Amsterdam - Amsterdam: Trading on Tolerance

Amsterdam: Trading on Tolerance

(515 reviews)
City Centre, Amsterdam, Netherlands
45 mins

About the tour

Amsterdam was a powerful and pragmatic trading town. International trade meant the meeting of different values and cultures. So the town often tolerated things they didn't agree with. Don't be fooled into thinking this was altruism, it wasn't a 'celebration of diversity' by any means. It was definitely a 'putting up with of differences'. They rather harshly did NOT tolerate people endangering trade. When people went too far, they paid the ultimate price! Amsterdam has famously tolerated prostitution (Red Light District), Catholics (Hidden Churches) and cannabis (Coffeeshops) when all those things were illegal. Your guide, Mark, will explain and chart the history of these 'tolerances' through to the present day. Join him to walk around the very old historic centre, the Old Church / Red Light District (N.B. it is illegal to show women in windows) / Zeedijk. The stories are interesting and the scenery is superb.

Meet your local guide


Mark has been sharing places and stories about Amsterdam, his adopted home, for 10 years now and he is still smitten by the place! He absolutely loves distilling chunks of history into bite-sized bits of fun. The vibrancy of the city takes his breath away, and he loves finding odd little details to share. Live-streaming tours are an exciting adventure as it is possible to open places and areas that are not accessible on in-person tours!

Mark has been guiding since Dec 2011

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Amsterdam with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Amsterdam. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Gillian G.

01 March 2021

looking forward to seeing more

Melodee C.

28 February 2021

I loved this tour with Mark who had so much information about the history of Amsterdam's tolerance re: prosittution & soft drugs. It was a beautiful day in Amsterdam also. :)

Yvonne H.

28 February 2021

Lovely first time visit to Amsterdam! Thank you for your detailed tour and circling back to revisit some highlights, Mark! We’ll be back soon!

Catherine S.

28 February 2021

Very entertaining and enjoyable tour by Mark.

Deborah G.

27 February 2021

definitely going to Amsterdam because of him

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