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Amsterdam Red Light District
Most famous for its streetside brothels, Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen) also houses scenic canals, bustling restaurants, bars, and plenty of shopping. While this controversial neighborhood may not be for everyone, its winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys evoke Amsterdam’s rich history and laid-back culture. 

The Basics
The Red Light District is best explored on foot or by bike. Walking tours typically provide a deep-dive into the neighborhood’s history and culture, while bike tours provide a broader overview of the city and allow you to visit the Red Light District along with attractions such as the Van Gogh Museum or New Market Square. Depending on your preference you can choose to visit by day or by night, when the district is especially lively. 

Some tour options include admission to popular attractions such as the Sex Museum, the Red Light Secrets museum, Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, or one of the Netherlands’ legendary coffee shops. Opt for a walking tour led by a former police officer to learn about the district’s storied police history, or take a group pub-crawl tour to explore local watering holes.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Although the area's once-dangerous streets are now much more welcoming, be aware of your surroundings as pickpockets are still common.
  • Taking photographs of sex workers in the windows is strictly forbidden. If you do, you may find yourself fishing your camera out of a canal.
  • Nearby, the commercial thoroughfares of Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk are filled with shops and restaurants.

How to Get There
Also known as De Wallen (the Walls) or De Walletjes (the Little Walls), Amsterdam’s Red Light District is located just south of Centraal Station. While guided tours allow you to avoid the hassle of navigation, it’s also possible to arrive via tram or bus. 

When to Get There
You can visit the Red Light District year-round—just don’t forget your rain jacket if you’re headed there during winter. Arrive after dark to see the area’s bustling nightlife. 

Alternative Amsterdam
The famous laid-back Dutch attitude is very prevalent in the Red Light District, especially in the form of cannabis and sex work. While smoking marijuana is illegal in the Netherlands, it is widely tolerated, and you may purchase or possess up to five grams. You may be surprised that this carnivalesque neighborhood is also where families, young couples, and senior citizens reside and socialize.

Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Amsterdam Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour

Want to see Amsterdam’s Red Light District, but don’t feel comfortable exploring it on your own? This short walking tour introduces you to the controversial enclave, which is home to a mix of art galleries, sex theaters, coffee shops, and red-lit windows. Stroll the cobblestoned streets and learn about the district and its history from a local guide. Numbers are limited to 9 people per group for a small-group experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Exclusive small group tour: 1,5 hours walking tour through Red Light District

There’s no proper visit to Amsterdam without a walk through the Red Light District. A professional guide shows you around this fascinating area of Amsterdam. Explore the iconic highlights, and learn the history of prostitution in the city as well as the day-to-day life of a modern sex worker. Discover secrets about this neighborhood that most tourists don’t get to see on this small-group tour.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Private Amsterdam Red Light District tour with food tastings

Explore Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District and also learn about Dutch food culture while you walk from Central Station to Dam Square. This private tour gets you away from the crowds with a dedicated guide to share knowledge of Dutch law, including topics like prostitution and coffee shop culture. Along the way, taste foods such as a kroket, Dutch cheese, and stroopwafel.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Amsterdam Red Light District tour including sex museum

Explore Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District and see a side of Dutch culture many visitors miss on this private walking tour. With your guide to lead the way, walk through the narrow streets and discover local landmarks like the Oude Kerk (Old Church)—Amsterdam’s oldest building. Gain insight into the city’s liberal sex industry, and find out about the city’s thriving café culture. Admission to the Sex Museum is included.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Amsterdam walking tour of the Red Light District and Old Town

Meet your guide in front of the Central Station of Amsterdam at the tram B sign. From here you will walk to the “Red Light District”. The first part of the tour leads through an old sailor neighborhood called the Zeedijk Street and Amsterdam’s famous Chinatown. This part of the Red Light District used to be a no-go area but has totally changed to a safe and friendly part of the city. In this area you will see sights like Amsterdam’s Buddist Temple, pub the Ape and the Waag.Then walk to the Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam, here we are in the center of the Red light District. In this area you will see many things like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, the first coffeeshop, an indoor prostitute street and many smartshops. Walk through the famous prostitute streets with the red lights and learn about the history and current situation of the Red Light District. Learn why prostitution is legalized and how the name “coffeeshop” was created.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Amsterdam Red Light District tour in German

