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Walking Tour: Amsterdam Liberal Capital of the World

During the first half of the tour we'll dive into the history of Amsterdam and how it became the most liberal city in the world. I will take you on a story framed journey through the historic city center. You will learn how Amsteram became the World Capital for gay marriage, recreational drug use, prostitution, abortion and euthanesia.

Then we'll take the ferry across the river IJ to an old industrial shipping wharf in Amsterdam North. It was abandoned in the 1980s and slowly converted into an underground hotspot for prospective local artists in the 1990s.

Today the old shipping wharf in Amsterdam North is a salute to Amsterdam's Liberal Spirit. The artist community is mostly self-regulated and the city doesn't exercise much control. It is the most secret hidden gem of Amsterdam and a must-see for anyone who is interested in Amsterdam's local art scene! We'll check out loads of extraordinary pop-up art, street art, shipping-containers-turned-artist-studios and graffiti art.

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2 hours 30 minutes


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  • What's included :
    • Private transportation
    • Bottled water - In case you forgot to bring your own, our guide has 3 extra water bottles for the entire group
    • Entry/Admission - Ferry
    What's excluded :
    • Coffee and/or Tea - Drink at the end of the tour is not included
    • Alcoholic Beverages - Drink at the end of the tour is not included
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Weeping Tower, Prins Hendrikkade 94/5, 1012 AE Amsterdam The Netherlands

    The meeting point is next to cafe Schreierstoren, also known as the Weeping Tower

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: In de Waag, 4 Nieuwmarkt, 1012 CR Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Former defence tower and counting house

    Stop At: Fo Guang Shan, Zeedijk 106--118, 1012 BB Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Buddhist temple

    Duration: 5 minutes

    Pass By: Jolly Joker coffeeshop, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam The Netherlands


    Stop At: Red Light District, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Red Light Windows

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Oude Kerk, Oudekerksplein 23, 1012 GX Amsterdam The Netherlands

    The Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam

    Pass By: Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Our Dear Lord in the Attic: hidden Catholic Church

    Pass By: Leger des Heils Museum (Salvation Army), Oudezijds Armsteeg 19, 1012 GP Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Salvation Army

    Pass By: Centraal Station, Stationsplein 9, 1012 AB Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Central Station

    Stop At: Ferry, Moezelhavenweg 29, 1043 AM Amsterdam, Netherlands

    At Central Station we'll take the ferry across the IJ river to Amsterdam North

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Pass By: Submarine B-80, NDSM-Plein, Amsterdam The Netherlands

    Original USSR submarine

    Pass By: Veronica Ship, NDSM-Pier 1, 1033 RG Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Veronica Ship (Pirate Radio)

    Stop At: NDSM, tt. Neveritaweg 61, 1033 WB Amsterdam The Netherlands

    On the former shipping wharf we'll check out many art sculptures, graffiti, street art, pop-up art, a crane hotel, artist bars, container homes and much more

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Pllek, T.T. Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Artist Container Bar with a stunning horizon view of Amsterdam

    Duration: 15 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Prins Hendrikkade 95, 1012 AE Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Departure Time :
    1:00 PM
    Return Detail :
    Pllek, T.T. Neveritaweg 59, 1033 WB Amsterdam, Netherlands
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    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.



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Organised by Tours & Travels Amsterdam

Activity ID: V-214787P1

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