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Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

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.
  • Amsterdam Red Light District tour
  • Escorted walking tour through Amsterdam's Red Light District
  • Visit to the Museum of Prostitution
  • Enlightening insights into the oldest profession in the world

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This tour shares the history of the area's sex trade in a welcoming environment perfect for solo travelers wary about exploring on their own. At the Museum of Prostitution, check out the second-story red-light window, which garners glances from pedestrians outside.

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • Entrance ticket to the Red Light Secrets Museum
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop off

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • Tours & Tickets Damrak 26, Damrak 26, 1012 LJ Amsterdam, Netherlands

Departure Time

5:00 PM

Return Details

  • Anne Frank House, Westermarkt 20, 1016 GV Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Tour ends in front of the Anne Frank House

What To Expect

Meet your guide in central Amsterdam for an evening walking tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, known as De Wallen in Dutch.

You’ll start with a visit to the Museum of Prostitution, where you can peek behind the scenes of the world’s oldest profession. See displays that include costumes and props used from past to present.

Strolling with your guide through a network of narrow streets, including Zeedijk — a once well-known spot for sailors seeking night amusements — you’ll learn that the shady bars and disreputable clientele are long gone from what was once a dangerous area.

You’ll pass through a welcoming destination filled with plenty of friendly pubs and restaurants, alongside strip clubs, sex shops, and coffee shops.

During the 2-hour tour, have a look at the exteriors of some 300 “kamers,” or cabins, where you might catch a glimpse behind glass windows illuminated with red lights.

