Badass Tours show you the history of Amsterdam through the eyes of the hidden badasses who lived it.

LGBTQ History Storytelling Walk


When the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage, four couples were married by the Mayor of Amsterdam. But did you know that the city’s LGBTQ history stretches back to the medieval ages? LGBTQ people have not only always fought for the ability to live and love as they saw fit. They have also played an important role in the development of the city and guided it towards the beacon it became.

This group tour that explores this history through the stories of the people who lived it. Some of the stories are sad and some are uplifting. Some of the people are heroic and some are troubled. Groups are entertained by the storytelling and sites. More importantly, they leave with a sense of the full breadth of LGBTQ history in Amsterdam rather than thinking only of a couple of decades at the end of the 20th century.

If there is one single thing that you must do in Amsterdam, this is it. -Stylist


Elyzabeth knows how to captivate your attention and she is a great storyteller. - The Amsterdamian

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Hands down probably one of the best tours I’ve ever taken. It was incredible to see the city through the eyes of the strong and progressive women who have contributed to its growth over hundreds of years. -The Academic Traveller

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Elyzabeth had so much interesting knowledge and incredible stories to tell. The best tour guide we have ever had! *****

-Airbnb review average: 5/5 stars

Badass Women of Amsterdam


Learn the history of Amsterdam through the stories of the badass women who helped create it on this private walking tour. Badass Tours takes you to special sites in historic Amsterdam to tell stories of individual women who fought, wrote, calculated, and led to chart their course through Amsterdam's chaotic and complicated past.

The Centrum Storytelling walk is about two hours through the city center, from Centraal Station to the medieval wall at Munttoren. The Canal Belt Storytelling Walk is roughly three hours. It starts at Central Station and goes through historical Amsterdam Centrum and the canal belt, ending at the Westerkerk and the Anne Frank Huis. It can also be customized by interest and pick-up/drop-off location.

Highlights include:

  • Cafe 't Mandje and the legend of the woman who opened the first modern gay bar in Amsterdam despite morality laws

  • The Oude Kerk and the story of the woman who fought to inherit Amsterdam

  • The Begijnhof and the tale of the Countess who fought for independence for women and merchants, only to see them turn against her

  • Rembrandtplein and the drama of the woman who started a class riot by lifting her skirt

  • Atria Institute on Women's History and the inspiration for whom being the first Dutch woman to enroll in university and become a doctor was only the beginning.

  • The Golden Bend and the chronicle of the poet who embodied its intellectual outpouring

  • The Golden Age theater and the scandal of a hidden love triangle

    For questions, larger groups, longer tours, or a tour with an adaptation, please email Badass Tours directly at badassadvice[AT]

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Not enough people or time for a private tour? We run a shorter itinerary (around 100 minutes) on a group tour. We tell the stories of Amsterdam's women through the historic center. Highlights include:

  • The Oude Kerk and the tale of the woman who fought to inherit Amsterdam

  • Dam Square and the drama of the Stadhouder's wife who overplayed her hand

  • Bloemenmarkt and the story of a painter who capitalized on the tulip craze



Jewish history of AMSTERDAM

From the Middle Ages through the Industrial Revolution, Europe’s Jews fled pogroms and persecutions to find a safe haven in Amsterdam.  Learn about the vibrant community that lived here for centuries before the Holocaust on this two-hour walking tour.

Designed as a private tour, this excursion works best for groups of fewer than 12 people. 


If you're planning a trip to out of the city, Netherlands Culture Tours can get you exploring everything the country has to offer!