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Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

1. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a humorous 1.5-hour tour with a German guide. Learn how much on average a prostitute earns per night, how many customers they have per shift and which sexual acts pay the largest sums. Choose between two options: a small-group tour with maximum 4 people that goes right into the center of the Red Light District and visits a peepshow; or a tour that tells the story of the Red Light District, visits some of its highlights, and explores other famous hotspots in Chinatown and the harbor.  You can also choose to have a private guide on the small-group tour. Small-Group Red Light District Tour and Peepshow Enter the heart of the red light district with a maximum group of 4 people plus your guide. The 1.5-hour tour highlights all the positive as well as negative aspects of the Amsterdam Red Light District. From the National Monument on Dam Square go to Warmoestraat, one of the most famous gay streets in Amsterdam. Pass the Condomerie, a condom store that specializes in all kinds of rubbers, then go further into the heart of the district to the Prostitution Information Center (PIC). Former prostitutes are dedicated to educational work at the information center and are trying to dispel prejudices about prostitution. Directly opposite lies the Old Church (Oude Kerk), the oldest church in Amsterdam and probably the only church in the world which is surrounded by prostitution. The special situation of the Old Church helped enforce its great wealth, because sinners of the night felt obliged to wash their contaminated souls clean through a generous donation or "sin tax". Around the square the church is surrounded by a row of windows flooded by red lights revealing attractive, scantily-clad women. Discover more about the process of negotiations between customers and prostitutes, about their income and expenses, prices, room rental and taxes, but also about the women's security. Past Amsterdam's first commercial coffeeshop, the city tour leads to a peepshow from the 70's. The visit to the peepshow is a small highlight of the tour. The peepshow was once the most popular establishment of the entire district, today it is a nostalgic gem in a street of absurd sex shows. Red Light District Highlights, Harbor, and Chinatown Tour Visit selected highlights of the Red Light District and beyond in a group of maximum 15 people. Discover the district’s rich history with your guide and get the full insight into the prostitution industry.  Learn details about how customers and sex workers negotiate, how much they earn, how room rental and taxes work, and the women’s security.  See the most popular spots, including De Dam, the Condomerie, and Warmoestraat. You will also be able to see the famous red-lit windows from a distance before exploring the vibrant LGBTQ+ scene on the nearby Zeedijk street in Chinatown.  Dive into the Red Light District’s origins and visit the harbor, the reason the red light district came about. Catch a photo opportunity in front of the “dancing houses,” one of the most-photographed spots in Amsterdam. Pass by a typical coffee shop and continue to Nieuwmarkt, a lively square with lots of inviting bars. Get a glimpse into the street full of sex theaters.  Equip yourself with recommendations from your guide on how to keep exploring the Red Light District at your own pace. Get tips on visiting a 70s peepshow, which you can experience on your own after the tour.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

2. Amsterdam: 2-Hour Guided Bike Tour

Amsterdam is a world-class cycling city, and there’s no better way to explore it than on this 2-hour bike tour. Count on the years of experience of the first company in Amsterdam to offer guided bicycle tours, with friendly guides that will show you the authentic Amsterdam on a relaxed tour of the city. See all the major highlights as you learn about Amsterdam's rich history. Visit the old western harbor, cycling through a maze of idyllic canals, and ride into hidden courtyards where you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the picturesque city. In addition, you will get to explore the various diverse neighborhoods of Amsterdam, riding through the Jordan Quarter, where you will pass Rembrandt’s house, continuing to the Rijksmuseum, a state museum dedicated to art and history, and exploring the infamous Red Light District, where you can experience Amsterdam’s underground culture.

Amsterdam: Red Lights & Dark Amsterdam Tour

3. Amsterdam: Red Lights & Dark Amsterdam Tour

If you are intrigued by Amsterdam, but would like some help navigating the city by night on your own, then this 2-hour walking tour is ideal. In the company of an experienced guide, you will wander through the sinful streets exploring its surprising nocturnal life. Discover what Amsterdam’s oldest neighborhood has to offer, from coffee shops and jazz clubs to sex theaters and smartshops. Learn about the realities and legends of this storied city. The tour will show you the Condomerie, the Old Church, Warmoestraat – the hardcore leather neighborhood – S&M specialist sex shops, video cabins, elite streets, the Prostitution Information Center, Newmarket, and much more.

Amsterdam: 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Tour

4. 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 Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

5. Amsterdam Red Light District Private Tour with a Local

Join a local guide on a 2-hour private tour of Amsterdam's most notorious neighborhood and get a unique insight into the history and culture of the Red Light District. Stroll the narrow streets and pass the windows where scantily dressed sex workers ply their trade as you hear how the liberal attitude of the locals has made the area an integral part of city life, whether they're going to work or taking their children to kindergarten.   Get to know the real stories behind the windows, discover hidden spots and a few landmarks along the way. Join the hustle and bustle of the busy Warmoesstraat, visit a local brewery, and discover the oldest building in the city. Venture down the narrowest street, and end at the famous Weigh House on Nieuwmarkt.

