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Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Private Tour

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From $93.91

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Feel the pulse of Amsterdam’s Red Light District and coffee shops on a private 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. Discover Amsterdam's coffee shop culture or upgrade to include admission to the Sexmuseum, whose exhibits chart eye-popping erotica through the ages.
  • Hear the facts and fiction behind Amsterdam’s tolerant attitudes and laws
  • Learn about the area’s colorful past and how prostitution came to be legalized
  • Visit a vibrant coffee shop to learn about Amsterdam's coffee shop culture
  • Upgrade to visit the Sexmuseum, a showcase of historical erotic art and objects

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Private tour
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • ParkBee NH Collection Amsterdam Barbizon Palace
    Prins Hendrikkade 59, 1012 AD Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Meet the guide in front of the entrance of the ‘Barbizon Palace Hotel NH collection’, located at the Prins Hendrikkade 59, 1012 AD Amsterdam.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

Hopefully such small private tours will continue to be allowed, because this was not really a tour - it was an opportunity to experience a very real place with someone who was more than a local friend than a guide.
254 reviews
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Highly recommend!
Alexa_M, Jan 2023
This was one of the highlights of our trip! The tour was great and exceeded our expectations. Our tour guide Gavin was very knowledgeable and friendly, making the tour very enjoyable. Highly recommend!
Taylor_S, Jan 2023
Craig was an incredibly knowledgeable, fun and personable tour guide! Our tour was just us (2 ppl) so he was able to customize the tour to exactly what we wanted to see and hear AND he walked us to our dinner reservation afterwards. We would recommend this tour to anyone in Amsterdam looking to learn more about its history and culture. Craig was an amazingly fun guide, full of information and we would love to be his friend!! 10/10 tour, absolutely loved it.
Amazing tour, must book
Amy_A, Jan 2023
Catherine was so lovely and knew so much about Amsterdam!! The tour was fascinating and we would recommend it to anyone!!
Excellent guide and tour
Geraldine_G, Jan 2023
Excellent tour. Craig was very “in tune” to what we wanted to see. He answered all questions with expertise and humor. Craig was knowledgeable and friendly. Craig is an excellent tour guide. Thanks!
Good introduction to the Red light district
John_K, Dec 2022
Very informative and learned a lot about the city, red light district, and coffee shops. It was cold and rainy, but still had a good time.
A unique experience
Robert_L, Dec 2022
A very unique tour. The Red Light District is unlike anything I have ever seen before. The guide did a great job and I would certainly recommend this tour to anyone visiting Amsterdam.
Tour guide was fabulous...
David_S, Dec 2022
Tour guide was fabulous and very insightful. Would recommend to anyone traveling to Amsterdam and spending more than a day here
Red Light history
AnneG, Dec 2022
Our tour guide was very personable and knowledgeable. We learned a lot of history and interesting details. We all 3 really enjoyed it.
Best tour ever with Catherine
Shannon_E, Dec 2022
I absolutely loved this tour with Catherine. We spent 10 days traveling Europe and this tour was the highlight of our trip. Catherine was very knowledgeable and told us some history about Amsterdam which helped us better understand why the red district was the way it was when we got there. She makes you feel comfortable with any types of questions you may have and you can tell she loves her job. I would come back and take this same tour again, especially if I am traveling with other friends/family.
Brian_M, Dec 2022
Our guide Gio was an excellent guide with so much knowledge about the city, Red lights and the coffeeshops. Especially the laws behind the coffeeshops were shocking to us. We had never expected the tour to be such an eye opener. Thank you Gio for the unique experience.
Red Light, Green Light
Aaron_B, Dec 2022
This tour was a great introduction to the area and history. Craig was personable, knowledgeable and fun!
Katherine, our tour...
Michelle_O, Nov 2022
Katherine, our tour guide, was very knowledgeable about the history of old Town Amsterdam and the Red Light Dustrict. Her ability to put in context was educational and entertaining. Take this tour without preconceived notions and you will love it!
Great time
Julie_M, Nov 2022
Ari was fantastic! Very knowledgeable and we had a great experience! Such interesting history of the whole city!
I give I give this tour of my highest recommendations.
Randal_B, Nov 2022
What a great experience we had with Catherine She was extremely knowledgeable Not only about the history Of Amsterdam But her perspective she gave us on the culture of the people was very helpful and presented in such a way to understand it. The tour covered what was proposed in the summary we signed up for but was way beyond our expectations in a very positive way. This was our first night in Amsterdam and I was hoping for this experience to really get an overview with the city, the people and the culture. I give this tour of my highest recommendations.
Wonderful educational tour!
John_W, Nov 2022
Phenomenal tour with Lorraine(?). She was an expat from the States and a wealth of information. Very informative, educational, and entertaining tour and recommend without reservation!
Fun and informative walking tour!
Eumir_S, Nov 2022
We really had so much fun with Aarre! He's very energetic and knowledgeable! Easy to understand and very interesting, it helps that he has an American accent which made us understand his explanations of the tour. Value for money at its best. I and my wife really enjoyed and learned a lot about Amsterdam's red-light district.
Red Light Tour
Emily_B, Nov 2022
I had a private tour with Scarlett recently while I was in Amsterdam. Scarlett exceeded my expectations with her wealth of knowledge of the history of the city. She did a great job and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a private tour. I met some people the next night and was so excited to tell them many of the things I learned.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Interesting and informative tour!!
srscheiner, Nov 2022
My family of 5 had an informative and fun tour of the Red Light District with Scarlett. She took the time to explain the history of the district, and answer our many, many questions. Wished we could have toured with her for a few more hours - loved learning from her and hearing her stories!
1 traveler found this review helpful
My English and Red Lights
Larysa_A, Oct 2022
Hello. This tour was very funny. I have a lot of surprises in this day . Only the most memorable parts 😜. At once , it was difficult to meet the guide, Again, the tour was in the foreign language. My English was not so good, but I don't worry and I will to try speak English as same as my guide:) Amsterdam is magic and colorful sity.
1 traveler found this review helpful
A must if you don’t want to walk alone
Ira_K, Oct 2022
Being in Amsterdam, I felt it was a must to tour the red light district, but, did not feel comfortable waking around without any base knowledge. It was great having a local walk us through and explain the culture and industry that draws thousands to this area daily.
1 traveler found this review helpful


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