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  • Address: South of Centraal Station, around Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 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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Amsterdam Old Town and Red Light District Walking Tour with Optional Dutch Dinner, Amsterdam, null
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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 $26.89
Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam, ... 
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Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam

Discover everything Amsterdam has to offer with this 5-hour half-day walking tour. Go to several areas like the Red Light District and the famous Jordaan ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.55
Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour, Amsterdam, Half-day Tours
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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 $28.60
Offbeat Amsterdam Red Light District Nighttime Walking Tour with a Local Guide, Amsterdam, Walking ... 
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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 $22.31
Amsterdam Pub Crawl, Amsterdam, Cultural Tours
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Amsterdam Pub Crawl

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Do you like to party? Book Amsterdam's most famous pub crawl and party like never before. This walking tour is the ultimate way to discover the city and its ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $19.45
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour, Amsterdam, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour

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

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

From USD $53.77
Amsterdam Coffee Shops Walking Tour, Amsterdam, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Amsterdam Coffee Shops Walking Tour

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Amsterdam is a unique city, famed for its misnamed coffee shops, cannabis culture and alternative vibes. Learn all about it on a 2-hour walking tour, and ...  Read more

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

From USD $16.02
Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local, Amsterdam, Walking Tours
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Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

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Discover the untold stories about Amsterdam’s most exciting district. Most people walk around the Red Light District giggling or with a big smile on their ...  Read more

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

From USD $19.45
Small-Group Amsterdam Historical Bike Tour, Amsterdam, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Small-Group Amsterdam Historical Bike Tour

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Join a 3-hour bike tour with an experienced multilingual guide through the old historic center of the city of Amsterdam. The tour goes along the well known ...  Read more

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

From USD $24.60
Private City Walking Tour in Amsterdam With A Local Guide, Amsterdam, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Private City Walking Tour in Amsterdam With A Local Guide

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This private walking tour with a local guide introduces you to Amsterdam's history, culture and unique lifestyle. Through beautiful canals and landmarks, ...  Read more

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

From USD $137.29

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