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Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen) Tours

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Most famous for its streetside brothels, Amsterdam's Red Light District (De Wallen) also houses scenic canals, bustling restaurants, bars, and plenty of shopping. While this controversial neighborhood may not be for everyone, its winding cobblestone streets and narrow alleys evoke Amsterdam’s rich history and laid-back culture. 

The Basics
The Red Light District is best explored on foot or by bike. Walking tours typically provide a deep-dive into the neighborhood’s history and culture, while bike tours provide a broader overview of the city and allow you to visit the Red Light District along with 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 include admission to popular attractions such as the Sex Museum, the Red Light Secrets museum, Madame Tussauds Amsterdam, or one of the Netherlands’ legendary coffee shops. Opt for a walking tour led by a former police officer to learn about the district’s storied police history, or take a group pub-crawl tour to explore 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 as pickpockets are still common.
  • 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.

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. 

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. Arrive after dark to see the area’s bustling nightlife. 

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.

Address: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Admission: Free
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Amsterdam Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour With Local GuideCultural Tours

Amsterdam Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour With Local Guide

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Explore Amsterdam’s iconic Red Light District on this short walking tour introduces you to the controversial enclave, which is home to a mix of art galleries, sex theaters, coffee shops, and red-lit windows. Stroll the cobblestoned streets and learn about the district and its history from a local guide.
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Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local GuidePrivate and Luxury

Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide

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Discover the buzzing nightlife and racy reputation of Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District on this walking tour. Wind your way through the streets of Amsterdam’s most iconic neighborhood and embrace the weird, wonderful and wacky! Along the way, see oddities like the world’s first condom shop and the Museum of Prostitution; weave through colorful Chinatown, and snap photos of Amsterdam’s scenic canal ways.
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Private Amsterdam Red Light District tour including sex museum Private and Luxury

Private Amsterdam Red Light District tour including sex museum

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Explore Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District and see a side of Dutch culture many visitors miss on this private walking tour. With your guide to lead the way, walk through the narrow streets and discover local landmarks like the Oude Kerk (Old Church)—Amsterdam’s oldest building. Gain insight into the city’s liberal sex industry, and find out about the city’s thriving café culture. Admission to the Sex Museum is included.
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Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking TourCultural Tours

Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour

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Discover Amsterdam’s infamous Red Light District during this small-group guided walking tour. Led by a sex worker, this tour sheds light on the often misunderstood area that has made Amsterdam so famous. She explains all about her job, how prostitution functions in the Netherlands and more while you stroll along the canals and alleyways of the area.
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Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop TourPrivate and Luxury

Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour

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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.
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VIP Guided Red Light District Walking TourFull-day Tours

VIP Guided Red Light District Walking Tour

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Get an insider glimpse into the Amsterdam Red Light district, undoubtedly the city’s most enigmatic neighborhood, on a behind-the-scenes tour that includes a meeting with a worker. Listen to facts and stories about the Red Light District that aren’t in the guidebook and step inside a working brothel for a genuine perspective of the controversial area that’s rarely included on tours of the Red Light District.
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Last Chance!! Amsterdam Red Light District: Guided Night Walk and PartyCultural Tours

Last Chance!! Amsterdam Red Light District: Guided Night Walk and Party

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Explore Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District on an approximately 2-hour guided evening walking tour. Stroll by the red-lit window cabins of the cobbled alleyways of De Wallen, and learn about the area’s history and Amsterdam’s progressive approach to prostitution. Sample a traditional jenever Dutch gin at a distillery. Your guide will make your tour educational and fun, cultivating a party mood while expanding on the area's history.
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City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat OptionBus Tours

City Sightseeing Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Tour with Boat Option

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See Amsterdam at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, including the option of a hop-on hop-off tour by boat. Select a 24- or 48-hour ticket with 11 bus stops around town, enhanced by optional sightseeing around Amsterdam’s postcard-perfect network of waterways on the canal cruise. From the open-top double-decker bus, you pass by the Anne Frank House, National Maritime Museum, Heineken Experience and eclectic neighborhoods like Jordaan and the historical Red Light District, where you can disembark to explore.
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Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour

