LGBTQ+ History Tour

From hidden lives to gay marriage: get the full arc of Amsterdam’s rainbow history

The stories our guide told were engaging, varied, inspiring, and revealed different aspects of LGBTQ history through the lives and experiences of different people. We also got to know about the historical context and public laws relating to the LGBTQ community. Altogether, it left us with a different sense and feeling for the city. Highly recommended!

Giedre, Google review

Our Amsterdam pride tour covers the spectrum of gender and sexual identity.

LGBTQ+ History Tour heroine Frieda Belinfante
Frieda Belinfante, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Toni Boumans

We inspire Amsterdam’s LGBTQIA+ travelers and locals alike with the stories of people throughout history who stood in their identity. This tour of queer Amsterdam is the antidote to gay and lesbian Amsterdam tours that make it sound as though LGBTQIA+ history is limited to the L and the G – or that it began in the 20th century!

Our tour was inspired by the question: why did the world’s first legal gay marriage happen in Amsterdam? To answer it, we explore the stories of individual people from the Middle Ages through today. Their experiences challenge preconceptions and broaden our understanding of gay history.

This small-group tour through the Canal Belt (a UNESCO World Heritage site) explores everything from the way lavender wreaths brought about the Homomonument’s pink triangle to the way a 17th-century medical misunderstanding may have given cover to cis lesbian and bisexual women. We even point out some fun queer-friendly places and things to do as we go. See Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighborhood while hearing about some of its LGBTQ+ badasses.

Our Amsterdam pride tour covers the spectrum of gender and sexual identity.

We inspire Amsterdam’s LGBTQIA+ travelers and locals alike with the stories of people throughout history who stood in their identity. This tour of queer Amsterdam is the antidote to gay and lesbian Amsterdam tours that make it sound as though LGBTQIA+ history is limited to the L and the G – or that it began in the 20th century!

Our tour was inspired by the question: why did the world’s first legal gay marriage happen in Amsterdam? To answer it, we explore the stories of individual people from the Middle Ages through today. Their experiences challenge preconceptions and broaden our understanding of gay history.

This small-group tour through the Canal Belt (a UNESCO World Heritage site) explores everything from the way lavender wreaths brought about the Homomonument’s pink triangle to the way a 17th-century medical misunderstanding may have given cover to cis lesbian and bisexual women. We even point out some fun queer-friendly places and things to do as we go. See Amsterdam’s most beautiful neighborhood while hearing about some of its LGBTQ+ badasses.

LGBTQ+ History Tour heroine Frieda Belinfante
Frieda Belinfante, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Toni Boumans

Celebrate Amsterdam Pride on August 5 with our 10am LGBTQ+ History Tour!

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* Stadspas holder or a student? Contact us for a discount.
** Youth = Under 18. This tour mentions violence, sex and some difficult topics.
*** Your own private LGBTQ+ History Tour, starting at €250 for up to 5 guests (max. 15 guests)

Traveling Solo? Fill out our form, and we’ll let you know if you can book a spot on an upcoming tour!

An event in Dutch LGBTQIA+ history you must hear:

Why is this inscription embarrassing for the most famous Dutch classical playwright, a man known as the Prince of Poets? What scandal happened beyond this arch? And how is this spot connected to a good old-fashioned lesbian love triangle?

LGBTQ+ History Tour stop the City Theater

An event in Dutch LGBTQIA+ history you must hear:

LGBTQ+ History Tour stop the City Theater

Why is this inscription embarrassing for the most famous Dutch classical playwright, a man known as the Prince of Poets? What scandal happened beyond this arch? And how is this spot connected to a good old-fashioned lesbian love triangle?

Need a sample first?

We hear you.

Schedule

Friday: 10am

Saturday: 4pm

Sunday: 2pm

Minimum of 2 guests per tour.

Having trouble finding a single ticket at the time you want? Invite a friend and open a tour at that time!

You can also fill out our form, and we’ll let you know if you can book a spot on an upcoming tour.

Pro Tip: We post Instagram and Facebook stories 2 days in advance if we have any openings in a scheduled tour.

Interested in a different time and have a group of three or more? Contact us!

Considerations

Tours go rain or shine.

(But if looks too dicey, we’ll contact you in advance.)

This walking tour is two hours and goes through the Canal Belt from Rembrandtplein to the Torensluis.

Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather.

Meeting Point

In front of Café Lellebel at Utrechtsestraat 4, just off of Rembrandtplein

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