Red Light District Tours

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About us

About us – ARLDT is an Amsterdam based and urban travel startup. Every day, we host tours through the most fascinating area of Amsterdam. We are local experts in the Red Light District of Amsterdam! We know the hotspots, the do’s and don’ts, fun facts, history, secret & fancy restaurants, best bars and stories connected to this intriguing municipal borough. And obviously we know a lot about prostitution. Did you know that we’re the only company in the Netherlands that offers a Red Light District tour with two twin prostitutes who worked as sex workers for 50 years?

Moreover our website is being used as a (mobile) city guide by locals & tourists: We’ve listed all interesting restaurants, bars, shopsmuseumscoffee shops and made an useful overview of things to go to in the Red Light District.

The most visited area of Amsterdam!

Of course Amsterdam’s Red Light District is known for its prostitutes and (cannabis) coffee shops, but the area offers much more than that! The district has become an urban hotspot. A place where locals and tourist meet. There are around 8.500 Amsterdammers who live in the Red Light District, including children, students and elderly. They live here, do their groceries, go to church, and visit their favorite restaurants – all in the Red Light District of Amsterdam!

Most popular website of the Red Light District!

Every month, about 55.000 people visit our website. Most of them use our site while being in Amsterdam, or just before their visit to our city. They’re looking for the best (hidden) places in the Red Light District – where to eat, where to drink, but also because they’d like to know more about this area. Our customers are mostly British, Americans, Dutch, Germans, Australians, Indians & French.

Would you like to have more customers? Promote your business on our site and reach 640.000 people per year! Both online as offline (during our tours)… Please contact us and the we’ll respond within 24 hours. in the media

We are very proud to share with you that our startup has been noticed by many media companies! Here’s an overview of companies that published articles about us:

  • Fox News
  • Huffington Post
  • Yahoo
  • The Telegraph
  • Het Parool
  • Metro
  • World Travel Guide
  • The Post Internazionale
  • Holiday Extra Travel Guides
  • As The Bird Flies
  • Twin Doctors TV
  • The Culture Trip
  • NecesCity
  • Mr & Mrs Adventure

Fox News

With a US rank of 48 and a global rank of 204, is one of the most visited sites of the world. It has 26 million desktop visitors and 34 million mobile vistors per month. Furthermore, FoxNews has 11 million fans on Facebook and almost 8 million followers on Twitter.

8 Weird and Wacky Tours Around the World by Fox News

Fox News listed us as one of eight weirdest and wackiest tours around the world. And we are super proud of that!

Huffington Post

The Huffington Post is a progressive liberal American news website and blog. In 2009, it was named as named one of the 25 best blogs of the year by Time magazine. In addition, the website won the 2006 and 2007 Webby Award for best political blog and in 2008  it was named the most powerful blog in the world by The Observer. The Huffington Post has approximately 9 million unique visitors per month and ranks at 131 of most popular websites in the world.

The Huffington Post: Here's what it's like to be a sex tourist

The Huff Post interviewed us and published this article “Here’s what it’s like to be a sex tourist”.

Yahoo is the 5th most popular website of the world. Only Google, Facebook, YouTube and Amazon are more visited. Most of Yahoo’s visitors are from the United States, United Kingdom, India and Taiwan. In January 2015, was visited by 167.480.000 millions Americans. Not even mentioned the foreign traffic. In September 2015, Yahoo listed our Meet the Old Hookers Tour as the weirdest local tour of the world! This tour is hosted by two twin sisters who worked as prostitutes in the Red Light District for 50 years. Some years ago, they’ve retired and nowadays they’d love to share their Red Light District stories during our tours in Amsterdam

Thanks Yahoo for listing us as one of the weirdest tours around the world! That’s awesome!

10 Weirdest Local Tours Around the World by Yahoo

The Telegraph

The Telegraph is one of British most popular newspapers and is part of Telegraph Media Group (TMG). ranks 40th in the United Kingdom and has a global rank of 353. Every month, it has 103.000.000 page views from 8.283.000 readers. 58% of the online visitors are male and 42% are female. In May 2016, The Telegraph published this amazing piece about Holland’s most famous sex workers who turned tour guides at our startup. Check it out:

About us: The Telegraph - Meet the Fokkens
In May 2016, The Telegraph published this article about the famous twin prostitutes in Amsterdam.

“The girls are nostalgic for the “good old days” and linger wistfully outside a house on Koestraat, a quiet, bike-lined street on the edge of the red light district. “This was our first brothel,” says Martine, proudly.

Het Parool – A Dutch Media Company

For decades Parool is the most popular news company of Amsterdam. This Dutch newspaper was first published on 10 February 1941 as a resistance paper during the German occupation of the Netherlands (1940–1945). In English, Parool means The Password or The Motto.

