Study Tours

Amsterdam is a global leader in sustainable urban living. Our study tours are the perfect way to explore Amsterdam’s approach to sustainable and smart urban development for livable cities. On these tours you will learn about smart urban design, innovative water management, renewable energy projects and unique community initiatives. We will discuss the roles of government and civil society in making cities sustainable. All tours discuss the six areas defining a sustainable city: people, governance, environment, economy, mobility and living, in the context of different themes, as described below.

We work with private and public sector delegations, as well as researchers and academics to showcase Amsterdam’s approaches to city making and adjust each tour to fit your group’s specific needs and interests.

Tour 1. Sustainable Amsterdam

Tour 1 introduces historical and modern innovations that make Amsterdam a healthy, livable city by illustrating examples in four key areas: renewable energy, clear air, a circular economy and a climate-resilient city.  It explores Amsterdam’s first car-free neighbourhood, the conversion of a brownfield into a cultural park, and the city’ first climate neutral district.


Tour 3. SmartR City

Whereas Smart City enthusiasts typically limit their attention to technological solutions, Tour 3 explains how Amsterdam’s spatial and social infrastructure can complement and even replace technology to improve quality of life and accelerate economic growth.  And that’s what we call a SmartR City!


Tour 5. Making of a Livable City

Tour 5 takes you to visit the most successful transformations illustrated in our Livable Cities campaign.  It is ideal for urban planning and transport professionals interested in understanding the evolution of Dutch urban design, and how it makes streets complete for people, not cars.

Museumplein comparison

reguliersbreestraat comparison

Tour 2. Climate-proof City 

This tour showcases Amsterdam’s mitigation and adaption strategies while dealing with climate change. These strategies include spatial and nature-based solutions such as green roofs and permeable public spaces.  Tour 2 also explores the city’s policies to scale renewable energy projects and the role that businesses and citizens are playing in the energy transition.

Tour 4: Circular & Creative Amsterdam North

This tour showcases the transformation from post-industrial and polluted landscapes into sustainable communities for living, working and recreation. From an urban sustainability perspective, “upcycling” of land and infrastructure presents both challenges and opportunities to create more livable communities.

Tour 6. Waterfront transformations 

Neglected waterfronts hold great potential for cities worldwide.  Amsterdam’s waterfront redevelopment projects are among the most well-regarded in the world. From the Easterdocklands developments in the 1990s, to current day developments of Houthaven, Tour 6 illustrates the most important transformations on both sides of Amsterdam’s Ij-River.


You can book any of these 3-3.5hr bike tours according to the following price schedule:

  • Private sector / consultant groups: €550 for groups of 12 people; €30 per additional participant for groups of up to 17 people
  • Public sector, non-governmental organizations, groups from developing countries, academic / researchers: €450 for groups of 12 people; €30 per additional participant for groups of up to 17 people.
  • Student groups €350 for groups of 12 people;  €30 per additional participant for groups of up to 17 people.

For larger groups special arrangements can be made depending on group size and particular needs.   All costs include 21% VAT and bike rental costs (€7 per person for the duration of the tour).   While all tours are designed for biking, most can be adapted to walking and public transit. 

The following cancelation charges apply: 80% when activities are cancelled with less than 24 hours notice; 50% if less than 3 days.

Some of our clients include the following groups and organizations (for a complete list of past clients and some of their reviews, click here):


Impressions from past tours:


Climate-proof urban design prioritizes sustainable transport and green areas.


De Ceuvel is Amsterdam’s clean-tech playground where closed-loop and off-grid sollutions are tested.


Stockholm’s Centre Party explores 3D printing and other innovations in Amsterdam North during SAIL 2015.


Conversion of a brownfield, industrial site to a vibrant culture park.


Parks are important anchors in the city used for commuting, recreation, and water management.


Java Island is one of Amsterdam’s most success brownfield redevelopment projects and best practice for bicycle and people friendly urban design


Green walls and unique co-housing projects contribute to a sustainable city.


University of Victoria students explore the use of canals and windmills for of water management and industrial applications.

IMG_3058Historical warehouses and modern architecture are intertwined on Amsterdam’s waterfront.

Student container housing in Amsterdam North. Photo credit: Diane Tucker

University of Alabama students learn about innovative, low-cost student housing solutions made from shipping containers in Amsterdam North. Photo credit: Diane Tucker.

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