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Amsterdam Red Light District Tours Guide

The city of Amsterdam is widely identified by its pleasant canals and colorful houses, enticing nightlife, and endless art and cultural attractions. A glance away from the regular vibrance of the city would turn your attention towards neon red lights and Amsterdam’s unabashed secret: the Red Light District, at De Wallen Street.
The infamous neighborhood brings to light the world’s oldest profession and its employees, with strip clubs, toy shops, bars, and even a Museum of Prostitution. A visit to Amsterdam is incomplete without going for a Red Light District tour. Here is everything you need to know about its history, getting the best tickets & tours, timings, getting there, what to do, and more. 

All Your Amsterdam Red Light District Tours Options

Get a peek into the world of sex work and its skilled workers on Amsterdam Red Light District tours. There are three tickets & tour options you can opt for: with Museum Of Prostitution tickets, you can get access to the museum and learn about how its history and significance, a tour will give you an all-round detailed stint of the district, and combo tours let you see more of Amsterdam in addition to the Red Light District.

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Red Light District Tours

Combo Tours

With these tickets, get an opportunity to understand the history of prostitution and its cultural significance at the Red Light Secrets Museum. The building was once a brothel which was later converted into a museum. Skip the lines, and learn about the history and the present of this infamous district with these tickets. 

Recommended Experience

Get a peek into the life of a sex worker at the Red Light District. Skip the long lines and save time. You can get an audio tour that will throw light into the life of a worker and the measures taken by the industry to prevent human trafficking. 
This ticket allows you to exclusively visit the Red Light District with a former sex worker. Learn brief details about the history of prostitution in Amsterdam and get an opportunity to discuss the day-to-day routine of current employees. Explore the VIP rooms, bathrooms, and dressing rooms, and learn about the secrets they hold. 

Recommended Experience

Enjoy a 1 hour guided tour of an exclusive high-end strip and sex club in Amsterdam with a former sex worker. The ticket includes photos on poles, a strip club tour, and welcome drinks. 
Experience the best of Amsterdam with a combo ticket. Your ticket would include a Red Light District tour, along with access to other must-do experiences in the city such as a canal cruise, a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour, and more. These are the best ticket options for those who are looking to save and explore more while in the city.

Recommended Experience

This combo tour provides an entry to the Museum of Prostitution in the Red Light District, along with an Amsterdam Canal Cruise. Furthermore, your cruise includes an audio guide available in 18 different languages.

Which Red Light District Tour Should You Go For?

Here are some tips to choose the right tour according to your needs:

If you are on a budget

If you have a tight budget, pick the Museum of Prostitution tickets.  These tickets also offer skip-the-line access which saves you time and dime. 

If you want to know more about the Red Light District

A Red Light District tour is the best pick if you want to know more about the neighborhood. Enjoy a guided tour led by an ex-worker, enter the rooms of the workers, and learn their tricks for attracting customers, and deep dark secrets.

If you want to explore Amsterdam further

If you want an immersive experience of the city, choose a combo tour. Apart from getting a tour of the Red Light District, you get access to other experiences such as a canal cruise, and a Hop-on Hop-off bus tour.

Red Light District Amsterdam Tour Offers

Discounted Tickets

There are no discounted tickets for specific age groups since Red Light District in Amsterdam is only accessible to people over the age of 18. 

Cashbacks

Get up to 5% cashback on selected Red Light District tours by Headout. 

Plan Your Visit To Red Light District in Amsterdam

Opening Hours

Getting There

Guidelines

What are the Red Lights Secrets Museum's opening hours?
It is open between 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Sunday to Thursday and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM on Friday and Saturday. 
When is the Red Lights Secrets Museum closed? 
It is open every day, throughout the year. 
How long should I spend at the Red Lights Secrets Museum?
It is recommended to at least spend thirty to forty-five minutes exploring the museum.
What is the best time to visit Amsterdam's Red Light District? 
If you want the ultimate, real-time experience, the best time to visit the Red Light District of Amsterdam is post 7:00 PM. You can visit on weekdays and weekends, although the latter would invite more crowds. Also, keep in mind that the winter months tend to get quite cold, and exploring the neighborhood may get uncomfortable if you aren’t accustomed to such weather.
How long is a tour of Amsterdam's Red Light District? 
A tour would usually last about 1.5 hours, allowing you to thoroughly explore and cover the top attractions on the street. 
Where is Amsterdam's Red Light District Area located? 
Red Light District, also known as De Wallen Street is located right in the center of Amsterdam, between Binnenstad and Lastage. 
Where is the Red Lights Secrets Museum located?
The Red Lights Secret Museum is located in Oudezijds, Achterburgwal 60h, 1012 DP, Amsterdam, Netherlands. 
Google Map Directions
How do I get to the Red Light Secrets Museum? 
You can metro, a bus, or drive to the Red Light Secrets Museum.
By Metro: Board the metro and alight at the Nieuwmarkt station. The walk from the station to the museum only takes 5 minutes. 
By Bus/Tram: The nearest bus and tram transit stop is called Dam and is only 5 minutes walk from the museum. 
By Car: Set your GPS to “Red Light Secrets Museum” and follow the directions to the museum. The nearest car parking is  Nieuwmarkt 2I Parking which is only a 5-minute walk from the museum.
What are some rules and guidelines to follow at Amsterdam Red Light District?
Some rules to be followed:
  • You cannot take videos or photos of the sex workers
  • Consumption of alcohol is banned on the street 
  • Be polite and respectful to the sex workers
  • It is prohibited to buy drugs from the street dealers
  • Do not throw cigarette or joint buds on the street or into the canals
  • Carry cash during your tour
Is the Red Lights District wheelchair accessible? 
No. The Amsterdam Red Lights District isn't wheelchair accessible. 
Are any dining options available in Amsterdam's Red Light District? 
Yes. There are various restaurants and local cafes around Amsterdam's Red Light District. Some of the local favorites are Deyacos Restaurant & Bar, China Sichuan Restaurant, Quartier Putain, and Madam Pancake. 
Is photography allowed in the Red Light District?
No. Photography isn't allowed in the Amsterdam Red Light District. It is considered disrespectful to take pictures and videos of the workers without consent. 

Things To Do At The Red Light District In Amsterdam

De Wallen is the oldest neighborhood in the city and has a lot of things to do, see, eat and visit. Here are some of the must-dos: 

Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution

There are various museums in Amsterdam but the Red Light Secrets is the most popular and rarest of its kind. It is the only Museum of Prostitution in the world. Score an opportunity to understand the art and lives of sex workers, the challenges they face, and more with Museum of Prostitution tickets. 

Sex Shops

The Red Light District in Amsterdam is also home to sex shops. Take a stroll, pause for a minute, or longer, and explore their collections. You can also find souvenirs along with toys in these stores. Some of the most prominent ones are Sex Shop Pure Lust, Sexshop Hot Stuff, and Sex Shop Happy. 

Hash Museum

The Hash Museum is one of the most distinguished museums in the world. It is dedicated solely to cannabis. It was established in 1987 by Ben Drinkers as a tribute to the history of cannabis and hemp. Learn the connections between tattoos and cannabis, in collaboration with Stay Stoned. Understand the various uses of cannabis, its significance in various cultures, and manufacturing. 

Erotic Museum

The Erotic Museum in Amsterdam is one of the most prominent museums in Amsterdam, known for making people burst out laughing. The place houses various exhibits that are weird yet amusing. You can also pose and click pictures with various exhibits and window replicas of the Red Light District. 

Visit A Strip Club

Visiting Red Light District Amsterdam without a visit to a strip club is an incomplete trip. You can enter one just for the experience and watch the dancers. They also offer plenty of shows for you to get entertained. 

Visit A Coffee Shop

Take a trip to any coffee shop in the Nieuwmarkt Market, the oldest market in the Red Light District. There are various coffee shops that you can explore along the market lines of the Red Light District. The most famous ones are Caffe Italia, Cafe Piazza, Mama Pancake, and Quartier Putain. 

Amstelkring Church

The Amstelkring Church is also referred to as the Museum of Our Lord in the Attic. It has existed since the 17th century and is a Catholic Church that was built on top of three floors of the canal house during the 1660s. This was once a church and since 28 April 1888 is one of the most fascinating museums in Amsterdam.

Oude Kerk

Set out to explore one of the oldest churches of the city, Oude Kerk sporting a beautiful Catholic building. It is truly an architectural masterpiece. Built during the 1300s, the Oude Kerk is the home to various art pieces. They also hold exhibitions for you to get a view of what the place houses. 

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

In the middle of the Red Light District is Madame Tussauds Amsterdam. When you're in Amsterdam, you can find the wax statues of famous artists like Zayn Malik, Afrojack, Ariana Grande and more. 

Top Things To Do In Amsterdam

Here are some top things to do in Amsterdam:

Van Gogh Museum

Situated between the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam and Moco Museum is the museum of Dutch art, the Van Gogh Museum. It is dedicated to Van Gogh and all his contemporaries. Van Gogh Museum tickets offer a deep dive into the Post-Impressionist painters’ art, life and lithographs through detailed guided tours. 

Rijksmuseum

Also known as the National Museum of the Netherlands, Rijksmuseum is home to Dutch history and arts. It has over one million artworks and 8000 pieces on display. Rijksmuseum tickets offer a peek into the paintings, sculptures, and photographs by famous artists such as Rembrandt, Vermeer, Frans Hals, Ferdinand Bol, and more. 

