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Dam Square is the main city square in Amsterdam and is one of the most well-known locations in all of the Netherlands. Located in the historical center of the city and just 750 meters south of Amsterdam Centraal Station, Dam Square is home to an array of notable buildings and frequently hosts events of national importance.

The square sits over the original location of the dam in the Amstel River and has been surrounded by land on all sides since the mouth of the river was filled in the 19th century. On the west end of the square you will see the Royal Palace, which was the city hall from 1655 until its conversion to a royal residence in 1808. Next to the palace are the Gothic Nieuwe Kirk (New Church) and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. On the east end of the square is the National Monument, a stone pillar erected in 1956 to memorialize the Dutch victims of World War II.

Dam Square is also home to the Amsterdam Diamond center, the NH Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky and thupscale department store De Bijenkorf, which has stood on the square since 1914. Behind the De Bijenkorf building is the Beurs van Berlage, the old Stock Exchange building that is now used as a concert hall and exhibition space.

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Amsterdam City Bike Tour

Amsterdam City Bike Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on an exciting bike tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. Follow a professional guide through the quaint waterways and winding cobbled streets of the city and discover an eclectic selection of sights off the conventional tourist trail. Delve into the rich history and 'coffee shop' culture of the city with your knowledgeable guide and get local recommendations from your local guide.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$42.87
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$42.87
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Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter Small-Group Walking Tour

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Discover Amsterdam’s WWII history and follow in the footsteps of Anne Frank on this walking tour of the Jewish Quarter. See the Jewish Historical Museum, the Portuguese Synagogue, and the Auschwitz Monument; learn about events such as the February Strike and Winter of Hunger, and end the tour outside the Anne Frank House (entrance not included).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$34.91
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$34.91
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Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Scenic highlights of Amsterdam 3 hours bike tour

Exploring Amsterdam’s history by bike gives you a chance to cover much more ground than you would on foot. This private bike tour is an ideal choice for those who want to orient themselves to the city. Customize your tour to the sights on your itinerary, or let your guide choose the highlights. Bike at a relaxing pace and enjoy a personalized tour.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$97.99
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$97.99
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Guided Amsterdam Sightseeing Bike Tour

Guided Amsterdam Sightseeing Bike Tour

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Check more Amsterdam attractions off your list in less time during this quick and easy bike tour of the Netherlands’ capital city. Cycling at a relaxed pace, visit highlights such as Dam Square, the Bloemenmarkt flower market, and Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed canals. Learn about history, local traditions, and architecture, and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$27.56
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$27.56
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Customized Day Tour in the Netherlands with Art Historian

Customized Day Tour in the Netherlands with Art Historian

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Gain intimate insight into the Netherlands’ artistic heritage on this private tour from Amsterdam, led by a professional art historian. Benefit from your guide’s insider knowledge to create a fully personalized itinerary and choose from a vast range of museums, galleries, and attractions across the region, such as the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague, or Keukenhof Gardens.
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  • 4 to 10 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$540.55
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$540.55
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Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

Private Tour: Anne Frank & the Jewish History of Amsterdam (4 hours)

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Learn about Amsterdam's Jewish history on this private tour. Visit what was once the Jewish Quarter, with its old Synagogue and former Jewish theater (Hollandse Schouwburg) before heading to the Anne Frank House via tram. Here you have the option of going inside to see where the famous diarist hid until she was finally captured during WWII. Tickets are not included, but we can advise you on the best way to visit after the tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.51
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$120.51
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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$39.74
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$39.74

Amsterdam customizable private tour with Hotel or Airport Pick-Up

Amsterdam customizable private tour with Hotel or Airport Pick-Up

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Escape the city and create your own itinerary on a private full-day custom tour from Amsterdam. With just your guide and private party, explore the Dutch countryside, replete with windmills and waterways, in order to learn of the Netherlands’ history. Opt to discover the picturesque villages of Marken and Volendam; or snap photos of the windmills in Zaanse Schans; or see the 'garden of Europe' at Keukenhof. Hotel pickup and drop-off are included.  
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$397.28
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$397.28
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Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

