Tours & Activities in Amsterdam

Free Tour of Amsterdam

Book the original Amsterdam free walking tour and visit many of the city's highlights with a local guide


This tour is running again! Book with confidence as we offer a 100% refund policy if you need to cancel your tour prior to departure.

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ABOUT THE Free Tour of Amsterdam

This 3-hour Amsterdam free walking tour will show you all the top attractions in the city. Local experts will take you to must-see spots such as the iconic canals, Dutch East India Company, Anne Frank House and much more. Expert guides take you where buses simply can’t go, while they breathe life into the history of Amsterdam and give you an authentic introduction to one of Europe's favourite cities.


Your Amsterdam Free Tour starts at the National Monument and usually ends by Anne Frank House. Navigating this busy city of canals and bicycles can be daunting, even for the most experienced traveler, which is why SANDEMANs NEW Amsterdam is here to help!


From expert traders to Nazi occupation

Your expert local guide will make Amsterdam's fascinating history come alive, taking you past iconic and picture-ready sites like leaning buildings, the smallest house and the many locks, canals and bridges. You'll learn about Amsterdam's rich and impressive history as shipping and trading experts, before learning about the dark days of Nazi occupation by seeing the Jewish Quarter, the Anne Frank House and more.

A modern city loved by visitors and locals

Of course, with its worldwide reputation of liberal laws and an open-minded society, people come from all over to experience the Amsterdam of today. On the free walking tour, your expert local guide will cover modern-day Amsterdam as well, but if you want to delve even deeper, check out our daily Alternative Amsterdam and Red Light District tours.

Free Tour concept

The tips-based model of the Free Tour allows guests to support and reward only the highest quality tours, and to ensure that the tour fits within their expectations, and within their budget.

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The Amsterdam Free Tour starts in front of the National Monument in Dam Square

  • See the Anne Frank House, where one of the world's most famous diaries was written
  • Take pictures of the quintessentially Amsterdam canals, bridges and houses
  • Discover the Jewish Quarter
  • Find the hidden churches
  • Marvel at Multatuli's giant head
  • Learn about the Dutch bike culture


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Inclusions & exclusions
What’s included
  • Local English-speaking guide
What’s not included
  • Gratuities for the guide (optional)
  • €1.50 entertainment tax per participant
Additional Information
  • The Amsterdam municipality has imposed a €1.50 “entertainment tax” per tour and activity participant. We at SANDEMANs believe this tax discriminates against budget travelers, but we need to be compliant with all local regulations so we have to pay this tax for all tour participants. We founded the Free Tour on a simple idea: trust travelers to decide for themselves how much they want to pay for a tour. So, although we are required to pay the tax directly to the city of Amsterdam, we’re committed to not forcing this tax upon guests. However, if you are willing and able to cover the cost of your €1.50 tax (or even more to help make up for those unable to pay!), we’ll gratefully accept your payment, either at the meeting point of the Free Tour or during the tour break. It would be a huge support to us as we rebuild during this challenging time for the travel industry! Of course, in the spirit of the Free Tour, we’ll leave it up to you. Thanks for your understanding and support!
  • Our business is connecting great guides and smart travelers, and we're proud that so many local guides employ us to welcome travelers like you on their journey through some of the world's best cities. No two tours are alike, and the sites, stories, and length of the tour will vary depending on what your freelance guide decides is best. That's why the tours we promote never get stale or feel scripted, and why both independent guides and savvy travelers prefer SANDEMANs
  • Wheelchair accessible
Amsterdam Free Tour Meeting Point at the Nationaal Monument on Dam Square
The Free Tour starts in front of the National Monument in Dam Square Open in Google Maps
Anne Frank House at the end of the Free Tour
Anne Frank House
Dutch East India Company Amsterdam
Dutch East India Company
Multatuli Statue Amsterdam
Multatuli Statue
Amsterdam canals and bridges as seen on the sandemans free tour
Amsterdam canals and bridges
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What is a Free Tour?


The Free Tour is the best introduction to Amsterdam! A general overview tour including many of the highlights of the city, the Free Tour usually lasts around 3 hours and is provided by a local freelance guide in partnership with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, so tour content can vary depending on your guide’s particular area of interest and expertise.

The Free Tour is a walking tour with no need for public transport and is designed for independent travellers, not groups. You can book your spot in advance online or simply show up at the start point on the day. There is no payment necessary at the start of the tour but you are welcome to tip your guide at the end!

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. They'll never pressure you to tip; we believe that, if money is given, it should be voluntary and in direct proportion to the quality of the tour and the budget of the traveler.

Why join the SANDEMANs Free Tour?

  • The route covers many of Amsterdam's major landmarks
  • The meeting point is centrally located in Dam Square
  • The Free Tour is guaranteed to fit within your budget
  • The guides performing tips-based Free Tours are incentivized to perform every time


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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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