a combination of public transport and lots of museums included for 24 36 or 72 hours.

However the best way to get around after a walking tour in Amsterdam is a bicycle .

Do’s

Take a Free Walking Tour with us

Bike around Amsterdam

Visit the Dam Square

Go to the Canal Belt

Drink good Dutch Beer

Dont’s

Be foolish with drugs

Leave without a map

Walk in the bike lanes

Pee in the canals

Buy drugs from street dealers

Wheater is the number one topic, ask any Dutchmen what it would be and there is a very big chance he can tell you in detail. This is because in the Netherlands we have about a 145 days of rain a year.

The weather in Amsterdam varies much, although one thing is for sure, there is always a chance of rain. Best is to visit Amsterdam in spring, but it is also good in summer. The weather is best does days. The temperatures are mild in spring and can be warm in summer. The average temperature in summer is around 20 degrees Celsius (68° Fahrenheit). In winter it can be cold and windy. Most years there are only a few days with snowfall because Amsterdam is situated quite close to the ocean.

What is the best time to go to Amsterdam or Holland? Here are some weather facts:

  • The months July and August have nice weather with a good average temperatures.
  • Mostly the warmest month is August.
  • The coolest month is January.
  • We have mild winters and mild summers, or you can say shity winters shity summers :-)
  • April has the least rain!

Graph amsterdam

Graph amsterdam

Graph amsterdam

  • Take a bottle of water and suncream when it is hot! And for the cold and rainy days, there is no such thing as bad weather only bad clothing.

Our motto is: Rain or snow we always go!

Marijuana & Hashish

Despite what you may think, cannabis is not really legal in the Netherlands although it is tolerated. On the tour we explain in detail how it works. For now: the possession and purchase of small amounts of different soft drugs like Marijuana, Hashish, Spacecake (hash or marijuana baked on a low temperature) and mushroom, that we call truffles, is allowed. Users won’t be prosecuted for smoking or carrying it. This means that coffeeshops are allowed to sell it but they are not allowed to buy it themselves.

Most cannabis product sold in the Netherlands used to be imported, but today the country has high-grade home produce, so called Nederwiet. Please be careful, it can be quite strong. The most potent varieties contains 15% THC. Dutch weed will literally blow your mind, perhaps to an extent that you won’t like. This is why many local smokers have sworn off the Nederwiet.

If you are not used to it please be carefull. Start small, take the time for it. Space cakes and cookies are an option for the non smokers. However, it's difficult to say how much you should eat of it. Please ask the guy behind the counter, take his advice seriously.


Do’s and Don’ts with Drugs
  • Do visit a coffeeshop even if you only go for a coffee. It is a must see on your visit to Amsterdam
  • Don’t be foolish with drugs, it's tolerated and we are happy with that. Don’t abuse it.
  • Do ask the seller how and where to use it. Especially if it's your first time.
  • Don’t think they may have hard drugs in a coffeeshop, they don’t.
  • Do be carefull with the mushrooms and space cakes, it’s different.
  • Do enjoy it! And please responsibly!

During the Alternative tour we discuss this topic in-depth. It is very important that you understand, even with legal marijuana, it is still dangerous to buy drugs at the streets. If you want to try drugs, rather discuss this with us, and we will send you in a safe direction.

1. Take the Free boat over the IJ to the NDSM werf

As with any big city, there are parts that nobody knows of, unless a local tells you about it. Amsterdam is no different. The IJ is a river located behind the Central Station and there is a ferry which offers a free ride across.

On the other side is Amsterdam Noord (North Amsterdam) and it is a new culture that bloomed in a very old district. It is a desolated area that hosts an astonishing underground culture. The old NDSM Ship Wharf offers artists and craftspeople affordable studios and workspaces.

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The area evens hosts their own parties, festivals and exhibitions. Take a look at NDSM.nl for further info.

2. The gardens of the Rijksmuseum

If you do not have the money to go in the Rijksmuseum, don't despair. The gardens around the museum was also revamped when they revamped the museum.

The garden now boasts a 14 500 m2 outdoor gallery in Renaissance and Baroque style. There are free guides available that can give you information on the statues, fountains, ponds and the salvaged Dutch architectural pieces. There are even some Gotchi pillars and 17th-century city gates.

Just keep in mind that the Baroque Garden is only open on weekdays and it also offers an open air chess game. There are alway loads of willing participants to challenge.

Also you find the famous “I Amsterdam” letters here.

