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Amsterdam Red Light District

Amsterdam’s Red Light District (aka De Wallen) has been a familiar haunt for pleasure seekers since the 14th century. Though certainly not an area for everyone, the Red Light District has more to offer than just sex and liquor. For underneath its promiscuous façade, the area contains some of Amsterdam's prettiest canals, excellent bars and restaurants, and shops of all kinds. It also consists of windows with sexy girls, dressed in eye-popping underwear.

The best places for window-watching are along Oudezijds Achterburgwal and in the alleys around the Oude Kerk (Old Church), particularly to the south. The atmosphere throughout is much more laid-back than in other red-light districts. Families, lawyers, young couples, senior citizens - all types of locals live and socialize here, in stride with the surrounding commerce. You’ll probably find yourself on Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk at some point, both commercial thoroughfares chock-a-block with shops and restaurants.

While you’re wandering around, look up at the gorgeous gables and you’ll realize this district is also stunningly attractive. Its lovely architecture simply gets lost in the shuffle.

Practical Info

The Red Light District is located just south of Centraal Station, around Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Oudezijds Voorburgwal - also known as De Wallen (the Walls) or De Walletjes (the Little Walls). To get there, take the tram to the Dam, then pass behind the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky.

Keep in mind to exercise caution when visiting the area. Stick to the busy streets and beware of pickpockets at all times. Also, do not take photographs of the women in the windows, for there are large, observant men on the lookout, who won’t hesitate to take your camera and throw it in the canal.

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Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Optional Canal Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 241 Reviews

There is no better way to see Amsterdam than on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus! See top Amsterdam attractions on this comprehensive sightseeing tour, such ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $21.84

Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

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Take a walk on the wild side with a guided walking tour through Dark Amsterdam, the infamous Red Light District. Accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $28.73

Best Guided Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise Including Wine and Cheese

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Enjoy a 2-hour evening canal cruise through Amsterdam's famous canal district. Savor wine, Dutch cheese and nuts from the comfort of a table on board the boat. ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $43.10

Best Amsterdam Old Town and Red Light District Walking Tour with Optional Dutch Dinner

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Experience the diversity of Amsterdam on a 2-hour evening walking tour around the historical city center. Accompanied by an expert guide, take an enlightening ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Varies

From USD $27.01

Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Small Open Boat

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Explore Amsterdam’s narrowest waterways on this 75-minute canal cruise. Thanks to your boat’s small size, discover hidden corners that other cruises can’t ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $18.39

Amsterdam Walking Tour Including Dutch Snacks and Optional Canal Cruise

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Get an eye-opening look at Amsterdam on this 2.5-hour walking tour led by a knowledgeable local guide. Trace more than 800 years of history, culture and ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2.5 - 3.5 hours

From USD $22.99

Private Tour: Amsterdam Old Town and Red Light District Walking Tour

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Take a private 2-hour walking tour around the tree-shrouded canals and cobbled streets of Amsterdam’s historical center. Let your private guide lead the way ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.22

Small-Group Center Amsterdam, Red Light District and Coffee Shop Walking Tour

This 4-hour small-group Amsterdam city walking tour gives you a chance to see its city center and Red Light District, explore the coffee shop culture and soak ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $159.75

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