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Amsterdam: Self-Guided Escape Game and Sightseeing

1. Amsterdam: Self-Guided Escape Game and Sightseeing

An occult group has challenged you to uncover the identity of one of their most famous members. During this self guided experience, you will follow a treasure map and a series of clues left in an ancient book in order to unlock the lock box and discover his real name. You will pass by the major historical sites of the city on the 2.5km trail, solve puzzles, and learn about Golden Age Amsterdam. Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery? You'll have to play to find out! Other things to note All bookings are private. You will play with your own group - if there are other people they will play separately. We don't recommend playing alone. Part of the game goes through the Red Light District. Great for groups, great for teams and great for team-building! Large groups will be split into teams of 5 players who will then compete against each other.

Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

2. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

3. Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

You'll start the tour at Dam square, birthplace of the city, the main square and heart of the old centre of Amsterdam. It's the place from where Amsterdam started to evolve and where we find the royal palace, the new church and the national monument. Next stop is Zeedijk, nowadays a street but in the old days one of the dikes protecting the old city. Here you'll see the oldest cafe still standing today with it's original interior and a bit futher down the street get a glimpse of the nearby Chinatown. New Market square, with it's most important building, the 15th century city gate, standing right in the middle of it. This place is full of history and you'll learn all about it. Minutes later there will be a stop at the Montelbaanstoren, an old watch and defense tower, part of the Amsterdam expanded defense line early 16th century. From here there is also a good lookout over the 'oude Waal' where there are a lot of houseboats lined up with 17th century canal houses as background decor. Next will be the jewish quarter where you'll see the very first synagoge that jewish people were allowed to built in Western Europe over 350 years ago, the 'big synagoge'. On the other side of the street you'll see the Portuguese synagoge. Nearby there is the holocaust name monument with 102 thousand bricks giving the names of the dutch jewish victims of the second world war. Just opposite the monument are a row of beautiful old 17th century canalhouses that were inhabited by jewish sefardic immigrants who were succesfull in the diamond business. Then you'll see the Hermitage, a huge old 17th century widowhouse that nowadays houses the hermitage museum. The skinny bridge is one of the most iconic bridges of Amsterdam that beautifully lights up at night when hundreds of light bulbs accentuate it's skinny but stylefull design. From here you have a panoramic over the canalised river the Amstel, which is the main and widest canal in Amsterdam. It's a good place to take pictures! The ride continues thrugh the canal district which is the 17th century neighberhoud surrounding the old centre of Amsterdam. On any city map it can be clearly seen as half circles that go around the centre. Here you find the majority of the typical Amsterdam canal houses that were once the homes of successful merchants. Unlike modern times, all canal houses are slightly different, although we will see there are some typical similarities among them that unveil their building era. The final stop before returning is at Museumsquare which is the biggest and greenest squares of Amsterdam with beautiful scenic views over the surrounding museums. On one side resides the largest museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum, where the bigger Rembrandt paintings are on display, on the other side we will see the Concertgebouw, concert hall for classical music. Also located next to the square are the Van Gogh museum, the Stedelijk museum for contemporary art, the Moco museum (Banksky) and the Diamond museum. Enough to keep you busy for a few days if you have the time. You can set a desired location to finish the tour before hand.

Seven Deadly Sins of the Red Light District plus Tasting

4. Seven Deadly Sins of the Red Light District plus Tasting

Meet your guide in front of the main entrance of the Royal Palace on Dam Square, then set off on this alternative adventure in and around the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Together we will find out why Amsterdam is called Sin City! Start off with a stroll around the town center, with its old buildings and picturesque streets. Pass by some of Amsterdam’s most iconic squares like Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt, visit the Zeedijk, the Condomerie, eat chocolate, see the Red Light District with its naughty narrow alleys, and end your tour in a local brewery where you can stay a bit longer to recover from all the impressions!

Amsterdam: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour with Audioguide

5. Amsterdam: Panoramic Sightseeing Tour with Audioguide

Hop onboard a state-of-the-art bus and explore the Dutch capital from a new perspective. The bus boasts an open-top roof (weather permitting), providing panoramic views of Amsterdam from start to finish. Travel around the city at a leisurely pace, admiring the city’s highlights as well as hidden gems along the way. The tour starts at the IJ River, from there drive along the famous Canal Belt and watch the locals go about their day. See a selection of the city’s picturesque canals, including the Brouwersgracht and the Prinsengracht, as well as sights such as the Haarlemmerpoort. Next, explore the Museum Quarter and admire Museum Square, the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, and the Royal Concert Building. Later, drive along the Amstel River, soaking up epic views from the bus and snapping photos for your vacation album. Finally, discover the historic Jewish Quarter and the Old City Center, where you can find landmarks including Nieuwmarkt Square, the Red Light District, Dam Square, the Royal Palace, and Central Station.

