🏆🥇 The #1 Best Rated Walking Tour in Amsterdam

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on December 03, 2019

FreeDam Tours was founded in 2016 with the mission not to be the biggest, but the best walking tour company in Amsterdam. We are a collective of experienced guides with fresh new ideas who are (almost literally) in love with what we do. So much so we created the ideal formula for the best free walking tour in Amsterdam: one containing the perfect mix of historical depth to make you knowledgeable, compelling facts to make you think again, and personal anecdotes that will make you smile. A tour that speaks to the free spirit of Amsterdam – FreeDam Tours.

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
  • Accepts electronic payment
    This tour allows payment by electronic means or credit card

Tour description

Discover the fascinating history of the most liberal city in the world with FreeDam Tours – the best-rated walking tour in Amsterdam! Together with your super-local guide, you will discover how freedom and tolerance shaped the city and its people throughout the ages and understand how these values continue to influence it today.

We combine beautiful sightseeing with exciting storytelling and cover everything you need to know about Amsterdam in one tour: history, modern life, culture, art, fun facts and personal stories for a unique insider’s perspective on life in Amsterdam. Be prepared to challenge all your pre-conceived ideas about this city because after this tour you will never look and think of Amsterdam the same way.

“From the Red Light District to the evolution of Amsterdam as the global centre of world trade in the 17th century, its transition from a republic to a monarchy, the tragedy of the Nazi occupation and its enlightened and effective attitude to drug control, your guide will stitch these diverse items together with humorous personal anecdotes and insightful commentary on the underlying social and cultural mores of the Dutch people”.

Duration: 2.5 hours

Starting point: In front of the main entrance of the Stock Exchange (Beursplein 5), by the statue of the bull. You can also find us by looking for freedamtours on Googe maps!

Endpoint: Dam Square


Minimum age: 16
(The tour is not suited for young children!)

Maximum number of people per group / booking: 5 people. Bigger groups will be turned away at the meeting point

Every tour is unique. Route, sights, and topics may vary slightly depending on weather and/or guide.

The Tour is always and only in English, NOT Spanish.
We reserve the right to turn away guests with a limited understanding of English.

Useful information:
+ Small Groups of Maximum 15 people for a truly high-quality experience and access to areas that are off-limits to other walking tours.
+ Supported by pictures, paintings and maps that bring history to life. 
+ Super Local Guides: all our guides are life-long locals with very deep roots in this city, country and culture so they can answer any question you may have. 
+ Free Snack & Souvenir: on the tour, you will be treated to a typical Dutch snack and you will also receive a nice souvenir at the end. 

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Beursplein 1 1012 JW Amsterdam Nether...
    Beursplein 1 1012 JW Amsterdam Netherlands
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    Look for the guide(s) holding a big yellow umbrella, in front of the Stock Exchange on Beursplein 5

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    Outside visit
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    Red Light District

    No guided tours are not allowed in the area, but we discuss the topic around the corner from it

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    Amsterdam Central Station
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    Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic Museum)
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    Outside visit
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    Rembrandt House Museum
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    Outside visit
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    Outside visit
    Universiteit van Amsterdam - Oudemanhuispoort
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    Oost-Indisch Huis
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    Salon de Thé (The Smallest House in Amsterdam)
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    amstel river
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    Dam Square
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    National Monument
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    Outside visit
    Royal Palace Amsterdam

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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Erica 21 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Beautiful experience in particular if you are a solo traveler, amazing guide! I felt welcome! Thank you!
Nithin 20 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Amazing tour. Our guide (Annalike) was excellent. Even though it was her first day, she talked like a pro. Gave great details about the history, culture and intimate past details about Amsterdam. Had a wonderful experience. Highly recommend.
Tammie 20 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Robert was a great guide. He was knowledgeable and witty. The tour was the perfect mix of information. He even brought the group cookies as a snack. Highly recommend!!
STEVEN 20 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Dann or Daan was very entertaining and I had a really good tour. Personally hearing about the things his country has done in the past to get where they are today was maybe a bit too much self flagellation 🤷 let he who has never sinned cast the first stone and all that. Other that that really really good Thank you
Eunice 20 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Really like the humour and presentation style of the tour guide. Love hearing the funny stories he shared which made me understand the Dutch culture more. Very knowledgeable about the history of Amsterdam and he made me appreciate the city more!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 5 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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