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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: Guided Redlight District and City Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: Guided Redlight District and City Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Amsterdam with your professional German tour guide, and learn all about the history and culture of the charming canal city, including the exciting Red Light District. On this informative 2-hour walking tour through the beautiful little streets - numerous tips for your additional stay are included. This city tour combines two must-do tours: the Red Light District tour and the city center tour through Amsterdam's beautiful canal belt. Both are an absolute must in Amsterdam. Visit many highlights of Amsterdam's city center on this two-in-one tour, stroll past picturesque canal houses and learn why Amsterdam is considered one of the most free-spirited places in the world and what life is like today in this cosmopolitan, tolerant and multicultural city. Find out where to find the most culinary delights and which districts you should explore on your own by bike. The city is also home to the exciting Red Light District- A historically grown district indispensable in Amsterdam. Learn everything there is to know about the negotiations between punters and prostitutes, their income and expenses, such as prices, room rent, and taxation, as well as the women's safety. Discover the control mechanisms in the neighborhood and question the structures of sex work. This tour perfectly captures all facets of Amsterdam and is therefore wonderfully suitable as an introductory tour.

Amsterdam: Walking Tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

3. 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 City Highlights Tour by Rickshaw

4. Amsterdam: Private City Highlights Tour by Rickshaw

Explore Amsterdam from the back of a bicycle taxi and see places you wouldn't be able to reach on a bus tour. Choose the 1-hour or 2-hour private guided tour and discover the city's most iconic attractions along the way, from the bustling Nieuwmarkt to the Skinny Bridge, and more. Begin your journey with a convenient pickup from your hotel and ride 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 its racy but friendly atmosphere before peddling past 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 Amstel and admire 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 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 and marvel at the area's beautiful homes and trendy restaurants.

Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

5. 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.

Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

6. Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Amsterdam with your own personal guide, and stroll through the medieval center to see parts of the old city wall. Continue along the famous canals to explore Chinatown, the former Jewish District, and the infamous Red Light District. Learn how Amsterdam was built on a reclaimed swamp, when the land was buried in mud and the harbor was almost inaccessible. Connection with the North Sea was not realised until the 19th century, but Amsterdam had already became one of the most important cities in the world. As you stroll, you will learn about its position as a major science and cultural center, and discover how in 1650 its population of 220,000 inhabitants made it the 3rd largest city in Europe. Your guide will explain key aspects of Amsterdam’s story, passing sights such as the 17th-century Oostindisch Huis, the Amsterdam headquarters of the East India Company. Discover old pawn shops and handsome merchant houses in the Jordaan district. Walk the banks of the Herengracht, one of the first 3 major canals of the city, and more.

Original Amsterdam: Self-Guided City Exploration Game

7. Original Amsterdam: Self-Guided City Exploration Game

Explore Amsterdam in the funniest and most adventurous way. Original Amsterdam is the only quiz that actually takes you through the city! Even if you're not that familiar with Amsterdam, this is a fun way to learn. You can play together or against each other. When everyone starts the game you can choose to stay together, or go for that win individually! The game takes you through the center of Amsterdam. Take breaks between challenges to have a drink or something to eat whenever you want. Enjoy the mix of freedom and adventure this city game offers to make the most of your experience in Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Interactive Self-Guided City Exploration Game

8. 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: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour of the City Center

9. Amsterdam: 3-Hour Private Bike Tour of the City Center

Feel like a local in Amsterdam and discover the city by bike. A private guide will take you to the city’s most important highlights, such as Dam Square, the Westerkerk, Anne Frank’s House, the Rijksmuseum, the van Gogh museum, and the Vondelpark. Meet your guide at the bike shop and they will equip you with a citybike comfortable for you. Then, cycle along the banks of the canals towards the Dutch Protestant Westerkerk and the legendary Anne Frank House on Prinsengracht Canal. Head into the popular Jordaan area, home to many art galleries, markets, and stylish shops. Continue towards the Museum District, a neighborhood of the Oud Zuid where, along with museums such as the Rijksmuseum and Van Gogh Museum, you will get the chance to cycle in the Vondelpark. Finally, venture into some of the busier parts of the city, including the main streets of the Canal Belt and De Wallen Red Light District.

Amsterdam: Rembrandt's Apprentice - City Exploration Game

10. Amsterdam: Rembrandt's Apprentice - City Exploration Game

Explore Amsterdam in the most humorous and adventurous way. Discover the city while solving puzzles, answering riddles and unlocking hidden augmented- and virtual reality-elements. In this interactive treasure hunt you follow Willem, Rembrandt's pupil. While recovering from his hangover, he tries to complete his assignments for Rembrandt in "Old Amsterdam" during the Golden Age. Will he complete his work in time? Or will his late-night brawl ruin his chances of being a painter? The Game will take you to the Wallen, the Dam, and the Nieuwmarkt. You decide when to start and when to take a break. The adventure and flexibility makes this city game one of the best activities for during your stay in Amsterdam.

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What people are saying about Nieuwmarkt Square

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4.5 / 5

based on 147 reviews

Ben was a great host - the game was challenging enough to require some thought but not too difficult for us to give up. Most importantly, we saw lots of Amsterdam as we were doing it! Recommended.

We had an awesome time with Bram! He made our tour very interesting and took us to some great locations. Highly reccomend!

Fun riding around town. Our guide Anthony was great. Super fun way to see the city. Try to do it day 1

Our guide was fantastic Laura I think Food was so good! Lots too :)

One of the best tour I have ever experienced… thank you