Amsterdam: Interactive Self-Guided City Exploration Game

6. Amsterdam: Interactive Self-Guided City Exploration Game

Enjoy an interactive city discovery experience across Amsterdam's city center and solve riddles via a web app in your phone’s browser. Solve 12 riddles and discover the city at your own pace as you make your way from one hidden location to the next. Your challenge starts in the bustling Nieuwmarkt. Unlock local recommendations and fun facts as well as the history of the city. Discover spots in Amsterdam that most locals don’t even know about and see popular sights from a different angle. Take a walk around the lesser-known areas of the city center and discover the hidden gems of the Dutch capital. Look closely at curious details all around to find answers ⁠— the trail will take you to unusual statues and secret courtyards, a vibrant flea market, the sunniest terraces along the beautiful river Amstel, as well as several other secret locations. During your game, explore highlights such as the Nieuwmarkt and the old city gate, Rembrandt Huis, the Waterlooplein flea market, strolling along the Amstel riverside, Utrechtsestraat (great for (window)shopping!) and the hustle and bustle of Rembrandtplein. This game is suitable for friends, couples, families with kids and team buildings. Enjoy being together while exploring the city and get creative to unearth the city’s secrets.

Amsterdam: Rembrandt's Apprentice City Exploration Game

7. Amsterdam: Rembrandt's Apprentice City Exploration Game

Explore Amsterdam in the funniest and most adventurous way. Discover the city as you solve riddles, answer questions, and unlock hidden augmented- and virtual reality elements. In this interactive treasure hunt, you will follow Willem, Rembrandt's apprentice. As he recovers from his hangover, he tries to complete his tasks for Rembrandt in “Old Amsterdam” during the Golden Age. Will he complete his tasks on time? Or will his nightly brawl ruin his chances to become a painter? The game will take you to the Red Light District, the Dam and the Nieuwmarkt. Take breaks in between challenges to have some drinks or food whenever you want. Enjoy the mix of freedom and adventure that this city game provides to make the most of your experience in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: City Highlights Tour by Rickshaw with Transfer

8. Amsterdam: City Highlights Tour by Rickshaw with Transfer

Acquire a perfect overview of the city of Amsterdam in a short time with this convenient rickshaw tour. Ride aboard a bike-taxi to cover as much terrain as possible in just 1 or 2 hours, depending on the option you choose. Come across the biggest landmarks and learn about them from your guide. Begin your journey by riding over to Dam Square, created in the 13th century when a dam was built around the Amstel to prevent the sea from flooding the city. Move on to the iconic Red Light District, with a racy but friendly atmosphere. Then, pass by the restaurants and shops of Chinatown. Continue toward the lively Nieuwmarkt and the busy Rembrandtplein, famous for its nightlife. See the Magere Brug over the river and take in the 3 museum buildings surrounding the Museumplein. Finally, immerse yourself in the trendy shops of the 9 Small Streets area. If you booked the 2-hour tour, enjoy extra sightings of the famous Vondelpark, the impressive eight-sided De Gooyer Windmill, and the Rembrandt House, where the famous painter once lived. Finish your journey with a ride through the Jordaan district, with beautiful homes and nice restaurants.

Amsterdam: 2.5-Hour Historic Private Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: 2.5-Hour Historic Private Walking Tour

Start your tour at the Victoria Hotel opposite Central station. Follow your guide to many noteworthy historical buildings on the eastern side of the city, including a large collection of so-called gable stones, the House of Riga and the former Hidden Church. Pass by some very narrow streets in the Red Light District, see Nieuwmarktsquare with its former gateway to the city dating back to the late 1400's, and pass by the Rembrandtsquare on the way to the Amstel river and the Seven Bridges. Walk to the Spui, passing by mansions with large late century ornaments, in order to see Begijnhof courtyard and nearby Civic Guards Gallery. During your tour, have a break at either Rembrandtsquare or Amstelveld.

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What people are saying about Nieuwmarkt Square

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 253 reviews

Great tour! We took the tour with our two kids (9 & 12). We had Laura as our tour guide and she did a wonderful job guiding us around the city and giving us very interesting stories and info along the way. Learned a lot. Ended at the Dutch Pancake Masters and the food was delicious!

Our guide Jonny was excellent, great fun to walk around with, he made the tour so interesting. Lunch was incredible. Really good value for money, I would highly recommend, a great way to start your trip to Amsterdam, it gives you an idea of what there is to see and do .

I had a great time on this tour. Our guide was very informative and knew all about the history of Amsterdam. We were able to see many sights in just a few hours and I enjoyed a delicious pancake lunch afterwards!

The walking guide was so interesting and knowledgable. We learned so much about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. This was followed by a superb pancake meal. Well worth the money paid.

Manuel was great! It’s nice to get a locals perspective and knowledge. We learned things we would never have noticed on our own.