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”.

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 painting 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 in the end.

Duration: 2.5 hours
Starting point: Stock exchange
Endpoint: Dam Square


The free tours is for individuals and small groups of up to 5 persons. Bigger groups can contact us for a private tour. We reserve the right to turn away multiple reservations resulting in groups bigger than 5 people. This includes different members of the same group attempting to join the tour by making several individual bookings. 

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  • 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

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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Marwa 02 Feb 2023

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Travelled alone - Feb 2023
Excellent tour! Not your traditional highlights reel tour, but an interesting look at the history and culture of the city through the stories that made them. Sergio was amazing - a perfect story teller. The tour was well paced and kept very personal with a small group size. I only wished it was a little longer, would have loved to experience more of the city with the guide.
Anna 01 Feb 2023

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Travelled in group - Jan 2023
The tour gave a great overview over cultural as well as sightseeing topics! We really enjoyed the tour and the interesting topics that were touched. Would definitely recommend for getting to know the Dutch culture and the city
Wally 01 Feb 2023

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Travelled in couple - Jan 2023
Our guide Johnny was very informative, made the tour fun for everybody made everyone feel at ease great sense of humour. Highly recommended for a first visit to Amsterdam
Eda 31 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Sebastian was great. He has amazing story telling skills and he keeps the group entertained throughout the tour. He is also very kind. He offered us cookies and postcards. I definitely recommend him.
Zehra 30 Jan 2023

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Travelled alone - Jan 2023
Absolutely loved Walid, his story telling and passion as a guide. Gave us some delicious snacks as well as postcards. Learnt soo much I never knew about Amsterdam. Highly recommend
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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 4 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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