Tours & activities in Amsterdam

Alternative Tour of Amsterdam

Explore the alternative side of Amsterdam & experience contemporary art with entrance to the Modern Contemporary Museum

ABOUT THE Alternative Tour of Amsterdam

Amsterdam truly is a city like no other. People come from around the world to experience the unique facets of Amsterdam's society, but this is your chance to see the local culture and the way the locals live! Join us on this 2-hour walking tour as we delve into the alternative scene that makes Amsterdam a must-visit destination for people over the world.


Your Alternative Amsterdam tour meets at the National Monument at Dam Square.


Liberal laws

Everyone knows that Amsterdam has liberal laws around things like drug use, and on this tour, your local expert guide will help you to understand the origins of these laws and to clear up any myths around them, as well as showing you some of Amsterdam's most famous coffee shops. Beyond the drugs, Amsterdam has always been at the forefront of "living and let live"; the Netherlands was the first country in the world to recognize marriage equality, with the first same-sex wedding taking place in Amsterdam.

Alternative housing and transport

Amsterdam houseboats line the canals, and you don't have to look too far to find a squat in Amsterdam either. On the Alternative Amsterdam tour, your local expert guide will explain how these phenomena were the result of the post-WWI housing crisis, as well as telling you about how the White Bicycle Plan was created to give everyone access to bikes and to combat pollution. Your guide will also give you an insight into how Amsterdammers today fight against gentrification and urban development.

Experience contemporary art

On this tour we also take you to the Modern Contemporary (Moco) Museum where you can explore an exhibition by Banksy. Learn how Amsterdam’s street art culture fits into the social commentary of a city that is known to be open and liberal.

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Your Alternative Tour of Amsterdam starts in front of the National Monument in Dam Square

  • Uncover the myths and truths about Amsterdam's liberal drugs laws
  • Learn about how the Netherlands were on the forefront of marriage equality
  • Discover some of Amsterdam's unique housing arrangements, such as squats and houseboats
  • Hear about the White Bicycle Plan, which decreed that unlocked bikes should be available in the city to help combat pollution
  • Find out how the Amsterdam locals today fight gentrification and urban development
  • Get a taste of street art culture by visiting the Banksy exhibition at the Moco Museum


3:00 PM
3:00 PM
Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Expert English-speaking local guide
  • Entrance to Moco Museum (optional)
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for guide (optional)
Additional Information
  • The independent guides who employ us to market their tours have your best interests in mind; while the tour usually includes the sites & stories mentioned and lasts about 2 hours, your tour may vary depending on what your guide thinks is best for your group
  • The Alternative Tour usually ends at Museumplein or Leidseplein
  • Wear comfortable shoes – tour covers 3-4km of walking
  • Wheelchair accessible
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Rain or shine, all of our tours run as scheduled. Book your place online to guarantee your spot!

Where the famous FREE Tour gives you a good overview of the city, the themed select tours give you a more in-depth look at some of the most fascinating periods or neighbourhoods of Amsterdam.

We believe in supporting local communities and are committed to giving a voice to some of Amsterdam's best local freelance tour guides, who passionately share the city's history and culture with their own unique and always-entertaining style.

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