Guided Walking Tours Amsterdam2022-11-25T18:04:51+01:00

Private Walking Tours Amsterdam

Step into one of the world’s most open-minded places, known for its Red Light District, UNESCO Canal Belts and its liberal soft drugs policy. Join one of our specialized tours, each offering a unique look into the Dutch capital.

Choose Your Tour:

Historical Tour • Walk through 800 years of history on our original walking tour.

Alternative Tour • Discover the real Amsterdam and its counterculture, street art, squatting scene and strange smoking policy.

Dark Side Tour • Step into the shadows of medieval Amsterdam and its dark past of torture, public execution and witch hunts.

Food Tour • Eat your way through Amsterdam, sampling the tasty & surprising flavors of the Netherlands.

Educational Tour • Great for school trips & excursions.

Book Your Guided Tour Amsterdam

Request your tour in the form below and we will confirm the details of your reservation, contact details of your guide(s) and multiple payment options.

Booking FAQ

Can we choose our own date & time for the tour?2022-10-27T13:11:54+02:00

You can request a tour on any time & date. We will schedule our guides and confirm with you.

  • If you want to book on a Saturday, we advise you book more than a month in advance. We can’t guarantee availability on Saturdays on short notice, especially not in Amsterdam.
  • In the rare case that your requested date & time is unavailable, we will suggest multiple alternative options.
Can I cancel the tour after booking?2022-10-27T13:04:16+02:00

After your tour is confirmed and paid from your side, we accept cancellations:

  • Until 7 before the tour: Free of charge, we will refund the full amount.
  • Between 7 days & 48 hours before the tour: We charge 50% of the paid amount. You will receive a refund of the remaining 50%.
  • After 48 hours before the tour: We charge the full amount and no money is refunded.
Why do I pay an extra €1,50 entertainment tax in Amsterdam?2022-10-18T13:34:45+02:00

As of the 1st of January 2020, Amsterdam legislation requires our guides to charge an additional fee of €1,50. An extra €0,05 transaction fee is charged, which adds up to €1,55 per person. For more info, check the Entertainment Tax page of Amsterdam municipality.

The entertainment tax doesn’t apply to Rotterdam, The Hague, Utrecht, Haarlem & Delft.

How do I pay for the tour?2022-10-11T17:43:44+02:00

After you have submitted a tour request in the booking form, you will receive a confirmation with a payment link.

Our system support the following payment methods:

  • iDeal
  • Credit card
  • PayPal
  • SOFORT Banking
  • Bancontact

After payment, you will receive a confirmation with an automated invoice.

If you prefer to pay per invoice, please request it in the form with the required details. Payment per invoice is offered with an additional administrative fee of €4,50.

How do I know if my booking is confirmed?2022-10-11T17:37:11+02:00

Fill in the form and it will be sent to us. We aim to answer your request within 24 hours.

  1. We will find the perfect guide(s) for your specific group and process your requests.
  2. You receive a confirmation of the details and a link for payment.
  3. After payment, your booking is secured and you will receive an automated invoice and confirmation.
How many people per guide?2022-10-28T12:29:31+02:00

For Amsterdam tours, local regulations state limit us to a maximum of 15 people per guide in Amsterdam. For a group of more than 15 people, we schedule multiple guides. The restrictions are strictly monitored by the municipality, exceeding the maximum per guide may result in a fine and us losing our license.

The other cities have no legal restrictions. However, we feel we can offer our best service with groups up to 20 people per guide in Rotterdam, The Hague, Haarlem, Utrecht & Delft. For a group larger than 20 people, we schedule multiple guides.

This way we can maintain the quality that our visitors deserve!

Can I change/cancel my reservation after booking?2022-10-11T17:21:05+02:00

You can cancel your reservation up to 14 days before your reservation free of charge. If you want minor changes for the tour, like the meeting point or number of people, just send us an email.

Historical Tour Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s beautiful inner city is basically one big open-air museum and therefore perfect to discover by foot. On this 2-hour tour, we cover the total history of Amsterdam with all its highlights, like the UNESCO Canal Belt, the Red Light District, and the history of the Jewish Quarter!

You feel the history as you walk in the same streets as people did for 800th. We start at the dam square where it all started. From there we take you to a time travel along with the 80-year war, 17 century (golden age) to World War Two, and finally the radical hippies in the 70th and till today.

