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Dark Side Tour2022-08-04T17:00:36+00:00

The Free Dark Side Tour Of Amsterdam

Explore the haunted history of Amsterdam during the Middle Ages on this eerie tour

Language: English
Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 4PM
In August: extra Friday tour at 8PM
Duration: 2 hours
National Monument At Dam Square
This Free Tour is tip-based. However, we have to
charge €1,50 Entertainment Tax + €0,39 booking fee per person

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Booking A Tour FAQ

If I cancel my tour, is the Entertainment Tax refunded?2022-08-04T16:38:08+00:00

The Entertainment Tax is refundable until 24 hours before the start time of the cancelled tour. From the €1,89 that you pay per person, €1,50 per person will be refunded to your account. The booking fee of €0,39 per person is non-refundable.

Please note that it may take up to 10 days before you see the refund in your account. For more information, visit our Cancel & Refund Policy page.

Didn’t receive a cancellation email? Send us an email, mentioning the 4-digit order number that you received (check your email for reference). We will make sure you receive the amount to your account.

What is Entertainment Tax and why do I have to pay it?2022-07-26T09:06:00+00:00

As of the start of 2020, all tour companies have to charge Entertainment Tax for each person that walks with us. These costs are for the Municipality of Amsterdam. The costs for Entertainment Tax are €1,50 per person, additionally we charge a handling fee for online transactions of €0,39. This adds up to a total of €1,89 per person.

For more info about the Entertainment Tax, visit the page of Amsterdam Municipality.

How do I know if my booking is received?2022-07-26T11:07:39+00:00

Bookings are recorded through the following easy steps:

After choosing your date & time and entering your name & email address, you are taken to this screen:

Make sure to click on the BOOK NOW button to confirm your submission. If your booking is recorded, you will see this screen:

An email is sent to your email address for further reference.

Didn’t receive anything? There are several possibilities why this happens:

  • The email address was entered with a typo
  • The confirmation email is recognized as spam (check your spam folder!)
  • Our booking system isn’t working correctly.

No worries, your booking is surely recorded if you saw the screen above. If you wish to receive the details anyway, please send us an email.

The date is fully booked, can I still come to the tour?2022-06-04T16:40:08+00:00

If a timeslot or date isn’t available in the calendar, we are fully booked. We never take more people on our tour than the allowed maximum, because we risk a hefty fine. You can always try your luck and come to the meeting point, but we can’t guarantee a spot.

Try one of our other tours, like the cultural Alternative Tour, scrumptious Food Tour or spooky Dark Side Tour.

Can I reserve the tour for more than 4 people?2022-08-07T16:22:26+00:00

Our booking system allows reservations for a maximum of 4 people.

The maximum allowed size of tour groups is only 15 people, which is why aim towards solo travellers and small groups. Our experience has shown us that other attendees don’t appreciate larger groups within the tour. Smaller groups keep the tour up to speed and make it easier to make new friends.

We kindly ask you to respect this.

Can I change or cancel the reservation?2022-08-04T16:49:26+00:00

No problem! If you want to schedule another time for your tour, you can cancel the tour in your confirmation email through this button:

You can make a new reservation on your preferred date & time. If you need further assistance, send us an email.

Meeting Point

Meet The Ghosts Of The Past On This Evening Tour Through Medieval Amsterdam

Famous for its liberal mentality, you wouldn’t guess that Amsterdam was once a place of public hangings and witch hunts. Aside from the inevitable ghost story, we show you that the actual events of Amsterdam’s ominous past are much more horrific than a cold spot in a shady street. Dwell into the dark alleys of medieval Amsterdam on this historic tour, that will chill your blood more than the common ghost tour.

Uncover The Urban Myths Of Amsterdam

Let us take you on a trip down a haunted memory lane, along ruinous buildings and areas of reported ghost sightings. Find out where certain streets got their spooky names, such as the Bloedstraat (Blood Street) and the Spooksteeg (Ghost Alley).

True Story: Possessed Orphans And The Graves Of The Nuns

In 1566, the city’s orphans mysteriously started acting a bit odd. Hear the harrowing story of how the children were slowly taken over by an inexplicable demonic force. Set out on a search for the lost skeletons of women of god and stand on the ground where women were burnt at the stake for their assumed pact with the devil.

Welcome To The City’s Torture Chamber

Unlock the backroom of Amsterdam, where anatomy lessons included unorthodox practices and anabaptists (unbaptized individuals) were gruesomely punished. Find out why the gallows were located at the docks, for arriving sailors to witness the public execution of criminals and discover how alleged witches were persecuted in the dark Middle Ages.

FAQ

No, this tour is for 18+. The stories are not suitable for children, not even under supervision of a parent. We have great options for children, like our Classic Tour and Food Tour.

The tour starts at 16:00 (4pm). Please be on time, as there is no chance to catch up with the tour later. We end the tour close to the Dam square, where all our Free Tours start.

The tour is about the stories of medieval Amsterdam that hide in the shadow of the past. What would happen if people thought you were a witch? How were criminals punished? Where did some streets and squares get their spooky name in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam was not always as safe as it is today, prepare yourself for some dark stories of Amsterdam in the Middle Ages.

No, all organized tours in the Red Light District are strictly prohibited. In the Dark Side Tour, we tell a bit about prostitution from a historic perspective. If you want a tour that covers more about the story of prostitution in Amsterdam, we recommend the Alternative Tour (NOTE: The Alternative Tour is not a Red Light Tour!).

The darkside tour is a free walking tour, which means you get to set the price. We give our absolute best to inform, scare and explain Amsterdams midevels history. In the end you can decide how much the tour was worth to you. Most people give about €10,- per person when the tour feels good. But it is entirely up to you.

We do have to charge €1.55 entertainment tax at the start of the tour. This is not for us but the municipality.

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