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Amsterdam: Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

1. Amsterdam: Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

Discover how and why Amsterdam developed its reputation for liberal attitudes towards sex and drugs on a tour of the Red Light District. Stroll into the atmospheric streets of the Red Light District, and see everything that the area has to offer. Walk down some of the city’s narrowest streets. Learn about the Red Light District from a local perspective, and discover the locations of several coffee shops, including the 1st coffee shop opened in Amsterdam. Hear explanations about the coffee shop culture, sex work, and political issues.

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Amsterdam: City Walking Tour

2. Amsterdam: City Walking Tour

Explore Amsterdam with a local guide who knows all the city’s secrets. During this walking tour, learn about the city’s heritage as you visit popular sites, as well as some local gems along the way. Learn about the history of the city, from its beginnings as a muddy village on the River Amstel to how it became the most important trading city in Europe. Topics covered range from the history of sex work and drug decriminalization in the Netherlands, to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and the Nazi occupation. The aim of this unique tour is to give you the perfect introduction to the city. Whether you go on to visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this often confusing city and allow you to make the most out of your stay.

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Amsterdam: Private Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

3. Amsterdam: Private Coffee Shop and Red Light District Walking Tour

Explore the notorious Red Light District of Amsterdam with a private guide. Learn about Amsterdam's liberal views about drugs and sex work in one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods. Wander through the narrow cobblestone streets to see the sex workers’ windows, legal drug vendors, and live sex shows. Hear stories of how sex work works in the city. Learn about Amsterdam’s famous coffee shops where cannabis is sold, and discover what is legal and what is not. Your guide will explain what a coffee shop is, tell you what products are made from hemp, and much more. Along the way, discover the Condomerie condom store, see shops selling hardcore leather and sex goods, hear about the xxx-rated video cabins, and go to the Prostitution Information Center. Visit Amsterdam’s first coffee shop and see the historic defense tower of the Schreierstoren (Tower of Tears).

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Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

4. Amsterdam: Private Bike Tour with a Local

The best way to explore Amsterdam is like the locals do, on a bike. You will meet your guide in the bike shop and be given a city bike that is comfortable for you. During the tour you will stop at a number of interesting places where your personal guide will tell you about the history and architecture of the city. Discover some of the most important sites and learn all about the rich history of Amsterdam. Cycle along the famous canals and Dam Square. Cycle through the various different neighborhoods of Amsterdam, such as the Jordaan, where you will pass the Rijksmuseum, home to a rich collection of Dutch art and history. Discover other gems such as the Museumplein, Stedelijk Museum, and Concertgebouw.

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Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

5. Amsterdam walking tour with Dutch Pancake Lunch

For the cheese lovers, this 2.5-hour tour is the perfect way to enjoy Amsterdam. Hear the stories not commonly included in the guidebooks and go beneath the surface of the city with the help of an English or Spanish-speaking guide.  Highlights of this tour include: the first Stock Exchange in the World, a walk through Dam Square with its National Monument and Royal Palace, the Red Light District, the Chinese neighborhood and Jewish Quarter, Flower Market, Jordaan Street, and a walk past the Anne Frank House.   And in the end, you will enjoy the Dutch pancake menu in a very nice restaurant with typical Dutch dishes in the city center. From the wild history of prostitution and drug decriminalization to the tragedy of Anne Frank’s story and Nazi occupation, the aim of this tour is to give you a perfect introduction to this city. Whether you visit one of Amsterdam’s famous museums or check out the cafés and bars of the Jordaan District, this tour will help you to get your bearings in this unique city and allow you to make the most out of your stay here.

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Amsterdam: Guided Redlight District and City Walking Tour

6. Amsterdam: Guided Redlight District and City Walking Tour

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Amsterdam with your professional German tour guide, and learn all about the history and culture of the charming canal city, including the exciting Red Light District. On this informative 2-hour walking tour through the beautiful little streets - numerous tips for your additional stay are included. This city tour combines two must-do tours: the Red Light District tour and the city center tour through Amsterdam's beautiful canal belt. Both are an absolute must in Amsterdam. Visit many highlights of Amsterdam's city center on this two-in-one tour, stroll past picturesque canal houses and learn why Amsterdam is considered one of the most free-spirited places in the world and what life is like today in this cosmopolitan, tolerant and multicultural city. Find out where to find the most culinary delights and which districts you should explore on your own by bike. The city is also home to the exciting Red Light District- A historically grown district indispensable in Amsterdam. Learn everything there is to know about the negotiations between punters and prostitutes, their income and expenses, such as prices, room rent, and taxation, as well as the women's safety. Discover the control mechanisms in the neighborhood and question the structures of sex work. This tour perfectly captures all facets of Amsterdam and is therefore wonderfully suitable as an introductory tour.

