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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
$79.41 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
Educational
Kathleen_J, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local
Willem was very enjoyable and shared his vast knowledge of Amsterdam and the red light district very comfortably and with humor. We would highly recommend this tour!
star-5
We loved it, thank you
Nicolas_R, Nov 2021
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
We read one of the reviews that someone complained about the tour being to pricey. Honestly this tour is worth every penny. It's a great price for a private tour so I think it's really unfair to call it pricey. Besides that the tour is just amazing. Tony is an excellent guide and had so much information to tell us. We have walked the area by our self but missed out on so many sights. The Red Light District is a small area but there are many hidden streets that you won't find without a guide.
star-5
Well worth the tour
Kevin_R, Nov 2021
Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
Our tour guide was on time and easy to find. Walked us thru red light district and answered all of our questions ( no matter how personal). It was good to have a former sex worker give the tour to be able to ask all your questions. She also pointed out other places on the main canal area ( Bananas and the other sex/ strip joints) Very informative. Skip the sex museums and do this!
star-5
Mike the tour guide was THE best !!!
Anita_P, Nov 2021
1.5 Hour Walking Tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District with a Local
We had the absolute BEST time !! Mike was our tour guide and he was fantastic. He was very knowledgeable, insightful, funny, and entertaining, Couldn’t have had a better guide or a better time. Worth every penny !!!!
star-5
Rainy Tour with The Best Man On The Job
Leila_M, Nov 2021
Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local
This was a very unique tour! Our guide, see picture below, was knowledgeable, funny and courteous. He wasn’t deterred by the weather (it was raining cats and dogs) and even offered to hold my daughters backpack. The weather was a mess but our guide balanced the experience. I highly recommend this tour!
star-5
Red Night out
Kim_D, Oct 2021
Guided Night Walking Tour to Amsterdam Red Light District
Eric was fabulous engaging ,fun & happy to answer all questions Have an insight to the Ted and blue light district
star-5
Fantastic tour with Tony
Conner_H, Oct 2021
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
Fantastic tour of the Red Light District! Tony is an amazing guide who loves the city. This is one of the best tours we have ever done, seriously!! What you will find with Tony is a friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide that knows all the ins and outs of the Red Light District area. This tour was private what made it very personal and an even better experience.
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First trip
Jackie_A, Oct 2021
1.5 Hour Walking Tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District with a Local
I was surprised that the RLD was so much like the rest of the city ( with a few obvious differences). I found the tour interesting.
star-5
Well worth it!
Fiona_Q, Oct 2021
Sex Worker Guided Amsterdam Red Light District Walking Tour
This two hour tour was well worth it. You get so much more of an insight into how the red light district works and more about Amsterdam that you would never know. Would highly recommend.
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...
star-5
Excellent and informative
Chiraz_K, 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.

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)