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3. The Free lunchtime concert at the Conert gebouw

For Lunchtime Concerts in the Recital Hall you will require a ticket, which is free of charge. These tickets are available from the Entrance Hall, from 11:30 a.m. onward. As these concerts are very popular, please ensure you arrive in plenty of time to obtain your ticket. Doors to the concert hall open about 30 minutes before the Lunchtime Concert begins. For Lunchtime Concerts in the Main Hall, a ticket is not required. More info

4. The summer Vondelpark Festival

During the summer months, you must visit Vondelpark and their Vondelpark Festival. It is hosted every weekend and offers great entertainment for kids and adults alike. There are free music shows, dance, performances and even some stand up comedy. It is a great place to hang out, don't let the language barrier prevent you from going, dance is in itself a universal language.

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5. The Art gallery of the Amsterdam Museum

Amsterdam is one of the most historical European cities, with lots of secret and hidden gems around for you to find. One of these gems is a small alley that exhibits 15 huge paintings from the 17th century.The alley is situated right in the centre of Amsterdam and the paintings portrays the city guard from that time period.

The Schuttersgalerij is between Kalverstraat and Begijnhof, you can find the entrance at Kalverstraat 92

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This is free museum part is included in the classic tour

6. See the bulbs at the Amsterdam Flower market

A visit to Amsterdam is never complete unless you visit the Amsterdam Flower market. The Flower market is located on the boats and dates back to a time when flowers and bulbs were delivered by boat.

They don't deliver flowers by boat anymore, however the market remained and has vast amount of souvenirs. Just remember that you will hardly find any flowers here, it now sells more of the tourist souvenirs.

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You can find the market between Muntplein and Leidsestraat.

7. Hang out at the street markets

When you visit Amsterdam, make sure that you visit the Albert Cuypstraat Markt. It is Amsterdam's largest city market and offer a variety of items for sale. It dates back to 1904 and is located in the “De Pijp” area of the city.

At this market you will find household items, clothes and even some souvenirs.

Opening hours: Albert Cuypstraat Markt Mon – Sat: 9.30am – 5pm

8. Cannabis College in the Red light district

Only in Amsterdam will you find a college that educates people about Amsterdam’s favourite herb. The centre is a non-profit and teach visitors about coffee shop etiquette, there are various bong displays and hemp-made products. You can even try out a vaporiser.

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9. EYE Film Institute

While the art-house movies and main-floor exhibitions cost money, the interactive Dutch film displays in the basement cost zilch. To reach the gleaming facility, take the free Buiksloterweg' ferry from behind Centraal Station.

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Dutch restaurants

Traditionally, Dutch cuisine is simple and straightforward, with many vegetables and little meat: breakfast and lunch are typically bread with toppings like cheese, while dinner is meat and potatoes, supplemented with seasonal vegetables. The diet contains many dairy products and was relatively high in carbohydrates and fat, reflecting the dietary needs of the laborers whose culture molded the country. Without many refinements, it is best described as rustic. Though many holidays are celebrated with special foods.

During the twentieth century, Dutch cuisine and diet changed. Influenced by the eating culture of its colonies (particularly the Dutch East Indies), it became more cosmopolitan and most international cuisines are represented in the major cities.

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In Amsterdam you can find food from all over the world, but it is rare to find a Dutch restaurant here. Because of this we have some restaurants that we would like to recommend!

Dutch Restaurant who severe the Dutch kitchen:
  • Moeders €€€
  • Bij Ons €€
  • Loetje €€
  • Silveren Spiegel €€€€
  • Febo € (snack bar)
If you are a real food lover we strongly recommend to join us on our Food tour.
Restaurants we like and locals go! (International kitchen)
  • Hannekes boom €€
  • Foodhallen €€
  • OBA €€ for cheap lunch with a great view
  • Roest €€
  • Pllek

Restaurant and good place for a beer. This post-industrial spot with a beach-like atmosphere offers one of the best panoramic views of the IJ River. Using only the highest quality, organic products, Pllek serves homemade sandwiches and fresh juices. The venue welcomes a diverse and alternative crowd to relax on the manmade beach refuge or hangout inside by the fireplace. Pllek also is home to Amsterdam’s largest disco ball at night. Just remember the last ferry back to the mainland leaves at midnight during the week and 1:00 on the weekends. More info check: http://www.pllek.nl/

Metropolitan must do for Coffee and dessert https://www.metropolitan.nl/

Metropolitan is a chocolate walhalla, ice cream parlor, espresso bar, dessert shop. A place for lovers of pure chocolate and the best ice cream in a vibrant entourage in the heart of Amsterdam's old town.

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Reijpenear, cheese tasting and buying https://www.reypenaercheese.com/en/

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At the Reypenaer Cheese Tasting Room in the centre of old Amsterdam, you can personally test and evaluate the flavour, the aroma and the qualities of the Reypenaer cheeses, all under the guidance of an expert cheese taster.

If you are a real food lover, and would like to know more about the Dutch and the Food, we strongly recommend to do the Free Food tour! We will tell you all about the local food and let you taste it!