Amsterdam: Guided 3-Hour Big City Bike Tour

6. Amsterdam: Guided 3-Hour Big City Bike Tour

Amsterdam is a world-class cycling city and there’s no better way to explore it than on a bike tour. Ride with the first company in Amsterdam to offer guided bicycle tours, accompanied by friendly guides that will show you authentic Amsterdam on a detailed tour of the city. See some of the major sites as you learn about the rich history of Amsterdam. You will visit the harbor, cycling through a maze of idyllic canals and into hidden courtyards where you will have plenty of opportunities to photograph the picturesque city. In addition, you will get to explore the various diverse neighborhoods of Amsterdam, riding through the Jordan Quarter where you will pass Rembrandt’s house, continuing on to the Rijksmuseum, a state museum dedicated to art and history and exploring the infamous Red Light District, where you can experience Amsterdam’s underground culture.

Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

7. Amsterdam's Red Light District with Spanish-Speaking Guide

Amsterdam's Red Light District is unique: What other countries hide or prohibit is legal in the Netherlands. Visit the neighborhood and learn all about the world's oldest profession. Meet your Spanish-speaking guide and head into the heart of Amsterdam's Red Light District on a 2-hour walking tour. The guide will answer any questions you may have and tell you about origins of the neighborhood and the status of prostitution. Walk along the Warmoesstraat (gay street) and see the Condomerie. Hear everything about the PIC (Information Centre on Prostitution), the Sex Museum, Erotic Museum, the prostitutes’ cabins, and venues that feature live sex and peep shows. Then you'll have 10 minutes of free walking time in which you can see the Oude Kerk (Old Church) area and the heart of the Red Light District on your own. After that, walk to Chinatown and the biggest Buddhist temple in Europe with your guide.

Amsterdam Red Light District Party: Private Group Tour

8. Amsterdam Red Light District Party: Private Group Tour

Walking alone through Amsterdam's Red Light district can be quite intimidating; so why not join a relaxed private walking tour of the area instead? Hear about the beginnings of Amsterdam's notorious Red Light District from your resident guide, and sample some if its charms on a 2-hour walking tour through one of Amsterdam's notorious neighborhoods. Put the rumors to the test as you visit the erotic window parlors and smell the aroma of marijuana drifting along the canals. Dozens of shops with mushrooms and cookies, as well as the infamous Condomerie await you – explore them all with your private guide. Learn about the district’s vibrant history from your guide as you venture around the cobbled streets. In De Wallen you’ll hear about its beginnings and explore the network of alleys lined with over 300 single-room cabins rented by sex workers today. Enjoy a quick pitstop at the Metropolitan bakery in Amsterdam for free samples of the famous Dutch cookie, the stroopwafel and hot chocolate. Head down the dark alleys and follow your guide into secret entryways. You’ll be an expert on the area, the people, and the history in no time. Finish off the tour with a celebratory drink at Cafe Remember in the heart of the Red Light District!

Amsterdam: Sex Workers and Drug Tour in Spanish

9. Amsterdam: Sex Workers and Drug Tour in Spanish

Meet your native Spanish guide in a central location in Amsterdam at 4pm and he will introduce you to the heart of Amsterdam: the old city center During this walking tour, you'll see establishments that are not common in other neighborhoods of central European cities, such as coffee shops and smart shops where it's common that cannabis and other drugs such as mushrooms are sold and consumed.  Your guide will tell you everything about the regulation of drugs in the Netherlands, as well as the regulation of sex workers. To end your visit, your guide will recommend you different places to enjoy in the area after your tour ends.

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We had the red light district tour with Franzi and can only praise the tour and especially Franzi! ❤️ Franzi kidnapped us very funny and with a lot of humor to the red light district. The tour is more than recommended and all our open questions were answered. Kudos to Amsterdamliebe

Wonderful tour through the red lights district with our guide Helena who was very informative and charismatic. It was great to get a local perspective and check out places we wouldn’t have otherwise gone to!

Thank you for letting us rearrange the trip after the delay in our flight from the UK. And the tour was fantastic - Niels was excellent and I would highly recommend the tour, a fun way to see a city!

It is essential to be able to fully understand the history of this neighborhood and to be able to form an opinion. The guide, Oso, knew how to transmit it perfectly and the experience was very fun.

Bianca a guide that transmits very good energy, explains super interesting things and makes the experience very top