The Historical Tour Covers:

  • The Founding Of The City
  • Amsterdam’s Golden Age
  • The Story Of WWII
  • History Of The Red Light District
  • Soft Drugs Policy
  • Amsterdam Today & Future
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Alternative Tour Amsterdam

You may know that Amsterdam is nowadays very tolerant of prostitution and marijuana, but the interesting thing is that it has not always been this way. With this Alternative Tour, we tell you how Amsterdam transformed in the 1960s from a Christian, conservative city into the “Magic Center” of counterculture, a transformation into the openminded city that we know today.

From here, we will explore how the toleration of marijuana and the squatting movement were born. The big question is: are the fifty years-old solutions to these issues still applicable today?

Further, the tour covers the beautiful UNESCO canal belt, street art and lots of funny “did-you-know’s” about Amsterdam. Come and experience for yourself why people live in the houseboats, what the difference is between a coffeeshop and a smartshop, get to know how Amsterdam became a bicycle city and discover the other Red Light District known as “bondage alley”!

The Alternative Tour Covers:

  • UNESCO Canal Belt
  • Street Art
  • Houseboats
  • Squatting Subculture
  • Legislation Of Marijuana & Magic Mushrooms
  • Bike Culture

Dark Side Tour Amsterdam

Welcome to Amsterdam’s dark side, where history meets horror and buried urban myths rise from the grave. Not just a ghastly ghost tour, we show you that the actual events of Amsterdam’s ominous past are much more horrific than a cold spot in a dark alley. Visit the places where ghost sightings were reported, to find out the real stories behind the urban myths of Amsterdam. Find out why the gallows were located at the docks, for arriving sailors to see the public execution of criminals and discover how witches were persecuted in medieval Amsterdam. Hear stories about nuns digging up old graves and orphaned children being taken over by an inexplicably demonic force. Book your spot at a Free Dark Side Tour Amsterdam, or the untold truth will haunt you forever!

The Dark Side Tour Covers:

  • Urban Myths
  • Torturing & Executions During The Middle Ages
  • Historic Anatomy Lesson
  • Witch Hunts
  • The Tale Of The Anabaptists
  • The Possessed Orphans
Food tour Amsterdam

Food Tour Amsterdam

For the Food Tour we charge an additional fee of €10 per person, covering the food portions and samples offered on the tour.

Yes, it should be admitted that Dutch people are not the most creative people when it comes to dinner food. Smashed potatoes with Brussels’ sprouts and meatballs is perhaps the only meal that can be classified as typically Dutch. However, we have a bunch of sweet candies and salty delicacies that make a perfect food tour! Taste the famous and delicious Gouda cheese and try our traditional Dutch cookie ‘’stroopwafel’’ on this 2-hour walking tour. Don’t be scared when you hear that we eat our herring RAW (!!!). The bones and the organs of this tiny fish are removed and it tastes really, really good.

Yes, we do a lot of tasting on this tour, but it also includes stories about the historical and cultural background of the dishes. Learn about the annual auction of the “first barrel of herring”, what kind of sauce we eat with our fries, and discover how many cookies Dutch people offer you at home (if they offer you some at all). If you want to take a light and fun tour and learn something about the local culture, our Food Tour might be perfect for you!

On The Food Tour, We Sample:

  • Herring
  • Poffertjes (Mini-Pancakes)
  • Dutch Liquorice
  • Bitterballen
  • Of Course, Cheese!

Educational Tour Amsterdam

Visiting on a school excursion or with a group of youngsters? The Educational Tour is the way to walk! In this tour, we focus on Amsterdam’s cultural and historical background, without the guides making their stories too long & boring. Learn about Amsterdam’s spectacular growth in the 17th century, some hidden places that we will visit and how many bikes are fished out of the water every year!

Amsterdam today is a city full of students and there are some great places to hang out or get an affordable meal. Join our tour and find out why our city is the best place to learn about Dutch history, how to enjoy eat your fries in the Netherlands and how to stay in the biker’s fast lane without serious injury.

The Educational Tour Covers:

  • Student Life In The City
  • History Of Amsterdam
  • A secret, hidden, catholic church that offers the tale of the religious wars in the 16th and 17th century
  • Dutch Culture, Food & Bicycles
  • The Museums Of Amsterdam
  • Amsterdam’s Golden Age
  • Amsterdam Today & Future
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