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

Amsterdam Red Light District (De Wallen)

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
$81.76 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.
star-5
Fascinating
Karen_K, Oct 2021
Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
The guide was wonderful. She provided a fascinating insight into behind the scenes and working in the red light district. Highly recommended.
star-5
Highlight of our visit to Amsterdam!
Cory_H, Sep 2021
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
This tour is a MUST if you are planning on visiting the Red Light District area. Our guide Tony was very knowledgeable, entertaining and well informed. He seemed really passionate about the RLD area. The Red Light District is the oldest part of Amsterdam, so there is so much to learn about it. Really interesting!!
star-5
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.
star-5
She was very frank and...
Barbara_L, Sep 2021
Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
She was very frank and open about her experiences and was very comfortable to speak with. Thank you and good luck!
star-5
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! :)
star-5
This was a great tour. Our tour...
Joanne M, Jul 2017
Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide
This was a great tour. Our tour guide Martin was entertaining, informative, and personable. Martin gives you great information on the history, politics, and customs of the Red Light District. I would highly recommend taking Martin's tour. It was a first time visit for my traveling companions and they were surprised at the cleanliness of the area, that it was not reeking of smoke everywhere, and the huge crowds of tourists.
star-5
Absolutely awesome guide thanks Dina...
Joan G, Oct 2017
Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local
Absolutely awesome guide thanks Dina best tour yet that we have done in 6 weeks of travelling. Dina had so much knowledge, lots of background stories of the history and the battle to ensure the safety of the area....absolutely well done to all involved in keeping this area a safe place to be any time of the day or night....
star-4
Fun tour with a fun guide. It's...
Joseph V, Aug 2017
Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide
Fun tour with a fun guide. It's nice to see that they have cleaned up the Red Light District since my last visit many years ago. I don't know if I necessarily agree with all these liberal freedoms taken in Amsterdam. But it's fun, despite the fact that it's really a serious matter. I would recommend doing it just because it's so integral to the Netherlands experience.
star-4
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.
star-5
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.
star-5
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.

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)