Guided tour

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

Activity provider: Amsterdamliebe

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

Activity provider: Amsterdamliebe

From US$ 26.92 per person

Discover Amsterdam's infamous red light district on a 1.5-hour tour with a German city guide. Learn more about the work of prostitutes, the sex theaters with their quirky shows, as well as the history of the district.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Live tour guide
German
Private or small groups available

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the famous Red Light District of Amsterdam in a small group with a witty, young German guide
  • Learn what is happening in the many sex clubs and laugh at one of the bizarre sex shows and theaters
  • Learn how the prostitutes earn their living and look behind the scenes of the Red Light District
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Red Light District tour
  • German-speaking city guide
  • 1.50 city tax (per passenger)
  • Peepshow (2 EUR)
  • Snack
  • Beverages
  • Tip
Not suitable for
  • Children under 16 years
  • Children under 18 years

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Participants

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the foot of the national monument on Dam Square (a large white pillar, which is similar to an obelisk). Your tour guide will be wearing a red name tag around their neck and/or have a dark blue-grey umbrella.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Face mask or protective covering

Not allowed

  • Cameras
  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Please note that in summer it gets dark at around 10:00 PM
  • On Fridays and Saturdays a lot of tourists visit the Red Light District. If you would like a quieter tour please take the tour on another day
  • The tour will take place in any weather. Don't forget an umbrella for rainy days
  • Distance traveled is approximately 1.8 kilometers at a comfortable pace during the city tour
  • It is forbidden to take photos of the prostitutes
  • Participants of the public tour 16 years old and older must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Participants can go on the public tour unaccompanied from 18 years of age. Participants younger than 16 can only participate in a private tour. The private tour can be adjusted depending on their age
  • For a €22 surcharge a historical city tour can be booked
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 3030 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Value for money
    4.6/5
  • Service
    4.9/5
  • Organization
    4.9/5

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This was a great tour and Shari the guide was awesome. She gave us a lot of information about the red light district in a very refreshing, natural way. It was just a pity that due to the new laws we couldn't walk through the red light district with her, but walked around it. All in all, it was a great tour that I can only recommend to everyone.

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December 18, 2022

The tour with Shari was super cool and highly recommended. We did it as a family with our 16 and 18 year old sons. Shari addressed all facets of the district and had a good mix of seriousness and wit. Since there were only four of us, we were allowed to do the "Alte Tour" through all the streets, which gave us a more direct impression of the whole district.

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October 21, 2022

It was really exciting to learn something about the red light district, the history, the comparison as it is in Germany/Hamburg, but also to have received information about the worries/problems. But what was particularly special was your colleague, who accompanied this tour with so much wit and charm! Thank you very much "Mulima" for that! The tips we received for Amsterdam were also very interesting for me. I often come to Amsterdam with my girlfriend for a long weekend and we are already looking forward to the next time where we will definitely implement one of the tips. Your whole organization from the registration to the meeting was a nice experience. We felt we were in good hands. Many thanks to Susanne and Ewa from Hamburg

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October 4, 2022

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