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Oude Kerk: Our most recommended tours and activities

Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 Drinks

1. Amsterdam: The Bulldog Smoke-Friendly Cruise with 3 Drinks

Sit back and relax on a smoke-friendly canal cruise through the heart of Amsterdam aboard a sightseeing cruise. Gain facinating insights into the attractions that you pass and enjoy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks as you sail through the canals. Hop on board and get cozy for a romantic cruise down the canal. Feel free to bring your own food and weed to enjoy on board. First, travel through the Redlight District that surrounds the Old Church. Take in views of the waterfront and the Eastern Dock. Follow the Old City Wall onto the Amstel River and see the Bridge of Monet which was made famous by the artist's painting of this spot. Smile at the wacky Deconstructivism of the Dancing Houses and snap a picture of the Blue Bridge. Enter the Canal Belt from the Herengracht along the Mayor's House and take the Golden Bend to the Seven Bridges. Take the Reguliersgracht canal to cross the Keizersgracht canal onto the Prinsengracht canal. Spot many houseboats including the oldest houseboat in Amsterdam and take in the fantastic designs of some of the typical hippie houseboats from the ’60s and ’70s. Return to the Amstel river and see the Skinny Bridge, the oldest and most picturesque bridge in Amsterdam. Along the Hermitage and the Stopera, get up-close views of the “View on the Groenburgwal” painted by Monet in 1884 before returning to Redlight District again.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

2. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a humorous tour with a German guide. Learn how much on average a prostitute earns per night, how many customers they have per shift, and which sexual acts pay the largest sums. Choose the small-group tour with no more than 4 people that goes right into the center of the Red Light District and visits a peepshow, or opt for a tour that tells the story of the Red Light District, visits some of its highlights, and explores other famous hotspots in Chinatown and the harbor.  You can also choose to have a private guide on the small-group tour. Small-Group Red Light District Tour and Peepshow Enter the heart of the Red Light District with a maximum group of 4 people plus your guide. The tour highlights all the positive as well as negative aspects of the Amsterdam Red Light District. From the National Monument on Dam Square go to Warmoestraat, one of the most famous gay streets in Amsterdam. Pass the Condomerie, a condom store that specializes in all kinds of rubbers. Then, go further into the heart of the district to the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) where former prostitutes are dedicated to educational work and are trying to dispel prejudices about prostitution. Directly opposite lies the Old Church (Oude Kerk), the oldest church in Amsterdam and probably the only church in the world which is surrounded by prostitution. The special situation of the Old Church helped enforce its great wealth, because sinners of the night felt obliged to wash their contaminated souls clean through a generous donation or "sin tax". Around the square the church is surrounded by a row of windows flooded by red lights revealing attractive, scantily-clad women. Discover more about the process of negotiations between customers and prostitutes, about their income and expenses, prices, room rental and taxes, but also about the women's security. Past Amsterdam's first commercial coffee shop, the city tour leads to a peepshow from the 70s. The visit to the peepshow is a small highlight of the tour. The peepshow was once the most popular establishment of the entire district, today it is a nostalgic gem in a street of absurd sex shows. Red Light District Highlights, Harbor, and Chinatown Tour Visit selected highlights of the Red Light District and beyond in a group of maximum 15 people. Discover the district’s rich history with your guide and get full insight into the prostitution industry.  Learn details about how customers and sex workers negotiate, how much they earn, how room rental and taxes work, and the women’s security.  See the most popular spots, including De Dam, the Condomerie, and Warmoestraat. You will also be able to see the famous red-lit windows from a distance before exploring the vibrant LGBTQ+ scene on the nearby Zeedijk street in Chinatown.  Dive into the Red Light District’s origins and visit the harbor, the reason the red light district came about. Catch a photo opportunity in front of the “dancing houses,” one of the most-photographed spots in Amsterdam. Pass by a typical coffee shop and continue to Nieuwmarkt, a lively square with lots of inviting bars. Get a glimpse into the street full of sex theaters.  Equip yourself with recommendations from your guide on how to keep exploring the Red Light District at your own pace. Get tips on visiting a 70s peepshow, which you can experience on your own after the tour.

Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

3. Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

Amsterdam's Red Light District is unique: What other countries hide or prohibit is legal in the Netherlands. Visit the neighborhood and learn all about the world's oldest profession. Meet your Spanish-speaking guide and head into the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District on a 2-hour walking tour. The guide will answer any questions you may have and tell you about origins of the neighborhood and the status of prostitution. Walk along the Warmoesstraat (gay street) and see the Condomerie. Hear everything about the PIC (Information Centre on Prostitution), the Sex Museum, Erotic Museum, the prostitutes’ cabins, and venues that feature live sex and peep shows. Then you'll have 10 minutes of free walking time in which you can see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) area and the heart of the Red Light District on your own. After that, walk to Chinatown and the biggest Buddhist temple in Europe with your guide.

Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

4. Amsterdam: The I amsterdam City Card

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam with an I amsterdam City Card, and enjoy free entrance to many of the city's top museums and attractions, including the Rijksmuseum, Hermitage Amsterdam, Moco Museum, and Rembrandt House Museum. After arriving in Amsterdam, head to the I amsterdam Store to pick up the physical card. Once you've got your card, activate it to begin your vacation. As you explore, use the I amsterdam City Card app to get up-to-date information and to navigate the city with a map. The card also comes with discounted entry to other attractions, such as Heineken Experience, Johan Cruijff Arena and Amsterdam Dungeon. Valid for 24, 48, 72, 96, or 120 hours from first use, unlimited access to the city's public transportation system for the duration of your card allows you to get around quickly. You can also enjoy one free canal cruise from several canal cruise companies at many locations in Amsterdam and 24h free bicycle rental. Complete listing offers included in the I Amsterdam City Card Free admission to the following museums/attractions (timeslot booking may be required): •Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam •Amsterdam Museum •Amsterdam Pipe Museum •Amsterdam Tulip Museum •Architectuur Centrum Amsterdam •ARTIS Royal Zoo •ARTIS Micropia •ARTIS Groote Museum •Cobra Museum Amstelveen •Diamond Factories and the Diamond Museum •Do-It-Yourself Foodie Tour •Embassy of the Free Mind •EYE Filmmuseum •Foam - Fotografiemuseum Amsterdam •Fun Forest •Gassan Diamonds •Geelvinck Pianola Museum •Het Grachtenhuis - Museum of the Canals •Hermitage Amsterdam •Hermitage - Museum of the Mind •Hortus Botanicus - Botanical Garden •Huis Marseille - Museum for Photography •Jewish Cutural Quarter - Portugese Synagogue •Jewish Museum - Jewish Cultural Quarter •Luther Museum •Moco Museum •Molen van Sloten & Kuiperijmuseum •Multatuli Museum •Museum de Dageraad •Museum Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder - Our Lord in the Attic •Museum Het Rembrandthuis - Rembrandt House Museum •Museum Het Schip - Amsterdam School Arts and Architecture •Museum Tot Zover - Funeral Museum •Museum Van Loon •Museum Willet-Holthuysen •De Nieuwe Kerk Amsterdam •Outsider Art Museum – Hermitage •Oude Kerk •Rijksmuseum •Het Scheepvaartmuseum - The National Maritime Museum •Science Center NEMO •The Studio NEMO •Stadsarchief Amsterdam - City Archives •Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam •THIS IS HOLLAND •Tropenmuseum •Verzetsmuseum - Dutch Resistance Museum •Woonbootmuseum - Houseboat Museum In Haarlem: •Frans Hals Museum •Teylers Museum •Free Canal Cruise In Volendam/Marken: •Rederij Volendam Marken (ferry) •Volendams Museum In Enkhuizen: •Zuiderzee Museum In Zaanse Schans: •Zaans Museum & Verkade Experience •Kuiperij Tiemstra (Coopery) •Wevershuis- The Weaver’s House •Tsar Peter House, Zaandam •Mill Museum •Zaan Time Museum •De Bonte Hen (Oil Mill) •De Kat (Chalk Mill) •De Schoolmeester (Paper Mill) •Het Jonge Schaap (Sawmill) In Muiden: •Amsterdam Castle Muiderslot •Amsterdam Fortress Island Pampus In Naarden: •Amsterdam Fortress Museum Naarden-Vesting In Laren: •Singer Laren Freebies: •De Drie Fleschjes - Free shot of genever (18+) •Holland Casino Amsterdam - Free entrance (18+) •Haarlem Tourist Office Free canal cruise in Amsterdam: •Blue Boat Company •Stromma Canal Cruise •Lovers Canal Cruises •Amsterdam Circle Line B.V. Free 24h Bike Rental 25% discount – Music & Stage •Bimhuis – Jazz •Boom Chicago - English improvisation comedy theatre •Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ - Contemporary music & classical music •Nationale Opera & Ballet - Dutch National Opera & Ballet 25% discount - Attractions •The Amsterdam Dungeon •Johan Cruijff ArenA Stadium Tours •Body Worlds •Dutch Cheese & Wine Cruise or Cocktail Cruise •Fabrique des Lumieres •Fashion for Good Museum Amsterdam •Heineken experience •House of Bols Cocktail & Genever Experience (18+) •Het Kattenkabinet - The Cat Cabinet •Madame Tussauds Amsterdam •NXT Museum •Our House •Rembrandts Amsterdam •STRAAT museum Upside Down Amsterdam •25% discount - Transport & Rentals •Pedal boat •Bicycle rental & Bike Tours •Mokumboat.com – Rental boats to drive yourself 25% discount - Food & Drink •Blue Amsterdam •Pancakes Amsterdam •The Pancake Bakery •Restaurant de Hoop op d'Swarte Walvis •Restaurant Wagamama - Asian restaurant •Taverne de Visscher •Zuiderzee Museum

