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Amsterdam Red Light District Tours

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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
Admission: Free
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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.
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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.
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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.
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International Group Amsterdam Historical Bike Tour

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Efteling Theme Park Ticket & 1-Hour Amsterdam Canal Cruise

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Amsterdam Walking Tour

Trace more than eight centuries of Dutch history and cultural traditions on a walking tour of Amsterdam, led by a professional guide. Stroll past top attractions such as the Royal Palace, Rembrandt House Museum and thought-provoking Anne Frank House, and visit hot spots including Dam Square and the Red Light District. Stop en route to sample typical snacks and a shot of local gin. Upgrade to add on a canal cruise through the World Heritage–listed waterways.
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Last Chance!! Amsterdam Red Light District: Guided Night Walk and Party

Explore Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District on an approximately 2-hour guided evening walking tour. Stroll by the red-lit window cabins of the cobbled alleyways of De Wallen, and learn about the area’s history and Amsterdam’s progressive approach to prostitution. Sample a traditional jenever Dutch gin at a distillery. Your guide will make your tour educational and fun, cultivating a party mood while expanding on the area's history.
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Kickstart your visit to Amsterdam with this private, 1.5-hour tour of the city’s hotspots, culture and can’t-miss attractions. Stroll through some of the most interesting areas, like Dam Square and the Red Light District, while a friendly guide shares insight and tips on the best places to shop, dine and explore like a local.
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Private Walking Tour of Coffee Shops and Red Light District in Amsterdam

Learn about Amsterdam’s rich history and liberal policies on a private 3-hour tour of the Dutch capital’s coffee shops and Red Light District. Alongside a knowledgeable guide, you’ll learn about the legalization of cannabis and prostitution in the Netherlands as you visit three inviting coffee shops. Absorb the vibrant ambiance of an Irish pub, stroll down the renowned Reguliersdwarsstraat and visit secretive medieval sites. On this private tour, you’ll see an alternative side of Amsterdam while receiving personalized attention from your guide.  
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Luxury canal cruise (open boat)

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Cultural Tours

VIP Guided Red Light District Walking Tour

Get an insider glimpse into the Amsterdam Red Light district, undoubtedly the city’s most enigmatic neighborhood, on a behind-the-scenes tour that includes a meeting with a worker. You’ll listen to facts and stories about the Red Light District that aren’t in the guidebook and step inside a working brothel for a genuine perspective of the controversial area that’s rarely included on tours of the Red Light District.
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Cultural Tours

Amsterdam Red Light District Tour with Tasting

Uncover Amsterdam’s famously risqué side on a guided evening tour of the Red Light District. Kick off the night with a tasting of popular ‘oranjebitter’ liquor, and then head into the historic quarter known for its adult clubs and notorious red-and-blue windows used by sex workers. Learn the history of Amsterdam’s permissive attitude toward marijuana and prostitution, and pass by the area’s most talked-about erotic and historic attractions with a guide. When booking, you have the option to upgrade to include a nightlife ticket for two days of access to more than 15 clubs with drinks and welcome shots.
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Private Guided Walking Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District

Explore the epicenters of 'vice' in Amsterdam with this informative and entertaining 2.5-hour guided walking tour of the city's red-light district and its famous coffee-shop culture. Learn about the history of prostitution in Amsterdam and the currently policies about it. And then learn what coffee shop culture is here and the city's relationship with recreational drug usage.
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Beer & Brewery Tours

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Find beervana on this 3-hour evening Amsterdam beer tour that avoids the tourist-traps and showcases some of Amsterdam’s quality bars. An in-the-know guide takes a small group, limited to just 12 beer nuts, around the picturesque city to popular local watering holes, including a brewery in the Red Light District and a beer hall boasting more than 200 types of frothy goodness! Along the way, sample three beers and learn about the Netherlands' beer-brewing history.
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Private Sightseeing Tours

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Get the very best out of your Amsterdam visit with this essential 2-day private experience with a local insider. You'll check out all the must-sees and local insights of the city. This tour is ideal for short or long time visitors and for people who want to fulfill their expectations of the city.
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