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Discover the truth behind the famous Amsterdam Red Light District on a private 2-hour tour, a great way for first-time visitors to orient themselves in the Netherlands’ capital. As you stroll along the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring, you’ll pass Oude Kerk (Old Church) and explore Chinatown. Plus, stop to sample three Dutch specialities, including cheese, kroket (croquette), and stroopwafel (thin waffles).
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Private Amsterdam walking tour of the Red Light District and Old Town Private and Luxury

Private Amsterdam walking tour of the Red Light District and Old Town

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Meet your guide in front of the Central Station of Amsterdam at the tram B sign. From here you will walk to the “Red Light District”. The first part of the tour leads through an old sailor neighborhood called the Zeedijk Street and Amsterdam’s famous Chinatown. This part of the Red Light District used to be a no-go area but has totally changed to a safe and friendly part of the city. In this area you will see sights like Amsterdam’s Buddist Temple, pub the Ape and the Waag. Then walk to the Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam, here we are in the center of the Red light District. In this area you will see many things like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, the first coffeeshop, an indoor prostitute street and many smartshops. Walk through the famous prostitute streets with the red lights and learn about the history and current situation of the Red Light District. Learn why prostitution is legalized and how the name “coffeeshop” was created.
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1,5 Hour Walking Tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District With a LocalCultural Tours

1,5 Hour Walking Tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District With a Local

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Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District is high on the must-see list for first-time visitors, but it can be hard to know where to start without a guide. Discover the best bars, clubs, and coffee shops on this evening walking tour, pass unique sights such as the world’s first condom shop and the Erotic Museum, and learn more about Amsterdam’s free-spirited culture.
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Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Amsterdam Highlights Small-Group Walking Tour

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This small-group walking tour, limited to just 12 people, gives you an intimate and insider’s view of the beautiful city of Amsterdam. An informative guide leads your group around Amsterdam’s historical center and past top attractions including Dam Square, the Royal Palace, Nieuwmarkt, and the infamous Red Light District. During this morning stroll, learn intriguing historical background and snap photos of the UNESCO-listed canals and 17th-century gabled houses.
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Amsterdam Red Light District tour in GermanPrivate and Luxury

Amsterdam Red Light District tour in German

Meet your guide in front of the Central Station of Amsterdam at the tram B sign. From here you will walk to the “Red Light District”. The first part of the tour leads through an old sailor neighborhood called the Zeedijk Street and Amsterdam’s famous Chinatown. This part of the Red Light District used to be a no-go area but has totally changed to a safe and friendly part of the city. In this area you will see sights like Amsterdam’s Buddist Temple, pub the Ape and the Waag. Then walk to the Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam, here we are in the center of the Red light District. In this area you will see many things like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, the first coffeeshop, an indoor prostitute street and many smartshops. Walk through the famous prostitute streets with the red lights and learn about the history and current situation of the Red Light District. Learn why prostitution is legalized and how the name “coffeeshop” was created.
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Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a LocalPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

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Discover the stories and secrets of Amsterdam’s most notorious neighborhood on a private tour of the Red Light District. Break away from the curious tourist throngs as a savvy local guide ushers you through hedonistic alleyways and past bars and cafes. Learn the history behind the city’s famously permissive culture and explore hidden spots beyond the glowing red lights and windows.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Open Boat - Small Group - from Anne Frank HouseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Luxury Open Boat - Small Group - from Anne Frank House

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Glide through Amsterdam's canals in style and comfort aboard a luxury open-air boat with no windows or walls between you and the sights. Settle into comfy cushioned seats, and warm up with provided blankets and a drink from the cash bar if the weather is chilly. The cruise departs multiple times daily from the Anne Frank House, so it's easy to fit into most sightseeing itineraries.
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Amsterdam Pub CrawlHalf-day Tours

