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Free Tour Ámsterdam

  • Every day
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Tip Based
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Discover this city's unique charm with Buendía Tours. Our Tour will help you learn about its history: it's past as a small fishing village, how the first-ever multinational company was founded in its port, the Dutch Royal Family, and much more.

 

  • Begijnhof of Amsterdam | Buendía Tours
    Begijnhof of Amsterdam | Buendía Tours
  • We tell you all about the Flower Market in our Free Tour Amsterdam
    We tell you all about the Flower Market in our Free Tour Amsterdam
  • De Waag in Amsterdam
    De Waag in Amsterdam
  • Royal Palace of Amsterdam in Amsterdam National Day
    Royal Palace of Amsterdam in Amsterdam National Day
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This tour is completely free and is the best way to understand the origin of Amsterdam and its canals, how the city survives below sea level or why its houses are built at an angle, our guides will answer all of your questions!

Itinerary Free Tour Amsterdam

Throughout our Free Tour of Amsterdam, you'll discover the history of the most liberal city in the world, starting from Dam Square, the oldest and most important square in town. After being founded as a small fishing village in the XIII century, Amsterdam quickly grew to become an important location for international trade. This new status transformed the city into a melting pot of many nationalities and cultures, shaping its history. Our route takes you to visit some of the most important monuments and buildings in Amsterdam:

Our guide will take us to the Royal Palace. During the Dutch Golden age, when Holland was the commercial hub of the world, this area was home to the Stock Market. Now the Royal Palace is used by the royal family for official receptions and state visits. Located in the famous Dam Square, it is very close to another one of our stops: the National Monument, an enormous white obelisk built in honour of the fallen in World War II.

Next, we will walk towards the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), one of the most important churches in Amsterdam. It was built in the 15th century when the Oude Kerk became too small to accommodate all the inhabitants of the growing city of Amsterdam. Today, it  hosts a great number of cultural exhibits and concerts.

We’ll also experience the peace and quiet that reign over The Begijnhof, a Medieval place of residence for a community of semi-religious single women who wanted to live pious lives. Here we will find a clandestine church that was built behind a few of the houses after the Catholic religion was banned in the 16th century.

We will continue the tour by visiting the Flower Market, with its shops spread out along the canal filling it with life and colour. Fun fact: it is the only floating flower market in the world, and one of the most fragrant places of the city.

The old Jewish quarter, another stop on our guided visit to Amsterdam, is where Rembrandt’s old house is located. It has now become one of the most popular quarters in Amsterdam thanks to the Waterlooplein market. 

To learn more about the history of Amsterdam, we will head towards De Waag in the Nieuwmarkt square. In the Middle Ages, it was part of the wall that defended the city and was known as the Gate of Saint Anthony.

The tour ends close to Amsterdam's Central Station, a hundred-year-old construction built on three artificial islands in the Neo-Renaissance style, and the busiest train station in the city. This is where Amsterdam’s tram lines start and where trains leave to all different European cities. If you have already seen the Rijksmuseum, the station might seem familiar to you since it was designed by the same architect, Pierre Cuypers, in a very similar style.

These are only some places you'll discover on this two and a half hour tour around the most iconic areas of Amsterdam, led by an expert English-speaking guide that may modify the route if necessary.

If you want to discover more be sure to consider our Alternative Free Tour of Amsterdam, that takes you to the western end of the city, or our Red-Light District Guided Tour, to learn about Amsterdam's vices and unique regulations.

The Netherlands has been a fishing nation for a very long time, and traditional Dutch villages such as Marken, Volendam, Edam or Zaanse Schans, located just 20 km away from Amsterdam, still preserve this heritage. If you want to discover the Dutch countryside, with its traditional houses, windmills and protestant churches, our Amsterdam Village's Tour is made just for you!

 

Meeting Point

Our guides will be waiting for you in Dam Square in front of Madame Tussauds (Wax Museum).

Address: Dam 20, 1012 KW Amsterdam, Netherlands.

  • Availability

    Every day

    • 10:00 h,  11:00 h, 14:00 h and 17:30 h 
  • Duration

    • 2h and 30 min approx
  • Included

    • English guide
  • Language

    • English
  • Price

    • Tip Based
  • Cancellation Policy

    • Cancellation is free but if you are not going to be able to attend the tour or have changed your mind, please cancel the reservation as otherwise the guide will be waiting

Amsterdam Private Services


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We inform you that as of 01/01/2020, all people who participate in any tourist activity in the city of Amsterdam are subject to the payment of 1.50 € as entertainment tax which, in the case of Free Tours, will be charged at the beginning of the tour. Keep in mind that this local tax is additional and will be applied regardless of the operating company, without implying any benefit for the companies or guides.

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