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Ultimate Party Pub Crawl - Red Light District

1. Ultimate Party Pub Crawl - Red Light District

Make the most of your time in Amsterdam. Take a 5-hour stumble through the depths of Amsterdam's infamous Red Light district on a pub crawl.  Start your tour with unlimited shots of vodka from 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM. Stop at 4 different pubs and a nightclub, and take advantage of great drink specials at all of the venues. At every venue, meet a friendly nightlife host at the door. Finish your party pub crawl with free entrance to a busy nightclub, where you can stay as long as you like.

Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

2. Amsterdam: Smoke-Friendly Sightseeing Cruise with Drinks

Sit back and relax on a smoke-friendly canal cruise through the heart of Amsterdam aboard a sightseeing cruise. Gain facinating insights into the attractions that you pass and enjoy alcoholic or non-alcoholic drinks as you sail through the canals. Hop on board and get cozy for a romantic cruise down the canal. Feel free to bring your own food and smokes to enjoy on board. First, travel through the Redlight District that surrounds the Old Church. Take in views of the waterfront and the Eastern Dock. Follow the Old City Wall onto the Amstel River and see the Bridge of Monet which was made famous by the artist's painting of this spot. Smile at the wacky Deconstructivism of the Dancing Houses and snap a picture of the Blue Bridge. Enter the Canal Belt from the Herengracht along the Mayor's House and take the Golden Bend to the Seven Bridges. Take the Reguliersgracht canal to cross the Keizersgracht canal onto the Prinsengracht canal. Spot many houseboats including the oldest houseboat in Amsterdam and take in the fantastic designs of some of the typical hippie houseboats from the ’60s and ’70s. Return to the Amstel river and see the Skinny Bridge, the oldest and most picturesque bridge in Amsterdam. Along the Hermitage and the Stopera, get up-close views of the “View on the Groenburgwal” painted by Monet in 1884 before returning to Redlight District again.

Amsterdam: Old Town Exploration Game

3. Amsterdam: Old Town Exploration Game

Discover Amsterdam's most interesting places by solving clues around town that will unlock amazing stories. Along the way, find fascinating tales of the people who used to live, work or create art around the city center. Uncover hidden secrets about the places you visit, and try to find the famous lost diamonds of the Medusa ship. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions so you won't need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve the clue and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked.  The tour will take you from 1.5 to 2 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so you can finish it at your own pace. After you buy the quest, an access code will be delivered to you by mail, which will be used in the downloadable app. You won't need a guide, just download the app, go to the starting point and be ready to begin the adventure. To play as a large group, one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group, or each person can purchase their own ticket. All group members will receive access on their smartphones to play the city game. The person who makes the purchase will receive an email from the local partner with all the details. You can play as a group and solve the clues together as you walk or you can split into smaller groups/teams and compete against the other groups. Each person can also play on their own, separate from the group and meet the group at the end.

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

4. Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

Discover infamous Red Light District of Amsterdam with a knowledgeable guide. Explore the district's narrow streets and learn about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub. Begin this tour in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city in either a shared, public, or small group. Start with a walk around the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and tell you about some of the oldest pubs of the city. Hear stories about famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' mandje. You also get the opportunity to take a look inside. Continue to the center of the Red Light District where your guide will tell you everything about the sex work industry, peep shows, and the history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. Here, you will find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Your guide will tell you what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District, liberal laws, and many interesting facts about sex work in Amsterdam. Then, walk to Dam Square where the tour will end. On your way to this area you'll see some of the last sights of the tour, like the Condomerie, the Royal Palace, and the Dam Square. Finish the tour with a rest at a traditional local pub.