Private Tour: Amsterdam City Walking Tour

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Discover the delights of Amsterdam on a private half-day walking tour of the city’s historical and cultural highlights. With a your personal guide, go to the Museum Square where the Van Gogh Museum is located; delve into the city’s renowned houseboat culture at the Houseboat Museum; and pleasure your palate with traditional Dutch snacks at Albert Cuyp, the largest street market in the Netherlands. Then, absorb the verdant beauty of Vondelpark and learn the poignant history of Anne Frank’s House on this comprehensive tour.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$170.26
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$170.26
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Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour

Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour

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Discover the truth behind the famous Amsterdam Red Light District on a private 2-hour tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the Netherlands’ capital. As you stroll along the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring, you’ll pass Oude Kerk (Old Church) and explore Chinatown. Plus, stop to sample three Dutch specialities, including cheese, kroket (croquette), and stroopwafel (thin waffles).
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.43
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$99.43
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Private Anne Frank & Jewish Quarter Tour

Private Anne Frank & Jewish Quarter Tour

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Enjoy an intimate atmosphere and a dedicated guide on this private half-day tour of Amsterdam's Jewish Quarter. Your guide's commentary will focus on the story of Anne Frank and the role of the Netherlands in World War II. You'll visit the Portuguese Synagogue, the Jewish Museum, and other important Jewish landmarks. Booking a private tour means you'll have plenty of time for questions and discussion.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$86.97
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$86.97
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Flexible Amsterdam Layover Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private ★★★★★

Flexible Amsterdam Layover Tour with a Local: 100% Personalized & Private ★★★★★

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Make the most of your Amsterdam layover—instead of hanging out in the terminal, take a customized tour with a private guide instead. In just a few hours, you can squeeze in a sightseeing tour of the capital city, explore a neighborhood you may not have seen before, or fit in a quick shopping or dining excursion. This is a completely bespoke experience designed in accordance with your interests.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$178.57
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$178.57
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Secret Food Tours Amsterdam w/ Private Tour Option

Secret Food Tours Amsterdam w/ Private Tour Option

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Skip the impersonal large-group tours and gain a rare perspective on this food and culture tour through Amsterdam’s Jordaan district. Going with a guide ensures you hear little-known anecdotes about top landmarks and get a behind-the-scenes look at hidden gem eateries loved by locals. Break up the walking tour with food and drink tastings along the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$260.66
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$260.66
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Amsterdam Private Food Walking Tour with Tastings

Amsterdam Private Food Walking Tour with Tastings

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Take a bite out of Amsterdam’s delectable culinary culture on a private walking food tour that takes you to authentic eateries and street markets, with a serving of history along the way. See landmarks including Dam Square, the Waag, and Chinatown with a foodie guide, stopping to sample local specialties like Dutch pancakes and croquets, gouda cheese, and sweet stroopwafels. It's a fun and personalized wait to satisfy your curiosity — and your stomach.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$117.95
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Amsterdam Red Light District Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Amsterdam Red Light District Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Explore the epicenters of 'vice' in Amsterdam with this informative and entertaining 2.5-hour guided walking tour of the city's red-light district and its famous coffee-shop culture. Learn about the history of prostitution in Amsterdam and the currently policies about it. And then learn what coffee shop culture is here and the city's relationship with recreational drug usage.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.59
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$89.59
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Private Tour: 8h Amsterdam and Holland Countryside Tour

Private Tour: 8h Amsterdam and Holland Countryside Tour

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Experience highlights of Dutch history and culture on a private, full-day tour of Amsterdam and the surrounding countryside. Begin with a walking tour of Amsterdam’s most important landmarks and charming neighborhoods, and then step back into the 17th century with a lunch stop in quaint De Rijp village. Admire a land of green pastures, wooden houses, and windmills in the UNESCO-listed Beemster Polder, and see how Gouda cheese is produced at a local dairy farm. Throughout the day, enjoy the personalized attention of a private guide.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$428.72
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$428.72
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Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