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Amsterdam: Private City Highlights Bike Tour

7. Amsterdam: Private City Highlights Bike Tour

See Amsterdam like a local on a private bike tour. Bike along the banks of the pretty canals in the Canal Belt, and pedal over drawbridges to discover hidden courtyards and secret churches. Continue to Vondelpark, the city's largest and most beautiful park. After a long ride through the leafy park, head to Museumplein to discover Amsterdam's most important museums. See the city’s most important highlights, such as Dam Square, Anne Frank’s House, the Rijksmuseum, and the Van Gogh museum. As a private tour, the itinerary can always be customized to your interests, ensuring you see the things you want to see and enjoy a tour that suits you.

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Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

8. Amsterdam: Private City Walking Tour

Enjoy a private walking tour and see all the main sights of the historic center, including the enchanting bridges, barges, houseboats and mercantile houses of the Canal Belt. Get well-acquainted with Amsterdam’s cobblestoned streets, walking over the many beautiful bridges overlooking the iconic canals on the Canal Belt. Be guided along the waterways, seeing the recognizable tall and slim buildings, numerous houseboats, and, of course, some of the most famous sights in the city. Learn how the city evolved from a muddy town on the Amstel River in the 12th century to the modern day metropolis. Get a local’s perspective and discover some little-known secrets of the city, including tree-lined squares and private courtyards. Get priceless tips on how to make the most of your time in Amsterdam.

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Amsterdam: "Fall in Love with Amsterdam" German Walking Tour

9. Amsterdam: "Fall in Love with Amsterdam" German Walking Tour

This tour goes through all the interest points of Amsterdam's old city and lasts approximately 3 hours. Together with a local German speaking tour guide you'll stroll through highlights such as Nieuwmarkt, Waterloopleinmarkt, Rembrandt House, Amsterdam canals, Amstel river, Amsterdam's Flower Market and Dam Square. At each interest point, another piece of Dutch history will be revealed by the guide. The tour is full of engaging stories and anecdotes that will change the way you see the city. The tour visits three different markets (Nieuwmarkt, Waterloopleinmarkt and Amsterdam's Flower Market). Upon arrival at each market, the guide will tell its story (with Q&A) and will set sufficient time for you to explore the market by yourself. Get a Dutch cultural infusion (auf Deutsch) as well as tips and hints on local happenings.

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Amsterdam: Red Light District 1-hour Smartphone Audio Tour

10. Amsterdam: Red Light District 1-hour Smartphone Audio Tour

Experience the charms of Amsterdam’s Red Light District with a self-guided audio tour on your phone designed by an accredited expert. Listen to fascinating stories, based on an award-winning storytelling concept, and gain insights into the most talked-about quarter of the Netherlands. Your walking tour begins at Dam Square, which is among the most important locations in Amsterdam. Find out how a simple dam on the Amstel River gave the city its name and witnessed the glorious, as well as bizarre, moments of Dutch history. Guided by an immersive audio guide, you will continue your stroll to admire the oldest building in Amsterdam, the famed Oude Kerk. Just outside the historic 14th-century church, you’ll discover the small statue of “Belle”, who asks all passersby to respect sex workers all over the world. Throughout your walk, follow in the footsteps of erstwhile sailors, sex workers, merchants, and modern curious visitors. Experience unique attractions such as the Café In’t Aepjen, the “secret” chapel of Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder and Bloedstraat. Your tour ends in Nieuwmarkt, Amsterdam’s busy market square, home to the iconic Waag building. Here, you’ll discover the stories of a unique heritage site that once functioned as a city gate of Amsterdam and later became the city’s main guild-house.

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What people are saying about Nieuwmarkt Square

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 81 reviews

Our city tour was super informative. Theresa brought everything across in a relaxed and witty way - great praise - you have to do it

Super exciting guided tour. Lots of background knowledge and lots of tips. Lively tour with Theresa. Gladly again.

Ne tolle Tour! Definitiv empfehlenswert. Vera als Tourguide - besser konnten wir es nicht treffen :-)

Vera was a great, dedicated guide who had an answer to any of our questions

The tour with our fantastic tourguide Lilli was great!