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

5. 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: Coffee Shops Walking Tour

6. Amsterdam: Coffee Shops Walking Tour

Meet your guide in front of Amsterdam Central Station, and then walk through the Red Light District to learn about the city's legal cannabis culture and coffee shops. See the first coffee shop in the world, discover the city's smallest alleyway and much more! Visit the world's biggest coffee shop at the "Prix d''Ami" and watch a demonstration about how to roll a joint. Smoke legally (if you want) and hear about the strange Dutch laws on drugs. Get some in-depth knowledge that only the locals know about as you explore the drug culture of Amsterdam.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Photoshoot in Former Brothel

7. Amsterdam: Red Light District Photoshoot in Former Brothel

Dress up in outrageous costumes and get some glamor shots in a former brothel in Amsterdam's Red Light district with this attraction ticket. Be sent digital copies of your pictures by email. Stay hydrated during your professional shoot with tea, coffee, and soft drinks. Meet your host and photographer at the meeting point. Learn about the history of the area. Put on costumes and fun accessories like wigs, scarves and jewelry. Take your picture while standing in a red-light window in a former brothel. See what life is like on the other side of the glowing lights while uncovering facts about the venue. Hear about how the Red Light district has transformed and find out about future plans for this district. Receive your pictures by email after your photo shoot.

Amsterdam: Private Crime Tour

8. Amsterdam: Private Crime Tour

Start of this tour from Amsterdam central station where you will meet your private guide. From here, head to the China Town area where your guide will tell you about the Amsterdam heroine epidemic and Chinese mafia in the 1970s. Next, walk to the Red Light District area where you will explore the many narrow streets and where you will learn about the human trafficking and prostitution of Amsterdam. Walk past the first coffees hop of Amsterdam and learn why marijuana got decriminalized and how there is still a lot of criminality and violence involved in the marijuana production. You will also learn about the current situation of the Netherlands and why some people call the Netherlands a narcos state, how the Moroccan mafia in Amsterdam and Rotterdam is very powerful and control a big part of the international drug trade of Europe, as well as what the police does to fight the criminality and mafia organisations.

Amsterdam: Private Red Light District and Food Tour

9. Amsterdam: Private Red Light District and Food Tour

Explore Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District and learn about Dutch food culture on this 2-hour private tour. Start at the Amsterdam Central Station to meet your tour guide. Walk to the Red Light District and see several well-known sights like the Old Church, China Town, the city's first coffee shop and the narrowest street of Amsterdam. Listen to your knowledgeable, local guide as they provide you with an educational insight to the area and its coffee shop culture. Also, hear about Dutch law and the legalization of prostitution and toleration of marijuana. Learn about Dutch food culture, what locals eat and what the traditional Dutch snacks are. Taste 3 Dutch foods, such as a kroket, Dutch cheese and the famous stroopwafel. End your day at Dam Square.

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

10. Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Private Kick-Start Tour with a Local

Receive a warm welcome to Amsterdam with a private tour that will kick off your time in the city in the best way possible. Discover main attractions and landmarks like Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt in only 90 minutes. Get up-to-date tips on where locals like to grab a bite and unwind, or what about a unique family-owned restaurant in a local hotspot? On this private tour, your local guide will make sure you see Amsterdam like a local. Your guide will have all your questions covered and will give you a city orientation to get you acquainted with Amsterdam to help you enjoy the rest of your stay to the fullest.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam Red Light District

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 1,308 reviews

We had a really great experience on this tour. Learning more about the history of the red light district helped us appreciate and understand this unique area better. Keep in mind that there are some areas that the guide cannot show the group themselves, so they may ask you to explore it during or after the tour.

The tour guide (Anni) was absolutely amazing, funny and was very informative. The tour itself is amazing - I would recommend an evening tour instead as we didn’t see many of women in the windows. There is an option to have a peep show as well and to try coffee with something extra.

One of my favorite pubcrawls in Europe with great selections of stops for the crawl. Thanks to our amazing hosts— especially Juliette who was an accommodating and very pretty host ❤️ Wayy to excited to come back to amsterdam for this again!

Just what I was looking for. Bram was really knowledgeable, personable and answered all our questions. He was great at making sure all of us stayed together. Highly recommend

Immensely enjoyable - all the life, interaction and vivacity that one would want in that part of the world.