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Amsterdam Red Light District Culture & history

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Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

1. Red Light Secrets Museum of Prostitution Entry Ticket

Explore the history of the notorious Red Light District and experience a typical day in the life of a sex worker. See the rooms where they work, and hear their stories as told by the sex workers themselves. Get insight into their perspective, which they explore in a light-hearted and frank way in order to remove the taboos associated with sex work.  Sit in one of Amsterdam's famous Red Light District window's and feel what it's like to be on the other side of the glass. Discover the history of sex work in Amsterdam, learn how Amsterdam came to be such a liberal-minded metropolis. Read from the Confession Wall, a collection of written confessions left by museums visitors – some are funny, some are eye-opening, but all of them are revealing.

Amsterdam: Red Light Secrets Museum and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

2. Amsterdam: Red Light Secrets Museum and 1-Hour Canal Cruise

Learn the story of the sex industry at the world's only museum of prostitution in Amsterdam's Red Light District. Explore the oldest profession in the world and examine an industry that remains hidden for many with an entrance ticket to the Red Light Secrets Museum. Experience what it feels like to sit behind a window and listen to the secrets of the ladies. Cruise through the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the canal district and feast your eyes on the elegant gables of the merchant houses of the Golden Age. Pass historic churches and the Magere Brug (Skinny Bridge) as you listen to an informative audio commentary, available in several languages.

Amsterdam: Highlights & History Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Highlights & History Walking Tour

Meet your guide in front of the Victoria Hotel nearby the central station. Here your guide will introduce himself and walk with you to the Old Town area. This tour walking tour covers all the main sights of the inner city. Learn about the Amsterdam history and see many sights like the Old Church, China Town, crooked houses, and the narrowest street of Amsterdam. Hear stories you'd never hear otherwise and experience the history of Amsterdam's inner city. After the Old Town, walk to the Royal Palace, Dam Square, and Begijnhof. Hear interesting stories about the Dutch and learn everything you need to know about Amsterdam. Then head to the floating street market, where you could buy everything that is flower related. The tour ends at the Dam Square.

Amsterdam: Red Light District & Historical City Center

4. Amsterdam: Red Light District & Historical City Center

A cheerful and exciting city tour, lovingly guided, through Amsterdam's historic city center and around the famous Red-Light District, with lots of relevant background information, insider tips and lots of fun. This tour reflects Amsterdam's great diversity with all its contrasts, and offers you a comprehensive insight and overview.... A colorful potpourri of culture, subculture, architecture and city history. Hilarious stories and anecdotes, extensive information and impressions, combined in an entertaining city tour.

Historic Amsterdam 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Guide

5. Historic Amsterdam 2-Hour Private Tour with Local Guide

Explore Amsterdam with a private guide for a more personalized impression of the city of canals. Starting from Dam Square, birthplace of the 700-year-old city, the walking or bike tours can be as short as two hours, or as long as a full-day, depending on your schedule. Your local guide will explain the history of the most famous city of the Netherlands, including how 17th-century Amsterdam became the wealthiest city in the world, with Dutch merchants scattered across the globe. Cycle around the famous Red Light District and experience Amsterdam’s laid-back ways. Stop at the Sky Lounge to enjoy the best views in town and pause at local cafés and bars for a cool beer or hot chocolate, depending on the weather. You will end your tour in the direction of Begijnhof, where you will catch the fragrance of the Flower Market, before arriving at nearby Rembrandtplein (Rembrandt Square), home to the former butter market and close to some of the city’s most popular bars.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

6. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

Paddle through the heart of Amsterdam and discover the city on a fun and active tour. Pass bridges, beautiful town houses, and famous museums. Experience the city from the water on a 2-hour paddle boarding tour along its canals and the river Amstel. Your tour begins in a quiet section of canal so you can get used to the paddle board. Once you feel safe, you'll cross the Amstel and hit the city. Admire stunning houses along the river and paddle through the network of canals and bridges. Depending on the group's skill level, paddle level head back via the Red Light District or de Oude Waal. Both locations have plenty of highlights to check out. The last part of the tour takes you past the Nautical Museum and a replica 18th-century ship, before finishing up back at the original meeting point.

Amsterdam: Private City Highlights Tour by Rickshaw

7. Amsterdam: Private City Highlights Tour by Rickshaw

Explore Amsterdam from the back of a bicycle taxi and see places you wouldn't be able to reach on a bus tour. Choose the 1-hour or 2-hour private guided tour and discover the city's most iconic attractions along the way, from the bustling Nieuwmarkt to the Skinny Bridge, and more. Begin your journey with a convenient pickup from your hotel and ride over to Dam Square, created in the 13th century when a dam was built around the Amstel to prevent the sea from flooding the city. Move on to the iconic Red-Light District, with its racy but friendly atmosphere before peddling past the restaurants and shops of Chinatown. Continue toward the lively Nieuwmarkt and the busy Rembrandtplein, famous for its nightlife. See the Magere Brug over the river Amstel and admire the 3 museum buildings surrounding the Museumplein. Finally, immerse yourself in the trendy shops of the 9 Small Streets area. If you booked the 2-hour tour, enjoy extra sightings of the Vondelpark, the impressive eight-sided De Gooyer Windmill, and the Rembrandt House, where the famous painter once lived. Finish your journey with a ride through the Jordaan district and marvel at the area's beautiful homes and trendy restaurants.

Amsterdam: Self-Guided Walking Tour with a Bag of Adventure

8. Amsterdam: Self-Guided Walking Tour with a Bag of Adventure

Uncover the secrets of Amsterdam with this unique tour in a bag. Choose from a self-guided walking tour in the city center or Jordaan district. Get great questions to ask each other, beautiful stories, and games.  Pickup your bag containing 10 envelopes and 2 wild cards and head to the starting point of your tour. Read exciting stories and go in search of street art. Find out about local history and search out hidden gems. Challenge yourself with fun riddles and tasks.  Go on an adventure at your own pace and start at any time. The start and end location are the same, but everything in between will be an adventure. Open a new envelope at each location and immerse yourself in the activity within.  Choose the city center option to explore the red light district in a non-touristy way. Learn about inspiring citizens and admire great architecture. With the Jordaan tour, enjoy street art, famous folk singers, courtyards, and inspiring citizens. Take the tour with as many people as you'd like and get to know your group better with the included questions. 

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4.7 / 5

based on 1,308 reviews

I was running late as I had got lost in finding meeting point the museum was very understanding with this and still let me in I really enjoyed this as it shows you what the red light district is really about

You get a lot for the money. - Audio guide in German - Several stories, a whore, which you can listen to along the way We were quite quick and finished in about 1 hour. 100% recommendation from my side

This was amazing me and my partner loved it. Was very interesting and eye opening.

Was really worth money both me & partner enjoyed it was interesting

Both the museum tour and the canal cruise were great!