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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 18 years
  • This tour is intended for adults only. You must be at least 18 years or older to participate in this tour. You will be required to provide identification verifying your birth date at the start of the tour. By offering this tour through its website, Viator and its affiliates shall not be construed as facilitating the purchase, sale, use or distribution of illegal substances. Viator and its affiliates do not condone the use of illegal substances.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
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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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I'd say do one or the other, but both are not necessary.
Adam was a great tour guide, explaining the history of how it all started So crowded Watch out for the bikes!
Group size (16) was appropriate in the narrow, busy streets.
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Fantastic Tour Guide
Josh_N, Feb 2020
Juan took us for our tour. He was extremely interesting to listen to and clearly knew a lot about the history of the Red Light District. Glad we had the chance to do it before they close the tours.
Horrible experience
allisonjohansen, Feb 2020
The address given on the ticket (not the name of the location but the address itself) is wrong. I missed my tour because of this and am so frustrated. When I called the number on the ticket they referred me to the office. I walk to the office where the woman gives me an email address for customer service. Customer service sends me an aw-shucks-how-terrible-for-you email. This company is very unreliable and unhelpful
Response from Host, Feb 2020
Dear Allison, Thank you for your feedback, this is really important to improve our services and activities. Comments and observations of our clients are really precious for a business like ours. We are sorry to hear that you missed your tour s and we would like to discuss it further through the email if you like. Please contact us at: excursions@lindbergh.nl
Disappointing
James_S, Nov 2019
We found this to be the biggest letdown of the entire trip. The guide (Eddie) was extremely pleasant but it was frankly very boring.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Not worth it
Roger P, Oct 2019
They over booked our tour and instead of offering a refund right away, they tried to blame it on us for 20 minutes.After finally admitting it was their fault they got someone to accept a refund so we could get started. The guide was knowledgeable but there were no listening devices so she was difficult to hear. We didn’t really see that many prostitutes but it was early in the evening. Maybe they should start later.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Chantal is AMAZING!!
Rita_B, Oct 2019
This was a very fun and informative tour. Our tour guide, Chantal was very knowledgeable and energetic. She kept a great pace and made sure that we all stayed together. I was pleasantly surprised by her wealth of information. I would love to come back and visit again some time!
Worthwhile and well done
David_G, Oct 2019
I was a little apprehensive before we went on this walk but the guide was informative, non judgemental and provided a great many interesting facts about the world's oldest profession. Worth the money
We were grateful to have Chantelle as our guide!
Laurie S, Sep 2019
Thank you for the wonderful experience of the Red Light District. Chantelle was very informative and enthusiastic! Really enjoyed our tour!!
Worst Tour Ever
Renata F, Sep 2019
The tour guide, Begoña, had a poor command of English and spoke so quietly that we couldn’t hear a thing the whole time because the area is so noisy. Also, she made a few racist remarks that bothered me and my partner, such as: “you won’t find women from places like Sweden or Switzerland doing this kind of work. These sex workers come from places like Russia, Africa and South America”. How stupid is that comment? Let me break the news: prostitutes come from all over the world and it’s not cool to stereotype certain groups of people because of your narrow-minded views. She spoke so much about stigma, and there she was, making women from the “not so-good countries” sound inferior. Then she decided to continue with her ignorant remarks by saying that women who are trafficked for prostitution also come from poor countries. Human trafficking happens EVERYWHERE! It’s a worldwide issue. Please lady, make all of us a favor and go get another job.
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Bruno_W, Sep 2019
I can't rate this... I found the red light district but the area is somewhat confusing and I was not able to find the place for the tour. It was past the start time so I abandoned my search. My advice, find where you need to go well in advance. Unfortunately, I did not have enough time to do so.
Walking tour of the Red light district, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Coastal41777526722, Sep 2019
Well organized and very informative. Viviana was very knowledgeable and really brought a new perspective on what was going on yesterday, today and in the future. Safe and fun. Loved it.
Informative
Susan_D, Sep 2019
If you had been on any other tours in Amsterdam i would suggest walking the RLD on your own. The guide was very knowledgeable and was fluently speaking in English and Spanish. However tours of the RLD are not permitted after 7 pm. I would say only about 20% of the windows were actually occupied at that time. The guide walks rather quickly down the dark ally’s the windows are located and you have walked by before you even realize there is someone in the window. Information provided about the architecture and area was nice but i was more interested in the history of the Sex trade workers themselves. I found that was only about 25% min of the tour. They try to sell it that most of the woman choose to be there which i question why then are most only working for less than 5 years. Some locals say these woman come to Amsterdam for a better life and are sponsored by pimps who take their passports once they arrive and are forced to work until they earn their passport back. Some say pimping is not allowed in Amsterdam but the owners of the buildings that rent out the rooms to the girls are essentially pimps. There are numerous sex toy shops to see but if you are interested in walking through you are doing it on your own later anyway. So take a tour of Amsterdam and learn the history and archetype of the country then walk the RLD on your own later at night and walk where you want at your own speed. Be respectful.
Elzabé
Elzab_H, Aug 2019
It was quite interesting! Find the location and ally’s very dirty! We had a good tour guide- very professional and friendly
Red light walk
Niall_F, Aug 2019
Juan was great. Informative and tasteful. Group size (16) was appropriate in the narrow, busy streets.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Red Light District
Robert_H, Aug 2019
Our tour guide was very informative. We got to see all different elements of the district. Enjoyed it very much
1 traveler found this review helpful
Worst tour experience I've had
kleadugan, Jul 2019
First, the group was way too large for a tour in a congested and tight space. A quarter of the group left within the first 10 minutes. Second, the guide seemed very nice, but English was not her first language and she was not proficient enough in English to do an English tour. She was constantly scanning for words to use, said "ummmmm" in between each word, and had difficultly answering questions. It was distracting and difficult to understand her, but it also was very remedial. I knew more about the area by reading about it beforehand. Lastly, it was blazing hot outside and she kept having us stand facing the sun. A couple of people were standing away from the group in the shade so they could see and she kept asking them to rejoin the group, completely oblivious to the discomfort of the group. I don't know how the tour ended up because we left about 25 minutes in. It was not worth the $62.78 we paid. Refunding this money would be the right thing to do as I don't think we will use Viator again otherwise.
Tour was Average
Lloyd_L, Jul 2019
Enjoyed the Red Light Walking Tour but did have a little difficulty understanding our guide. He was from the Canary Islands and very pleasant but English was not his first language & had to stand close to him to understand what he was saying.
Fun and more fun
Kanchana_S, Jul 2019
The tour guide was a young lady and she made it so much fun - giving us the history and details. She had a good sense of humor
Red Light District Walking Tour
Patricia_D, Jun 2019
Really liked the tour. It gave an insight into the oldest profession. Although our tour guide Begonia was Spanish, she was easy to understand and answered all our questions. She was thorough and considerate of the elderly, slower walkers. However, the tour did not live up to its advertisement, which said it included a sample of Dutch delicacies including cheese an genever. This is false advertising.
Terrible
Joe R, Jun 2019
My wife and I were in the air or waiting on a plane for 24 hours...got to Amsterdam at 2pm and were supposed to tour at 5pm.....we were wiped out and tried to cancel but were refused.
Enlightenment
Christine W, Jun 2019
What an insight into the history of prostitution and the drug culture in Amsterdam! Charlie, our guide, was witty and entertaining while creating a whole new understanding amongst the 19 of us in the group. Excellent value
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