Amsterdam Pub Crawl

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Discover Amsterdam’s vibrant nightlife on an evening pub crawl with a professional party-goer guide. Explore the city’s most exuberant nightlife haunts and absorb the electric atmosphere of bars, pubs and clubs. Socialize with fellow revelers; enjoy a complimentary drink in each venue; and gain free entry to Amsterdam’s most popular dance bars and clubs. Sip unlimited shots in the beginning and select from two different pub crawl routes depending on your interests and tastes.
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Small-Group Amsterdam Bike TourNature and Wildlife

Small-Group Amsterdam Bike Tour

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Cycle along Amsterdam’s flat and open city streets on this small-group guided bike tour. Explore the historic city at a leisurely pace as you pedal alongside the UNESCO-listed canals and visit the green oasis of Vondel Park. Pass top attractions like the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum, and check out Amsterdam’s oldest neighborhood, the Red Light District. This small-group tour is capped at 12 people, ensuring you receive personalized attention from your informative guide.
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Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guideDay Cruises

Open boat tour - All drinks included - 60 Minutes - Live guide

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The best way to explore the UNESCO-listed Amsterdam Canal Ring is indisputably by boat. Get a different perspective of the Dutch capital while avoiding the crowds on land during this relaxing canal cruise that, unlike other similar tours, includes unlimited Heineken beer, wine, and soft drinks for a budget-friendly price. Plus, several departure times throughout the day mean you can slot the cruise into almost any schedule.
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Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal CruiseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Combo: Van Gogh Museum & 1-Hour Canal Cruise

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Home to some of the world’s most iconic Van Gogh paintings, Amsterdam’s Van Gogh museum attracts lines often in excess of two hours. Beat the crowds with this priority admission ticket that also includes an Amsterdam canal cruise, during which you get unobstructed views of the city's waterside attractions. This stress-free combo ticket is an ideal choice for first-time visitors with limited time in the Dutch capital.
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Amsterdam City Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Amsterdam City Bike Tour

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Enjoy an alternative sightseeing experience of Amsterdam on an exciting bike tour of the dazzling Dutch capital. Follow a professional guide through the quaint waterways and winding cobbled streets of the city and discover an eclectic selection of sights off the conventional tourist trail. Delve into the rich history and 'coffee shop' culture of the city with your knowledgeable guide and get local recommendations from your local guide.
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Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMapPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

Amsterdam banned guided tours of its notorious Red Light District on 1 January 2020. But you can still learn the ins and outs of this fascinating area by downloading this great audio guide, which uses your phone’s GPS but works even when you’re offline. Learn about historic churches, flood defences, and Amsterdam history, and the role that legalized sex work has played in this tolerant city.
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Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open BoatDay Cruises

Amsterdam Sightseeing Canal Cruise by Semi-Open Boat

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Discover hidden corners in Amsterdam’s scenic waterways unreachable by many boats on this canal cruise. Aboard a solar-powered vessel, hear tales with your audio-guide while snapping photos of the historical waterfront sights. Pass highlights such as the Anne Frank House and the Golden Bend district with its grand manor houses. A variety of departure times makes this a convenient sightseeing activity.
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Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central StationDay Cruises

Amsterdam 1-Hour Canal Cruise from Central Station

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Discover the beautiful city of Amsterdam, known as the ‘Venice of the North,’ from the water on this sightseeing cruise. After reserving your preferred departure time, skip past any lines and set off on the UNESCO-listed waterways aboard a glass-topped canal boat. Glide under pretty bridges, past 17th-century buildings and landmarks like the Anne Frank House, and learn about the city’s history from the audio guide. Upgrade your canal cruise with a 1-Day Amsterdam Public Transport ticket which is valid on trams, buses, ferries, and the metro.
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Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch CheeseDay Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruise in Classic River Boat With Drinks & Dutch Cheese

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Cruise down the famous canals of Amsterdam during this 75-minute boat tour. Hop aboard the classic wooden saloon boat and sit back and enjoy the beautiful city pass you by. See landmarks while nibbling on Dutch cheese and having a drink.
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