Free Walking Tours in Amsterdam

This post lists all the free walking tours in Amsterdam in the city center and Red Light District as well as alternatively-themed tours and food tours. 



Free walking tours are technically free – there’s no set upfront fee.

They end up being pay-what-you-wish tours, as it is recommended that you pay what you felt the tour was worth at the end of the walk with your guide.

According to online reviews, most guests pay anywhere from €5 – €15 per person. 

Keep in mind that these free walking tours are popular due to their reputations and affordability. Therefore, some are geared more toward the younger, backpacking crowd.

If you want to avoid a younger-skewing tour, you might want to consider a small-group walking tour

Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

When you purchase one of these passes you’ll get bundled discounts on multiple popular Amsterdam attractions, including free tours of the Red Light District.  



  • The Holland Pass options include both a City Centre and a Red Light District small group tour. 
  • The Amsterdam Pass also has a Red Light District walk as well as a City Centre walk included. 


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These free walking tours concentrate on Amsterdam’s city center.



Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

Tourist attraction passes offer bundled discounts on popular tours and attractions. When you purchase one of these passes you’ll save up to 50% on retail prices, and they often come with free tours. 

  • The Holland Pass options include several walking tours, including a tour of Amsterdam’s city center. 
  • The Amsterdam Pass also has multiple walking tours, one through the city center. 

Audio Tour

If you would like to walk on your own schedule, why not go on a self-guided audio tour? This free mp3 tour also comes with a downloadable map.

Sandemans New Europe Amsterdam Tour

This pay-what-you-wish tour will last about 3 hours and take you through Dam Square, past Anne Frank House, and give you the short highlights of the Red Light District.

You’ll get to know the city with a thorough overview. They have 7 start times throughout the day.

FreeDam Tours

Take one of the 4 daily options for starting times for your 2.5 – 3-hour walk with an enthusiastic, local guide. You’ll learn about the city’s history, present-day culture, and reputation for being one of the world’s most liberal cities. 

Strawberry Tours Historical Centre Tours

Strawberry Tours has one pay-what-you-like tour of the historical center of Amsterdam every day at 10:30 am.

They offer both English- and Spanish-speaking guides. You’ll learn about the economic and political events that shaped what Amsterdam is today. 

Free Walking Tours Amsterdam

This walking tour always has local Dutch guides leading their three, 2-hour walks per day in the city. They’ll cover the Royale Palace, drug policies, history of trade, and an overview of the Red Light District.  

Original Amsterdam Free Tour

Head to Dam Square at 14:00 (2:00 pm) every day to join the 2.5-hour Original Free Amsterdam tour focusing on Royal and economic history, myths and true stories about Amsterdam, The Old Church, and more. 


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The Red Light District of Amsterdam is world-famous and the subject of much fascination. Here are a few free tours that focus on this district. 



Tourist Attraction Discount Passes

When you purchase one of these passes you’ll get bundled discounts on multiple popular Amsterdam attractions, including free tours of the Red Light District.  

Self-Guided Tour

Learn about the Red Light District at your leisure with a free audio tour. You can go at your own pace and start whenever you want.

Free Amsterdam Tours

Learn the when, how, and why of the city’s Red Light District on Free Amsterdam Tours’ walk through this neighborhood.

This tour runs daily at 16:00 (4 pm).

Strawberry Tours

Red Light District Small-Group Strawberry Tours will teach you about the history of the neighborhood – how it went from posh to inhabited by working-class sailors and prostitutes. 

Paid Small Group Tours

If you’re looking for a more personalized tour, you can pay for a small-group tour of the Red Light District with a number of companies.


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Looking for something a bit more unique and different? These alternative Amsterdam tours usually have a different theme than the usual history-and-culture tours. 

Free Amsterdam Tours

If you’re interested in learning about more than just the most popular tourist destinations, this Free Alternative Tour of Amsterdam is a good option.

You’ll learn about Dutch traditions, restaurants, street art, and the UNESCO canal belt.

Departs daily at 13:30 (1:30 pm).

Strawberry Tours

The Free Undiscovered Amsterdam Tour runs on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 15:30 (3:30 pm) and will show you some of the less-crowded spots of the city. 


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These food tours are also pay-what-you-wish to attend! Keep in mind, however, that you should have cash on hand if you want to purchase more of your favorite treats.



Free Amsterdam Tours

This Free Food Tour of Amsterdam will let you in on the food culture of the city, introduce you to bitterballen, and show you the best places to purchase chocolate.

It runs every day at 10:30 am with a maximum of 20 people.


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