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  • Amsterdam: Private Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

    1. Amsterdam: Private Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

    Explore the notorious Red Light District of Amsterdam with a private guide. Learn about Amsterdam's liberal views about drugs and sex work in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Wander through the narrow cobblestone streets to see the sex workers’ windows, legal drug vendors, and live sex shows. Hear stories of how sex work works in the city. Learn about Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops where cannabis is sold, and discover what is legal and what is not. Your guide will explain what a coffee shop is, tell you what products are made from hemp, and much more. Along the way, discover the Condomerie condom store, see shops selling hardcore leather and sex goods, hear about the xxx-rated video cabins, and go to the Prostitution Information Center. Visit Amsterdam’s first coffee shop and see the historic defense tower of the Schreierstoren (Tower of Tears).

  • Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

    2. Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

    Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs on a 2.5-hour tour of the Red Light District. Following a pick-up from your hotel or meeting point near Central Station, stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District, and see everything that the area has to offer. Explore the small shops and restaurants of Chinatown, and walk down some of the city’s narrowest streets. Learn about the Red Light District from a local perspective, and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the 1st coffee shop of Amsterdam. Hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, prostitution, political issues, and history. Then, enter a coffee shop to enjoy a relaxing break and smoke a joint (only if you want to).

    Such an interesting tour with a great tour guide! Would go again in a heartbeat.

  • Amsterdam: Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

    3. Amsterdam: Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

    Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs on a tour of the Red Light District. Stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District, and see everything that the area has to offer. Walk down some of the city’s narrowest streets. Learn about the Red Light District from a local perspective, and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the 1st coffee shop opened in Amsterdam. Hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, sex work, and political issues.

  • Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

    4. Amsterdam: Smoke & Lounge 70-Minute Boat Tour

    Enjoy a tour for 70 minutes on a unique electric boat, and see the sights of Amsterdam’s historic center. Start out in the heart of the Red Light District, one of the most popular locations in the city, and sail through the central area, the Herengracht and Prinsengracht canals, the Seven Bridges, the river Amstel, the Skinny Bridge, and the Dancing Houses before returning to where you started. The boat can accommodate up to 24 people. Whatever the weather, the boat is set up so passengers will have an enjoyable time. All windows can be opened, ensuring full visibility of Amsterdam’s iconic landmarks and monuments. Sip on your favorite drink (2 free drinks are included) and you can even bring your own music on a USB stick or on your phone to add to the party atmosphere. Feel at home with no parental controls, rules, or any form of stress on a 420-friendly boat tour. A hookah/shisha is ...

    My partner and I had a great time on this tour. We took it at night and it was absolutely stunning. The hosts were so kind and helpful, they were also careful with not having too many people on the boat at once and keeping the distance between us due to COVID-19, which was a relief. I only wish it would have lasted even longer. Will definitely be doing again next time we come to Amsterdam!

  • Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

    5. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

    Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a humorous 1.5-hour 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 between two options: a small-group tour with maximum 4 people that goes right into the center of the Red Light District and visits a peepshow; or 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 1.5-hour tour highlights all the positive as well as negative aspects of the Amsterdam Red Light District. From the National...

    Die Tour war wirklich super, sehr informativ, unterhaltsam und kurzweilig. Unser Tourguide Theresa war super und hat für gute Laune gesorgt. Jederzeit wieder

  • Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

    6. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

    Discover the secrets of Amsterdam's Red Light District on this guided walking tour. Learn about the women working in the district, the Dutch coffee shops, and the history of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood. See the Old Church — Amsterdam's oldest building — and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. Be surprised by the open mindedness displayed in the Red Light District, and wander around the city's narrowest alleys. Explore everything the Red Light District has to offer, from the famous 'Condomerie' shop to the Prostitution Information Center. Along the way, you'll walk past sex and coffee shops while your tour guide explains everything about them.

  • Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

    7. Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

    Explore the history of the notorious Red Light District and experience a typical day in the life of a sex worker. See the rooms where they work, and hear their stories as told by the sex workers themselves. Get insight into their perspective, which they explore in a light-hearted and frank way in order to remove the taboos associated with sex work.  Sit in one of Amsterdam's famous Red Light District window's and feel what it's like to be on the other side of the glass. Discover the history of sex work in Amsterdam, learn how Amsterdam came to be such a liberal-minded metropolis. Read from the Confession Wall, a collection of written confessions left by museums visitors – some are funny, some are eye-opening, but all of them are revealing.

    Very interesting to learn about the history of prostitution in Amsterdam’s red light district and there’s a little photo booth at the end to take a free picture in the S&M costume accessories of your choice.

  • Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Windows

    8. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Windows

    Discover all the secrets of the Red Light District of Amsterdam with a local Dutch guide during this walking tour with a maximum of 4 participants. Learn about Dutch coffee shops, the history of Amsterdam's oldest neighborhood, and the women working behind the famous red windows. Wander around the scenic canals and narrow alleys of the area. Stroll past the Old Church, Amsterdam's oldest building, and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. You will learn about everything the Red Light District has to offer, from the Condomerie condom shop to the Prostitution Information Center. Listen as your guide tells you about the many sex shops, peep shows, bars, and coffee shops you will walk past.

  • Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour

    9. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour

    Start your 2-hour tour in front of the central station in Amsterdam, where you will meet your guide. Continue with a short walk to the Red Light District area. Learn about the history of the Red Light District as you wander through the historical Old Town of Amsterdam. See the oldest building in Amsterdam, the canals, and beautiful old houses. Once you arrive in the Red Light District, your guide will walk you through the many alleys. Wander along the narrowest street in Amsterdam and see the first coffee shop. Your tour will end at Dam Square.

    The Guide Peter was very nice! This tour includes coffee shop as well, didn’t know that. Rather the RLD was only 45 min. Focus shd be more on RLD area if the tour name is Red light district. Overall good :)

  • Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Snacks

    10. Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour with Snacks

    Join a walking tour of Amsterdam's Red Light district. From your local guide, hear about the beginnings of this notorious district and how it has changed over the years. Put the rumors to the test as you visit the erotic window parlors and smell the aroma of marijuana drifting along the canals. Learn about the district’s vibrant history as you explore its cobbled streets. In De Wallen you’ll explore the network of alleys lined with over 300 single-room cabins rented by sex workers. Head down the narrow lanes and follow your guide into secret entryways. You’ll be an expert on the area, the people, and the history in no time. Along the way, stop off at a local eatery to try some local Dutch delicacies.

Planning Your Visit

  • How to get there?

    Amsterdam's Red Light District is, perhaps ironically, situated around the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in the center of the city. It's a short walk south from Amsterdam Central Station.

  • Best time to go?

    This is a difficult question to answer because the red light district is incredibly active at all times of day. Your best bet may be to see it warts and all in the afternoon and then return to see it lit up at night!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Red Light District is always open.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside.
  • Will I need a guide?
    For safety's sake, and to learn more about the area and architecture, consider booking a walking tour of the district.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from most hotels in city center, as well as from Central Station.
  • Additional information
    **Stay alert and in control of yourself.*

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What people are saying about Amsterdam Red Light District

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,079 reviews

My partner and I had a great time on this tour. We took it at night and it was absolutely stunning. The hosts were so kind and helpful, they were also careful with not having too many people on the boat at once and keeping the distance between us due to COVID-19, which was a relief. I only wish it would have lasted even longer. Will definitely be doing again next time we come to Amsterdam!

It's a super fun trip. Interesting stories, fun anecdotes and a whole new Amsterdam opens up to you. Highly recommended! Nice guide too. Lots of knowledge and nice way of talking so that you stay captivated until the end.

Stefan was a great guide with great stories and insider knowledge. That was not only informative but was a lot of fun. A huge compliment! Amsterdam is a great city and I will definitely be back.

Great tour with lots of information not only about the red light district. Definitely worth it.

Such an interesting tour with a great tour guide! Would go again in a heartbeat.