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Frequently Asked Questions

For answers to your frequently asked questions about the Free Amsterdam tours, see below. In case your question isn’t listed, please send us an email.

Following current health regulations, we kindly ask you to review the Free Walking Tour safety measures mentioned below.

Is a Free Walking tour safe?2022-01-03T10:11:43+00:00

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.

Do we keep distance from each other?2022-01-03T10:12:18+00:00

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

Can we tip the guide Corona-safely?2022-01-03T10:14:17+00:00

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

What does Free Walking Tour Amsterdam do to keep us safe?2022-01-03T10:14:43+00:00
  • Only pre bookings with health check
  • Instruct people where to use mandatory face masks
  • Offer debit card payment to prevent contact
  • Guides wash hands before and after every tour
  • Prevent small streets to keep a safe distance
Is wearing a face mask mandatory?2022-01-03T10:15:08+00:00

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.

Is the tour really free?2022-01-03T10:18:09+00:00

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.

Why entertainment tax?2022-01-03T10:19:04+00:00

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.

What is the difference between the tours?2022-01-03T10:19:39+00:00

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!

Classic Tour2022-01-03T10:20:07+00:00

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.

District Tour2022-01-03T10:21:56+00:00

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.

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Free Alternative Tour2022-01-03T10:23:39+00:00

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.

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Food Tour2022-01-03T10:27:10+00:00

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

What languages are the tours given in?2022-01-03T10:27:34+00:00

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.

Do we stop for any breaks?2022-01-03T10:28:10+00:00

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!

How far will we be walking?2022-01-03T10:29:06+00:00

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.

How long will the tours be?2022-01-03T10:31:32+00:00

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.

Can you join 2 tours in one day?2022-01-03T10:31:56+00:00

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 the tours.

Is it a history-only tour?2022-01-03T10:33:23+00:00

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.

Can I leave before the tour ends?2022-01-03T10:33:47+00:00

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.

What better way to experience Amsterdam’s most famous neighborhood than with us?2022-01-03T10:34:13+00:00

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/

How do I recognize the guide?2022-01-03T10:36:46+00:00

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.

Where can I find the group picture?2022-01-03T10:40:42+00:00

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

Do I need to make a reservation?2022-01-03T10:41:11+00:00

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!

What if only a few people show up?2022-01-03T10:45:04+00:00

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!

Do you also do group tours?2022-01-03T10:45:42+00:00

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.

Is the tour suitable for children?2022-01-03T10:46:10+00:00

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.

Where does the tour end?2022-01-03T10:46:33+00:00

Every Free Tour Amsterdam ends at the National Monument on Dam Square. We end where we start.

Can I take my dog on the tour?2022-01-03T10:47:09+00:00

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.

What if it rains and only a few people show up?2022-01-03T10:47:31+00:00

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

What if I am late for the tour?2022-01-03T10:47:56+00:00

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?2022-01-03T10:49:02+00:00

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!

Need to know?2022-01-03T10:50:44+00:00

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 and dont’s in Amsterdam2022-01-03T10:52:37+00:00

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

Drugs in Amsterdam2022-01-03T10:59:05+00:00

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.

Around Amsterdam2022-01-03T11:10:59+00:00

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

There is even a free walking tour there freewalkingtourrotterdam.com//

Festivals in Amsterdam2022-01-03T11:11:40+00:00

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/

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/

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/

Other places around Amsterdam2022-01-03T11:12:20+00:00

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.

Free Walking Tour The Hague2022-01-03T11:12:48+00:00

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

Free Walking Tour Rotterdam2022-01-03T11:13:24+00:00

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

Free Walking Tour Utrecht2022-01-03T11:13:55+00:00

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

Free Walking Tour Delft2022-01-03T11:14:37+00:00

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/

Free Walking Tour Haarlem2022-01-03T11:15:22+00:00

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/

The weather in Amsterdam2022-01-15T11:44:06+00:00

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!

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!

Other free things in Amsterdam2022-01-15T12:11:13+00:00

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Check out your guides personal recomendations: guidedtoursamsterdam.com/your-guides/

Is there a maximum number of people allowed on the tour?2022-03-16T13:49:23+00:00

Amsterdam council allows a maximum of 15 people per tour group, which is the perfect size for our guides to fully attend to the group.

Can I reserve the tour for more than 4 people?2022-03-19T13:09:18+00:00

Our booking system allows reservations for a maximum of 4 people per booking. Our experience has showed us that other attendees appreciate smaller groups within the tour, to keep the tour up to speed and because it’s easier to make new friends between smaller groups. We kindly ask you to respect this.

If you are visiting with a larger group, consider booking a Private Walking Tour. You will have full attention of your own guide and it leaves more space for improvisation during the tour.

Still wish to join a Free Tour with a group larger than 4 people? If we have enough availability, you can make multiple reservations in our booking system under the same name and email address.

Can I change or cancel the reservation?2022-03-19T13:22:37+00:00

No problem! 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.

Why is a tour date/time not available in the booking calendar?2022-03-19T13:34:22+00:00

All tours for this date are fully booked. Try one of our other tours, like the cultural Alternative Tour, scrumptious Food Tour or spooky Dark Side Tour.

If you really want to come on this date and have a larger group, consider taking a Private Walking Tour of Amsterdam. You can enjoy Amsterdam and your own private guide for your party!

Can I add more people to the reservation after I booked?2022-04-19T12:32:40+00:00

Our system doesn’t allow changing the number of people after booking. We kindly ask you to cancel your reservation via the link in your confirmation email and make a new booking for the extra people, if enough spots are available.

If the tour is full, we can’t manually add more people for you. We have a strict maximum of people and risk getting a fine if we exceed. Consider booking a tour on another date or time.

How do I know if my booking is received?2022-05-10T08:19:41+00:00

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.

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