Go back in time with this educational tour of Amsterdam's Red Light District. Led by a former cop who policed the area in the anything-goes era of the early 1980s, this 2-hour walking tour takes you through the formerly lawless neighborhood. Hear stories that took place during your guide's police beat investigating prostitution, drug activity, corruption and gambling and contrast that against the safe streets of today's Red Light district.
Meet your guide and group at the tourist information center at Amsterdam's Central Station. After brief introductions, set off for the Netherlands' famous Red Light District.
As you walk, listen to engaging narrative from your guide, a former cop who patrolled this area in the lawless 1970s and 1980s. Learn how drugs, prostitution, gambling and violent crime plagued the area. You'll also hear stories of the community spirit and collaboration that helped fight those influences and partially led the Red Light District to become what it is today: an area for safe, legalized prostitution and one of the city's hottest nightlife districts. Visit the former police station and the formerly dangerous Zeedijk Street. See where your guide used to hang out and perform his undercover work and the residence of a former criminal mastermind. Follow the escape routes used by drug dealers and other criminals who eluded cops in the area.
After 2 hours, you'll end your tour with a much better understanding of one of Amsterdam's most famous neighborhoods.