Since 1998

Guided Bike tour to Zaanse Schans over the kissing couple XXXL - Lex and the City toursWe have set ourselves the goal of further expanding the number and quality of unusual tours in Amsterdam.
Both different sites as well as alternative means of moving in the city. Including checking out that new Amsterdam, full of architecture!
In our communication online we do that as well, and of course as local guides and organizers of so-called unexpected Lexperiences.
We have even made to the National Geographic. (free publicity)

Off the beaten track in Amsterdam city: to emerging neighborhoods on differentiating means. And looking for hidden gems. 

We also use uncommon and active means to explore the city. Such as the footbike (also known as a scooter) and inline skates. (We also go touring by bike with groups; in combination with unusual corners of the Dutch capital.)

Unknown makes unloved and that is why we promote the other Amsterdam”. So unusual Amsterdam tours with hidden gems and a different way of getting around the city.

Dutch version of this unusual theme

Unusual tour in Amsterdam - Scooter tour for private groups - Lex and the City
Footbiking (instead of biking this time) in Amsterdam with a family on Sunday Morning. (June, 2022) An exemple of an unusual Amsterdam tour.

Top 10 of unusual Amsterdam tours (At least ours)

Top-10 lists with the highlights of Amsterdam can be found in many places. Now an alternative top 10 follows: that of the atypical Amsterdam:⇓

REM-eiland in de Houthavens in Amsterdam-West aan 't IJ. Hier werden vroeger uitzendingen op zee verzorgd door Radio Noordzee.
REM island, within the new to discover area of Amsterdam, called “Houthavens”. Picture taken by the local guide during the Corona crisis. On the footbike, which is unusual as well. (2020)


  1. The Eastern Docklands; a surprising area, where the water is always nearby.
  2. Footbiking, also for corporate groups.
  3. The Marine terrain, core of our new sustainable bike tour
  4. The course tour. A private and active city experience with stops to communicate an item of your workshop.
  5. De Indische Buurt (Indian neighborhood) Amsterdam East in general in fact is a Lex and the City unusual specialty since 5-6 years. 
  6. The NDSM-wharf, hip and happening and accessible wit a free ferry. It is in Amsterdam North and this the place where we guide pretty much since about 3 years
  7. Inline skating in the city (including mini workshops) It is the root of what we are now. This is how we have started “differently” in August 1998. Get yourself inspired on our Youtube channel @unusualamsterdam.
  8. Western Islands; one big hidden gem of the 17th century! (Behind the modern flats of Westerdok)
  9. A guided football tour in Betondorp and Park de Meer, Amsterdam East (including Johan Cruijff items)
  10. One hour tours in Amsterdam East for busy business travelers, for example a small bike tour on that attractive Jetty Island (on the archipelago IJburg, East Amsterdam.)
Lex van Buuren is skateleraar en skate-bezorger in Amsterdam tijdens Coronacrisis.
Local guide on inline skates in Amsterdam East, with drinks for everybody in his Wheelie; the skate-car.

An additional unusual Amsterdam experience in the heat of the summer of 22: bike & swim

An example of a Lex and the City cycling route in the unusual Amsterdam (one way). Along non-touristy places. ⇓

Fietstocht in ongebruikelijk Amsterdam met lokale privé gids - Het actieve deel van een vrijgezellenuitje voor vrouwen - Met Lex and the City Lexperiences - Augus Hier in Oost bij Mediamatic
Hen’s party towards a relative unknown part of Amsterdam: the Marine terrain!. By bike. (Summer of 2021)

That different Amsterdam by bike with Lex and the City, starting in the Indian quarter and via the trendy Czaar Peterstraat, the Eastern Docklands, and (view of) the Marine terrain and then towards North.

There we explore the Overhoeks district together with the A’DAM tower and the EYE film museum, then two different types of garden villages in Amsterdam-North, then the triggering sustainability projects of Buiksloterham and finally the still quite rough NDSM Wharf. Then take the ferry to the Pontsteiger. Cool one way bicycle track of almost 20 km.
Ask your local Amsterdam tour guide.


Free publicity for our unusual tours in East Amsterdam in the National Geographic

Hier de Javastraat in Amsterdam Oost. Een SEO tekstschrijver met specialisatie citymarketing maakt en publiceert foto's van de stad.
Javastraat in the Indian Neighborhood, Amsterdam East. Picture by Lex and the City guide.

March 2019 Lex and the City had a large article (3 pages) about the unusual tour Amsterdam of Lex and the City in the Indonesian Neighborhood | East Amsterdam in a well-known magazine that is distributed throughout Amsterdam.

And more recent, December 2022: covered in National Geographic as the local expert for Amsterdam East:

Hidden gem in that other Amsterdam: Western Islands


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Off the beaten track bike excursions above Amsterdam

“if you focus on the known, you get the known. If you focus on the unknown, you create a possibility.”
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