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  • Address: South of Centraal Station, around Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Oudezijds Voorburgwal, Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Admission: Free

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Amsterdam Red Light District Tours

Beyond its salacious reputation and red-lit brothels, Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen) has some of the city's prettiest canals, excellent bars, welcoming restaurants, and plenty of shopping (not just for sex). Its winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys tell fascinating stories of the city's character, both richly historic and somewhat seedy. While this controversial neighborhood—one of Amsterdam’s oldest—might not be for everyone, the Red Light District has much more to offer than just the world’s oldest profession.

The Basics
You can explore the Red Light District on your own, but a great way to visit is on a guided walking or biking tour—some even safely take visitors through the area at night, when things are especially lively. Other tour options combine a district visit with admission to popular attractions such as the Sex Museum, the Red Light Secrets prostitution museum, Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, or one of the Netherlands’ legendary coffee shops. Exploring this area with an experienced tour guide can give you a peek into how the locals live—opt for a walking tour led by a former police officer and learn all about the Red Light District’s police history (which is long and fascinating) and other neighborhood secrets, or take a group pub-crawl tour of 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 and beware of pickpockets.
  • Taking photographs of the prostitutes in the windows is strictly forbidden. If you do, you may find yourself fishing your camera out of a canal.
  • If exploring the Red Light District on foot, at some point you'll likely find yourself on Warmoesstraat and Zeedijk—commercial thoroughfares filled with shops and restaurants.
  • While looking up at the scantily dressed women advertising their wares through full-length windows, also notice the beautiful gables and lovely Dutch architecture.

How to Get There
Amsterdam’s Red Light District is located just south of Centraal Station, around Oudezijds Achterburgwal and Oudezijds Voorburgwal—also known as De Wallen (the Walls) or De Walletjes (the Little Walls). To get there, take the tram to the Dam, then pass behind the Grand Hotel Krasnapolsky. Many guided city walking and biking tours will take you there as well, perhaps also with stops at the Van Gogh Museum, New Market Square, and more.

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.

Alternative Amsterdam
The famous Dutch laid-back attitude is very prevalent in the Red Light District, especially in the form of cannabis and prostitution. While smoking pot 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.

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Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam, ... 
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Half-Day Tour of Red Light District and Jordaan District with Private Guide in Amsterdam

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Discover Amsterdam's most important sites on this 4-hour walking tour with a private guide. Go to several areas like the Red Light District, the ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.23
Offbeat Amsterdam Red Light District Nighttime Walking Tour with a Local Guide, Amsterdam, Half-day ... 
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Offbeat Amsterdam Red Light District Nighttime Walking Tour with a Local Guide

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This tour has been recommended by Lonely Planet, The Telegraph, Fox News, Yahoo, the Huffington Post & The Culture Trip. Join this super interesting & ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $23.15
Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour, Amsterdam, Cultural Tours
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Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

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Take a walk on the wild side with a guided walking tour through Dark Amsterdam, the infamous Red Light District. Accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

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Amsterdam Pub Crawl, Amsterdam, Walking Tours
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Amsterdam Pub Crawl

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Do you like to party? Book Amsterdam's most famous pub crawl and party like never before. This walking tour is the ultimate way to discover the city and its ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Small-Group Amsterdam Historical Bike Tour, Amsterdam, Bar, Club & Pub Tours
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Small-Group Amsterdam Historical Bike Tour

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Join a 3-hour bike tour with an experienced multilingual guide through the old historic center of the city of Amsterdam. The tour goes along the well known ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

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Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local, Amsterdam, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

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Discover Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District during your 2-hour private tour with a local host, who will guide you through the narrow alleys and busy ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $24.30
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour, Amsterdam, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour

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Join this educational and amusing 2.5-hour private walking tour through Amsterdam and learn about the history of the city's famous Red Light District and ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Amsterdam Red Light District: Guided Night Walk and Party, Amsterdam, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Amsterdam Red Light District: Guided Night Walk and Party

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Explore COOL places in the summer and WARM places in the winter! Discover Amsterdam’s Red Light District at night in an approximately 2-hour walking tour ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $20.25
VIP Guided Red Light District Walking Tour, Amsterdam, Walking Tours
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VIP Guided Red Light District Walking Tour

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Join the most exclusive small group tour in the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Let your guide show you the Red Light District like you've never seen before. ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 90 minutes (approx.)

From USD $46.30
Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour, Amsterdam, Cultural Tours
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Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour

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Join this 2-hour private tour and experience Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District. Here you find many sights and hidden gems as well as several food places ...  Read more

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $39.35

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