Red Light District

The Amsterdam Red Light District is probably one of the most discussed neighbourhoods of the city. By reason of the oldest profession in the world. For the Dutch better known as The Wallen. The Wallen is probably the most famous place to see a hooker in the entire Western society of the world. The area is known for the many sexshops, brothels, peepshows and strip clubs. The history of the area dates all the way back to 16th century, when the catholic government was overthrown by protestants and the area became an area full of night life and entertainment for the many sailors and travellers. While prostitution is a worldwide phenomena it usually happens behind closed doors, but not in Amsterdam. Scattered across the area you’ll find red lit windows with ladies offering their ‘services’. Besides you’ll find an actual Prostitution Museum, but also many restaurants, pubs and bars.

For a quick impression about the Red Light District, watch the video below. Besides an impression, you get some critical information about the district.

Red Light District Amsterdam Tours

There are many touring providers which love to show you around in the neighbourhood. Within a tour you can learn more about the rich history of the district. Likewise the area is the oldest part of Amsterdam. Furthermore the tour will provide you use full information for you staying in the city. Things like the night life, events, and other beautiful places that you can visit after the tour. In addition the touring guide can tell you the do’s and don’t to stay out of trouble. Discover the fiction and reality about the district with a good guide.

Informative tours

Providers can be independent touring guides or professional agencies. It is a safe way to learn more about all the hidden secrets of the area. All the tours will be held in English and there a some Spanish options. Lastly, we do like to add that it’s possible to arrange private tours. Via the links below you can find decent touring operators:

Red Light Crawl

Another kind of tour in the district is called the Red Light Crawl.  The guide will take you to 5 or 6 different bars, with some extra’s included like free entrance and shots, drink specials and girls receive free souvenir T-shirt.
This tour 7 days a week available during the year. It will start around 8.00 – 9.30 pm. Whenever the starting time doesn’t fit in your schedule, just give your touring guide a call. With the links you below you can make a reservation:

Discover the district by yourself

Of course you can discover the area on your own without a touring guide. When you choice for this option, we recommend you first to take a look at the list of do’s and don’t below for your safety. If your visit Amsterdam more then one day, it’s better to not visit the Red light district as first. Because, otherwise you might get a wrong impression of the city. The reason here for is that Amsterdam has a very rich history and culture. Way more then just ‘sex, drugs and rock & roll.

Prices and discounts

The table below gives you and indication of the prices of the tours. Mostly of the touring agencies give you a percent of discount, when you book a tour for a group of people.

Name of the tourAverage prices
Informative tour € 14, – check out the group discounts
 Pub Crawling€ 17, –

Red Light District do’s and don’t

  • be respectful to the sex workers
  • take pictures of the sex workers
  •  watch your belongings, especially in the early hours
  • tap on the windows
  •  ignore street dealers
  •  have unprotected sex with the sex workers
  •  avoid deserted dark alleys, cause people will keep an eye on you in the district
  •  peek through the windows
  • stand too long in front of the windows
  •  show off money or valuables
  •  visit the Old Church, this is the oldest building of Amsterdam
  • urinate on the streets
  •  interact with junkies on the street
  •  check out the nice restaurants in the district
  •  throw your trash on the street or canals


Adres and the route to the district

Most of the district is situated between the Zeedijk and the Warmoesstraat. For a quick impression of the area take a look to the map below.