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Start location: Dam Square

16:00 (4pm) on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Explore the haunted history of medieval Amsterdam on a Free Dark Side Tour

Amsterdam wasn’t always the free-minded city it is today. Step into the shadows of medieval Amsterdam with our local guides and discover a dark past of torture, public execution, and witch hunts. Tread through narrow alleys to find out how they got their spooky street names and uncover ghostly urban myths surrounding ruinous buildings on this free tour.

Join a Free Dark Side Tour of Amsterdam, if you dare to unveil the sinister side of our historic city centre. Every day at 16:00 (4 pm),

On this 2-hour Dark Side Tour Amsterdam we cover:

Spooky street names

Find out where certain streets got their eerie names, like the Bloedstraat (Blood Street) and the Spooksteeg (Ghost Alley).

Possessed orphans

In 1566, the city’s orphans were acting like little demons. Find out how they went out of control.

Anatomy lesson

Learn about the unorthodox methods with which bodies were dissected, to research the human body

The anabaptists

Hear about the gruesome fate of the ones that weren’t baptised and how they were punished

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Our beautiful Amsterdam has so many unsettling & untold stories, that we decided to create a separate evening tour. Story telling is what I love and I think it’s important to show people that our free-minded city was once a place of horror. The tour is not for the faint of heart, as the city’s cruel medieval past will be unveiled during the 2-hour Amsterdam Dark Side tour. Bring a brave heart, a strong gut and I’ll see you at the next tour!

Step into the dark side of Amsterdam!

Welcome to Amsterdam’s dark side, where history meets horror and buried urban myths rise from the grave. Not just a ghastly ghost tour, we show you that the actual events of Amsterdam’s ominous past are much more horrific than a cold spot in a dark alley. Visit the places where ghost sightings were reported, to find out the real stories behind the urban myths of Amsterdam. Find out why the gallows were located at the docks, for arriving sailors to see the public execution of criminals and discover how witches were persecuted in medieval Amsterdam. Hear stories about nuns digging up old graves and orphaned children being taken over by an inexplicably demonic force. Book your spot at a Free Dark Side Tour Amsterdam, or the untold truth will haunt you forever!

Amsterdam Dark Side Tour is at 16:00 (4pm), book now to secure your spot!


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