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  • Address: South of Centraal Station, around Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Oudezijds Voorburgwal
  • Admission: Free

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Amsterdam Red Light District

Underneath its promiscuous reputation, Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen) has some of the city's prettiest canals, plus excellent bars, welcoming restaurants and plenty of shopping. While this area of the Netherlands' capital city might not be for everyone, the Red Light District has much more to offer than the controversial profession of prostitution.

A part of Amsterdam's oldest setting, this neighborhood has amazing stories hidden in its narrow, winding, cobble-stoned streets and alleys. The famous Dutch laid-back attitude is very prevalent in the Red Light District, as cannabis and prostitution are not only legal in Amsterdam but commonly found here, where families, young couples and senior citizens live and socialize. While wandering around, look up at the beautiful gables and you'll notice some lovely architecture along with the scantily dressed women advertising their wares through full-length windows.

A great way to visit the Red Light District is on a walking or biking tour—some guided options even safely take visitors through the area at nighttime when things are especially lively. Others include a visit to the Sex Museum or one of the legendary Dutch coffee shops. In addition, you'll likely find yourself on Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk at some point, both commercial thoroughfares chock-a-block with shops and restaurants.

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 here, take the tram to the Dam, then pass behind the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. Although the area's once-dangerous streets are now much more welcoming, it is best to be aware of your surroundings. Also, it should be noted that taking photographs of the women in the windows is strictly forbidden. You may find yourself fishing your camera out of a canal if you do.

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Skip the Line: Red Light Secrets Museum in Amsterdam, Amsterdam, null
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Skip the Line: Red Light Secrets Museum in Amsterdam

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Visit the Red Light Secrets Museum in Amsterdam and step into an intriguing world that remains hidden for most. Skip-the-line and discover the secrets of ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: Flexible

From USD $8.95
Offbeat Amsterdam Red Light District Nighttime Walking Tour with a Local Guide, Amsterdam, Museum ... 
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Offbeat Amsterdam Red Light District Nighttime Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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Join a 1.5-hour walking tour and explore Amsterdam's legendary Red Light District with all its mysteries in the comfort of a local guide. Enjoy a fun, ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $21.82
Amsterdam Walking Tour Including Dutch Snacks and Optional Canal Cruise, Amsterdam, Cultural Tours
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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 $22.38
Amsterdam Old Town and Red Light District Walking Tour with Optional Dutch Dinner, Amsterdam, ... 
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Amsterdam Old Town and Red Light District Walking Tour with Optional Dutch Dinner

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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 $26.30
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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 $27.98
Private Tour: Amsterdam Old Town and Red Light District Walking Tour, Amsterdam, Walking Tours
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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 ...  Read more

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

From USD $39.17
Guided Amsterdam Evening Canal Cruise Including Wine and Cheese, Amsterdam, Private Sightseeing ... 
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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 $43.65
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour, Amsterdam, Night Cruises
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour

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Join this 2.5-hour private walking tour through Amsterdam and learn about the history of the city's famous Red Light District and coffee shops. Walk through ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $52.60
Private Amsterdam Walking Tour: Red Light District And Coffee Shop Culture, Amsterdam, Private ... 
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Private Amsterdam Walking Tour: Red Light District And Coffee Shop Culture

Enjoy this 2.5-hour private walking tour where you will explore the Amsterdam’s red-light district and its famous coffee-shop culture. Your guide will ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $117.52
Small-Group Center Amsterdam, Red Light District and Coffee Shop Walking Tour, Amsterdam, Walking ... 
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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 $155.57

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