counter culture

crisis as a point of opportunity

Always wanted to know the real story behind the NDSM? Take a 15-minutes free ferry from Amsterdam Central Station and discover the stories of Amsterdam counter-culture on the old NDSM wharf. This tour takes you to an area of Amsterdam where you can see the past, the present and the future combined in a single space. After the glorious era of Dutch shipbuilding ended, city nomads, craftsmen and artists converted the space into a breeding ground for creative talent. But this artistic development also had consequences; real estate prices are going up, MTV and other companies are moving in, the Hilton has built a DoubleTree. Is there still space for alternative culture in Amsterdam, or is everything about money nowadays? Meet some of the pioneering artists and activists that make the city worthwhile.

This tour takes you to an area of Amsterdam where you can see the past, the present, and the future combined in a single space. After the glorious era of Dutch shipbuilding ended, a group of city nomads, craftsmen, and artists converted the former shipyard into a breeding ground for creative talent. But this artistic development also had consequences. Is there still space for alternative culture in Amsterdam, or is everything about money nowadays?

  • Find out more about activism, street-art and squatting movements 
  • Understand the significant changes of the past decade in Amsterdam – North
  • Explore the home of artists, designers, architects and other creative talent 
  • Visit the NDSM ART city warehouse; workshops and ateliers in the abandoned industrial buildings 
  • Explore the lively neighborhood of the North that hosts festivals, fairs, exhibitions and flea markets 
  • Starting Point: NDSM Fuse- Art Gallery.
  • Host: Berber / Fabian  
  • Duration 2.5 Hours
  • Price: €10 per person 
  • Every Thursday & Saturday

PRICE 10 per person (max 6 people)

Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours

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Giving back to amsterdam

By asking communities how our tours can enrich and give back to the places we travel to, we create tours that help preserve the beauty and culture of Amsterdam.

NDSM Foundation

A portion of the cost of your tour ticket goes to the NDSM foundation that supports the artists, artisans and other creative businesses in this large cluster of studios in the former shipyard.

Your tour Designer

Berber

“Not many people realize the impact of the squatting movement on Amsterdam. Many beautiful parts of the city would have been demolished if it wasn’t for them. I’ve lived in squats for almost a decade and I’ve learned how to oppose speculation and gentrification with ideals, solidarity and creativity.”