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Our most recommended Amsterdam Red Light District Walking tours

Amsterdam: Old Town City Exploration Game

1. 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: Coffee Shops Walking Tour

2. 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: Private Crime Tour

3. 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: Haunted City Exploration Game

4. Amsterdam: Haunted 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 walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

5. 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.

Seven Deadly Sins of the Red Light District plus Tasting

6. Seven Deadly Sins of the Red Light District plus Tasting

Meet your guide in front of the main entrance of the Royal Palace on Dam Square, then set off on this alternative adventure in and around the Red Light District of Amsterdam. Together we will find out why Amsterdam is called Sin City! Start off with a stroll around the town center, with its old buildings and picturesque streets. Pass by some of Amsterdam’s most iconic squares like Dam Square and Nieuwmarkt, visit the Zeedijk, the Condomerie, eat chocolate, see the Red Light District with its naughty narrow alleys, and end your tour in a local brewery where you can stay a bit longer to recover from all the impressions!

Amsterdam: Positive-Impact Alternative Walking Tours

7. Amsterdam: Positive-Impact Alternative Walking Tours

Understand the city's history in order to fully grasp the present. Help to create a positive future by going on a private walking tour, where you will have the opportunity to learn about and give back to the local communities in Amsterdam. Pick one of four tour options, which cover a variety of contemporary issues. While visiting local neighborhoods, discover the Amsterdam most people never get to see. Connect on a personal level with people and places and help to preserve the beauty and culture of Amsterdam. Start at the meeting point and be welcomed by your local guide to get you started and answer any questions that you have. Your guide will give you an introduction and discuss the challenges so that together with your guide you can explore the area and meet the changemakers during two meet-and-greets with local projects.  There are 4 different tours available, each with their own themes and neighborhoods: NDSM Wharf - Counterculture Take a free 15-minute ferry ride from Amsterdam Central Station and discover the stories of Amsterdam's counter-culture on the old NDSM wharf. Go to an area of Amsterdam where you can see the past, the present, and the future combined in a single space. Learn about how the area developed from a Dutch shipbuilding hub to a breeding ground for creative talent. Hear stories about city nomads, craftsmen, and artists and answer questions about the commercialization of the district. Amsterdam East - Colonialism and Fair Trade Delver deep into the history of Dutch Trade, the "Golden Age", and the dark colonial past. Walkthrough the beautiful and little-visited neighborhood around Czaar Peter Street in East Amsterdam. Learn about mistakes from the past and how this can create the possibility to do things differently in the future. Visit the Cacao Museum and taste samples of the best single-origin chocolate the world. Red Light District - Beyond the Curtains Look beyond and not just behind the curtains. Learn about the long history and the complexities of prostitution. Encounter another side of the Red Light District and hear the stories of local pioneers. Listen to change-makers share their future vision of this area with you. Amsterdam Green East - Urban Agriculture Get inspired to change the way you think, eat, and consume. Discover new ways of urban farming and the rising potential of green cities. See how agriculture in the city is thriving, visit local gardens, and learn about their harvests.

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

8. 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.

Amsterdam: City Highlights Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: City Highlights Walking Tour

Discover Amsterdam, the Netherlands’ capital city, on our epic walking tours by day or evening with a flexible 3 day ticket! With the help of our Amsterdam guided city tours, you will gain an unparalleled insight into both the modern and historic Amsterdam. Our Amsterdam guided walking tours go far beyond introducing its most famous landmarks; they show you its trendiest shops, coolest cafes, and hippest hangout spots too. So whilst our guided tours will give you a fun yet informative insight into Amsterdam, above all they immerse you in the city’s creative, youthful, and liberal culture. If you don't have time to join our day tour and evening tour on the same day, don't worry! Your ticket is valid for 3 days from first use. As well as our highlights tour, we have a number of alternative routes that knit together to show you the fabric of Amsterdam. Use the free Vox City app (included in your ticket) to discover more of Amsterdam and its incredible history. Essential Amsterdam includes: Flower market Anne Frank House Red Light District Madame Tussaud's Rembrandt House Museum Damrak National Monument Waterloo Square Market Bushuissluis Bridge New Church Singel Beursplein Blauwbrug In Van Gogh's Footsteps includes: Vondelpark Van Gogh Museum Rijksmuseum Moco Museum I Amsterdam sign Museum Market Museumplein Stedelijk Museum Concertgebouw Paradiso Leidseplein Our 6 self-guided routes main sights: Noorderkerk Amstel River Heinekein Experience Nieuwe Spiegelstraat De Waag Basilica of St. Nicholas Old Church Homomonument Groenburgwal Canal Dutch National Opera The Big Church The Portoguese Synagogue Yellow Bridge ...and many more!

Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Private or Public Walking Tour

Enjoy a 1.5 hour private or public walking tour of Amsterdam with a small (private) group of maximum four travelers and a guide. The small group size makes it easy to explore this gorgeous but busy city and enhances the feeling of escaping mass tourism. Learn about the city's interesting history and cultural life. You will certainly be impressed by the city's architectural beauty with static and imposing canal houses, its people and its relaxed, open-minded atmosphere. The easiest way and place to meet your guide is at the National Monument on Dam (Dam Square) since you truly cannot overlook the giant white pillar. Dam is the heart of the city and the place where the Amsterdammers built a dam over the river. Because this is where the city originated one could say that this is where all the magic happened. Nowadays the beautiful square is a symbolic location because it houses important national symbols such as the National Monument, the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church), and the Royal Palace. Follow your guide who leads the way through quaint alleyways with cobble-stoned streets where no other tourists are to be found. In the Dutch 17th century Holland was incredibly wealthy and powerful. The architectural heritage from those colonial dark days is seen all over this compact city, just like its classical character with gorgeous canal houses and historical houseboats. Admire the Waag, a medieval, fairytale-like building that once served as the gate to Amsterdam and other important sights such as Anne Frank House and the Westerkerk (Wester Church). Make sure to have enough space on your phone to take hundreds of photos because no matter where you look there will be something picturesque to see. Wander a bit off to take that perfect shot, because with the headsets that are used during the tour you can hear your guide even from a distance. Be surprised about Dutch culture and enjoy the entertaining stories your spontaneous and enthusiastic guide shares with you and learn about the city’s vibrant history and the dynamic between history, tolerance, religion, and pragmatism. Curious? Book below and be sure to enjoy a high-quality, off-the-beaten-path walking tour full countless of marvelous views.

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What people are saying about Amsterdam Red Light District

Great tour! We took the tour with our two kids (9 & 12). We had Laura as our tour guide and she did a wonderful job guiding us around the city and giving us very interesting stories and info along the way. Learned a lot. Ended at the Dutch Pancake Masters and the food was delicious!

Our guide Jonny was excellent, great fun to walk around with, he made the tour so interesting. Lunch was incredible. Really good value for money, I would highly recommend, a great way to start your trip to Amsterdam, it gives you an idea of what there is to see and do .

I had a great time on this tour. Our guide was very informative and knew all about the history of Amsterdam. We were able to see many sights in just a few hours and I enjoyed a delicious pancake lunch afterwards!

The walking guide was so interesting and knowledgable. We learned so much about Amsterdam and the Netherlands. This was followed by a superb pancake meal. Well worth the money paid.

Manuel was great! It’s nice to get a locals perspective and knowledge. We learned things we would never have noticed on our own.