We show you around this iconic corner of Amsterdam and give you an insider’s view on how it all works. We do this discreetly and safely and you will walk away having learned about aspects of the area that you never knew existed!

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Amsterdam Red Light District Tour - The Basics

Tour: Amsterdam Red Light District Tour

Cost: €25.00 per person

Start time: 20h00 on most days

Duration: 2 hours

Language: English first language level

Distance: about 1 mile / 1.6 kilometres

No kids under 15 please (they are welcome on private tours)

Start Point: On the sidewalk outside the Barbizon Palace Hotel (see map below)

End Point: Near the Old Church

Maximum people on the tour: 10

Why take this tour

Most companies offer an Amsterdam Red Light District Tour and just say that they respect the area and the women but they actually do the opposite in practice with their big groups of up to 25 people! We respect the area and the sex workers because we have small groups of 10 max and we slip through the area as discretely as possible without being in the way of the women trying to do their job. This tour is fun and a bit bawdy and that is what the area is all about. For Mark and Lee, both ardent liberal feminists, the most vital thing about the area is that the rights of the women are respected.

Here is a brief outline of what will talk about:
  • The history of the Red Light District and of prostitution generally in Amsterdam
  • Today’s legal framework nowadays which has both good and bad points.
  • How gentrification is impacting on the area and the business.
  • Exactly how the women rent the spaces and what’s included.
  • How much the women tend to charge their clients, how to negotiate
  • Security in the area and the role of the management companies and the police.
  • Men for women behind the windows and speciality, transgender alleys and the so-called elite streets
  • We show you and talk about (from outside) sex shops, live sex theatres, peep shows, strip clubs adn let you nkow whuiuch are good and which are rubbish!
  • We encourage discussion on the tour.

Someone who has been on many of my tours once commented that this tour gives you an intimate experience with the Red Light District without the need for a post visit shower!

The small print

Amsterdam Red Light District Tour

Refund policy:  If you cancel more than 48 hours before the start of the tour then you will receive a full refund less bank costs, if any.  If you cancel within the last 48 hours then you get a refund only if I can re-sell your  places.

Group size is 10 people but if 9 have booked then it can be increased to 11 to allow another couple a place on the tour.

The tours are given by Mark or Lee.  In the vast majority of cases the tour is given by the guide advertised but very occasionally one of us has to fill in for the other.

The 15 year age limit

A word about the age restriction… The tour is very graphic in parts with strange sex toys and porn videos in shop windows. We talk about a lot of crazy stuff and intimate things and make some pretty bawdy jokes, in the best possible taste, I hope. I don’t want to have to trim info because there are minors on board. Even if the parents of the kids are fine with it, it might make other people on the tour feel uncomfortable. For all these reasons I figured 15 years was a good compromise. I am happy to give private tours of the area for families regardless of the age of the children, in that case I bow to parental wishes.


Booking Instructions

Use the calendar below, select a tour and follow the instructions

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Please double check that you have selected the correct day, it does happen that people pick the wrong date block. You are prompted to check during the booking process, please do this carefully.

You will receive 2 emails, one saying that payment has been received, and another one with a photo of the start point and the guide and the guide’s phone number. If you don’t receive these, first check your spam and then, after waiting at least 10 minutes, contact me:

You can also phone me but I can’t always pick up so email is generally better.

Please double check in the email that you have booked the right date and time.

Amsterdam Red Light District Tour

If there is no tour on the day you want one, from 1 April onwards, then mail me at and I will add one if I can.

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