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Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

1. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour with Audioguide

2. Amsterdam: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour with Audioguide

Hop onboard a state-of-the-art bus and explore the Dutch capital from a new perspective. The bus boasts an open-top roof (weather permitting), providing panoramic views of Amsterdam from start to finish. Travel around the city at a leisurely pace, admiring the city’s highlights as well as hidden gems along the way. The tour starts at the IJ River, from there drive along the famous Canal Belt and watch the locals go about their day. See a selection of the city’s picturesque canals, including the Brouwersgracht and the Prinsengracht, as well as sights such as the Haarlemmerpoort. Next, explore the Museum Quarter and admire Museum Square, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Royal Concert Building. Later, drive along the Amstel River, soaking up epic views from the bus and snapping photos for your vacation album. Finally, discover the historic Jewish Quarter and the Old City Center, where you can find landmarks including Nieuwmarkt Square, the Red Light District, Dam Square, the Royal Palace, and Central Station.

Amsterdam: Seven Deadly Sins Guided Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Seven Deadly Sins Guided Walking Tour

Meet your guide, then set off on an alternative adventure around Amsterdam. Start off with a stroll around the town center, with its old buildings and picturesque streets. Pass by some of Amsterdam’s most iconic landmarks, including Beurs van Berlage, Zeedijk Street, and Condomerie. Along the way, learn about the tales and legends of this interesting city, including the Ghost of Helena, who still haunts the city’s medieval buildings. 

Amsterdam: Rembrandt's Apprentice City Exploration Game

4. Amsterdam: Rembrandt's Apprentice City Exploration Game

Explore Amsterdam in the funniest and most adventurous way. Discover the city as you solve riddles, answer questions, and unlock hidden augmented- and virtual reality elements. In this interactive treasure hunt, you will follow Willem, Rembrandt's apprentice. As he recovers from his hangover, he tries to complete his tasks for Rembrandt in “Old Amsterdam” during the Golden Age. Will he complete his tasks on time? Or will his nightly brawl ruin his chances to become a painter? The game will take you to the Red Light District, the Dam and the Nieuwmarkt. Take breaks in between challenges to have some drinks or food whenever you want. Enjoy the mix of freedom and adventure that this city game provides to make the most of your experience in Amsterdam.

Red Light District Ganja Tour

5. Red Light District Ganja Tour

Enjoy an in-depth look at the cannabis culture of Amsterdam on a 2-hour walking tour of the city center and Red Light District. Designed with cannabis connoisseurs in mind, the tour provides the chance to sample some of the finest products at some of the city’s best quality coffeeshops. Well known as the capital of cannabis, Amsterdam’s precise drug policies remain little explored. By taking you to coffeeshops favored by locals, you can learn more, and experience these liberal attitudes in a relaxed and calm environment. You will also get to sample high quality cannabis treats along the way.

Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour of the City Center

6. Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour of the City Center

Feel like a local in Amsterdam and discover the city by bike. A private guide will take you to the city’s most important highlights, such as Dam Square, the Westerkerk, Anne Frank’s House, the Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh museum, and the Vondelpark. Meet your guide at the bike shop and they will equip you with a citybike comfortable for you. Then, cycle along the banks of the canals towards the Dutch Protestant Westerkerk and the legendary Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht Canal. Head into the popular Jordaan area, home to many art galleries, markets, and stylish shops. Continue towards the Museum District, a neighborhood of the Oud Zuid where, along with museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, you will get the chance to cycle in the Vondelpark. Finally, venture into some of the busier parts of the city, including the main streets of the Canal Belt and De Wallen Red Light District.

Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Amsterdam with your own personal guide, and stroll through the medieval center to see parts of the old city wall. Continue along the famous canals to explore Chinatown, the former Jewish District, and the infamous Red Light District. Learn how Amsterdam was built on a reclaimed swamp, when the land was buried in mud and the harbor was almost inaccessible. Connection with the North Sea was not realised until the 19th century, but Amsterdam had already became one of the most important cities in the world. As you stroll, you will learn about its position as a major science and cultural center, and discover how in 1650 its population of 220,000 inhabitants made it the 3rd largest city in Europe. Your guide will explain key aspects of Amsterdam’s story, passing sights such as the 17th-century Oostindisch Huis, the Amsterdam headquarters of the East India Company. Discover old pawn shops and handsome merchant houses in the Jordaan district. Walk the banks of the Herengracht, one of the first 3 major canals of the city, and more.

Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

8. Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

Join a local guide on a 2-hour private tour of Amsterdam's most notorious neighborhood and get a unique insight into the history and culture of the Red Light District. Stroll the narrow streets and pass the windows where scantily dressed sex workers ply their trade as you hear how the liberal attitude of the locals has made the area an integral part of city life, whether they're going to work or taking their children to kindergarten.   Get to know the real stories behind the windows, discover hidden spots and a few landmarks along the way. Join the hustle and bustle of the busy Warmoesstraat, visit a local brewery, and discover the oldest building in the city. Venture down the narrowest street, and end at the famous Weigh House on Nieuwmarkt.

Amsterdam: 2.5-Hour Historic Private Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: 2.5-Hour Historic Private Walking Tour

Start your tour at the Victoria Hotel opposite Central station. Follow your guide to many noteworthy historical buildings on the eastern side of the city, including a large collection of so-called gable stones, the House of Riga and the former Hidden Church. Pass by some very narrow streets in the Red Light District, see Nieuwmarktsquare with its former gateway to the city dating back to the late 1400's, and pass by the Rembrandtsquare on the way to the Amstel river and the Seven Bridges. Walk to the Spui, passing by mansions with large late century ornaments, in order to see Begijnhof courtyard and nearby Civic Guards Gallery. During your tour, have a break at either Rembrandtsquare or Amstelveld.

Private Amsterdam Bike Tour with a Local

10. Private Amsterdam Bike Tour with a Local

Meet your guide at the pre-arranged time. Then, hop on your bike and cycle past Amsterdam's highlights to experience the vibrant city like a local. Enjoy endless bike lanes to some of the city's most beautiful sights and discover Amsterdam at its best. Along with historic monuments, your guide will take you to up-and-coming spots. Go to the Jordaan area and stop for a browse in some of the nearby markets. The route includes a few special surprises to give you a real feel for the city.  Itinerary: • Meet your host at star bikes rental near the Central Station • Pass by the West-Indisch Huis • Hidden Courtyard - discover one of the still-secret courtyards in town • Homomonument - pass by this understated monument giving respect to the gay community • Green retreat - cycle through the loved Vondelpark and see the ‘Picasso’s Fish statue’ • Coffee break - take a coffee and mingle with the locals • Museums District - make your way to the culturally rich Museumplein • Skinny bridge - cycle across the skinny bridge • Blood graffiti house - learn about the story of the blood graffiti house • Final stop - return the bikes at star bikes and receive personal recommendations from you host

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What people are saying about Nieuwmarkt Square

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 163 reviews

The tour guide (Anni) was absolutely amazing, funny and was very informative. The tour itself is amazing - I would recommend an evening tour instead as we didn’t see many of women in the windows. There is an option to have a peep show as well and to try coffee with something extra.

Anni complained to us about a super fun afternoon! It was informative, the information was well packed in stories and not overloaded with too many dates/names etc. Just perfect for us. Our baby was also accepted and catered to us. Please continue

Eric the guide is so cool and full of information. Definitely a recommended walking tour to learn about the red light district and the sex workers (not all is negative and be shy about). And find out what coffeeshops are!!!

Good overall information with some in depth details provided as needed. Thanks for birthday gift of my first live sex show.

Amazing, highly highly recommended, very fun and knowledgeable. Would defiantly do it again just for Eric!