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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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Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
$78.97 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Highly recommend!!
Catherine was a wonderful guide. It was an informative yet tasteful tour. She helped us understand so much about all of Dutch culture. Both of us would completely recommend this tour with her. Don’t be uncomfortable about booking it. We are both in our 70’s and would recommend it without hesitation.
Vicki_G, May 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

star-5
Great way to see some sights and taste some local food!!!
Amber_G, May 2022
Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour
David our tour guide was the best!!! He was knowledgeable and very easy to talk too! Not only did we taste some great food we learned a lot too! We had a really great time!!
star-5
Great experience.
jlheyward, May 2022
Red Light District Tour small group or private (new in 2022!)
The guide Peter was exceptional. He was very informative, and personable. I am so glad we took the tour rather than trying to do it on our own.
star-5
Red light district tour
Janet_G, May 2022
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
What an excellent tour of the red light district. Maza spent time explaining the history of the area, pointed out some amazing sights and explained the area today. Thoroughly enjoyable.
star-5
360 degree perfection
Thomas_P, May 2022
Red Light District Tour small group or private (new in 2022!)
We went with Peter, who did an amazing job explaining history, food options, secret churches as well as all relevant aspects of the district. Can highly recommend this tour. Br Thomas
star-5
Time well spent.
Dave_W, Apr 2022
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
A very interesting and informative tour of the area. Our guide was very nice and full of good information on the history of the Red Light district.
star-5
Great way to do a tour
oonagh_m, Apr 2022
Amsterdam's Red Light District: A Self-Guided Audio Tour
very easy to use, clear and precise instructions. Better than a guilded walking tour. Would definitely use again.
star-5
Excellent tour guide,very...
Jennifer_W, Apr 2022
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
Excellent tour guide,very knowledgeable very friendly, she went extra miles to help us because my husband was on a wheelchair.
star-5
Private tour
Ellis_H, Mar 2022
Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour
Great tour and the food tastings were a nice extra.... Very informative and a private experience with no other people...
star-5
Great tour of the area
LBrent_S, Apr 2022
Red Light District Tour small group or private (new in 2022!)
Excellent tour guide. He took a lot of time explaining the history of the district. Gave us many tips on where to go if we decided to come back or stay in area after your was completed.
star-5
Excellent tour
Mary_c, Apr 2022
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
What a great tour! We would highly recommend. Very historical information of the how and why. Excellent tour guide.
star-5
Martin was the best
Tanisha, Mar 2020
Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide
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.
star-5
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...

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)
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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