Beautiful Amsterdam - See the history and canals

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Alex
Quality Verified Registered on February 13, 2023

Hey there! I'm Alex, a tour guide in Amsterdam for many years. I'm very passionate about this city, even after having to move out a while back I still call it home. Like so many I am and always have been in love with Amsterdam. A sleazy place to do a pub crawl and visit the Red Light District for many, I would like to convince you of the opposite: Amsterdam is vibrant, beautiful, alive. Outside the tourist traps that Google Maps will send you there's a city worth exploring. One that's both loud and quiet, that harbors a unique artistic side that a lot of people miss out on. One with a fascinating and important history, both in contributions to society in the form of of the arts, science, and commerce and one with lessons to learn from the past. I know this text was supposed to be about me, but I'd rather talk about Mokum. Join me and I will try to convice you that this city is worth falling in love with!

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  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free
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Tour description

Join me on a fascinating free walking tour of Amsterdam and discover the city's rich history and vibrant culture. As an experienced local guide,

I'll take you on a journey through the charming neighborhoods of Amsterdam, showing you hidden gems and sharing fascinating stories along the way. You will explore famous neighborhoods like Jordaan, the famous canals and lesser known places that only a true insider like me could show you.

With my in-depth knowledge of the city's history and culture, you will leave this free walking tour with a new appreciation for all that Amsterdam has to offer. So put on your walking shoes, grab your camera and let me show you the best of Amsterdam!

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Dam, 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Dam, 1012 Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    I will do it in DAM Square in front of the National Monument

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Dam Square

    The vibrant heart of Amsterdam. Experience the bustling energy as you explore this historic square, home to the Royal Palace and the National Monument. It's where Amsterdam's history starts, it's where protesters protest, hippies smoked pot in the 60s and where the Second World War is remembered annually. It is also the start of our tour ;)

  • 2
    Outside visit

    The mesmerizing Amsterdam Grachtengordel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Immerse yourself in the city's 17th-century canal belt, marveling at its picturesque canals, charming bridges, and elegant canal houses. Discover the historical significance of this engineering marvel, which shaped the city's identity. Stroll along the water's edge, soak in the vibrant atmosphere, and witness the unique blend of architectural splendor and cultural heritage that defines Amsterdam.

  • 3
    Outside visit

    See Amsterdam's iconic Westerkerk, a 17th-century Dutch Protestant church. The Westerkerk and it's church tower are local icons, you'll see them in many paintings, hear about them in Amsterdam folk songs and try to spot them on roof top parties whilst looking at the Amsterdam skyline.

  • 4
    Outside visit

    Discover the Homomonument, a powerful symbol of LGBTQ+ rights and equality in Amsterdam. This significant memorial, located in the heart of the city, commemorates the struggles and celebrates the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Royal Palace Amsterdam

    Behold the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, a majestic architectural masterpiece. Explore the opulent interiors, adorned with exquisite artwork and grandeur fit for royalty. Learn about it's history and why many travelers actually overlook this building.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    VOC dutch east indie Compangie

    Learn about the Dutch East India Company, an influential trading entity that shaped global history where a dark colonial history goes hand in hand with innovations that created the world we all live in still today.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Rembrandt House Museum

    See Rembrandt House, the former residence of the legendary artist. Stand in awe of the historical building where Rembrandt once lived and worked, and imagine the artistic genius that thrived within its walls.

  • 8
    Outside visit

    Experience the vibrant energy of Waterlooplein, Amsterdam's bustling flea market square. Explore a treasure trove of eclectic stalls, from vintage clothing and unique antiques to diverse food offerings. Immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere and discover hidden gems at every turn. Waterlooplein is as Amsterdam gets!

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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Sofia 12 Sep 2023

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Travelled in couple - Sep 2023
Fuimos con Ithor, muy recomendable!!
Monique 05 Sep 2023

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Travelled alone - Aug 2023
I learned so much! It is obvious that Alex grew up here and knows the history of the town. Great tour!
Jezebel 04 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
We were really disapointed. We booked a tour and had a confirmation the tour would start at 13.30 hours. But Alex never showed up :-(
Jacob 11 Aug 2023

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Very real guy with a side of comedy, he is not shy of his opinions and thoughts and he makes it very comfortable to be around him and ask questions. Highly recommend him!
Laura 08 Aug 2023

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Travelled in family - Aug 2023
Very fun and informative tour.
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Who is this tour for?

Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 10 people.
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.