Free tour

The Heart of Amsterdam: An Essential Overview (+18)

Duration: 1h and 45min
Languages: English
Quality Verified Registered on January 17, 2023

We are a very small collective of experienced independent guides living in the Redlight District, sharing the same passion for history, modern culture and storytelling. We are very happy to take travelers from different cultures and show them a real, authentic perspective of this fantastic city. All done in a friendly and professional way. Let's take a walk!

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

Tour description

Welcome to an immersive walk through the heart of one of the most fascinating cities in the world!

Together, we will explore Amsterdam's remarkable history, origins, and unique values and ideas that helped shape the modern world.

As we walk through some of the city's most iconic sites, we will discuss its rich cultural heritage, intriguing architecture, the Dutch Golden Age, the events of the Second World War, and Amsterdam's longstanding tradition of tolerance and diversity.

Some of the sites and topics:

  • Dam square and the origins of Amsterdam
  • Oude Kerk, the Old Church
  • De Wallen, the Red Light District
  • Niewmarkt and De Waag
  • The VOC headquarters and the Dutch Golden Age
  • The Jewish Quarter and Amsterdam in WWII
  • Amsterdam's canal houses and their unique architecture
  • Drugs and Amsterdam

By the end of the tour, you will have a newfound understanding and appreciation of Amsterdam's essence and its place in the world, as well as valuable insights into what makes up the spirit of this exceptional city.

Join us and discover hidden gems, fascinating stories, and experience the rich culture Amsterdam has to offer!

Important Information:

  • There's a limit of 15 people per tour imposed by the Municipality of Amsterdam that must be kept at all times.
  • Tours are for individuals and small groups of up to 4 people. We reserve the right to reject multiple reservations that result in groups of more than 4 people. This includes different members of the same group trying to join the tour by making multiple individual reservations. (exceptions can be made for families with children)
  • Please note that if the total bookings amount to less than 4 people the tour is subject to cancellation
  • All travelers must arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour. After the tour begins, mobile communication with the guide will be sparse as the group has their full attention.

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What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Nieuwmarkt 25, 1011 JS Amsterdam, Net...
    Nieuwmarkt 25, 1011 JS Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    We will meet in front of the Villa Nieuwmarkt Cafe, you will reconize me with a green bag and pink cap! https://maps.app.goo.gl/SU46HzaGTaKvBBtm9

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Dam Square
  • 2
    Outside visit
    Oude Kerk
  • 3
    Outside visit
    Red Light District Amsterdam Centrum
  • 4
    Outside visit
  • 5
    Outside visit
    VOC dutch east indie Compangie
  • 6
    Outside visit

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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Izabele 28 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
A great ballance between history and current city life 👍
Mirna 12 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
A really nice guy, likes to engage the group, ask questions and is funny. Tour was 1,5 hour and we haven't been bored at all. I would recommend Thomas (:
Susan 06 Sep 2023

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Travelled in group - Sep 2023
Highly recommended
dominic 29 Aug 2023

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Travelled in group - Aug 2023
We were lucky to have a private tour ( 4) what stands out for me was the type of tour , it wasn’t a typical this is x this is y building and this happened in x year what Thomas did was tell us about current affairs and history and invited participation and imparted a vast array of topics . I 100% feel we had a very positive experience and our knowledge and understanding of Amsterdams history and current situation is better than when we started . Very friendly guy invited and answered any question and subject so glad we were lucky enough to choose Thomas. . Thank you
Asher 27 Aug 2023
Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Travelled in couple - Aug 2023
Very good
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Who is this tour for?

Non 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
Only cash payment is accepted.
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