Het Parool: Dit waren de leukste 1 April grappen

On April 1st, 2015, Parool listed us as one the best April-fools jokes of Holland! We posted this article that said prostitutes from all over the world are going to build first human tower of naked bodies in Amsterdam. They do this to protest against the stigma around prostitution. CLICK HERE to read our listing on Parool.

Amsterdam Red Light District in the Dutch Media Parool

Metro – A Swedish Media Company

Metro International is a media company founded in Sweden and based in Luxembourg that publishes the Metro newspapers. They offer free-sheets, meaning that distribution is free, with revenues thus generated entirely through advertising. The Metro is primarily intended for commuters who move daily in & out of big cities’ business areas, mainly during rush hours. Metro International has 15.6 million readers daily and is active in 120 major cities in 23 different countries.

Metro XL - De Beste 1 Aprilgrappen tot nu toe

This year during April’s Fools day we posted this article on our site which stated that activist prostitutes in the Red Light District offered a huge discount and added that clients had to show a 50% off discount voucher. The popular Metro newspaper website added our joke to the best April Fools jokes. 🙂

World Travel Guide

We are the only company in the world which offers a Red Light District tour with two famous twin sisters who have worked as prostitutes for 50 years. Some while ago, World Travel Guide joined our Meet the Twin Prostitutes Tour. The World Travel Guide (WTG) is the flagship digital consumer brand within the Columbus Travel Media portfolio. A comprehensive guide to the world’s best travel destinations, its print heritage stretches back 30 years, with the online portal reaching its 15-year anniversary in 2014. WTG wrote this review about our tour: “Two of Holland’s Most Famous Hookers Give Gavin Haines The Ultimate Introduction to Amsterdam’s Red-Light District.

About us: World Travel Guide did a tour with the old whores twins

The Post Internazionale

Quite recently, we’ve been interviewed by The Post Internationale. TPI is the first Italian online magazine dedicated exclusively to the history of international politics: reportage, surveys and photos from correspondents in the world. They wanted to know more about the Red Light District in Amsterdam and made this interesting video reportage. TPI interviewed us, but also the preacher of the Old Church and some sex workers in the Red Light District.

Amsterdam Red Light District on The Post Internazionale

As The Bird Flies Blog

Started in October 2011 misses Thompson – a Londoner turned wanderer – As the Bird flies is a website for those who love travel and writing, like Frankie Thompson. Frankie joined our Red Light District tour during the summer of 2015 and reviewed it while being pregnant:

Amsterdam Red Light District Tour Review

Twin Doctors TV

In the end of 2016 we were contacted by Dr. Jamil Abdur-Rahman and his twin brother Dr. Idries Abdur-Rahman who are both Obstetricians/Gynecologists. They are the creators of TwinDoctorsTV – a social & medical information platform that serves to educate, motivate and entertain. The doctors wanted to learn more about world’s oldest prostitutes.

Prostitution in Amsterdam Fokken Twins Doctors

Culture Trip is one of the internet’s fastest-growing media start-ups, attracting nearly 6 million monthly readers and 2 million followers on social media around the world. Culture Trip is a website that specialises in local insights and global news stories. In the end of January 2017, we were contacted by Alex Jordan – an UK Travel Editor at Culture Trip. He wanted us to comment on a plan of the city council.

the culture trip amsterdam tourism

NecesCity – A Magazine for Men

NecesCity is a refined digital magazine dedicated to Hong Kong’s male tastemakers. Through their website and frequent email tips, NecesCity delivers reliable content to a loyal fraternity of urbane Hong Kong gentleman with the latest and hottest in nightlife, entertaining, events, travel and everything in between.

One of NecesCity’s editors joined our Red Light District tour and published an impressive article in december 2016. Here’s a little quote: “But as the sun sets and the streetlights flicker on, there’s one place you should be exploring, if only for the rich history and colourful characters the district seduces.

Brittany and her husband Drew (known as Mr and Mrs Adventure) visited the Netherlands in their camper van during the summer of 2017 and searched for all the best adventures and unique experiences to share with our followers along the way. Their blog, currently receives over 40,000+ unique monthly visitors and at the moment they have a combined social media following (Instagram, FaceBook, Pinterest, Twitter) of 20,000+ which continues to grow daily + their YouTube channel has nearly 8,000 subscribers!

About us: 10 Awesome Amsterdam Travel Tips

These bloggers joined our Red Light District tour in July 2017 and posted this cool piece about the Netherlands titled “Vanlife Thoughts on Nature vs. Cities + Inspiring Moments & Magical Places in Amsterdam. One of the things they wrote was: “there is no lack of entertainment here, but even more so, there is a rich and fascinating history to be learned, especially when it comes to laws and human rights“. Read the whole blog, including their travel tips and cool pics, over here: