Amsterdam Red Light District
Enter your dates to find available activities
Top Pick

Amsterdam Red Light District: Tours & Tickets

See all tours & things to do in Amsterdam Red Light District
See all 397 tickets & tours

5 tips for a safe visit

De Wallen – Amsterdam's main red light district – isn't as dangerous as you might think, partly because its historic quarter offers so much more than the scarlet-hued vice it's renowned for. Nevertheless, here are a few measures you can take to stay safe.

No photos!

The women in the windows aren't mannequins. They're people at work. Failure to show respect may see you forcibly removed from the area!

Watch your valuables

De Wallen might be one of the world's safest red light districts but it's still a crowded hub of tourists! Keep a tight watch on any valuables you can't leave at the hotel.

Go at night but stay alert

The Red Light District is one of the best places in town to see at night, but be wary of drunk tourists as well as pickpockets. Avoid the back alleys if exploring alone!

Know your limits

Most of De Wallen's problems are caused by immature tourists who think Amsterdam's liberal attitudes are an excuse to get as drunk as possible. Don't get carried away!

Take a tour!

Far less can go wrong in a group led by someone who knows the area. As a bonus, you'll gain some serious insight into the Red Light District's 14th-century buildings!

Amsterdam Red Light District: Our Tips

How to get there?

Amsterdam's Red Light District is, perhaps ironically, situated around the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in the center of the city. It's a short walk south from Amsterdam Central Station.

Best time to go?

This is a difficult question to answer because the red light district is incredibly active at all times of day. Your best bet may be to see it warts and all in the afternoon and then return to see it lit up at night!

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    The Red Light District is always open.
  • What is the price?
    Free to look at from the outside.
  • Will I need a guide?
    For safety's sake, and to learn more about the area and architecture, consider booking a walking tour of the district.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from most hotels in city center, as well as from Central Station.
  • Additional tips
    **Stay alert and in control of yourself.*

What People Are Saying About Amsterdam Red Light District

canal trip was fab and bus was very useful for getting around

We had a great time and found the canal trip very useful for accessing museums etc. Just loved the bus for its commentary and interesting sights, i would definitiely recommended this service - especially for first time visitors - a great way to see a new place on limited time and budget!!!
Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour Reviewed by Duck, 10/14/2016

A great way of getting an overview of Amsterdam!

Very friendly staff, especially the boat driver who took us to places off his normal route and was full of interesting facts about a city which he obviously loved.
Amsterdam Hop-On Hop-Off Bus and Boat Tour Reviewed by Peter, 10/13/2016

Our guide was absolutely impeccable and well versed!

I hate to forget his name, but he was incredibly nice and spoke 3 languages- he kinda reminded me of shaggy, from scooby doo, long dark hair, mildly hippie like, in a good way! English Dutch (Amsterdam) Spanish His disposition and general comfort with what he was doing immediately showed and helped our group (10 people) quickly bind together. He was good at setting guide lines and rules and was impressively quick with diffusing the town drunk kissing some of the ladies.. In terms of the knowledge actually spewed, it was well formatted and followed a time line of sorts!! Everything was spot on and I couldn't request this guide more!
Amsterdam Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 10/07/2016

Great way to experience the Red Light District!

Highly recommend doing this tour if you want a true experience of the Red Light District and it's history. Our Guide, Mars, was great.
Amsterdam Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Susan, 10/04/2016

Well recommended and sitting outside at back vg

Nice lady hostess ing. So helpful and polite. Nice grey haired captian too......
Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/26/2016

Things To Do Near Amsterdam Red Light District

Amsterdam Red Light District
Based on 435 reviews by GetYourGuide customers