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Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German or English

1. Amsterdam: Red Light District Tour in German or English

Discover Amsterdam's infamous Red Light District on a fun tour with a German OR English 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. Additionally discover the history of coffeeshops in Amsterdam, what the political situation around them looks like and how coffeeshops in Amsterdam are regarded both a blessing and a curse for the city. Red Light District Tour and Highlights From the National Monument on Dam Square go to Warmoestraat, one of the most famous gay streets in Amsterdam. Pass the Condomerie, a fun condom store and learn about Amsterdams contraception history. Take a look at the Oude Kerk, the oldest church of Amsterdam, and explore its paradox connection to the red light district. 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. 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 picturesque spots in Amsterdam. Learn more about the history and politics of the coffeeshop business in Amsterdam, how it was established, what issues the city has to tackle and what the future of coffeeshops in Amsterdam may look like. This tour does not include an inside visit of a coffeeshop. You will get the chance to explore them at your own pace after the tour if you wish. 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 Red Light District & Coffee Shop Tour

2. 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. Learn about the district from a local perspective, and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the first coffee shop in Amsterdam. Starting near the heart of the Red Light District, you'll explore the famous streets, alleys, and canals that are home to the city's iconic red-lit windows. Your guide will provide an interesting and informative commentary on the history and culture of the area. Next, learn about the legalization of prostitution and the challenges that sex workers face today. Stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District. Explore the small shops and restaurants of Chinatown, and walk down some of the city’s narrowest streets. Finally, experience the unique and fascinating culture of Amsterdam's Red Light District as you hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, prostitution, political issues, and history.

Amsterdam: Canal Cruise with Drinks and Bites

3. Amsterdam: Canal Cruise with Drinks and Bites

Experience Amsterdam from a different perspective with an all-inclusive, sightseeing open boat tour with a local guide. Enjoy some typical Dutch bites (Not lunch or dinner worthy) with drinks as you cruise past the most famous highlights. Listen to live commentary as you drift by the Royal Theater and other iconic city attractions. Make your way to the dock just outside the Rijksmuseum or Central Station and meet your guide and group for the cruise. Make sure the team is wearing pink shirts and not Orange (that is a different company) Set sail from the shore and cruise into the canals of Amsterdam as you help yourself to snacks with cookies and sweets and drinks including beer, wine, and sodas. Learn a bit about the city as you enjoy the views. Beware this is a historical cruise, not a boozecruise! So not suitable for bachelor or Hen parties! The captain of the boat will be wearing Pink. If the captain is not wearing pink, you are on the wrong boat. Please make sure you check before you enter the boat. --In winter time (oktober till march) we will be using a 100 year old Saloonboat Agatha, it is closed and heated--

Amsterdam: Red Light District and Local Pub Tour

4. 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. Meet your guide in central Amsterdam. Get a comprehensive overview of the history of the city. Start in the Old Town District and Amsterdam's Chinatown. Here your guide will tell you about the history of the city and about some of the city's oldest pubs. Hear stories and take a look inside famous pubs like t' Aepjen and t' Mandje. 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. Find many curiosities, like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, famous coffee shops, an indoor prostitution street, and many "smartshops." Hear what it's like to work as a prostitute in the Red Light District and find out about liberal laws. 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: Red Light District Exclusive Night Tour

5. Amsterdam: Red Light District Exclusive Night Tour

Join this 2-hour walking tour through the Red Light District of Amsterdam after dark. At night the Red Light District truly comes alive. Only then can you experience this famous district at its most charming. Learn all about the culture and history of the Red Light District and the Old Town area. Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs and see everything that the area has to offer. See the oldest building in Amsterdam, the canals, and beautiful old houses. You'll also explore the small shops and restaurants of Chinatown, the Condomerie, and the Royal Palace. Admire the Old Church, the oldest building in Amsterdam, and see many sights such as the narrowest street in Amsterdam, the city's first coffeeshop, several smart shops, and an indoor prostitute street. You'll come away from this tour more educated about the culture, political issues, and history of this famous area.

Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

6. Amsterdam: Private Pedicab Historical Sightseeing Tour

You'll start the tour at Dam square, birthplace of the city, the main square and heart of the old centre of Amsterdam. It's the place from where Amsterdam started to evolve and where we find the royal palace, the new church and the national monument. Next stop is Zeedijk, nowadays a street but in the old days one of the dikes protecting the old city. Here you'll see the oldest cafe still standing today with it's original interior and a bit futher down the street get a glimpse of the nearby Chinatown. New Market square, with it's most important building, the 15th century city gate, standing right in the middle of it. This place is full of history and you'll learn all about it. Minutes later there will be a stop at the Montelbaanstoren, an old watch and defense tower, part of the Amsterdam expanded defense line early 16th century. From here there is also a good lookout over the 'oude Waal' where there are a lot of houseboats lined up with 17th century canal houses as background decor. Next will be the jewish quarter where you'll see the very first synagoge that jewish people were allowed to built in Western Europe over 350 years ago, the 'big synagoge'. On the other side of the street you'll see the Portuguese synagoge. Nearby there is the holocaust name monument with 102 thousand bricks giving the names of the dutch jewish victims of the second world war. Just opposite the monument are a row of beautiful old 17th century canalhouses that were inhabited by jewish sefardic immigrants who were succesfull in the diamond business. Then you'll see the Hermitage, a huge old 17th century widowhouse that nowadays houses the hermitage museum. The skinny bridge is one of the most iconic bridges of Amsterdam that beautifully lights up at night when hundreds of light bulbs accentuate it's skinny but stylefull design. From here you have a panoramic over the canalised river the Amstel, which is the main and widest canal in Amsterdam. It's a good place to take pictures! The ride continues thrugh the canal district which is the 17th century neighberhoud surrounding the old centre of Amsterdam. On any city map it can be clearly seen as half circles that go around the centre. Here you find the majority of the typical Amsterdam canal houses that were once the homes of successful merchants. Unlike modern times, all canal houses are slightly different, although we will see there are some typical similarities among them that unveil their building era. The final stop before returning is at Museumsquare which is the biggest and greenest squares of Amsterdam with beautiful scenic views over the surrounding museums. On one side resides the largest museum of the Netherlands, the Rijksmuseum, where the bigger Rembrandt paintings are on display, on the other side we will see the Concertgebouw, concert hall for classical music. Also located next to the square are the Van Gogh museum, the Stedelijk museum for contemporary art, the Moco museum (Banksky) and the Diamond museum. Enough to keep you busy for a few days if you have the time. You can set a desired location to finish the tour before hand.

Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

7. Amsterdam Old City Private Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour of Amsterdam with your own personal guide, and stroll through the medieval center to see parts of the old city wall. Continue along the famous canals to explore Chinatown, the former Jewish District, and the infamous Red Light District. Learn how Amsterdam was built on a reclaimed swamp, when the land was buried in mud and the harbor was almost inaccessible. Connection with the North Sea was not realised until the 19th century, but Amsterdam had already became one of the most important cities in the world. As you stroll, you will learn about its position as a major science and cultural center, and discover how in 1650 its population of 220,000 inhabitants made it the 3rd largest city in Europe. Your guide will explain key aspects of Amsterdam’s story, passing sights such as the 17th-century Oostindisch Huis, the Amsterdam headquarters of the East India Company. Discover old pawn shops and handsome merchant houses in the Jordaan district. Walk the banks of the Herengracht, one of the first 3 major canals of the city, and more.

Amsterdam Red Light District & coffeeshop culture tour

8. Amsterdam Red Light District & coffeeshop culture tour

Join this 2 hour walking tour and discover the famous the “Red Light District”. Lean about the prostitution, coffeeshop culture and history of the Amsterdam Red Light District. You will hear explanations about the liberal laws, hear many interesting facts and hear how it is like working as a prostitute in the Red Light District. The first part of the tour covers historical sights and landmarks. You get a overview of the general history of the Netherlands and see some of the oldest building of Amsterdam. After this introduction you will walk to the center of the Red light District. In this area you will see many things like the narrowest street of Amsterdam, the first coffeeshop, an indoor prostitute street and many smartshops. Walk through the famous prostitute streets with the red lights and learn about the history and current situation of the Red Light District. Your guide will also tell you about the coffeeshop culture of Amsterdam. Learn where the name “coffeeshop” comes from and some of the weird laws we have on the consumption and production of soft-drugs.

Amsterdam: Interactive Queer Night Tour

9. Amsterdam: Interactive Queer Night Tour

Discover Queer Amsterdam by night.* For queers & allies. *This experience is one of a kind. It's social, local, and community-based. Like to dive into Amsterdam's Queer Night Life? Go on an evening stroll in the queer & historic heart of town? Meet queers and allies from around the world? Well.., hold on to your unicorns, you have just arrived at your shiny destination. Let yourself be guided by a local queer and nightlife expert for an introduction to Amsterdams' queer nightlife. A walking experience through the pink and historic heart of Amsterdam filled with stories of queer history & personal queer stories. You will be provided with the best tips for LGBTQI+ events and venues; for a queer night out on town, and receive your very own list of my favorites: the best queer spots of Amsterdam. Highlight: we will visit Amsterdam's oldest still-existing queer bar, since 1927. A golden glittery shot is included.

Amsterdam: Red Light District Walking Tour

10. Amsterdam: Red Light District Walking Tour

Join this walking tour to discover the Red Light District and Old Town of Amsterdam through the eyes of a local. Meet your guide and follow them to important sights, including Zeedijk Street, Chinatown, Nieuwmarkt Square, Cassa Rosso, and more. Walk through an old sailor neighborhood of Zeedijk Street and Amsterdam’s famous Chinatown, once an unsafe area that has transformed into a friendly environment. See sights like the In't Aepjen bar, crooked houses, and many Chinese stores. From Chinatown, continue to the Nieuwmarkt Square to see the Waag, originally a city gate and part of the walls of Amsterdam which is now a restaurant. Stop at one of the many market stalls for a quick snack, if you want. Next, walk to the center of the Red Light District to witness prostitution windows, Cassa Rosso, peep shows, and Bananenbar. Learn about the significance and history of these places from your guide. Find out why prostitution was legalized and how the name “coffeeshop” was coined. Walk through the famous streets, learning about its culture and the current situation of the Red Light District.

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Maurice is the best guide you can imagine! The tour was really very authentic, informative and humorous. It was really a lot of fun walking through the streets with him. Maurice left it up to everyone whether they wanted to visit a peep show or a coffee shop or not. So you don't necessarily visit these two stops. As a group, we didn't actually go to any peep shows or coffee shops, but that wasn't a bad thing at all. You will still receive the information you need to be able to visit it independently after the tour. We can only warmly recommend this tour with Maurice as our guide!

I booked the tour for my partner and me and we really enjoyed it! The guide had a friend with him who also told us some stuff, so we were in total a group of 4 it felt like a looking around with friends. The time went by really fast, it was a really chill vibe. Totally recommend!

Lea was lovely. the trip was paced and informative. 6pm was a good time to go when not too busy. when 7.30pm come is was busy, but more to see in the red light area. good experience would recommend.

Jay was an awesome guide! took good care of us, very entertaining and friendly. he made for the best experience of the day! so worth it!

Sanja made a great Tour! It was very interesting and we would definitely recommend it!