From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

5. From Brussels: Day Trip to Amsterdam

Explore Amsterdam on a a full-day tour from Brussels. Travel in a comfortable and climate-controlled bus from a centrally-located meeting point. Follow your guide as you uncover top sights like the Royal Palace and the Nieuwe Kerk, and the Jewish Quarter. Hop aboard a spacious bus and sit back and relax on the drive from Brussels to Amsterdam. Once you arrive, begin a guided tour where the history of the city is revealed. Find out where the city was founded in the 13th century at Dam Square. Admire the Gothic architecture of the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) and Dutch Baroque architecture of the Royal Palace. Venture into the oldest part of Amsterdam to see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) and wander the infamous streets of the Red Light District. Continue to De Waag to view the remains of the medieval wall before going into the Jewish Quarter where Rembrandt once lived. End your guided tour at the flower market and have 3 hours of free time discover the city on your own. Return to your meeting point in Brussels by bus.

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of the Red Light District

6. Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Walking Tour of the Red Light District

Walking alone through Amsterdam's Red Light district can be quite intimidating; so why not join a relaxed walking tour of the area instead? Hear about the beginnings of Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District from your resident guide, and sample some if its charms on a 1.5-hour walking tour through one of Amsterdam's notorious neighborhoods. Put the rumors to the test as you visit the erotic window parlors and smell the aroma of marijuana drifting along the canals. Dozens of shops with mushrooms and cookies, as well as the infamous Condomerie await you – explore them all with your private guide. Learn about the district’s vibrant history from your guide as you venture around the cobbled streets. In De Wallen you’ll hear about its beginnings and explore the network of alleys lined with over 300 single-room cabins rented by sex workers today. Sample free Dutch treats at the famous Amsterdam Metropolitan bakery in the heart of the Red Light District. Head down the dark alleys and follow your guide into secret entryways. You’ll be an expert on the area, the people, and the history in no time.  Sometimes you will even end at a karaoke bar or a shots bar! Just ask your guide for directions.