Meet your guide in front of the Central Station of Amsterdam at the tram B sign. From here you will walk to the “Red Light District”. The first part of the tour leads through an old sailor neighborhood called the Zeedijk Street and Amsterdam’s famous Chinatown. This part of the Red Light District used to be a no-go area but has totally changed to a safe and friendly part of the city. In this area you will see sights like Amsterdam’s Buddist Temple, pub the Ape and the Waag.Then walk to the Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam, here we are in the center of the Red light District. In this area you will see many things like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, the first coffeeshop, an indoor prostitute street and many smartshops. Walk through the famous prostitute streets with the red lights and learn about the history and current situation of the Red Light District. Learn why prostitution is legalized and how the name “coffeeshop” was created.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Red Light District Tour with Holland's Most Famous Sex Workers

Enjoy a rare and unique experience of Amsterdam during a Red Light District tour with some of the Netherlands’ most famous sex workers. Having worked in the Amsterdam Red Light District for 50 years, your sex worker guides promise to provide local insight into the area that you won’t find in the guide books. Plus, you’ll explore on foot for a more intimate glimpse into the the world-famous canalside district.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Amsterdam tip-based Red Light District Walking Tour

The red-light district is undoubtedly controversial and daunting because prostitution, freedom and tolerance converge in this one place. With our professional guides from 360 Amsterdam, discover the red-light district in a 1,5-hour tip-based tour. Surprise yourself with the sex industry in the oldest part of the city, discover its secrets and visit the most hidden places which otherwise you wouldn’t have found. Join our Amsterdam's red-light district tour and listen to one of our expert guides on how sex workers operate in the red-light district and the legislation. Admire the century-old churches and the architecture of the district.
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
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5D porn cinema & Red Light District Small Group Tour

With this 1.5 hour guided walking tour you will wander alongside the enchanting canals, within the famous red lights. History, culture, art, drugs, daily routines and design are combined in one tour, so you will see the Red Light District from every perspective. A special collaboration with 5D PORN cinema is included, an experience that pleases all 5 of your senses via a series of built-in contraptions (3D enabled screen, motion seats, air jets and water cannons that all move or fire in time with the action). The 5D PORN movie is made in collaboration with famous Dutch porn star, Kim Holland. So don't miss out on this opportunity to get energised, and then process "what just happened"At the end of the tour you will receive a small Dutch present that will definitely make you laugh.
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes
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ticket to worlds first 5dporn cinema : adres Oudekerksplein 18 Amsterdam

a 5d erotic movie experience like you have never seen before. You wil see the redlight district of Amsterdam in a funny, sexy way. All shots are taken in the redlight district of Amsterdam.The experience features moving chairs as well as air , wind, water, snow and much more to stimulate all five senses.You will have an experience that exist nowhere else in the world.Bring your friends, your men/women, or come alone. It is fun for everybody.
  • Duration: 6 minutes
  • Duration: 6 minutes
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Amsterdam Red Light District Interactive self-guided tour with mobile app

If you are intrigued by Amsterdam’s Red Light District but need some help in navigating at night on your own, then this 2-hour self-guided walking tour is ideal for you. You will wander through the sinful streets and explore their surprising nocturnal life.Discover what Amsterdam’s oldest and most controversial neighborhood has to offer – from coffee houses and jazz clubs to sex theatres and smartshops. Learn about the realities and legends of this legendary district.The tour will show you the Condomerie, the Old Church, Warmoestraat – the hardcore Leather neighborhood – S&M specialist sex shops, video cabins, elite streets, the Prostitution Information Center, Newmarket, and much more. The tour finishes at the famous Belushi's Bar.Turn your phone into a personal guide and discover new interesting places of Amsterdam’s Red Light District.— You are independent of a guide or a group tour.— You control the tour.— All content is in your language.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus you’ll pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
  • Duration: 2 days
  • Duration: 2 days
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1-Hour Luxury Canal Tour starting at Anne Frank House Amsterdam

Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The 1-hour cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Amsterdam Day Trip from Brussels

