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This week's Alternative Amsterdam Tours:

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3:00 PM and 3:00 PM
National Monument, Dam Square.
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The Alternative Amsterdam Tour starts in front of the National Monument in Dam Square. Just look for the guides in red SANDEMANs NEW Europe T-shirts!
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On this 2 hour tour* we cover:

  • Housing crisis and houseboats
  • Gentrification and urban development
  • Smart shops
  • Mid-1960s counterculture movement 
  • Provo and the White Bicycle Plan
  • Drugs - history and laws
  • Amsterdam’s most famous coffeeshop 
  • Coalition Project 1012
  • Squats and street Art  
  • Marriage equality 
  • Legal prostitution 

 ...and much more!

 

Amsterdam is a city like no other. Famous for coffeeshops, bicycles and prostitution, the city is also renowned for its liberal laws, alternative housing arrangements and being the first in the world to recognize marriage equality.

Join us as we delve into the alternative scene that makes Amsterdam a must-visit destination for people over the world. We explore the origins of these facets of Amsterdam society, such as the post-WWII housing crisis that began today’s current phenomenon of living in boats or in squats, and the counter-culture movements that developed into today’s unique atmosphere, including the city’s most famous coffeeshop, and the street art hidden in the city centre. 

This is the real Amsterdam - the side of the city that locals love, and that visitors come to experience. This tour is a must for anyone wanting to really experience this unique city!

 

*Average tour length. The independent guides with whom we work have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites and stories above and lasts this long, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group!

Participation in tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe is strictly on a voluntary basis. Neither SANDEMANs NEW Europe, nor the self-employed freelance guides who are the providers of the tours promoted by SANDEMANs NEW Europe, will be held responsible in any way for injuries to body or property incurred during tours. The tour guides reserve the right to deny participation in any tour, to any person, for any reason. Thank you for your understanding.

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