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DAILY CLASSIC TOUR AT 10:30, 13:30 & 16:00

MEETING POINT: Dam Square in front of the National Monument

SOON: Alternative Tour, Red Light District Tour, Food Tour


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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 17th 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 show all sides of the mysterious and famous Red-Light districk

And a lot more!

The Free Alternative tour of Amsterdam


SOON!
Tour is tip-based, however, we have to charge €1,55 entertainment tax per person before the tour

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!


SOON!
Tour is tip-based, however, we have to charge €1,55 entertainment tax per person before the tour

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.


Free Red Light District Tour Amsterdam


SOON!
Tour is tip-based, however, we have to charge €1,55 entertainment tax per person before the tour

The Red Light District is an area full of stories that make Amsterdam famous in a lot of way’s. Why is this area in Amsterdam? When did it start? How does it work behind the windows? A lot of questions that will be answered in the Free Red Light District tour Amsterdam. We will explain the inside stories from the opinions of the local residents and the women, with the history, present and future of this lively neighborhood.


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

Sem

Born in Amsterdam and live in Amsterdam which, is pretty unique these days. I lived and studied in Amsterdam all my life, I really love my city Amsterdam the most, and as a local, I thought I knew a lot about the city and the great stories, but its a lot more now that I am a city guide.

Before I was a teaching history, but as a traveler myself, I liked it more to work with travelers like you are. In this way, I can still use my knowledge of history but now share it when we walk around town. So join me on my tour to know the best stories Amsterdam.

The Free Walking Tour Amsterdam is just that good. It's the best way to see Amsterdam and it's Freedom :-) 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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STAY SAFE WITH US & KEEP DISTANCE

Download and install the DisVoize App before the tour

If you want to see the best of Amsterdam, you have to hit the streets. With Free Walking Tours Amsterdam we will help you discover Amsterdam and all the things you want to see in the safest way possible. Free Walking Tours Amsterdam takes you where bus tours or canal tours cannot and saves you the hassle of sitting together in a closed environment. We kindly ask you to download the DisVoize app as mentioned above, to 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. This means you can donate what you like at the end. It also means we 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 your guide at the monument at The Dam and experience it yourself.
For more info about our current safety measures, please check our FAQ.

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Thanks for the great tour this morning

“Thanks for the great tour this morning”

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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Amazing tour around Amsterdam

“Amazing tour around Amsterdam”

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 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.



To stay safe, groups are no bigger than 15 people and we keep 1.5 meter distance from each other. To hear the guide we use the app DisVoize.

If you are a household, you can stay together with 5 people. Otherwise always keep 1.5 meter distance from each other.

We recommend using a debit card, but you can also tip the guide cash.

  • Use the Disvoize app for a safe distance
  • Only pre bookings with health check
  • Offer debit card payment to prevent contact
  • Guides wash hands before and after every tour
  • Prevent small streets to keep a safe distance

Install the DisVoize app from the App Store or Google Play and tune in to the channel of the guide.

The app uses less data than Spotify and 6% battery an hour.


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.

From the start of 2020 we also have to charge €1,55 entertainment tax to use the open air museum Amsterdam. It is per person and we charge it by debit card at the start of the tour. More info: https://www.amsterdam.nl/en/municipal-taxes/entertainment-tax/ Still you cannot get a more fair system and this ensures that our guides give their best service every tour. Still you cannot get a more fair system and this ensures that our guides give their best service every tour.

So are 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.

As of the start of 2020, we have to charge € 1,55 entertainment tax for each person that walks with us. It is like a payment for the 'Open-Air Museum' of Amsterdam. We charge this at the start of the tour, with debit or credit card. For more info about this entertainment tax, please go to: https://www.amsterdam.nl/en/municipal-taxes/entertainment-tax/ We do not ask this upfront, as we trust that you will take it in consideration if you tip at the end of the tour. Thank you for your understanding.

We have 4 different tours, there is always something for everyone. With all 3 tours you walk a total different route and see totally different things. Don't miss out on anything and book multiple tours!

During the original tour of Free Walking Tours, we take a walk around the highlights of Amsterdam. Discover how Amsterdam became the liberal city it is today!

We will see : The Red Light District

This district is the oldest part of Amsterdam, with the old church in the middle of it all. The Red Light District is also called 'De Wallen' in Dutch. Learn how it all works behind the windows, why prostitution is legal in the Netherlands and what the government does to keep the area safe as it is today.