Beer places we love in Amsterdam

For a taste of authentic Amsterdam flavour and Dutch culture, don't miss a visit to a traditional Dutch pub known as a 'brown café' (bruin café). These local watering-holes are a quintessential part of Amsterdam’s culture – and are the favoured haunts of some colourful local personalities.

Being sandwiched between Belgium and Germany, it would be sort of weird (not to mention: a total waste) if the Dutch didn’t get passionate about every decent monk’s favorite beverage. But with this much to choose, where to begin your own beer quest?

Beer places we recommend:
Brouwerij het IJ

The best brewery in town! This Windmill bar is a small brewery in Amsterdam. It is located in a former bath house named Funen, next to the De Gooyer windmill. The brewery was opened by Kaspar Peterson, a former musician, in October 1985 and was one of several small breweries that opened in cities around the Netherlands in response to consumers' dissatisfaction with beer brewed by the larger companies. It brews eight standard beers and three seasonal beers, besides limited edition beers. Try the ‘Zatte’, you will definitely like this one! The brewery allows tours and tastings, and has a pub with an outdoor terrace. http://www.brouwerijhetij.nl/?lang=en

In ’t Aepjen

This characterful brown café is housed in one of the oldest buildings in the city, one of the only two remaining wooden buildings in the whole of Amsterdam. It dates all the way back to 1475, and there’s been a tavern on the site since the 17th century. The ground floor has only been a café since 1990 but the atmosphere of the place is unquestionable. The name translates to "in the monkey" in English, and the place was once a haunt of the sailors of the Dutch East India company who, legend has it, once brought a monkey back from the Far East in lieu of payment. No website go have a look yourself at the Zeedijk number 1

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Café Gollem

Bown café with good atmosphere. Heavy beers go peacefully and smoothly here. The famous Westfloat and other Trappist beers are served here. There are 14 beers on tap, of which 7 change regularly. There are more locations in Amsterdam look for one near your hotel https://cafegollem.nl/

Prael Proeflokaal

People and beer – that’s what it’s all about at de Prael. You just can’t separate one from the other, because after all, what would beer be without good company or a good conversation? Brouwerij de Prael is not just a beer cafe, it's the balance between social, cultural and having a good time. Very popular with locals and its in the middle of the Red-light district. http://deprael.nl/proeflokaal/

De Bier fabriek

This place is a brewery and restaurant in one. They brew their own beer and serve Burgundian dishes. Apetrots is their signature dish: the charcoal of the charcoal BBQ. Here you can tap our beer yourself (they offer a beer tap at your table), eat the chicken with your hands and throw the peel of the free peanuts on the ground. http://www.bierfabriek.com/en/

Also stroll around in the Jordaan area for much more the brown cafes..

To fully experience Amsterdam, be sure to head out beyond the borders of the city centre and explore the Amsterdam Area. In less than 30 minutes, you’ll find excellent shopping cities like Haarlem, the majestic windmills at Zaanse Schans, the famous tulip fields in and around the Keukenhof, and historic towns like Edam and Volendam. Discover the best day trips from Amsterdam!

Rotterdam also called manhattan on the Maase is worth a day visit. CNN called it the “new cool city”. Check our Free walking tour in Rotterdam

April

- Kings day
King's Day (used to be Queen's Day) festivities invite locals and visitors alike to soak up Amsterdam's open-air fun. In the streets, canals, parks and everywhere in between, the city is bursting with orange as Amsterdammers enjoy the biggest street party of the year. Try to go on a boat this day, it’s the best that can happen to you! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koningsdag

- Newmarket days
Every year, at the end of April, for one week everything will be experienced during the April celebrations at the Nieuwmarkt. Time for old-fashioned cosiness! With a ferris wheel, a pivot mill and performances of bands you probably do not know. Whatever day you go there, it's always cozy. You probably meet many old acquaintances and make new friends. Go there its free and you will love it! https://www.facebook.com/events/232532777151799/

May

- Liberation day, May 5th
Every year on the 4th of May we remember all the people that fought for our freedom in World War II, and the peacekeeping missions after. On the 5th of May we celebrate our peace with music festivals all around the country! In Amsterdam there is also a celebration, although this is small. It’s best to go to Haarlem, the town next door. http://www.bevrijdingspop.nl/

- Rolling Kitchens
Rollende Keukens is the biggest food festival in Amsterdam. This fantastic food truck festival is at Westerpark in middle of May. Masses of mobile food purveyors set up their “rolling kitchens” making Westerpark into a large open-air restaurant complete with beer tents and live music. Every year this festival just gets bigger and better! However that also means crowds, so get there early. http://rollendekeukens.amsterdam/en/