Amsterdam: Self-Guided Escape Game and Sightseeing

7. Amsterdam: Self-Guided Escape Game and Sightseeing

An occult group has challenged you to uncover the identity of one of their most famous members. During this self guided experience, you will follow a treasure map and a series of clues left in an ancient book in order to unlock the lock box and discover his real name. You will pass by the major historical sites of the city on the 2.5km trail, solve puzzles, and learn about Golden Age Amsterdam. Do you have what it takes to solve the mystery? You'll have to play to find out! Other things to note All bookings are private. You will play with your own group - if there are other people they will play separately. We don't recommend playing alone. Part of the game goes through the Red Light District. Great for groups, great for teams and great for team-building! Large groups will be split into teams of 5 players who will then compete against each other.

Amsterdam: Gin and Tonic Canal Sightseeing Cruise

8. Amsterdam: Gin and Tonic Canal Sightseeing Cruise

Come on board of a luxurious boat and enjoy the beautiful sightseeing cruise from the canals of Amsterdam. As you coast through the canals, take in the views and learn about the city as you sip on some delicious gin and tonics. Learn fun facts about the city, past, and present, as you cruise the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Canal Belt. Enjoy a wide choice of hot and cold drinks from our well-stocked bar, and stay cozy with the fleece blankets onboard. Set off in the heart of Amsterdam and start enjoying the best Dam citrus-forward gin. See Damrak harbor, the mooring place for merchant ships carrying exotic goods from across the globe. Several of the spices historically traded in Damrak harbor are used in the gin you will enjoy on the cruise. Sit back and relax as you look at the merchant houses, abundant trees, and beautiful gardens of the city center. Explore the network of canals that extends for 8.7 miles (14 km) and boasts some 80 bridges. Sail along the River Amstel and pass the Hermitage Museum. See the Royal Theatre Carré and marvel at the contemporary architecture of the NEMO Science Museum. See the famous Skinny Bridge and cruise along the famous 7 Bridges section of the Reguliersgracht.

Amsterdam: Highlights & History Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: Highlights & History Walking Tour

Meet your guide in front of the Victoria Hotel nearby the central station. Here your guide will introduce himself and walk with you to the Old Town area. This tour walking tour covers all the main sights of the inner city. Learn about the Amsterdam history and see many sights like the Old Church, China Town, crooked houses, and the narrowest street of Amsterdam. Hear stories you'd never hear otherwise and experience the history of Amsterdam's inner city. After the Old Town, walk to the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and Begijnhof. Hear interesting stories about the Dutch and learn everything you need to know about Amsterdam. Then head to the floating street market, where you could buy everything that is flower related. The tour ends at the Dam Square.

Amsterdam Small-Group Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam Small-Group Walking Tour

On this tour, you will hear stories that you would never hear otherwise. With an expert guide, you will experience the history of this city, from its start as a muddy village on the River Amstel, to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and the Nazi occupation. The aim of this unique tour is to give you the perfect introduction to the city. After the tour, you will have all the time you want to explore further with fellow travelers. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

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What people are saying about Oude Kerk

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4.6 / 5

based on 7,274 reviews

we leave from the center of Brussels at the agreed time and arrive in Amsterdam also making a stop. the first two hours you have a guide depending on the language chosen (English or Spanish) and then another 3 abundant hours to go wherever you want. I would do it again

Well organized tour for: compliance with the times and division into small groups of the tour. We were Italians and having to choose the language of the guide between English and Spanish we chose Spanish. David, our guide, excellent!

Our boat driver nick kept us entertained and informed as we relaxed down the canal through the light show , our host was attentive and quite funny and there was a lovely atmosphere with the other travelers 10/10 would recommend

Nick and Aurora were very nice and personable. There were blankets and even mulled wine. We were very disappointed with the festival of lights itself. We expected more for the hustle and bustle

The guide, Peter, was very informative and answered all questions we had. A very nice person to talk to.