The Waag

This is the Harry Potter-alike building on the Nieuwe Markt. It is our old city guide, but this historical highlight has had a lot of different functions over the years.

VOC headquarters

Find out what the VOC is and how they are an important part of Dutch history. Amsterdam today looks the way it does mainly because of the VOC.

University

This is where we walk through the Oude Man, Huis Poort and the Old Men's Gate. Stroll along the daily Book Market.

Begijnhof

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

Canal Belt Area

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

We show you the Westerkerk, where the famous Anne Frank house is. Locate it with us and plan your visit in early morning to beat the crowds.

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

The Red Light District is an area full of stories, that make Amsterdam famous in a lot of ways. Why is this area in Amsterdam? When did it start? How does it work behind the windows? A lot of questions that will be answered in the Free Red Light District tour Amsterdam. We will explain the inside stories from the opinions of the local residents and the women, with the history, present and future of this lively neighborhood.

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 Gay 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 areas of Amsterdam to live in!

Alternative Red Light District

Yes, there's more to the famous Red Light District than most know! Discover more about the story behind the red lit windows.

Back to the Dam Square so you do not get lost.
Eat your way through the city!
On the Food Tour we pass different eateries and taste different samples, as we walk around in the old centre of Amsterdam.

    On the menu we have:
  • Poffertjes (Dutch mini-pancakes )
  • Warm fresh stroopwafels (syrup waffles)
  • Herring (raw fish from the North Sea)
  • Cheese
  • Drop (will tell you on the tour!)
  • Bitterballen, the quintessentially Dutch snack!

All the food is included, this is a tip-based tour just like the other tours!

If you want more info about the tour please check: FreefoodtourAmsterdam.com
All the free tours are in English. You can book 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 and a bathroom visit before joining. Of course we make a stop for an emergency, no problem!
Local regulations normally specify a maximum of 20 people per group, with the current Corona situation we are walking with a maximum of 15 people.
The Classic Tour is a little over 5 kilometers/3 miles, a circle around the Dam square! The Alternative Tour is a little less than 5 kilometers/2.7 miles. The Free Food tour is the shortest with only 2,3 kilometers/ 1.5 miles walk in the centre.
We always try to do the tour in two hours, as we believe this is the perfect timing for a walking tour. Sometimes the tour may take 2,5 hours, depending on the amount of questions and pace of the group. It is mostly one hour walking, one hour talking.

Yes, you can without a problem! Even three, if you have the legs for it! If you want to join more tours on the same day, please book it in that way. Make sure you have lunch and/or water with you upfront, 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 is more about the current culture, street art and it goes deeper into the drug story. The only history part of this tour is the story of Anne Frank and her life in the Second World War.

Sure! You're free to join and leave at any time you like. If you plan to leave halfway through, please notify the guide when the tour starts. This way he can keep it in mind and help you to remember. If you want to leave during the tour, please let us know so we don’t have to go looking for your in the maze of Amsterdam.

It’s a place everyone has heard of - but is there more to this part of town than just sex and drugs? Of course there is! Our local guides will take you through some of the most beautiful streets in the old town of Amsterdam, giving you a balanced tour explaining the history of the Red Light District, as well as showing you some of the cities most ‘unique’ shops, and alternative evening activities. Interested? Book your spot now and join us while you can!

This tour includes
Stories behind the brothels
Famous stops like the condomerie and Casa Rosso
The future of this diverse neighborhood
An amazing local guide that gives a great tour!
If you would like to know more about the tour please visit: https://freeredlightdistricttouramsterdam.com/


After you book a tour, you will receive a confirmation email that ensures your booking. The tours will always go through as planned, regardless of the weather or how many people show up. In the rare occasion a tour has to be canceled, we will notify you by email.

Look for a tall Dutchman or -woman holding a marked WHITE UMBRELLA, standing in front of the National monument on Dam square. The National monument is on the opposite site of the Royal Palace. Check out 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!

No problem! There is an 'edit your response'-button in the confirmation mail you receive. You can edit the tour for a new time date or group size. If you want to cancel the booking, please let us know by mail. It is not yet possible to cancel through the booking system.

You’ll be able to hear the guide better! As long as at least 1 person shows 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! Make sure to have it on lead and kindly clean up after your pet friend. 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 usually leave the starting point 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 granted it the 5th position in the list of safest cities in the world. Though you can buy marijuana and truffles (underground mushrooms) freely in coffeeshops and smartshops and the prostitution is legal, Amsterdam is not a dangerous city. The city is managed especially well in regards to traffic. Most get around 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 going 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. Keep an eye out for petty crime, like pickpocketing and getting your bag, jacket or things from your car stolen. Also always ignore the street dealers that you may encounter at nighttime!

