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Waterlooplein Market Tours

Waterlooplein Market
Amsterdam’s oldest and largest flea market, Waterlooplein Market dates back to 1893. The market, spread between the Leprozengracht and Houtgracht canals in the former Jewish quarter, has long been at the center of Amsterdam’s bohemian culture. Held from Monday to Saturday, it remains a prime gathering spot for the city’s youth.

The Basics
The 300-odd stalls at the lively Waterlooplein Market offer alternative and vintage clothing, antiques, music posters, memorabilia, records, and cameras, along with hair braiding and tattoos. Even if you’re not planning to shop, shimmying your way through the crowds of locals and tourists provides the perfect opportunity to soak up Amsterdam’s eclectic vibe.

Waterlooplein is a stop on Amsterdam’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus tour, which makes it easy to get there, explore the stalls independently, then continue visiting other city landmarks at your own pace. Canal cruises also travel past the market, offering the chance to get a peek at the action, and you can also visit as part of a private or group walking tour of the city.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Waterlooplein Market is a must-visit for shoppers and those interested in experiencing local culture.
  • Several food vendors set up trucks around the market, selling everything from pastries to meatballs.
  • Keep your belongings close to you as there is always a risk of pickpockets.

How to Get There
From Amsterdam Centraal, take tram 14 (direction Flevopark) or metro 54 (direction Gein) to the Waterloo stop. Alternatively, it takes around 15 minutes to walk from Centraal, passing through Nieuwmarkt and the edge of De Wallen (red-light district) en route.

When to Get There
Waterlooplein Market is open every day except Sunday, from 9:30am to 6pm. The busiest time is Saturday afternoon, which makes for a lively atmosphere. If you want a more relaxing experience for browsing the stalls, arrive early or on a weekday to avoid the biggest crowds.

The Area Around Waterlooplein Market
The market is well placed—close to the River Amstel and surrounded by such attractions as the Dutch National Opera and Ballet, Rembrandt House Museum, and the Hermitage Amsterdam museum—making the area an ideal base for a day. Hortus Botanicus, one of the world’s oldest botanical gardens, is also nearby, less than a 10-minute walk away.
Address: Waterlooplein 2, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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Best Canal Cruise Amsterdam

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See Amsterdam from a perspective often missed by visitors on a boat cruise through the canal. In addition to frame-worthy views of the city’s banks, the tour features commentary and anecdotes about landmarks seen along the way, from the hip Joordan neighborhood to a canal once painted by Claude Monet. A small group size ensures an personal experience and plenty of time for questions.
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60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

60 Minute Small Group Tour by Captain Jack

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Cruising the canals of Amsterdam is a must for first-time visitors to the city. This family-friendly cruise provides a personalized experience with a small boat and a maximum of 20 passengers on-board. Get to know each other as you sip drinks, tuck into snacks, and enjoy entertaining commentary from Captain Jack. Cruise around the UNESCO-listed canal ring, spot landmarks including the Rijksmuseum and the Anne Frank House, and hear fun facts and stories about Amsterdam as you discover the city.
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Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)

Absolutely Amsterdam: Tip-Based Walking Tour With Super Local Guide (2,5 Hours)

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Discover the fascinating history of the most liberal city in the world with FreeDam Tours - the best-rated walking tour in Amsterdam! On this unique tip-based tour * you will discover how freedom and tolerance shaped the city and its people throughout the ages. Your super-local guide will combine beautiful sightseeing with exciting storytelling and cover everything you need to know about Amsterdam in one tour: history, modern life, culture, art, fun facts and personal stories for a unique insider’s perspective on life in Amsterdam. Be prepared to challenge all your preconceived ideas about this city because after this tour you will never look and think of Amsterdam the same way! * Tip-based walking tour means you can join this tour basically for free (you will only be charged the booking fee, marketing fee and tourist tax) after which you tip your guide what you think the tour was worth. That motivates us to give you the best tour and you get the best possible value!
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Amsterdam Winter Walk City Tour

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The best way to get around Amsterdam is on foot, but don’t let the cold weather put you off. This 2-hour winter walking tour shows off the city at its most atmospheric, — admire the glittering illuminations of the Amsterdam Light Festival, see landmarks such as the Royal Palace, the Munttoren, and the Flower Market dusted with snow, then warm up with hot chocolate and stroopwafels (included).
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Hop-on Hop-off City Bus Amsterdam for 24 hours

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Explore Amsterdam at your own pace, without being tied to itineraries. The hop-on hop-off City Bus features double deckers and a roof made of glass, so you won’t miss a sight. With 7 conveniently located stops and departures every 20 minutes, you can easily access historical sights, museums, shopping and sightseeing. Choose from 24 or 48 hour passes depending on your schedule.
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Self-guided Discovery Walk in Amsterdam’s City Centre: an alternative route

