• Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Duration: 2 hours (approx.)
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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.


  • 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

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

Kristina R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 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.

Ali K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

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

JOHNNY D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Tremendously interesting.

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!


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!

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