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Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)
Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

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15,004 Reviews
Oudezijds Kolk to Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam

The Basics

The Red Light District is best explored on foot or by bike. Walking tours (or group pub crawls) typically provide a deep-dive into the neighborhood’s history and culture, while bike tours offer a broader overview of Amsterdam and allow you to visit the Red Light District and 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 also include admission to popular attractions such as the Sex Museum, Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, or one of the Netherlands’ legendary coffee shops.

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Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide
Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide
$82.33 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Martin was the best
Martin was our guide and to say the least, he was very good at his job. He knows EVERYTHING about sex and drugs and was eager to share. He had a good sense of humor and his jokes were good. We learned alot about the politics, health care, benefits, and exactly how the free drugs and legal sex works. Very fascinating.
Tanisha, Mar 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

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Fun and good learning experience
Hafeeza_W, Sep 2021
Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
Felicia was great and very transparent. We learned a lot and felt a lot more knowledgable about safety in the red light district.
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Great tour
forddiane, Sep 2021
Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local
Our guide Willem was great. He has lived in the area for many years. We did a 2 hour walking tour and learned a lot about the history of the area. We had the choice of how much time to spend in red light district vs historical area. We opted for more history … a little of the red light district was enough for us. But Willem tailors the trip to your preference.
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If you're nosy, this tour will satisfy your curiosity
Alan_D, Sep 2021
Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
The retired sex worker walked us around the red light district and explained what life was like in the 10 years that she worked in that industry. She answered all of our questions. She was very open and honest. If you are interested in finding out about the life of a sex worker, this tour will satisfy your curiosity. This tour met our expectations.
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A must do in Amsterdam
Aiden_e, Aug 2021
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
We highly recommend this tour! The guide Tony showed us the entire red light district and made the tour exciting, interesting and fun. An absolute must do in Amsterdam! :)
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Good Intro to the Red Light District
M_Lofton, Aug 2021
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
This was a nice tour. I enjoyed walking through the neighborhoods and hearing about the evolution of the Red Light district. Jon was great and gave good details about the area.
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Best Guide and Tour in Amsterdam.
Chuck_B, Sep 2021
Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
Very informative. Our guide was very knowledgeable and answered every question we asked. Tour was better than We expected.
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Fun times!
Aida_M, Mar 2020
Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide
Awesome time with friends lots of laughs, and tour guide was great. He had lots of information of the area...
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Excellent and informative
AzK, Feb 2020
Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide
Excellent tour. David the your guide (from Canada) living in Amsterdam, a knowledgeable historian and excellent story teller. Covered a lot of information that we wouldn't know otherwise. He well explained the driving stories behind the Red light district, the religious, economic and legislative factors are interesting to learn and comprehend the reasons behind it. Unfortunately as of April 1st, 2020, the City of Amsterdam has banned to guided tours to the Red Light District.
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Guide Good job
Dafne_M, Feb 2020
Private Amsterdam Red Light District tour including sex museum
Guide was excellent so passionate about his job! We really enjoyed it and learned so much. Great way to talk about perspectives.
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Excellent
James_B, Sep 2021
Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
This was a excellent tour. Our guide, a former sex worker, gave inside knowledge of her trade. She was very open about her work and and answered any questions we had. I recommend this tour.
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Great snack tour!
majeancurtis, Feb 2020
Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour
Lorenzo was a knowledgeable and laid back guide. Good amount of time spent at interesting spots on the tour and the snacks were a nice touch.
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A must do!
michellekirk, Jan 2020
Private Amsterdam walking tour of the Red Light District and Old Town
Our guide Stan made this an excellent experience. We really recommend doing the tour with him since he is a great guide! He showed us many sights and streets we would never found by ourselves. Highly recommended!

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.

  • Sex work is legal and regulated in Amsterdam.

  • 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.

  • The Red Light District is wheelchair accessible but some of the neighborhood's attractions may not be.

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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. The neighborhood itself is easy to explore on foot.

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When to Get There

You can visit the Red Light District year-round; don’t forget your rain jacket if you’re headed there during winter. Arrive after dark to see the area’s bustling nightlife or explore the neighborhood's appeal by day and see a different side to the Red Light District.

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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.

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Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)