Anne Frank House

The Anne Frank House is a biographical museum dedicated to her. It lies on a canal called Prinsengracht, located very close to Westerkerk in Central Amsterdam. Anne Frank tours provide an opportunity for people to understand the war crimes committed against the Jews and the significance of Amsterdam city during WWⅡ through the information given in Anne’s diary. 

Amsterdam Canal Cruises

Amsterdam Canal Cruises are one of the major World Heritage sites of Amsterdam. Take a ride on the picturesque canals and cross over the sights of various museums, flea markets, and landmarks of Amsterdam. 

Madame Tussauds Amsterdam

The internationally acclaimed Madame Tussauds museum is situated in Amsterdam as well. The museum houses the wax figures of some of the most renowned celebrities in the world. It lies in Dam Square, close to the Royal Palace of Amsterdam. With Madame Tussauds Amsterdam tickets, you can take pictures with celebrities such as Johnny Depp, Zayn Malik, Adele, and more.

Keukenhof Gardens

Explore the most beautiful spring gardens in the world at Keukenhof. The gardens are only open for eight weeks every year, from March to May. People from all over the globe flock to Keukenhof to witness the endless rows of colorful tulip buds. Book Keukenhof Gardens tickets to catch the serene sight of the valley of flowers and learn how they are exported across the globe. 

Moco Museum

The one-of-a-kind independent museum, Moco Museum, houses various contemporary, modern, and street art. It was established to help the young audience realize the value of making art accessible to the public. Furthermore, it also aimed at teaching the younger ones the value of art. Grab Moco Museum tickets to catch the epitome of the street and 21st-century art. 

Post-Covid-19 Safety Measures At Amsterdam's Red Light District

Some of the prominent post-Covid-19 safety measures to follow at the Red Light District include:
  • Wash hands after every appointment
  • Avoid face-to-face 
  • Check your temperature before services 
  • The room, bed, sink, and toilets are disinfected regularly to maintain hygiene

Red Light District Amsterdam Tours FAQs

Are Red Light District tours available now?

You can purchase Red Light District tours online or at the venue.

What are the different Red Light District tours available in Amsterdam? 

The different Red Light District tours available in Amsterdam include Museum of Prostitution tickets, guided tours, and combo tours. While Museum of Prostitution tickets offer skip-the-line access to the Red Light Secrets Museum, guided Red Light District tours offer a detailed stint of the area and access to chat with the workers. Combo tours are a great way to explore more in Amsterdam, along with the Red Light District. 

What are Are discounts available on Red Light District tours in Amsterdam? 

There are no discounted tickets for specific age groups since Red Light District in Amsterdam is only accessible to people over the age of 18. However, you can get up to 5% cashback on selected Red Light District tours by Headout.

What are the Red Light Secrets Museum opening times?

The museum is open between 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM from Sunday to Thursday, and 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM from Friday and Saturday.  

What routes are available for a SHow do I get to the Red Light District in Amsterdam?

You can take a metro, or bus, or drive to the museum.
By Metro: Board the metro and alight at the Nieuwmarkt station. The walk from the station to the museum only takes 5 minutes. 
By Bus/Tram: The nearest bus and tram transit stop is called Dam and is only 5 minutes walk from the museum. 
By Car: Set your GPS to “Red Light Secrets Museum” and follow the directions to the museum. The nearest car parking is  Nieuwmarkt 2I Parking which is only a 5-minute walk from the museum.

What is the best time to visit Amsterdam's Red Light District? 

If you want the ultimate, real-time experience, the best time to visit the Red Light District of Amsterdam is post 7:00 PM. You can visit on weekdays and weekends, although the latter would invite more crowds. Also, keep in mind that the winter months tend to get quite cold, and exploring the neighborhood may get uncomfortable if you aren’t accustomed to such weather.

Is the Red Lights District wheelchair accessible?

No. The Red Lights District does not have any wheelchair facility.

Is photography allowed in Amsterdam’s Red Lights District?

No. Photography isn't allowed in the Amsterdam Red Light District. It is considered disrespectful to take pictures and videos of the workers without consent. 

Are any dining options available at the Red Lights District?

Yes. There are various restaurants and local foods available around Amsterdam's Red Light District. Some local favorites are Deyacos Restaurant & Bar, China Sichuan Restaurant, Quartier Putain, and Madam Pancake.

What are some rules and guidelines to follow at Amsterdam Red Light District?

Some rules to be followed:
  • You cannot take videos or photos of the sex workers
  • Consumption of alcohol is banned on the street 
  • Be polite and respectful to the sex workers
  • It is prohibited to buy drugs from the street dealers
  • Do not throw cigarette or joint buds on the street or into the canals
  • Carry cash during your tour
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