Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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clock-o2 hours (Approx.)
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commentOffered in: English and 1 more


Get to know the alternative culture that prevails in Amsterdam on this 2-hour walking tour. An informative guide leads you to different areas of the city, educating you on the varieties of pot in Amsterdam and shedding insight into the hot topics such as new urban development. Uncover the city’s often-controversial trends, street art and sites such as the city's best-known coffeehouse.
  • 2-hour Amsterdam alternative culture tour
  • Explore the city with a guide and learn about its behind-the-scenes history
  • Discover the city's squats and street art
  • Learn about 1960's counterculturem the Provo movement and the White Bicycle plan
  • Explore coffee shops and smartshops, understand the Dutch history and laws on drugs
  • Discuss the housing crisis and understand life on houseboats
Amsterdam is a unique city, known for its cannabis culture, misnamed coffee shops and alternative vibes. Learn all about it on a 2-hour walking tour that takes you into different sides of Amsterdam society.
Meet your guide in central Amsterdam and as you wind through the metropolis, hear about the mid-1960s counterculture movements that prompted the city’s vibrant atmosphere with coffeehouses, street art and more. Pass houseboats and squats that resulted from the post-war housing crisis, and learn about the intricacies of pot in Amsterdam.
Hot topics buzzing among locals include gentrification, laws and non-laws and various city projects. Hear about legalized prostitution in the city, and Coalition Project 1012, a Red Light District cleanup program.
During your stroll, chat with your guide about the country’s stance on marriage equality; the Netherlands was the first in the world to recognize same-sex marriage.
This impartial tour ends where it began, leaving you free to continue the discussion on your own.


Viator Traveller's Reviews

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, Jul 2018

It was a good tour and our guide was young, entertaining and well spoken. We didn't get to do the whole tour because of a last minute scheduling conflict. I would recommend it...the group was small and congenial and it was a very good value.

, Oct 2017

Axel is just a bottomless well of knowledge and entertainment. I highly recommend this tour.

, Sep 2017

A lot of walking but interesting. I was fortunate to have a real good, knowledgeable guide.

, Jun 2017

Very interesting, lots of background info on how Amsterdam and its alternative cultures have been absorbed into the general culture and add to it's unique character. Our guide, Axel, was excellent, with perfect English and extensive knowledge he was very happy to impart. Really enjoyed this tour and would highly recommend.

, Apr 2017

Neither Viator nor the tour company took into account the fact that it was King's Day on this particular weekend. With thousands upon thousands of people storming the city, finding the guide was impossible. We gave up and did't do the tour.

Guides and third party vendors need to take holidays like this into account when scheduling tours. We were extremely disappointed.

, Apr 2017

Axel was great. He was fun and explained everything in a very happy, funny way. I would recommend this one.

, Feb 2017

1.we are not native english speakers , it was very hard to understand the guide
2.we thought it will be more focused on the coffee shops and it was very general about many topics
3.the guide was nice and knowledgeable
4.high price

, Jan 2017

Tremendously interesting.

, Oct 2016

I booked and paid for coffee shop tour, did not get this, it was an alternative Amsterdam tour. stopped outside 1 coffee shop as brad pitt and George Clooney filmed a scene for an oceans film.
Booked this tour because I really wanted to find out history of coffee shops, best coffee shops / worst coffee shops
If I knew it wasn't about coffee shops, I would not have booked this
Not happy

, Oct 2016

Coffee Shop Tour was combined with an alternative lifestyle tour, which was very interesting. Unfortunately, our tour guide walked very fast and sometimes got separated from the entire group. But, he did eventually stop to make sure everyone had caught up. The information he gave was very interesting!
Thanks Much!

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