Red light district

The Red Light District is one of the liveliest parts of the city of Amsterdam. Of course, most people have heard about the Red Light District for one reason or another. It is most likely that the reason is either the sex industry or the Infamous Coffee Shops. However, did you know about the incredible history and heritage of the Red Light District?


The Red Light District is the greatest and most renowned red light district in the entire city of Amsterdam; it is also a hot spot for tourists to the city. It is crossed by numerous canals and cover several blocks that lie south of the Oude Kerk Church.

"The experience of sitting in the window, even though fully dressed, was quite overwhelming. You get to see various room settings and read number of facts about prostitution in the Netherlands."

Visit the Red Light Secrets Museum in Amsterdam and step into an intriguing world that remains hidden for most. Skip-the-line and discover the secrets of Amsterdam's Red Light District in the world’s only Museum of Prostitution.

Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution is situated at the center of the Amsterdam Red Light District, at walking distance from the Central Station and the Dam Square.

"Educational and very interesting insight into the oldest profession! I found the individual stories particularly enlightening and quite emotional."

  • Skip the line
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples

Red Light district tickets and activities

The Red Light District is an area in Amsterdam where the sex industry certainly has a significant presence. The phrase “Red Light District” was first introduced in 1894 and was published in a small newspaper in Milwaukee, USA. The Dutch, generally refer to this neighborhood as “De Wallen”.

Take a walk on the wild side with a guided walking tour through Dark Amsterdam, the infamous Red Light District. Accompanied by a friendly and knowledgeable local, you'll tour the area in safety for an enlightening and illuminating experience!

"We learned a lot about the history of this district and were able to see first hand without feeling too silly how it all works."

The tour takes you to the area that's synonymous with Amsterdam, the Wallen (Red Light District), passing monuments and entering narrow old streets such as the well-known Zeedijk street. In the past it was one of the most dangerous streets in Amsterdam, where sailors could be found searching for local amusement. Nowadays, instead of the shady bars of yester year you'll find lively and welcoming Dutch pubs and restaurants.

"The most exciting tour with a lot of information, not only about Red Light district! Highly recommended!"


  • Led by a local guide
  • See the sights illuminated at night
  • All entrance fees included

Take a private 2-hour walking tour around the tree-shrouded canals and cobbled streets of Amsterdam’s historical center. Let your private guide lead the way to must-see sights and explain the stories behind them.

You don't get the feel for this type of lifestyle if you just walk around in the daytime. The night tour really lets you sense the culture

View the sights in and around the Red Light District. See the Oude Kerk, a Gothic church that dates back to the 14th century, as well as the magnificent Royal Palace on Dam Square. Pause at Nieuwmarkt square to admire De Waag, a 15th-century structure that served as the city gates until the early 17th century.


  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Pickup from a centrally located meeting point
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience

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