Get to know the real Red Light District of Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s Red Light District, or as the Dutch like to say it “De Wallen”, which literally means The Walls. It’s the oldest area in Amsterdam and the most famous prostitution area in the world. Amsterdam was founded around the year 1200 and soon after this the Red Light District was build.  In early days the Dutch build walls to protect the city against strangers. In later days, around 1850, these protective walls were broken down, since they became useless.

Nowadays, a lot of window prostitution is being practiced in the Red Light District. But that’s definitely not all. A lot of people live and work in the Red Light District. Also, the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, museums, coffeeshops, Chinatown, an old church, an arcade game room, restaurants, bars, clubs and smartshops are located in the Red Light District.

The Red Light District is one of the most vibrant and picturesque parts of the very international city Amsterdam, known for its liberty and liberal society. Unlike all other cities, anyone from anywhere could settle here, without permission of the city and start a trade or just buy a house. No pre-conditions. That’s why Amsterdam is so open and easy going.

Why book a Red Light District tour?

Explore the legendary Red Light District with all it’s mysteries and secrets with the comfort and safety of a local guide. All our guides are living in Amsterdam themselves, so they can tell you everything you wanted to know about Amsterdam’s oldest fascinating neighborhood. They will not only show you the prostitutes behind the windows but also the world’s first specialized condom shop, the oldest streets and alleys, The Old church, hidden art,  (famous) coffee shops, an erotic theatre, Chinatown and the well-known Zeedijk; where sailors once caroused – now filled with pubs and restaurants… and much more! Check out our low priced tour offers and book the tour which fits your preferences best!

Red Light District Tour with local guide – every day 9pm

Explore Amsterdam's underbelly with a knowledgeable and fun guide who will show you all of the things that make this district one you'll never forget! Maximum group size will be 20 people.

1.5 hours

Private Red Light District tour with local guide – preferred date/time

Looking for a private red light district tour with only your own family, friends or colleagues? Take a walk on a private and customized Red Light District Tour. Our guides will show just you and your group around in the "wild side" of Amsterdam, which offers you some unique experiences!

1.5 hours

Red Light District Candlelight Cruise

Amaze your loved one with a two hour evening cruise of Amsterdam by candlelight, and witness the infamous Red Light District by water. Cruise the canals of the famous Canal Belt, sampling tasteful wines and a selection of the best Dutch cheeses en route.

2 hours

Red Light District Half-Day Dinner Walk

Taste an array of cuisines on a 3.5-hour tour of Amsterdam, and enjoy a three course dinner in 3 different restaurants. Between each course, walk the city’s notorious Red Light District, absorb up the atmosphere of an historically liberal district.

3.5 hours