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Self-guided Discovery Walk in Amsterdam’s City Centre: an alternative route

Want a different take on the city centre? Go on this playful walk created by our co-founders, Kristina & Wendy, to make wonderful new memories. Follow location-based riddles to discover our favourite Greek take-away shop, the most original gift store, a turtle statue, a skinny bridge and sunny terraces – in gardens, with riverviews and on rooftops! Along the way, learn about the history of the city and its inhabitants. During this experience you will: - Explore Amsterdam during this interactive and fun discovery walk - Keep a comfortable distance from other people throughout the experience - Learn about the history and local stories of the city centre in a playful way - Solve location-based riddles to unlock directions to your next stop along the route - See popular sights from a different angle and discover hidden local spots This discovery walk is an educational and fun activity for friends, couples, families with kids, curious locals, visitors, and team building.
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Amsterdam Shopping Experience: The Best Of Dutch Design

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Let a dedicated guide support your shopping experience in Amsterdam, a city known for its eclectic style. After booking, you’ll be contacted to create an itinerary that matches your interests. Explore local neighborhoods you might not otherwise find, and unearth hidden treasures to take home. You’ll browse unique concept stores, vintage treasure troves, and the independent boutiques of local designers.
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Amsterdam Jiddisch History + nasch, my parents WW II hiding. 3 hr walking tour

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Amsterdam Canals on Luxury Canal Tour - See All Main Landmarks

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Amsterdam Private Best City Highlights

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Personal Private Canal Cruise, all inclusive. 60 minutes

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Sebi Boat Tours

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We are Sebi Boat Tours, two true Amsterdammers who want to share their love for this beautiful city. With our 100% electric boat which is open on sunny days and closed on rainy and windy days and has a toilet, we will provide a 2 hour intimate canal tour. We will pass all the highlights Amsterdam has to offer including the world famous canal belt, The Jordaan, The red light district, the river Amstel, the maritime area and places, where big tour boats cannot go. On the way we will make a stop at Amsterdam's best boat caterer, childhood friends of ours, to pick up some traditional Dutch snacks while you enjoy a wide variety of complementary drinks. All this while Captain Sebi will pass on his years of knowledge of the city and canals, on current events and Amsterdam people in Dutch, English and German!
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Private Half-Day Amsterdam Market Tour by Bike

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PRIVATE and SAFE Saloon Boat Ride: Amsterdam Canal Cruise & Unlimited Drinks

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Open Boat Tours Amsterdam

Open Boat Tours Amsterdam

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Private Tour Without Barriers of Amsterdam's Historical Centre

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Private Accessible Tour of Second World War

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The combination of foot, bike, car and bus traffic on the cobblestone streets of Amsterdam can be overwhelming, so experience Amsterdam in peace from the water. Experience the city’s waterways from a unique vantage point on this canal tour while a local guide gives you insight on the history and architecture of this beautiful city. Get a great price when you book this cruise online.
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Amsterdam Light Festival Cruise With Live Guide and Drinks

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Audio guided tour - unlimited mulled wine - Amsterdam Light Festival

Audio guided tour - unlimited mulled wine - Amsterdam Light Festival

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Get on board of one of the comfortable boats. Sail the canals and experience the Amsterdam Light Festival from the water. Our captain will make sure that you have the best canal cruise of your life! The captain will guide you through the canals of Amsterdam and via an audio guided tour you will get all the information you need to know about the Amsterdam Light Festival. From the comfort of our boat you can enjoy Amsterdam from the water. Approximately 75 minutes to enjoy Amsterdam from the water, for only €19,50!
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Walking Tour: Fall in love with Amsterdam

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This walking tour is the perfect opportunity for you to fall in love with Amsterdam – you’ll be taken through the most culturally-important and historically-fascinating sights of the city but also along the secret path between our best-loved hidden gems and favorite local markets. Without the backstory, Amsterdam is an incredibly beautiful city but you will discover that there is much more than meets the eye as our guide tells you the unique journeys that each part of the city and their inhabitants have taken through history. The biggest advantage, however, is that the tour is brought to you by local guides in your own language. Our guides know each and every corner of Amsterdam and will gladly recommend you about their favorite restaurants, attractions, and activities for the rest of your stay. Even after the tour, we’ll still be available to provide any help that you might need through our Personal Assistant service! We hope you’re ready to fall in love with Amsterdam!
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Kids Tour in Amsterdam City Center

Kids Tour in Amsterdam City Center

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