Red Light District Walking Tour (Self Guided), Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a very liberal city, no more so than in its famous red light areas. The largest and best known red light district is De Wallen where you will see scantily clad prostitutes behind the glass windows of their one-room cabins. Prostitution in licensed clubs, brothels and homes is legal in the city, although street prostitution is not. The area also has numerous sex shops, peep shows, a cannabis museum and coffee shops that sell marijuana. There is also a sex museum, which presents a rich collection of photos, arts and objects related to sex and sexuality.

On Zeedijk Street, find Café ‘t Mandje. This lays claim to being the first gay bar in the Netherlands and one of the first in the world. One of the area's most famous thoroughfares is Oudezijds Voorburgwal where there are more window prostitutes, peep shows, brothels and coffee shops. The street also fascinates with its grand canal houses and the remains of monasteries from the Middle Ages. There's a lot more history on display at the 800-year-old Oude Kerk ("old church"), the city's oldest church and oldest building.

One of Amsterdam’s oldest streets is Warmoesstraat ('Chard Street') with roots that go back to the 13th century. Here, like some of the other streets in the area, you can find coffee shops and sex boutiques. The Prostitution Information Center is also on this street and is where you can dine in the lunchroom and find out more about the red light district.
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Red Light District Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Red Light District Walking Tour
Guide Location: Netherlands » Amsterdam
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Discovery)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Author: Xena

Walking Tours in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Create Your Own Walk in Amsterdam

Creating your own self-guided walk in Amsterdam is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Amsterdam Introduction Walking Tour

Amsterdam Introduction Walking Tour

The Netherlands’ capital Amsterdam is the largest and most populous city in the country. Famous for its unusual life rhythm manifested in the air of cannabis, coffee shops, the Red Light District and many other elements, the city keeps drawing annually over 5 million international visitors. Amsterdam's nightlife and festival activity are also well known throughout the world and largely...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.7 Km or 2.9 Miles
Amsterdam's Historical Churches Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Historical Churches Walking Tour

Amsterdam's numerous churches are an unique example of architectural diversity. Whether you are a keen church goer or simply interested in the architectural and historic aspects, Amsterdam will not disappoint. Take this self guided walk to visit the important religious sites in Amsterdam. The walk starts from the central station and visit eight religious sites in the city.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Jordaan Walking Tour

Jordaan Walking Tour

The Jordaan is a district of the city of Amsterdam. It was originally a working class neighborhood, but in recent years it has become quite upscale and home to many museums and art galleries, particularly those focused on modern art. The district is also dotted with specialty shops, markets and restaurants. This tour is a perfect opportunity to see the main attractions of the district of Jordaan.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 Km or 1.5 Miles
Plantage Walking Tour

Plantage Walking Tour

Amsterdam's Plantage neighborhood has been throughout the centuries a place of rest and entertainment. Beside its impressive 19th-century architecture, there is the historic Royal Zoo, and close-by is the verdantly exotic Hortus Botanicus. Follow this self-guided walk to explore one of the greenest neighborhoods in Amsterdam – a lovely place to stroll and laze.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 Km or 1.1 Miles
Red Light District Walking Tour

Red Light District Walking Tour

Red Light District is the medieval city center of Amsterdam, known for its canals and narrow alleys lined with old-school bars, exotic nightclubs and brothels surrounded by neon-lit red-lights. While legalized prostitution is the main attraction here, alongside sex shops, sex theaters, peep shows and coffee shops selling cannabis, the area also abounds in historically important sights well worth...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.1 Km or 1.3 Miles
Amsterdam Food Tour

Amsterdam Food Tour

Starting from the historic Dam Square area, passing through the posh Western Canal ring, and ending in the conveniently-located Jordaan neighborhood, this self-guided walk takes you through Amsterdam's interlocking canals, prettily lit bridges, and a maze of streets laden with some of the most diverse eateries and bars.

From top tastes such as raw herring to indulging in an infinite range...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.8 Km or 1.7 Miles

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