The biggest crime in Amsterdam is tax evasion, but surely that won’t bother you! Bike theft may be risky, so 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!

Accomodation costs
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 use 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 by 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

Weather is the number one topic, ask any Dutchman what it would be and there is a very big chance he can tell you in detail. Join in on the conversation and complain like we do, whether it's hot or cold outside.

The weather in Amsterdam varies much, although one thing is for sure: With 145 days of rain annually, there is always a chance you should carry an umbrella. The most pleasant time to visit Amsterdam is during spring, but if you enjoy the heat it is great in summer. The average temperature in summer is around 20 degrees Celsius (68° Fahrenheit). Winters are cold and windy, but the streets fill up with sweet and savory food stalls, festivity markets and ice skating rinks. Snowfall is quite rare, 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.
  • On average, the warmest month is August. However, July and August are also amongst the wettest.
  • The coolest month is January.
  • We have mild winters and tempered summers, or as we say: shitty winters, shitty summers :-)
  • April has the least rain!

Graph amsterdam

Graph amsterdam

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  • 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. The correct word is 'gedoogd', which roughly translates to '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, space cake (hash or marijuana baked on a low temperature) and mushrooms, 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 contain 15% THC. Dutch weed will literally blow your mind, perhaps to an extent that you won’t feel comfortable with. This is why many local smokers have sworn off the Nederwiet.

If you are not used to it, please be careful. 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 Dont's 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 assume you'll find hard drugs in a coffeeshop, they don’t.
  • Do be careful with the mushrooms and space cakes, since it takes a while to work and discover the effect of the dosage taken.
  • Do enjoy it (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 on 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 river to the NDSM werf

As with any big city, there are parts that nobody would find without hearing it from a local. 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.

Take a boat

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 were also revamped, when they renovated the museum.

The garden now boasts a 14,500 m2 outdoor gallery in Renaissance and Baroque style. There are free guides available to 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 each other.

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

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3. The free Lunchtime Concert at the Concert gebouw

For Lunchtime Concerts in the Recital Hall, you will require a ticket that is free of charge. These tickets are available from the Entrance Hall, from 11:30am onward. As these concerts are very popular, please ensure you arrive early 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 is 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 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 portray 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 free museum part is included in the classic tour

6. See the bulbs at the Amsterdam Flower Market

A visit to Amsterdam is not complete without a visit to 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 mainly sells 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. Ask your guide where to go if you want to taste real Dutch food.

Dutch Restaurant who serve 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 where locals go! (International kitchen)
  • Hanneke's 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, a must-do for coffee and dessert lovers 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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Reypenear, cheese tasting and buying https://www.reypenaercheese.com/en/

Take a boat

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 the authentic flavor of Amsterdam flavor and culture, don't skip 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 characteristic 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

Take a boat

Café Gollem

Bown café with good atmosphere. Heavy beers go down peacefully and smoothly here. The famous Westfloat and other Trappist beers are served here. There are 14 beers on draught, 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 Meuse' 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 (formerly 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 get 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 activities, 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

Rotterdam, also called 'Manhattan on the Meuse', is the second largest city of the Netherlands with the largest harbor of Europe (formerly the world's largest). 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 Rotterdam! Check: http://freewalkingtourrotterdam.com/ before you go!

Zaanse Schans

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

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

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

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

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.

The Hague is the biggest city on the beach of Holland and a must visit! With the parliament ruling form there and the Royals in town the Hague is a great city for a Free walking tour! So take a 40 minutes beautiful train ride or the bus to The Hague and join us there again!
https://freewalkingtourthehague.com

The biggest port of Europe, an old city that looks modern and is full of stories! Rotterdam is a total different city in Holland! Join us there to discover this Manhattan on the Maas!
https://freewalkingtourrotterdam.com

The undiscovered hidden gem of Holland (Lonely Planet), the most Dutch city you can get! This student town is only 20 minutes away from Amsterdam and a really local Dutch city! Discover Utrecht with a local friend!
https://freewalkingtourutrecht.com

Haarlem is a perfect for a walking tour as the centre is virtually free from cars. And you can really feel the history of 17th century Haarlem. Join us to discover all the hidden gems with a local friend! Book your spot at
https://freewalkingtourhaarlem.com/