June

- Vondelpark Open Air Theater
Every summer the Vondelpark Open Air Theatre, located in the Vondelpark in Amsterdam is the perfect spot for unique outdoor concerts and performances. Open every weekend. Check the agenda at http://www.openluchttheater.nl/english/

Juli

- Open garden days
Every year, the Museum Van Loon organizes the Open Garden Days on the third weekend of June. During this weekend, a hidden part of Amsterdam becomes visible as more than 25 canal house gardens are opened to the public. http://www.opentuinendagen.nl/

- Pitch
The Pitch Festival is known for its traditionally strong electro-tinged line-up, bringing a two-day musical celebration at Amsterdam’s NDSM Wharf. 10.000 partying and dancing people across 4 stages. http://pitchfestival.nl/

August

- Amsterdam gay pride
Amsterdam Pride or Amsterdam Gay Pride is a citywide gay-festival held annually at the center of Amsterdam during the first weekend of August. The festival attracts several hundred-thousand visitors each year and is one of the largest publicly held annual events in the Netherlands. https://pride.amsterdam/?lang=en

- Grachten festival
The magnificent Grachtenfestival (Canal Festival), held annually in August on and around Amsterdam’s canals, is one of the cultural highlights of the Amsterdam summer. The historic canal belt of Amsterdam, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2010, hosts the ten-day festival of classical music at numerous beautiful locations. https://www.grachtenfestival.nl/index.vm?lang=en

- Pluk de nacht, movie nights
Amsterdam's open-air film festival Pluk de Nacht (Seize the Night) annually brings a round of free outdoor cinema to Amsterdam's waterside in August. https://www.plukdenacht.nl/en/

- Jordaan festival
A big inner city street festival celebrating the diversity of this former working class district. This includes drum bands, children's festival, opera and cabaret and a boules competition. https://www.jordaanfestival.nl/

Oktober

- Amsterdam dance Event
ADE's festival program covers the whole spectrum of electronic subgenres, with over 2,200 artists performing in 120 of Amsterdam's finest music and nightlife spaces. In 2016 the festival attracted 375,000 festival visitors from around the globe, which makes it the world's biggest club festival. https://www.amsterdam-dance-event.nl/

Rotterdam

Take a boat

Rotterdam also called manhattan on the maas is the second largest city of the Netherlands with the biggest harbour of Europe. (it used to be the world's biggest) Lonely planet & CNN recently called Rotterdam the new best city to visit. This because of the great diversity, Futuristic architecture, friendly locals and great skyline together with a 17th-century Delfshaven. And now there is even a Free walking tour! Check: http://freewalkingtourrotterdam.com/ before you go!

Zaanse schans

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The Zaanse Schans is a residential area in which the 18th and 19th centuries are brought to life. Stroll past the bakery museum and enjoy the smell of fresh bread, or take a look at the warehouse where clogs are made. You should be sure not to miss the cheese factory, pewter foundry and the various windmills. The Zaanse Schans is a unique part of Holland, full of wooden houses, mills, barns and workshops. Bike around the area or go bye boat. There is even a pannenkoekenhuis pancake restaurant. It is touristy but it is still nice. If you are a good biker you can reach it from Amsterdam by bike.

Haarlem

Take a boat

Haarlem is a charming, medieval city in North Holland with lots of things to do there is even a Free walking tour.. This Dutch city offers tourists a lively cultural scene, oodles of atmosphere, excellent shopping and dining opportunities it's only 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam. On top of that it is close to the beach Zandvoort. You can also go there by train.

Utrecht

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Utrecht is the lively, beating heart of Holland. It was built around the Dom tower, which you can see from any point in the city, so there is no way you can get lost in the attractive, car-free city centre. The dom tower is also the highest church tower we have in the Netherlands. Utrecht is a lot older as Amsterdam is very Dutch as there are not that many tourist. And it is a centuries-old university town. With only 20 minutes by train Utrecht is a great day trip from Amsterdam.

Keukenhof

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Each spring, the Keukenhof Gardens in Lisse come alive with blooming flowers in every colour of the rainbow. The tulip especially has a big part of the flower garden. As this flower meant a lot in the dutch history. Come through the tulips at the world’s largest flower gardens. Keukenhof is open from 23 March 2018 up to 21 May 2018.

Delft

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The exquisite medieval centre of Delft is a hugely popular Dutch day-trip destination, with visitors flocking to stroll its narrow, canal-lined streets, gazing at the remarkable architecture and learning about the life and career of Golden Age painter Johannes Vermeer. The artist was born in Delft and lived here – View of Delft, one of his best-loved works, is an enigmatic, idealised vision of the town.
Delft is synonymous with its famous Delftware, the distinctive blue-and-white pottery originally duplicated from Chinese porcelain by 17th-century artisans.