Amsterdam City Center & History Guided Walking Tour - Private Tour

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Get a true insider's view of Amsterdam on this 2.5-hour private walking tour. Stroll around the city with the knowledgeable local guide and head to some lesser-known hidden gems in the city. Along the way, stop and learn about some of the major sites, too. Visit such spots as Dam Square, artists squats, leaning houses, Prinsengracht, Begijnof, the thinnest house, the oldest canals, the Sea Dike and China Town, The New Market Square (Nieuwmarkt) and the medieval city gate
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.59
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Private Morning or Afternoon Bike Tour of Amsterdam's City Center

Private Morning or Afternoon Bike Tour of Amsterdam's City Center

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Pedal through Amsterdam’s famously bike-friendly streets with a 3-hour, private bike tour of the city with a local guide. Get a personal orientation of neighborhoods and landmarks as you trace a route from the city center to Dam Square, the West Church and the Museum Quarter. Turn into the Vondelpark to explore lush paths and tree-shaded trails. Enjoy the flexibility of a private tour to customize the itinerary to your interests, with the option to visit the Canal Belt, Red Light District or roads along the Amstel River.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$135.35
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$135.35
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Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Amsterdam Private Tour

Highlights & Hidden Gems With Locals: Best of Amsterdam Private Tour

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See Amsterdam in a unique light on this private tour of the port city’s most notable landmarks, plus tucked-away treasures that most visitors miss. Join up with a local guide to learn the fascinating history behind highlights like the Flower Market, Red Light District, and Rembrandt’s house, and discover hidden gems that lie off the beaten tourist track for an eye-opening exploration.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$23.27
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$23.27
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Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam

Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam

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Get the inside scoop on some of the Dutch capital's most fascinating neighborhoods with a private, 5-hour walking tour of the Red Light District, Jordaan area, and other sights. Learn the background behind the city’s famously liberal attitudes towards prostitution and drug use, and let a local show you other urban highlights like the Anne Frank House, Rembrandtplein, the Begijnhof, and the lively Albert-Cuyp Market.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$136.57
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$136.57
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Amsterdam Red Light District Small-Group Guided Walking Tour

Amsterdam Red Light District Small-Group Guided Walking Tour

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Satisfy your curiosity about Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District during this walking tour. With a small group limited to eight people, get to know the history and modern iteration of this urban area, where prostitution and drug consumption are famously legal.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$89.59
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$89.59
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Private City Kickstart Tour: Amsterdam

Private City Kickstart Tour: Amsterdam

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Kickstart your visit to Amsterdam on this private sightseeing tour of the city’s hotspots, culture, and can’t-miss attractions. Stroll through some of the most interesting areas, like Dam Square and the Red Light District, while a friendly guide shares insight and tips on the best places to shop, dine and explore like a local.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$14.70
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$14.70
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Private Amsterdam Walking Tour Including Refreshments

Private Amsterdam Walking Tour Including Refreshments

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Discover history, canals and landmark architecture in vibrant Amsterdam on this private 3-hour city walking tour. Accompanied by your own informative guide, stroll around the heart of the charming Dutch capital and see highlights such as Dam Square and the De Wallen red light district. Learn about Amsterdam’s World War II history, stop to see the Anne Frank House, and amble through the delightful 17th-century canal district. As you explore, gain insight into the city’s culture and history from your guide, and break for a refreshing drink along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$82.44
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$82.44
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Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide

Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Discover the buzzing nightlife and racy reputation of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District on this walking tour. Wind your way through the streets of Amsterdam’s most iconic neighborhood and embrace the weird, wonderful and wacky! Along the way, see oddities like the world’s first condom shop and the Museum of Prostitution; weave through colorful Chinatown, and snap photos of Amsterdam’s scenic canal ways.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$28.97
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Dam Square can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 133 Dam Square tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Dam Square 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Dam Square costs USD 7.56. Guided Dam Square tours start around USD 7.56 per person. See all 133 Dam Square tickets and tours on Viator.
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