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Free Red Light District Tour Amsterdam

  • Amsterdam
  • Available in: English, Spanish

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About the tour

Learn about its seven century-old history, how it went from being just a swamp to becoming the poshest neighborhood in the city, to then be abandoned by the richer Amsterdammers in the 17th Century and re-inhabited by sailors and hard laborers, both trades renown to enjoy the pleasures of the forbidden; the degradation and the legend of the neighborhood had begun. From then on pimps, prostitutes and a very exuberant black market took over the area. As early as the 19th Century it already started to attract tourists from all over the world who wanted to taste its fruits, relish in its exotic shows and haze in its opium dents. The 20th Century saw the toughest times for the area due to the heroin epidemic of the 80’s and 90’s. Nowadays, however, it is one of the safest neighborhoods in the city, with the Dutch authorities have been able to maintain the freedom whilst keeping the area out of the hands of criminals.

Explore the area and unveil all its secrets from past to new. Walk through the Old Church Square and learn of all the clever ways the church used in order to not lose its revenue. Walk pass the only place in the world where a father can spend time with a prostitute, confess his sins and with a clean soul (though possibly not such a clean conscience) pick his kid up from daycare. Discover its most famous cafes, for all sorts of different reasons, and hear all the stories they tell.

The Red Light District is a truly fascinating place, where with the right guidance one can discover much more than meets the eye. Throughout the centuries it has attracted all sorts of people from all sorts of places and many stories, told or untold, happened there and only there. It is an area with many faces and in our Free Red Light District Tour we will unmask them all!

Meeting point
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How to find me: Opposite to Amsterdam Central Station, outside the entrance of the "Amsterdam Visitor Centre", Stationsplein 10, 1012 AB Amsterdam (See map). Look for our guide carrying a red strawberry umbrella.
Tour duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes

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A guruwalk is a pay-what-you want walking tour, which means, it's completely free to book and join the group, but the 'guru' expects to be rewarded once the tour ends. Some people give 5, some people give 50, you choose the price.

Reservations in advance are mandatory because if the 'guru' doesn't see any bookings one day, she will not show up at the meeting point. Or if she has too many 'walkers' that day, won't allow you to join without the reservation. Booking is completely free, fast and easy. Book your guruwalk now!

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