Walking Tours

get to know Amsterdam on foot

Free walking routes and guided city walks offered by well-established organisations

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With so many stories and so much history, Amsterdam is the type of city you should discover on foot.

The centre of Amsterdam is relatively small: most distances are walkable, and walking is pleasurable, giving the best chance to appreciate the Amsterdam architecture. As you walk the streets, you cannot help but feel the rich history of the city in everything around you.

As you can see on a map, the Amsterdam was built as a crescent.

In the middle you have the old centre bounded by the canal called the Singel.

It contains the Red Light District around the Oude Kerk, the Nes theatre street, a quaint maze of small streets and quiet canals, and the Royal Palace at the Dam, with pedestrian shopping streets Nieuwendijk and Kalverstraat going north and south.

Guided city walks

Prices are for Adult (13 years and older) and Child (4-12). Infants (0-3) can join for free.

Tour / Organisation Duration Price
Canal District North   / Gilde Amsterdam 3 h €15 | €7.50
Free Tour of Amsterdam / Sandemans New Europe 2½ h free
Old town   (Be your own guide) / Amsterdam Old Town 2 h €3
The Story of Amsterdam   / WOW Tours 3 h €30 | €12.50
Jewish History   / Gilde Amsterdam 2-3 h €15 | €7.50
Original Amsterdam Pub Crawl   / Be Original Tours

Exclusive access to 3+ esteemed pubs, bars, clubs, and lounges. Enjoy a night out in Amsterdam and share great moments with your fellow-travellers and locals.

5 h €24

drink deals included

Anne Frank Walking Tour   / 360 Amsterdam Tours

Walk from the Jewish Quarter to Anne Frank House and listen to stories of WWII

2 h €32.50 | €28.50
Free Dark Side Tour of Amsterdam / Free Walking Tour Amsterdam

Explore the haunted history of Amsterdam during the Middle Ages

2 h €1.89

Beware of bicycle lanes

Beware of walking on bike paths, which are distinguished by their reddish colour: cyclists will show no mercy. Also take care when crossing roads, even at a green pedestrian light. Cyclists consider themselves pedestrians in Amsterdam, and so tend to ignore traffic lights.

Wear comfortable walking shoes

Comfortable walking shoes are a must in Amsterdam. Many streets are cobbled. It is therefore recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes when you're strolling the streets of Amsterdam.

What Are the Best Areas for Walking?

Surrounding the old centre, you have the 3 concentric ring canals Herengracht, Keizersgracht and Prinsengracht, together called Grachtengordel (canal ring area).

All 4 canals (with the Singel) are nice to walk along.

The Herengracht is the grandest, especially along the 'Golden Bend' to the east of the Leidsestraat.

The Prinsengracht is perhaps the friendliest with its houseboats and many restaurants, cafés and pubs.

The streets that connect the ring canals - especially the area called 'The 9 Streets' in the section between the Brouwersgracht and the Leidsestraat - shouldn't be missed for their lovely individual shops.

To the west of the ring canals, in the area on the map where the streets all run at an angle to the canals, is the Jordaan, a lovely area to walk, with quiet canals, and tiny streets, and many unusual shops. You'll find a lot of the better restaurants and more interesting bars there too.

Hidden Amsterdam

lesser-known attractions and unique places

Avoid Walking on Bike Paths

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