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5 tips for a safe visit

De Wallen – Amsterdam's main red light district – isn't as dangerous as you might think, partly because its historic quarter offers so much more than the scarlet-hued vice it's renowned for. Nevertheless, here are a few measures you can take to stay safe.

No photos!

No photos!

The women in the windows aren't mannequins. They're people at work. Failure to show respect may see you forcibly removed from the area!

Watch your valuables

Watch your valuables

De Wallen might be one of the world's safest red light districts but it's still a crowded hub of tourists! Keep a tight watch on any valuables you can't leave at the hotel.

Go at night but stay alert

Go at night but stay alert

The Red Light District is one of the best places in town to see at night, but be wary of drunk tourists as well as pickpockets. Avoid the back alleys if exploring alone!

Know your limits

Know your limits

Most of De Wallen's problems are caused by immature tourists who think Amsterdam's liberal attitudes are an excuse to get as drunk as possible. Don't get carried away!

Take a tour!

Take a tour!

Far less can go wrong in a group led by someone who knows the area. As a bonus, you'll gain some serious insight into the Red Light District's 14th-century buildings!

Our insider tips

How to get there?

Amsterdam's Red Light District is, perhaps ironically, situated around the Oude Kerk (Old Church) in the center of the city. It's a short walk south from Amsterdam Central Station.

Best time to go?

This is a difficult question to answer because the red light district is incredibly active at all times of day. Your best bet may be to see it warts and all in the afternoon and then return to see it lit up at night!

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    The Red Light District is always open.
  • Is it expensive?
    Free to look at from the outside.
  • Will I need a guide?
    For safety's sake, and to learn more about the area and architecture, consider booking a walking tour of the district.
  • How to get there
    This attraction is within walking distance from most hotels in city center, as well as from Central Station.
  • Additional information
    **Stay alert and in control of yourself.*

What people are saying about Amsterdam Red Light District

Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 6,042 reviews

Interesting, entertaining and exciting experience!

The guided tour was instrumental in setting the cultural background for the evening’s erotic performance at Casa Rosso. As a small group tour, I was fortunate that the evening’s group was one, so I could have a detailed conversation about the history of the district as well as current changes afoot due to changing political realities in Amsterdam. The guide, Elena, was intelligent and knew her subject matter well. She paced the two hour tour with stops so that I arrived in time for the night’s show. Be forewarned, if you are prudish, this show is definitely NOT for you. For the rest, you can enjoy this type of entertainment for which the establishment is well known.

David? i think was his name, Canadian guy. very informative and funny!

Explained everything there is to know about the red light district, including history and what the current modern age does to still allow prostitution so its safe! David i think his name was (My memory is terrible) smartly dressed young man who really new his stuff. very engaging and was a a pleasure to listen to! Recommend to anyone who wants to learn about the 'ins and outs' (Pardon the pun) of the red light district.

Red light district with Gaard, an open-minding experience

Red light district is a controversial place, but Gaard was appropriate, objective and made funny jokes all the way. This allowed us to make up a personal opinion about the place but also to approach it with an open mind. It was a shame that from 1st of April tours are not allowed in Red Light District. It would have been more fun to tour it after 7pm with a group rather than on my own.

Amsterdam Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by

It was worth the tour - informative and set in historical context.

Raven, our guide was extremely engaging and conducted a brilliant walk, taking us through the lanes and streets as she narrated - connecting to events and stories as it happened in old times and how things have evolved over years. She handled the topic boldly and yet sensitively. Full marks to her!

Amsterdam Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by

He was open to any questions and we had a great time!

Jason was terrific. he had a sense of humour and was absolutely candid on what he knew and didn't know. And he was open to our questions and getting us the answer when he did not know. But there was not much that he didn't know. We just ask weird questions...

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