The Top 7 Coolest Tours to do in Amsterdam
THE TOP 7 COOLEST TOURS TO DO IN AMSTERDAM
There’s so much to see and do in Amsterdam. If you need some help navigating the bustling city, take these top 7 tours with a difference…
Don’t forget to reserve your spot in advance!
1 RED LIGHT DISTRICT TOUR
The Red Light District may be infamous for its sleazy bars and prostitution, but sign up for the right tour and experience the best the street has to offer. Sure, you can always explore the Red Light District yourself - but what fun would that be not knowing where to go? This tour includes a private 2.5-hour Red Light District experience, where you’ll get to hear the facts behind Amsterdam’s tolerant attitudes and laws and learn about the area’s colourful past and how prostitution came to be legalised. Pass sex shops and brothel windows - and if you upgrade, get a tour around the Sex Museum!
2 BEER AND PIZZA CANAL CRUISE
What’s better than a beer and pizza combo? We know. A beer and pizza combo on the water. This is a 1.5-hour evening canal cruise down Amsterdam’s prettiest canals, where you will sightsee Amsterdam’s top attractions with a running commentary - all whilst you dig into your dream pizza dinner. There are 6 types of different pizza to choose from (and Ben N Jerry’s ice cream on board). Plus you can drink all the wine and beer you want. Can you think of a better evening floating under the lights of twinkling Amsterdam?
3 AMSTERDAM BY BIKE
Where better to cycle than a city that has more bikes than people? Take this free cycling tour around the city to experience the beauty of Amsterdam by bike. You can either bring your own bike for free or use the ones available at the tour meeting point for 5 euros. You’ll ride at a nice easy pace, so this is perfect for beginners with plenty of stops to take photos. On this tour you’ll get to pass landmarks and places of interest such as the VOC Ship, The Skinny Bridge, Windmills and Vibrant alley’s. The tour meets everyday outside the Maritime museum at 10am.
4 BEST COFFEE SHOPS TOUR
Not just coffee on the menu at these coffeeshops. You can’t NOT do a little experimenting while you’re in Amsterdam. Take this 1.5 hour tour to test out the best coffee shops in the city, including the oldest and most famous coffeeshops, and the exclusive shops only known by locals. Learn why the Dutch are so tolerant towards weed and hash, designer drugs and magic mushrooms. You will also visit a cannabis garden and see how weed is grown. Meet at Central Station.
Check out our picks of the Top 5 Coffee Shops in Amsterdam
5 STREET ART TOUR
The street art scene in Amsterdam is one the best in the world - but you need to know where to look. With the guide’s top recommendations of where to see the best art, you’ll get to experience the real alternative Amsterdam. You get to visit places that are filled with street art, graffiti halls of fame, squatters, unique independent galleries and interesting shops.
6 FOODIE'S CHEESE TOUR
Calling all cheese lovers! If you’re a foodie you’ll appreciate this tour led by local food lover Karina. Explore the typical Dutch market Albert Cuyp, learn how cheese is made from your guide and taste a number of different types of cheese flavours. Explore the different food stalls trying all sorts of yummy specialties from different cuisines - and after head to one of Amsterdam’s best cheese stores for more fun. Then try one of the best puffed pancakes or syrup waffles in town! At the end, finish sipping on cool Dutch beer on a sunny terrace!
7 SANDEMANS FREE WALKING TOUR
The best kind of tours are the ones you can do for free! If you’re staying at St Christopher’s at The Winston, our guests can sign up to this free walking tour run by Sandemans at the hostel reception. The tours take place daily and anyone staying with us is welcome to pop along. The informative tour guides also have some great tips and recommendations to steal, so you can really make the most of your stay! It’s also one of the best ways to get to know people staying in the hostel. The tour begins at Dam Square.
Article by Shereen Sagoo