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Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour

1. 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.

Amsterdam Red Light District: Walking Tour

2. 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, walk past sex and coffee shops while your tour guide explains everything about them. Be surprised as you witness how the neighborhood is an important part of Amsterdam and crucial to the city's history and development. See how the Red Light District continues to shock, yet charm to this day.

Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

3. Marken, Volendam, and Edam Full-Day Tour from Amsterdam

Enjoy a scenic full-day coach tour of North Holland, and discover a charming landscape of windmills, canals, picturesque villages, and locals in traditional costume. Choose the all-in option to add a few extras to your tour, including a clog-making demonstration and a boat trip. Depart from Amsterdam station for the small fishing town of Marken, renowned for its preservation of traditional Dutch culture. Take a walking tour through streets full of colorful houses. If you've chosen the all-in option, stop at a shoemaker’s studio to watch how wooden clogs are made. Next, head to Volendam by coach if you've chosen the standard option or board the Marken Express if you've chosen the all-in option for a boat trip across the beautiful IJssel Lake. On arrival in Volendam, enjoy free time to explore the shops or try on a traditional costume for a souvenir photo.  Then, enjoy a tasting at a traditional Holland cheese factory and learn how cheese is made before continuing into the heart of North Holland to Edam. Discover the history of the former shipyard and see Grote Kerk, the largest church in the Netherlands, as you stroll the cobbled streets. Next, take in the last stop on your tour, the open-air museum of Zaanse Schans. Admire its magnificent collection of historic windmills. If you opt for the all-in ticket, you can go inside one of the operating windmills to learn more about this Dutch icon of industrial architecture. Finally, marvel at the picturesque homes, wooden barns, and scenic meadows of North Holland as you travel back to Amsterdam by coach.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

4. 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 Red Light District: Walking Tour with Snacks

5. 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 pass by the erotic window parlors and smell the aroma of marijuana drifting along the canals. Despite its reputation, be charmed as you discover the district’s vibrant history and explore its cobbled streets. Meander through the Red Light District's network of alleys lined with over 300 single-room cabins rented by sex workers. Learn about the interesting history of sex work in Amsterdam and the district's relationship to Dutch culture. Head down the narrow lanes and follow your guide into secret entryways. Become an expert on the area, people, and history in no time. Along the way, stop off at a local eatery to check out some local Dutch delicacies.

Amsterdam: Historical Highlights Walking Tour plus Tasting

6. Amsterdam: Historical Highlights Walking Tour plus Tasting

Beginning at Dam Square, discover Amsterdam with the best local guides and hear about the city in your own language. Your expert guide will make history come alive with stories and lively commentary in your chosen language, as you stroll through the beautiful streets of Medieval and Golden Age Amsterdam on a 2-hour walking tour. Admire the architecture and hear about the city's long history of commerce and trade. Some highlights you'll pass include: The Royal Palace, The New Church, the most important canals, bridges and locks, iconic squares, Begijnhof, the Mint Tower, the Flower Market, the LGBT street and the Amstel River. To complete this tour you will also enjoy a local Dutch food tasting!

Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

7. 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 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. 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, calm canals and narrow, tree-lined alleys of the infamous area. Stroll past the Old Church, Amsterdam's oldest building, and learn about the famed 'Dutch tolerance'. See a different side to the usually-peaceful atmosphere Amsterdam offers as you walk past the bright, red-lit windows prostitutes stand behind, waiting for customers to join them. 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 walk past.

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

9. Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

Discover infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub. Meet your guide in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city. Start in the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and about some of the city's oldest pubs. Hear stories and take a look inside famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' Mandje. Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, peep shows, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Hear what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District and find out about liberal laws. Walk to Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub.

Amsterdam Red Light District: Private Walking Tour with Snack

10. Amsterdam Red Light District: Private Walking Tour with Snack

Join a relaxed private 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.

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What people are saying about Dam Square

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 8,477 reviews

We can’t say enough great things about Steven and this tour. The countryside is so beautiful and Steven was an amazing tour guide who is so knowledgeable about the area and history (as well as friendly, personable, kind, funny - just a great guy). He made this tour uniquely personal to our interests and we will definitely be seeing him again in the future. He made us feel at ease and very welcome. I CAN’T RECOMMEND THIS TOUR ENOUGH. YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

It is a great self guided tour of a beautiful landmark. You need to get tickets ahead of time as they tend to sell out. Beautiful furniture and beautiful rooms. Great historical information also. Be sure to watch the short movie at the beginning or your visit.

This is a very informative tour around the city. Our guide was very knowledgeable and at the same time entertaining. We went around small streets too.

Easy to book from the app. it was a full day ticket so I could go any time I wanted to. Also had an audio guide included which was great

Easy to organize. Staff/volunteers helpful and friendly.