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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
$88.11 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Good tour
Very lucky with very knowledgeable tour guide.Highly recommended as a tour of Amsterdam present and past.
Stiven_L, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Amsterdam

star-5
Good private tour of Amsterdam’s red light area
Janice_K, Jul 2022
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
Good tour through the Red light district. Craig had lots of information on the area - before, during and after Covid. We had already done a couple other tours so we were already aware of some of the history but he added to it
star-4
The guide was very...
JamieLee_S, Aug 2022
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
The guide was very knowledgable on Amsterdam’s history. Was very friendly and tailored the walking to fit my mother who is a senior citizen.
star-5
Red district tour
Stacey_G, Aug 2022
Red Light District Tour small group or private (new in 2022!)
Just glad to hear the women can be safe doing their job. The stores were cool. Our tour guide very knowledgeable and kept asking us if we had any questions
star-5
Eye opening
Janine_M, Aug 2022
Red Light District Tour small group or private (new in 2022!)
This was the best way to explore and understand the infamous red light district. Our guide was knowledgeable and very entertaining. He made us experience the place like a local. Highly recommend this tour rather than trying to work it out yourself
star-5
Good tour
Stiven_L, Aug 2022
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
Very lucky with very knowledgeable tour guide.Highly recommended as a tour of Amsterdam present and past.
star-5
Excellent tour!
Terese_P, Jul 2022
Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour
Great tour! Learned so much about the history of Amsterdam and the neighborhood and the snacks were yummy too! Thank you for a great time!
star-4
Fun walking and storytelling
Laura_O, Jul 2022
Private Amsterdam Red Light District and Food Tour
Fun food experience. Tastes of various influences in Amsterdam. Nice history tour. Not a lot in the red light district but again an interesting history tour on how the red light district came into existence. Easy to walk around the district after the tour. May be more "interesting" the later the tour. Enjoy!!
star-5
More than just the Red Light District
Beverly_M, Aug 2022
Red Light District Tour small group or private (new in 2022!)
Our guide was really informative and pleasant. He gave us lots of history of the downtown area as well as the Ref Light district.
star-4
Great evening
Sonia_A, Jul 2022
Red Light District Tour small group or private (new in 2022!)
Our tour guide was great and very knowledgeable. It’s interesting if you want to learn more about the local red light industry.
star-4
Quick tour around Red light district
ee99rsp, Jun 2022
Amsterdam's Red Light District: A Self-Guided Audio Tour
The tour went quickly. There was general information about the district and stops along the way. The app was good and worked off GPS so I could have my phone I pockets.
star-5
Great Tour👍
Diane_K, Jul 2022
Private Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District and Coffee Shop Tour
Ray was very knowledgeable and shared in depth info on the history of Amsterdam, the business and government rules of the Red Light District & the whacky world of Coffee Shops! We’ll done….
star-5
Amazing!
Jennifer_E, Jun 2022
Treasures of Amsterdam: Coffeeshops & Red Light District Private Tour
Helena was awesome! We were part of an EF tour so we had to cut our tour with her a little bit shorter but she covered so much. She explained the history and gave recommendations along with the best photo opportunities. I would definitely recommend her on your next trip!
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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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