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Free Tour of Amsterdam's City Centre

Your Guru: Mark
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4.9
16 ratings
  • Amsterdam
  • Available in English
  • 2 hours

About the Guru

Originally from a small border town in Northern Ireland and having travelled extensively throughout Europe as a young man, I settled in the city that spoke to me the most: the Global Village that is Amsterdam. Since 2012 I have been guiding travelers through and around Amsterdam by foot, boat and bike. Let me show you the highlights and hidden gems of a city that is eas... More

Originally from a small border town in Northern Ireland and having travelled extensively throughout Europe as a young man, I settled in the city that spoke to me the most: the Global Village that is Amsterdam. Since 2012 I have been guiding travelers through and around Amsterdam by foot, boat and bike. Let me show you the highlights and hidden gems of a city that is easy to fall in love with.

About the Tour

Experience one of Europe's most beautifully preserved historical city centers on this walking tour which delves into the history, culture, and architecture of a truly unique place. Hear about how a damp swamp was transformed into a global melting pot and how the experience of the Second World War triggered a revolution in social experimentation that continues to unfold today.
Highlights include: 

  • How the first inhabitants fought with the elements to create their own land 
  • The social experiment of legalized prostitution and the controversial changes to the Red Light District 
  • The revolutionary principles of the Dutch East India Company
  • The battle of building on a swamp and the uniqueness of the city's architecture 
  • Coffeeshops and the Netherlands' policy on soft drugs
  • How a post-war housing crisis triggered a radical experiment in communal living 


From the square where the original inhabitants laid a dam, the headquarters of the Dutch East India Company, the Amstel River and its beautiful houseboats, the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is the canal belt, and the bells of the Western Church that Anne Frank wrote about in her diary you will experience the highlights and hidden gems of a world-famous city. 

Please note that due to strict regulations on tour group sizes in Amsterdam this tour is designed for individuals and small groups up to a maximum of 6 people. Larger groups can contact me for a private tour. A group of larger than 6 which has booked under multiple reservations will not be permitted to join. 

Meeting point: Open in Google Maps

How to find me: On the steps in front of the National Monument on Dam Square.

Frequently asked questions

Accessibility:
The tour is suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Large groups:
Large group bookings are not accepted.
Minimum of attendees:
A minimum number of attendees is required for the tour to take place.
Pets:
The tour is pet-friendly.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.

What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

Tour opinions (16)

4.9
By category
Professionalism
5.0
Fun
5.0
Expression
4.94
Quality
4.69
Route
4.75
Andrea
02 Feb 2022 Maastricht
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Travelled in couple - Jan 2022

Juan
31 Jan 2022
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Travelled in couple - Jan 2022

MARLY
30 Jan 2022 Berlin
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Travelled in group - Jan 2022

Lo que debes hacer en Amsterdam al llegar! Estuvo genial! Nos dio muchos recomendaciones para hacer!

Ryan
15 Nov 2021 Boulder
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Travelled alone - Nov 2021

Sem was exactly everything you could want in a tour guide. He was enthusiastic, comical, and knowledgeable. Plus he gave us a link to his recommendations for restaurants, nightlife and other attractions after the tour. He is Amsterdam, even though he looks Italian. He was very knowledgeable on the history of the Dutch and gave a good feel for what the culture in the Netherlands is all about. 5 out of 5 all day long. Very glad I signed up.

Jesus
14 Nov 2021 Paris
Verified booking
Travelled in couple - Nov 2021

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What's the price?

A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give €10 per person, some people give US‎$ 50, you choose the price.

For organizational purposes, it is mandatory to book the tour. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!