Originally Published: March 26, 2014

The best way to experience the real life of any city is with the help of a trained and passionate tour guide. Participating in organized walking tours will allow you to see all the key spots and sights, learn about the real history behind them, and leave the city satisfied with your experience. Visiting the city on foot is not only more eco-friendly, but also a good way to get a real feel for the Dutch way of life by connecting with the local community. We’ve compiled a list of some of the best walking tours available in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, some more specific than others, but all worth a try. Enjoy!

Sandeman’s New Amsterdam free tours

Come rain or shine, Sandeman’s New Amsterdam Tours are set on showing you the best of Amsterdam. With over a 100 tours running every day and 4 million guests welcomed since 2004, Sandeman’s is one of the biggest walking tour companies in the world. Besides the regular daily free tours around the city, Sandeman’s also offers a number of private tours, including the Amsterdam Food and Market tour, the Brown Café tour, the Jordaan tour through the historic Jordaan district, and the Jewish Amsterdam tour that takes you around the old Jewish quarters.

Tours last 3-4 hours. 

brown cafe Amsterdam
Amsterdam’s “brown cafes” are a great way to get to know city life…

Jewish Amsterdam Tour

The Jewish Amsterdam tour takes you on a 3-hour walk around the Dutch Jewish neighborhood with a professional Jewish guide. During the tour, you will visit sites such as the Portuguese Synagogue authentically preserved since 1675, the Jewish Museum, and the Holocaust Memorial inside the former WWII deportation center.

On Sundays, there’s the opportunity to visit Anne Frank’s house. 

Amsterdam World War II Walking Tour

Amsterdam World War II shows you the most important sites and monuments relating to the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam between 1940 and 1945. The tour takes you off the beaten track and back to the traumatic years experienced by the Dutch capital during the war – not to be missed if you have a passion for history!

Tours last approximately 2-3 hours. Small groups are preferred. 

Omy Amsterdam Tours

Omy is a small local tour company that offers top-quality walking tours to individuals and groups. The passionate tour guides make all the difference, helping you understand the whys and wherefores of all the sights they take you to see. And then there’s the secret tips. You’ll have to try out a tour to find out what they are!

walking tour Amsterdam
Wander the picturesque streets of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Photo Safari

A creative and fun way to visit this photogenic city, Amsterdam Photo Safari gives you the opportunity to see the city not just through your own eyes, but also through the lens of a camera. Two experiences in one! Tim is a passionate professional photographer and tour guide who will show you the city like no other. Tim leaves nothing to chance: his tours leave at a specific time to get the best lighting, and budding photographers spend the optimal amount of time at each stop to get the perfect shot. Each tour welcomes a maximum of 4 people to provide the best possible shooting experience.

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