Our Red Light District tour with Lee was a great introduction for us to Amsterdam. It wound up being a private tour, and Lee was extremely knowledgable about the area. Lee was happy to answer any questions we had about Amsterdam in general and took us throughout the entire Red Light District so that we could explore!
Amsterdam Red Light District Tour
Red Light Tours are ow banned but the Prostitution Information Centre hosts the next best thing, a “Talk & Walk”
Start Point: Prostitution Information Centre
End Point: Prositution Information Centre
- Private Tour
Understanding Amsterdam’s Red Light District
No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without touring the city’s most famous / infamous neighborhood – the Red Light District.
Tours of the Red Light District are now banned so beware, when you see a tour being offered it won’t go into the district. They will probably talk about it just outside the district and then send you into the area alone afterwards.
There is still a way of having a meaningful learning experience however… The PIC (Prositution Information Centre) had been giving tours of the area forever. With the current restrictions they have changed their format. You go to their premises in the Red Light District, which is tucked between working red light windows. There, a sexworker or long term ally will give a detailed talk all about the area and the industry. Questions are very welcome and discussion is encouranged. I (Mark), being a long term ally, will be giving some of these talks.
After the talk, you walk on your own through the district looking out for things that you have just learned about during the talk. Then you return to the PIC after your walk for follow up questions. These ‘Talk and Walk’ sessions are at 5pm, last 90 minutes, and are held from Wednesday through to Saturday and cost 25 euros per person. Booking is via the PIC website, here is a link:
What I tradidionally covered during my previous tours and what I will cover during my Talk & Walks are the following topics, and, of course, whatever questios you have:
- The history of the Red Light District and of prostitution in general in Amsterdam
- Today’s legal framework, the good and bad points
- The impacts gentrification has on the area and the business
- How sexworkers rent their spaces and what’s included
- How much sexworkers tend to charge their clients and how to negotiate
- Security in the area and the role of the management companies and the police
- Men for women behind the windows
- Other formats of sexwork in the Netherlands
- Sex shops, live sex theatres, peep shows, strip clubs
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 3 people.
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 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’d bow to parental wishes.
A few Reviews…
red light district tour – Review from Tripadvisor September 18, 2019 by claired675
Red Light District Tour – Review from Tripadvisor August 25, 2019 by Mariel C
Awesome red light district walking tour! – Review from Tripadvisor May 5, 2019 by kyleandpatricia2016
We did a red light district walking tour and loved it. We really liked that it was done at 8pm when things start to come alive. Many other tour groups do tours earlier in the day and have larger groups. The price may be lower, but you don’t actually see anything. With this tour you get a lot of quality information and it’s all done in a respectful way.
Red Light District Tour – Review from Tripadvisor April 13, 2019 by Joe_Aloha
We booked the walking Red Light District Tour online. The rules changed in Amsterdam and walking tours at night now couldn’t exceed 4 individuals, so our tour was very intimate. Our guide, Mark, met us as instructed and proceeded to guide us through the labyrinth of the district. He was very knowledgeable, having previously lived in the area. If you’re interested in learning more and seeing first hand what the red light district is all about, give Mark and That Dam Guide a try.