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Amsterdam is a city like no other. Famous for coffee shops, 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.

Delve into the alternative scene that makes Amsterdam a must-visit destination for people over the world. 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 coffee shop, and the street art hidden in the city center.

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!

On this 2-hour tour 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 coffee shop
  • Coalition Project 1012
  • Squats and street art  
  • Marriage equality 
  • Legal prostitution
  • ...and much more!
Locations visited
SANDEMANs NEW Europe - Amsterdam
Overview
See an alternative side of Amsterdam on a 2-hour walking tour of the Dutch capital, ideal for travelers seeking an unconventional sightseeing experience. In a small group limited to nine, you’ll explore the Amsterdam Red Light District, wander beside the UNESCO-listed Canal Ring, and discuss cultural topics such as drugs, prostitution, and marriage equality.
Highlights
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Led by a local guide
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Interesting

I love walking tours. I think this is one of the best ways to get the feel of a city. Sandman’s never disappoint. This tour was led by Kor. He is a great guide. Really knowledgeable and passionate and very entertaining. I learned a lot.

Thank Denise2013
Reviewed 4 days ago
Certainly was an eye and ear-opener for teens and grannies!

Mark was a good guide full of interesting facts! I would have liked to see a couple more interesting sites along the way but it certainly taught us some alternative facts.

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Reviewed 5 days ago
Amazing free walking tour with Geert!

I had the best walking tour in Amsterdam with Geert! He made the entire tour so interesting, gave us so much information about the city, but also kept it very entertaining and had a good laugh. I've been on many Sandemans tours, and so had...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile
Amazing tour with Sandeman’s company

I took the walking tour with Sam te yesterday, it’s being one of the best tours I’ve ever had, He is so passionated, fun, knowledgeable. He actually explain everything with detail and we told the story about Ana Frank I ended up with tears in...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Brilliantly entertaining and informative

We booked this tour online a couple of days before going to Amsterdam. Such a great introduction to the city led by guide, Geert. He had such a fantastic blend of history, humour and passion for the city, that by the end of the tour...More

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