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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.

Highlights

  • 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

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What You Can Expect

Alternative Amsterdam Walking Tour

Lean about Amsterdam coffee shops' culture

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.

Customer Reviews

Jackie T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Great Guide,
He should us alot of cool places and the stories behind the places.
Worth going,
He was funny and friendly...

Suzie Q

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

Wonderful tour guide. He was very knowledgeable and answered questions.

Viktoria O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

The tour was great, the guide was really knowledgeable and it was a fun introduction to the city.

David H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This tour was very informative, a must do early in to your trip to Amsterdam.

Sunita M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

This tour was amazing!

jSheng

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Our tour guide, Axel, was not only funny, personable, and open-minded, but he also offered in-depth explanations on the things that made the city and its culture so unique. Furthermore, he left us with helpful tips on how to proceed with our time in the city. This was a very enjoyable and educational tour... highly reccomend!

Delwyn N Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

What a terrific way to understand the coffee shop culture...actually VIATOR u need to change the name of this tour as it is now called the Alternative tour....which also includes more info on the growth of Liberalism. A really great intro to the workings of Amsterdam.

Karen F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

our coffee shop tour was great.Bas was our guide and he walked us around Amsterdam telling us about the history of the area as well as the government. Great guide

vivian

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

interesting and infomative

Richard A B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Axel is the greatest tour guide of all time! Absolutely a storehouse of historical facts, fun stories and great guy to spend a few hours walking the streets of Amsterdam. Highly recommend this tour guide and tour!

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