Amsterdam audio tour: Red Light District

About the Tour

Amsterdam is famous around the world for its liberalism, but its Red Light District is often thought of as a haven for looseness, lewdness and licentiousness. Look beyond the drunken tourists, however, and you will find a vibrant, living neighbourhood, in which the roots of Dutch tolerance and pragmatism can be found and in whose contrasts the concept of “gedogen”, the uniquely Dutch method of turning a blind eye, is clearly on display. Join us on an exploration of this fascinating area and learn about its past, present and future as it struggles, like the rest of the city, to deal with the recent influx of tourists. This tour contains sexual themes, but that's what you were secretly hoping for, right?!

Please be advised, this tour does contain some strong language.

Tour Producer


Republic of Amsterdam Radio

Republic of Amsterdam Radio is a group of history nerds with a passion for telling stories, based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. We have worked in Amsterdam's tourism industry for the last 10 years, and have been creating different history media since 2017. We make three different podcasts: the History of the Netherlands, Free and Fearless: The Story of the First Parool Trial and Stuff What You Tell Me. We are also collaborating on youtube projects and art projects relating to history in Amsterdam.

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Major Landmarks

  • Dam Square

  • Oude Church

  • New Market

Directions to Starting Point

The tour begins at the National Monument, a big white column, on Dam Square. Dam Square is located approximately 5-10 minutes walk directly south from Central Station. It is accessible by tram numbers 2, 4, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17 and 24.

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Places to stop along the way

Dam Square, Old Church, New Market, Our Dear Lord in the Attic, Casa Rosso, Belle Statue.

Best time of day

Quiet time: early morning
Good time: late afternoon/early evening
Naughty time: after dark


Pickpockets operate in this area so keep track of your belongings. Ignore street dealers. But most importantly of all, watch out for cyclists!



Posted by Anonymous Explorer , 3 months ago

One of my favourite audio tours to date! Great commentary, and highly respectful and knowledgeable.

Posted by Mel , over 2 years ago

Interesting locations and nicely timed commentary.

Posted by Ljubomir , almost 3 years ago
Preview mode limited to first 3 locations.