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Amsterdam - the world's playground

Duration: 2h and 30min
Languages: English
Guru: Dominika
Quality Verified Registered on August 15, 2023

My name is Dominika and I am in love with Amsterdam. I moved here over 8 years ago, you will never meet anyone more obsessed with the city than I am. I am a language teacher, a content creator and a podcaster. I've been showing the life in Amsterdam in my social media, for years. My podcast about Amsterdam is loved by my Polish audience. Now I want to show you around the city.

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  • No minimum number of attendees
    No minimum number of attendees is required for the tour
  • Free booking and cancellation
    Free payment tour, no set price, booking and cancellation are free

Tour description

Amsterdam - the world's playground

Amsterdam is a very special city - it has always been very open and tolerant, but at the same time protective of its residents. I want to show you why the people of Amsterdam are bold and confident, what kind of life they lead today, and why. We will talk about the famous tolerance and openness that Amsterdam is famous for.
I would love to tell you about all those events in the past that shaped the city as it is today. Why do so many people come here to play, and what are the consequences?
When I say "playground", you're probably thinking: party! But there is so much more to it. My tour is about the history, colonialism, slavery, WW2, sex work, LGBT+ rights, and about what Amsterdam used to feel like, look like and smell like.

I will also tell you about the current problems we're struggling with.

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Highlights

What will we visit on this tour?

  • Meeting point:
    Amsterdam Central Railway Station, St...
    Amsterdam Central Railway Station, Stationsplein 13a, 1012 AB Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    Let's meet in front of the main entrance to the central station - the exit that leads to the city, NOT the waterfront. I will be wearing a pink raincoat and holding a pink folder in my hand. Also, I am very short, so look for a tiny person.

  • 1
    Outside visit
    Amsterdam Central Station

    Here we will talk about the origin of Amsterdam, about the harbour, Noord and the Dutch expeditions.

  • 2
    Outside visit
    Oude Kerk

    Oude Kerk is the only building in Amsterdam that remains in the same state as it was when Rembrandt attended it. Located in the Red Light District, right next to sex workers.

  • 3
    Outside visit
    Beursplein

    The stock market, together with a bank and currency exchange centre, were all created to make Amsterdam the mighty and financial centre. Money transactions were very important in a republic that traded with everybody!

  • 4
    Outside visit
    Dam Square

    Here I will tell you about de Nieuwe Kerk - a place for coronations and royal weddings - and the history of the Royal Palace. This is also the place to discuss WW2 - the German occupation, the story of Anne Frank and the shooting at the Dam Square.

  • 5
    Outside visit
    Begijnhof

    One of the problems that the city struggled with in the past a lot were fires. That is why - starting from the XV century - wooden houses and thatched roofs have been banned. But there are a few old wooden buildings that have been preserved and are really interesting to look at.

  • 6
    Outside visit
    Herengracht

    The dark chapter of Amsterdam history - colonialism and slavery. We will look at a landmark that is strongly connected to the colonial past. A great opportunity to talk about Keti Koti and modern challenges the city encounters.

  • 7
    Outside visit
    Oudezijds Voorburgwal 231

    Athenaeum Illustre - the predecessor of the university of Amsterdam. Here I will tell you about the Dutch Golden Age and the love people had for art and science.

  • 8
    Outside visit
    Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam

    This is where Prinsenhof was located - a place for esteemed guests, later a city council location. Oudezijds Voorburgwal is a very charming canal, with a lot of landmarks.

  • 9
    Outside visit
    De Wallen Red Light District Amsterdam

    Sex work is legal in the Netherlands, but the whole matter is very complicated. Especially today, when the city is trying to fight crime, abuse and noise pollution.

  • 10
    Outside visit
    Chinatown

    Amsterdam's got the oldest Chinese district on the European mainland. Located right next to the Red Light District, in de Zeedijk, with the biggest religious building in Europe, built in the Chinese style.

  • 11
    Outside visit
    Café 't Mandje

    This brown cafe is the oldest meeting place for non heterosexuals - run by "The Queen of Zeedijk", a legend, an icon, Bet van Beeren. Amsterdam is considered a gay capital - I will tell you why.

  • 12
    Outside visit
    Basilica of Saint Nicholas

    The end point of our tour, right next to the Central Station.

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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4.97
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Lisa 16 Apr 2024
Bremen

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Travelled alone - Mar 2024
Dominika was very knowledeable and friendly, she did the tour, even though I was the only Walker, which was so amazing. Thank you so much for the walking tour!
Ella 15 Apr 2024
London

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Really great tour with a fun and interesting tour guide. Without this tour, I would have avoided the busy centre and missed a lot of the interesting history of Amsterdam! Really liked the nods to colonialism, the slave trade and sex work- all done with respect and a view to the future.
Carolina 11 Apr 2024
Buenos Aires

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Travelled alone - Apr 2024
Buen recorrido, caminaba muy rápido! Entiendo que era para llegar a tiempo con todo, por lo que si estás con el tiempo sirve. Me gusto que da mucha información histórica y de la actualidad.
Michaela 07 Apr 2024
Vienna

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Travelled in group - Apr 2024
Dominika was a fantastic guide and shared a lot of her enthusiasm for Amsterdam and the history with us. It was a lovely tour to get a great impression of the city.
Olivia 04 Apr 2024
Montreal

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Travelled in couple - Apr 2024
Dominika was a fantastic guide!! We learnt a lot of the city that we otherwise would never have discovered.
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Who is this tour for?

Accessibility
Non suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Groups
Accepts reservations up to 15 people.
Pets
Suitable for carrying pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
There is no minimum number of people 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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