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Amsterdam: Coffeeshops Culture and History Walking Tour

Amsterdam: Coffeeshops Culture and History Walking Tour

From US$ 27.22 per person

Learn the history of cannabis and its legalization in Amsterdam on a tour of the city's best coffeeshops. Visit one of the city's oldest coffeeshops on Dam Square. Take an optional walk through the Red Light District and discover how to roll a joint.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 - 2.5 hours
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Live tour guide
German, Dutch
Small group available


  • Visit some of Amsterdam's best coffeeshops
  • Get a tutorial on how to roll your own joint from your instructor
  • Learn about the cannabis culture of Amsterdam
  • Sample Dutch snacks and treats for free on the 3-hour tour
  • Take a stroll through the Red Light District
Full description
Experience how marijuana became an institution in Amsterdam, and go beyond the Rasta cliché of ganja culture on a unique walking tour of the city. Discover the special atmosphere of the coffeeshops where the drug is legally sold, starting with an introduction to the cannabis scene at one of Amsterdam's oldest coffeeshops on Dam Square. Stroll around the city with your knowledgeable guide, stopping at some of Amsterdam's best coffeeshops, pubs and other sites that only a local can know. Visit 3 different coffeeshops and an Irish pub, hearing about the history of the drug and the drug policies of the local authorities. End your ganja tour at the Rembrantplein. Choose the optional rolling tutorial on booking, and get a short walking tour of the Red Light District, followed with a tutorial on how to roll a joint. Choose to spend an extra half an hour and explore the famous flower market and a hidden side of Amsterdam, with a bonus coffeeshop.
  • German or Dutch-speaking local guide
  • 2 or 3-hour tour in your selected language
  • Portion of "bitterballen" (a typical Dutch snack) for up to 8 people (1 piece per person) on the 3-hour tour option
  • Face mask, required to be worn
  • Special entrance fees to clubs/bars
  • Personal expenses at coffee shops/bars
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People under 17 years
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Cash
  • Face mask or protective covering
  • Hand sanitizer or tissues

Know before you go

  • You take this tour at your own risk
  • This tour is not available on major holidays - Hannukah, American Thanksgiving, Queen’s Day, Christmas Day or New Year’s Day
  • The tour may be subject to cancellation in the event of hazardous weather conditions
  • Tours are limited to a maximum of 20 participants per group
  • You have the option to purchase a Red Light District preview for an additional €8; this includes a 30-minute walk through the Red Light District with information, a stop at a pub and fun options for the nighttime, and will be done immediately after your ganja walking tour
  • A vegetarian snack option is also available
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 390 reviews

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nice tour with a very friendly and open-minded guide. I can really recommend this tour. You feel welcome from the very beginning, warm and trusting atmosphere, even for uncertain perople or unexperienced persons. The tour enlarges your understanding for the topic "Canabis" and Dutch culture. You discover new places like the coffe shops you might not have visited without a guide. Questions are always possible.

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July 28, 2018

A great way to spend a little time learning about AmsterGanja!

A great couple of hours learning about the history and laws relating to Cannabis in The Netherlands. A little too much time talking and more time smoking would help! Shame the song coffee shop would not let us in! Also,more varied premises would be nice to see the range and styles of coffee shops Amsterdam offers. However,some nice cultural sights and details were good,but less Ganja-oriented than advertised. All in all, good to very good,not brilliant.

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May 29, 2016

Fabulous Time!

Our guide was a French student living in Amsterdam for about 8 months and he was lovely. We met him at H&M on Dam Square (look for the plain orange umbrella) and from there we walked to an Irish pub to have a drink so he could tell our group about the laws and what we could expect on the tour. We had the best time with our group and I thoroughly enjoyed doing this tour on our first day. You'll learn quite a bit about the history and culture of Amsterdam. Beware! You will be walking a lot. About 10 kilometers on the 3-hour tour. I highly (pun intended) recommend this tour.

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May 25, 2016

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