Join the next tour and discover Amsterdam through the eyes of a local!
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. Book
this Free Tour Amsterdam now and explore the city as an Amsterdammer!
The most important monument from the Golden Age, found on the square where Amsterdam got its name
Find out why of all countries in the world did Holland choose to legalise marijuana and more?
THE HISTORY OF THE VOC
Discover how trade made Amsterdam the richest city in the world during the Golden Age
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 district
and a lot more!
The Free Alternative Tour of Amsterdam
Free Tour Amsterdam 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 the 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.
Walk along on a Free tour Amsterdam, that leads you off the tourist tracks and shows you a different Amsterdam
Join a Free Alternative Tour Amsterdam, every day at 13:30 (1:30pm)
Taste the culture with the Free Food Tour Amsterdam
Free Tour Amsterdam 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 appetizing Food Tour in
Amsterdam. This Free Tour Amsterdam is tip-based and the samples are included. Book a spot and together we
discover and taste Amsterdam and its Dutch Food.
Join a Free Food Tour Amsterdam; Friday, Saturday & Sunday at 10:30am
Free Tour Amsterdam is tip-based, however, we have to charge €1,55 entertainment tax per person
before the tour
Explore the haunted history of Amsterdam on an eerie evening tour. Amsterdam wasn’t always the free-minded city it is today. Step into the shadows of medieval Amsterdam with our local guides and discover a dark past of torture, public execution and witch hunts. Tread through narrow alleys to find out how they got their spooky street names and uncover ghostly urban myths surrounding ruinous buildings. Join a Free Dark Side Tour of Amsterdam, if you dare to unveil the sinister side of our historic city centre.
Join an Amsterdam Dark Side Tour; every Friday & Saturday at 20:00 (8pm)
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 Tour Amsterdam of the Red Light District. 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.
NEU! Freie Stadtrundfahrt Amstersdam mit Deutschsprachige Führer
Free tour Amsterdam auf Deutsch is basiert auf Trinkgeld, jedoch müssen wir €1,55 Vergnügungssteuer pro Person berechnen
Entdecken Sie die besten Geschichten von Amsterdam mit einem niederländischen Reiseführer als Freund. Der kostenlose Rundgang durch Amsterdam erzählt Ihnen in 2 Stunden alles, was Sie über Amsterdam wissen möchten.
In dieser Tour besprechen wir:
Ursprung von Amsterdam
Das Goldene Zeitalter (heute 17. Jahrhundert genannt)
Drogen Geschichte von Amsterdam
Was zu tun und wohin in Amsterdam?
Geschichte des Rotlichtviertels
Diese unterhaltsame Tour basiert auf Trinkgeldern, was bedeutet, dass Sie selbst entscheiden können, wie viel Sie für die kostenlose Tour geben möchten. Entdecken Sie das Beste von Amsterdam mit einem lokalen Freund.
Buchen Sie jetzt und sichern Sie Ihren Platz
Freitag, Samstag & Sonntag
Free Walking Tour Amsterdam Español
¡NUEVO! Únase un gratioto recorrido a pie por Ámsterdam y descubra la ciudad a través de los ojos de un local.
El Free Tour Amsterdam español se basa en propinos, sin embargo tenemos que cobrar €1,55 por persona impuesto turístico
Free Walking Tours Amsterdam cuenta las mejores historias que ofrece Ámsterdam. Conoce cómo este pequeño pueblo pescador se volvió tan importante en el siglo XVII. Descubre cómo la ciudad se esforzó por volverse tan liberal, legalizando la marijuana y la prostitución. Desde su Barrio Rojo hasta el Palacio Real, Ámsterdam es posiblemente la ciudad más diversa de Holanda.
En este tour de 2 horas, cubremos:
Origen de Ámsterdam
Edad de Oro (siglo XVII)
Política de drogas en Holanda
Historia de Red Light District (el Barrio Rojo Amsterdam)
Cultura de Países Bajos y comidas típicas holandesas
Nurestros guías son embajadores apasionados de su amada ciudad y obtienen sus ingresos de propinas voluntarias. Únete al próximo tour y descubre Ámsterdam con un amigo local
Reserve ahora para asegurar un lugar
Todos los viernes, sábados y domingos
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.
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!!
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
Video Free Walking Tour Amsterdam
Meeting point: Dam Square
Every day at 10:30, 13:30 & 16:00
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. Join us out in the open air, 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. Join one our Free Tours Amsterdam to see what our city has to offer. Come meet your guide at the monument on the Dam Square and experience it yourself.
For more info about our current safety measures, please check our FAQ.
In compliance to current guidelines, groups are no bigger than 15 people and we ask people
to bring a face mask for crowded spots and possible indoor sightings. Additionally, we keep
1.5 meter distance from each other.
In crowded places, as well as indoor areas, wearing a face mask is mandatory. In all
other situations it is not obligatory, but recommended. For all tours we ask you to bring
your own masks, in case we encounter a busy street or an indoor sighting.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is where we walk through the Oude Man, Huis Poort and the Old Men's Gate. Stroll along
the daily Book Market.
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.
We offer Free Tours in Amsterdam in English, German and Spanish. You can also book a private tour in different languages like
Dutch, German, and Spanish. Check the booking buttons on our site for availability of tours in different languages.
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!
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 multiple 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
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
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.
We accept walk-ins, but 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. Click here to secure your spot!
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.
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.
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
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
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!
Dutch but everybody speaks also English.
Visas: Mostly after 3 months it is a Shengen zone
ATM’s are everywhere to get euros credit cards are accepted in most hotels, but not in all
bars or restaurants
There is a VVV but it is best to take a walk with us!
Amsterdam is expensive especially in the city centre. Unfortunately we don’t know a cheap
place to stay.
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 .
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
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
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!
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Bij Ons €€
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 €€
OBA €€ for cheap lunch with a great view
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
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.
Reypenear, cheese tasting and buying https://www.reypenaercheese.com/en/
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
- 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!
- 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/
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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!
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
Visit the live viewing box that is Delft! Renown for its lovely canals, picturesque corners
and the infamous Delft Blue pottery, Delft packs a punch within walking distance. Book your
spot at https://freewalkingtoursdelft.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/