With & like a Local through Amsterdam’s Historical Hidden Highlights

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on June 19, 2022

Hallo daar! We are Martin, Dominique & Jasmijn. We are best friends & all 3 locals of Amsterdam. During our studies we worked at the Heineken Museum as Tour Guides. Now, we work full-time, but in our spare time we love to go outside & enjoy the beautiful city of Amsterdam. Doing so, we have 2 passions: one is the history of Amsterdam and one is sharing this with guests in the city. In this way, we love to show Amsterdam from a true local perspective. Being 3 Tour Guides (independent from any company) with a huge passion for their own city, we are happy to show you around in Amsterdam! We all hold our own license to guide groups around Amsterdam! Enough about us... Let us take YOU on an unforgettable walking tour through our beloved city & we are sure you will see Amsterdam from a different perspective !! ❌❌❌

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Tour description


Why is Amsterdam called Amsterdam? How did a city like this develop in an area that was nothing but grassy sandland back in the 13th century? What is the city's weapon for with the 3 XXXs? What are the 3 most important districts of the centre? How did the Dutch become famous with trade and what role did the VOC play in this? 

How’s life here nowadays? Why are there so many bicycles all around you? What to order in a true Amsterdam-bar? 😉

We will give you all the answers during the walking tour!

We will let you experience A'dam in a unique perspective: WITH but at the same time LIKE a local, as a true “Amsterdammer”.

As our hometown for our entire life, we will take you through all the highlights of the nicest capital in the world. More importantly, we will take you through the alleys and backstreets that mainstream tourism does not go. See it as a mix between history and daily life. 

ps. Of course, you get a list of personal Amsterdam recommendations from us. Composed by ourselves and our friends. Through the eyes of a local: the best bars, restaurants, museums, things to do etc etc.

pps. We’ve got the A'dam tour guide license and this is max. 15 persons. Please do not bring more ppl than booked, without asking : ))

The tour will cover the areas of: 

- the medieval city centre created between 1200-1500

- the historical highlights on Dam Square (Palace, New Church, WWII National Monument & others)

- the canal ring (Unesco World heritage since 2010) and the story behind this astonishing 17th century’s neighborhood.

- the vibrant Jordaan district. Formerly labour class neighborhood transformed into one of the coolest places around the city.

- the Red Light District

- Amsterdam's first streets

- Anne Frank House

- Western Church

- Nieuwmarkt square

See you on our tour!


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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam, Neth...
    Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    In front of the café de Waag's terrace with red umbrella

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    Outside visit
    The Waag

    Start at one of the oldest & most beautiful buildings of Amsterdam and discover its multiple, different functions throughout history with me.

  • 2
    Outside visit

    The city's other palace-looking building, built by two merchants of Amsterdam during the Golden Age.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Kleine Trippenhuis

    Discover the fun story of this building with me.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Royal Palace Amsterdam

    Built as Amsterdam's town hall and later on transformed into the Royal Palace: one of the most important buildings of the city centre of Amsterdam.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Nieuwe Kerk

    Discover why it's called the 'New Church' and what's so special about this building nowadays.

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    Outside visit
    Canals of Amsterdam

    Walk the eye-catching canal belt of Amsterdam, declared Unesco World Heritage since 2010.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Jordaan District

    Vibrant, formerly labour class neighborhood, now one of my favorite districts in the center. Curious why?

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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Ana Maestri 07 Apr 2024

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Such a nice and helpful tour to get to know Amsterdam better! Thanks a lot Martin for the lovely time! Made me want to move here! 😆
Miguel 03 Feb 2024

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Travelled in group - Feb 2024
Dominique took us on a tour around Amsterdam. We visited lots of historical locations and visited parts of the city we probably wouldn't have seen. Dominique's information was comprehensive and delivered with a great sense of humor. We had two people in our group celebrating birthdays and Dominique was kind enough to give them both a local gift. We all enjoyed the tour thoroughly and highly recommend it. Thank you Dominique.
Parth 15 Jan 2024

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Travelled in couple - Dec 2023
Great experience ! Martijn's tour was cordial, fun, and very insightful.
Sina 06 Jan 2024

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Travelled alone - Jan 2024
Domenique is a really fun and entertaining guide. She is very resourceful and it was really nice to docthe tour with a real local!
Verena 06 Jan 2024

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Travelled in group - Jan 2024
Diese Tour war eine gute Wahl mit ausreichend erstem Input in geschichtliche und aktuelle Aspekte der Stadt. Dominique hat alle Fragen gut beantwortet und war sehr interessiert an den Teilnehmenden.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 15 people.
Not suitable for 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
Only cash payment is accepted.
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