Amsterdam THEN Amsterdam NOW

Duration: 2h
Languages: English, Spanish
Guru: Fernando
Quality Verified Registered on October 27, 2022

Hi everyone ! My name is Fernando, born in Portugal but living in Amsterdam for the last seven years. I’m a history lover, backpacker and a food enthusiast! I’ve been working as a guide all around The Netherlands and Belgium for the last three years, and I have an extended experience traveling with large groups of people from all over the world. In a few words I describe myself as: charismatic, caring, a bit crazy and a knowledgeable story teller.

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Tour description

Welcome to Amsterdam!

Are you ready to explore one of the most fascinating cities in the world, with its beautiful canals and rich history? Then join me for a two-hour tour that will take you through some of the city's best-kept secrets and most famous landmarks. 🇳🇱 🌷 🚲

During this tour, you’ll discover how Amsterdam became the most multicultural city in the world, as well as cover main topics and highlights, such as:

  • Origins of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. 
  • The constant struggle with water.
  • Dutch golden age and war of independence.
  • VOC  (Dutch East India Company)
  • Red Light District
  • Amstedam UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Chinatown- Drugs & tolerance
  • WW2 and the Hunger Winter
  • Dutch food, art and modern culture. 

The tour will be also full of humorous facts and personal stories, beautiful sightseeing and cover everything you need to know about Amsterdam: history, modern life, culture, art and insightful recommendations for your holidays.

Starting point: Dam Square ( see below ⬇️)
End point: Flower Market  ( Itenerary  ⬇️)

Remember to arrive at least 10 minutes early, as we don't want to leave anyone behind!

Please note that our free tours are designed for individuals and small groups of up to 5 persons. If you have a larger group, please contact me to discuss a separate tour to accommodate you.

We look forward to meeting you! 🇳🇱

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Dam 2118, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Dam 2118, 1012 LP Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 1
    Outside visit
    Royal Palace Amsterdam

    In the middle of the capital stands the Royal Palace Amsterdam, King Willem-Alexander’s official reception palace. The Palace is the largest and most prestigious building from the Golden Age, making it one of the Netherlands’ most important monuments. It was originally built, not as a palace, but as Amsterdam’s town hall. Architect Jan van Campen designed a building which would reflect the power and wealth of Amsterdam in the 17th century.

  • 2
    Outside visit

    The Beurs van Berlage, the Beursplein and the Bijenkorf are in line with each other in the former river bed of the Amstel. The square was built at the end of the 19th century, after the damping (in 1845 and in 1883) of a part of the Damrak, near the Dam.

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    Outside visit
    Oude Kerk

    The Oude Kerk (English: Old Church) is Amsterdam’s oldest building and newest art institute (since 2012). The building was founded about 1213 and consecrated in 1306 by the bishop of Utrecht with Saint Nicolas as its patron saint. After the Reformation in 1578, it became a Calvinist church, which it remains today. It stands in De Wallen, now Amsterdam's main red-light district.

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Red Light District Amsterdam Centrum

    De Wallen, Amsterdam's red-light district, is internationally known and one of the main tourist attractions of the city.

  • 5
    Outside visit

    The Amsterdam Chinatown area consists of a number of city blocks crammed with Asian markets, restaurants and shops. The most important tourist sight within Amsterdam's Chinatown is without doubt the Zeedijk Buddhist temple, known as Fo Guang Shan He Hua. This impressive building, with its brightly coloured walls and distinctive Chinese roof, is the largest Chinese style Buddhist temple in Europe and has stood here since 2000.

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    Outside visit

    The New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt) has been an Amsterdam market since the 17th Century, when farmers would come here to sell produce from their plots at the square just inside St. Anthony's Gate. Over the centuries, the layout of the city has changed such that Nieuwmarket is no longer at the edge of the city limits. St. Anthony’s Gate has also changed a lot, with the gatehouse, the picturesque building known as De Waag, being previously a weight house, medical college and now a restaurant.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Salon de Thé (The Smallest House in Amsterdam)

    built around 1600 at Oude Hoogstraat. It stands at a minuscule 2.02 metres wide and only 5 metres deep, with just one small room on each floor, which must have made living in it extremely impractical. Today, the house is open to the public as ‘the smallest tea room in Amsterdam’.

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    Outside visit
    VOC dutch east indie Compangie

    The Oost-Indisch Huis (Dutch for "East India House") is an early 17th-century building in the centre of Amsterdam. It was the headquarters of the Amsterdam chamber of the Dutch East India Company (Vereenigde Oostindische Compagnie or VOC). It is a listed Dutch national heritage site (rijksmonument).

  • 9
    Outside visit

    Rembrandtplein is one of the busiest squares in the city of Amsterdam. At least when it comes to nightlife and clubbing. In the Middle Ages the site held a gateway into the city. By the 17th century, it was known as The Butter Market because farmers would sell thair dairy and poultry products here.

  • 10
    Outside visit
    Tuschinski Theater

    The theater was founded by Abraham Tuschinski, together with his brothers-in-law Hermann Gerschtanowitz and Hermann Ehrlich. Tuschinski at the time already operated four theaters in Rotterdam and wanted to open a theater in Amsterdam of worldclass. Construction started on 18 June 1919, the theater was built in Art Deco, Jugendstil and the Amsterdams School style

  • 11
    Outside visit

    Originally park of the city wall, this tower was rebuild in 1620 and features a carillon with bells. End stop

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).

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Paula 07 Jun 2023
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Travelled in couple - Jun 2023
Fernando was extremely nice. He gave the group very interesting and valuable information. He went out of his way to show us answers to our questions. When you see his name listed for a tour, sign up. You’ll be happy that you did.
Anne 07 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
Excellent walk with Fernando. Very informative on aspects of history of Amsterdam. Kept the group close when he was speaking & had pictures and photos to illustrate his comments. Highly recommended.
Dag 04 Jun 2023

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Travelled alone - Jun 2023
The guide was both informative, and talked in an inspiring way and was able to answer questions.
Laura 03 Jun 2023

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Travelled in group - Jun 2023
Fernando’s tour was extremely informative! He knows everything you could want to know about Amsterdam :)
Alisha 02 Jun 2023

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Travelled in group - Jun 2023
Really nice guy! Enjoyed every second, best decision we made :)) Fernando was very funny and nice . Lots of knowledge, very informative!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Does not accept large group reservations.
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
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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