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Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

1. 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: 1-Hour Cruise with Local Guide

2. Amsterdam: 1-Hour Cruise with Local Guide

Admire the sights of Amsterdam on a 100% electric open boat cruise. Learn informative and entertaining insights about the sites along the route. See the 17th-century buildings lining the famous canals. Cruise past the Hermitage Museum, then glide past the Skinny Bridge, the chic Amstel Hotel and the charming Grachtengordel district. Enjoy the Cruise Like a Local experience. Enjoy the flexibility of a single-use ticket that can be used on any of the cruises.

Amsterdam: Haunted Stories City Exploration Game

3. Amsterdam: Haunted Stories City Exploration Game

Play a game while touring Amsterdam at your own pace. Enjoy a story about the dark forces that wish to turn back the clock in this liberal and progressive city. Imagine you return to your hotel after drinking, but your friends have gone missing. Discover that this goes beyond anything you have ever experienced, even beyond the grave. As the story unfolds the exact directions on your phone will guide you to the next location Start at Hotel Prins Hendrik and immerse yourself in 2 to 2.5 hours of gameplay. Pause the game and resume anytime from the location where you paused it. Save your data by playing offline. Finish triumphantly at Westerkerk. Compete with groups or play on your own, as one person can purchase access for the entire group by selecting the number of people in the group, so the group can download and play the city game on their phone.

Amsterdam: Coffee Shops Walking Tour

4. 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: Old Town City Exploration Game

5. Amsterdam: Old Town City 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 & Coffee Shop Tour

6. Amsterdam Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs on a tour of the Red Light District. Following pickup from your hotel or meeting point near Central Station, stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District, and see everything that the area has to offer. Explore the small shops and restaurants of Chinatown, and walk down some of the city’s narrowest streets. Learn about the Red Light District from a local perspective, and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the 1st coffee shop of Amsterdam. Hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, prostitution, political issues, and history. Then, enter a coffee shop to enjoy a relaxing break and smoke a joint (only if you want to).

Amsterdam: Private Red Light District and Food Tour

7. 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: Red Light District Tour in German

8. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German

Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a humorous 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 the small-group tour with no more than 4 people that goes right into the center of the Red Light District and visits a peepshow, or opt for 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 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) where former prostitutes are dedicated to educational work 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 coffee shop, the city tour leads to a peepshow from the 70s. 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 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 walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

9. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

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

4.6 / 5

based on 4,251 reviews

Eric was our tour guide and he made the experience a 10/10. He was funny, informative and gave us a great introduction to Amsterdam. I would recommend you do this on your first day - it gave us a great insight on the best places to visit, smoking culture and what’s best to smoke, as well as the history of the red light district. I came away from the tour more knowledgable and happy. If it weren’t for our amazing tour guide, we wouldn’t have had this experience, make sure to tip!

Loved this quick overview of the culture of Amsterdam. Our guide was really great - can't remember her name, but she was from Croatia. Knowledgable about the history of Amsterdam and gave us some good recommendations for food during our visit.

Recommend you do this tour your first night in Amsterdam, you know get the do and donts, history of course, then however long your here is just a continuation of the tour right

Unfortunately, the German-speaking tour guide was canceled at short notice, but Erik did a great job. There were only four of us and we had a lot of fun and learned a lot.

Great guide who knew so much She was friendly and interesting.