April 2020: Join us for the best tulip day out, including a visit to Keukenhof Gardens, superb flower fields in bloom, a lovely old windmill and a traditional Dutch pancake lunch in a local hideaway.
Start Point: At 20h30 on the sidewalk outside the Barbizon Palace Hotel
End Point: Near the Old Church
Please note: Amsterdam City Council has made a new decision about Red Light District Tours: From 1 April 2019, no tours larger than 4 people at night anymore. So we’ll be running a Semi-Private Tour of up to 4 people at 20h30.
The first 2 tickets are sold as a pair, thereafter it is possible to buy individual tickets. The reason for this is that we don’t run the tours with just 1 person booked in.
Dive Into the City’s Red Light District
No visit to Amsterdam would be complete without touring the city’s most infamous neighborhood – the Red Light District.
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 with their big groups of up to 20 people at 4 or 5 pm when there is nothing to see! We respect the area and the sex workers because we have small groups of 4 max and we slip through discretely, without being in the way of the women trying to do their job. We walk at 8:30pm as we are small enough not to be caught by the big tour ban. 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.
Discover what this neighborhood is all about with That Dam Guide. The tour covers the following topics:
- The history of the Red Light District and of prostitution in general in Amsterdam
- Today’s legal framework which has both good and bad points
- The impacts gentrification has on the area and the business
- How the women rent their spaces and what’s included
- How much women 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, transgender and the so-called elite streets
- We show you and talk (from the outside) about sex shops, live sex theatres, peep shows, strip clubs and let you know which are good and which to avoid
- We encourage and love discussion on the tour
We show you around this iconic corner of Amsterdam and give you a real 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.
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 4 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.