Witness the winding waterways and beautiful architecture of Holland’s picturesque capital on a full-day trip to Amsterdam from Brussels. Cross the Dutch border after a short and scenic journey in a comfortable coach and immerse yourself in the quaint canals, cobbled streets and ambient squares of Amsterdam; customize your itinerary according to your interests and enjoy leisurely independent exploration of the city on arrival. Experience a canal ride in order to see the city from an alternative perspective and enjoy convenient round-trip transportation from your Brussels hotel.
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 11 hours 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

Take an adults-only walking tour through Amsterdam’s Red Light District accompanied by a guide. Visit the Museum of Prostitution and stroll narrow streets, such as Zeedijk, as you explore ‘De Wallen’ in safety. Discover the history of this centuries-old profession while you walk past the windows and learn the function of the red lights.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

Discover hidden corners in Amsterdam’s scenic waterways unreachable by many boats on this 1-hour canal cruise. Aboard a solar-powered vessel, hear tales with your audio-guide while snapping photos of the historical waterfront sights. Pass highlights such as the Anne Frank House and the Golden Bend district with its grand manor houses. A variety of departure times makes this a convenient sightseeing activity.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Duration: 1 hour
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Amsterdam Walking Tour

This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the Anne Frank House, the Rembrandt House Museum and the infamous Red Light District. During this 3-hour morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Amsterdam Combo: Heineken Experience & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Combine two of Amsterdam’s top-selling experiences and save money with a Super Saver Heineken Experience and canal cruise package—a convenient and budget-friendly choice that’s ideal for first-time visitors. Guarantee your entry to the often sold-out Heineken Experience by booking in advance and get unobstructed views of Amsterdam’s UNESCO-listed waterways, without the crowds on land, during a canal cruise—a quintessential Amsterdam experience.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Small-Group Amsterdam Bike Tour

Cycle along Amsterdam’s flat and open city streets on this 2- or 3-hour guided bike tour. Explore the historic city at a leisurely pace as you pedal alongside the UNESCO-listed canals and visit the green oasis of Vondel Park. Pass top attractions like the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum, and check out Amsterdam’s oldest neighborhood, the Red Light District. This small-group tour is capped at 12 people, ensuring you’ll receive personalized attention from your informative guide.
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
  • Duration: 2 to 3 hours
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Full-Day Super Saver: Guided Amsterdam City Tour + Delft, The Hague & Madurodam

Enjoy two top-selling Holland tours in one memorable day. See Amsterdam on a city tour combined with an afternoon trip to Delft and The Hague with this Amsterdam Super Saver. Listen to guided commentary as your coach passes by popular attractions including the Royal Palace, the Skinny Bridge and the Red Light District. Later, witness how Delft pottery is produced at De  Delftse Pauw, view the Binnenhof and the Peace Palace, and admire Dutch landmarks in miniature at Madurodam.
  • Duration: 10 hours
  • Duration: 10 hours
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Amsterdam City Bike Tour

Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on an exciting 3-hour bike tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. Follow a professional guide through the quaint waterways and winding cobbled streets of the city and discover an eclectic selection of sights off the conventional tourists trail. Glide past the ambient Dam Square; see the historical landmarks and illuminated doorways of the infamous Red Light District; and delve into the rich history and 'coffee shop' culture of the city with your knowledgeable guide.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour

Feel the pulse of Amsterdam’s Red Light District and coffee shops on 2.5-hour walking tour with a local guide. As you stroll the cobbled lanes, see red-lit windows, sex shops and erotic theaters; and listen as your guide separates facts from fiction about the area’s past and the legalization of prostitution in 2000. Visit one of Amsterdam’s cozy coffee shops (if option selected), famous for their cannabis culture; and learn about Amsterdam’s liberal approach to marijuana. Upgrade to include admission to the Sexmuseum, whose exhibits chart eye-popping erotica through the ages.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Amsterdam Super Saver: Van Gogh Museum Entrance Ticket & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Home to some of the world’s most iconic Van Gogh paintings, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum attracts lines often in excess of two hours. Beat the crowds with this admission ticket that also includes a 1-hour canal cruise, during which you’ll get unobstructed views of Amsterdam’s waterside attractions. This stress-free combo ticket is an ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time in the Dutch capital.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Small open boat - All drinks included - Luxurious 70 minutes canal cruise

The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during a 1-hour canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, more than 10 departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Duration: 1 hour 10 minutes
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