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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!

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

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

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

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!

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!

Amsterdam Red Light District: Our 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 to visit
    The Red Light District is always open.
  • What is the price?
    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 tips
    **Stay alert and in control of yourself.*

What People Are Saying About Amsterdam Red Light District

Thoroughly entertaining and informative.

Our guide Tim was outstanding and very knowledgeable about the area and its characters. My husband was initially a little less than enthusiastic about this tour I had booked - and could not see how it could possibly fill two hours. By the end he happily acknowledged how entertaining and interesting he had found it. Most enjoyable.

Amsterdam Red Light District 2-Hour Walking Tour Reviewed by Desley, 11/23/2016

Fantastic way to experience a beautiful city.

Perfect way to view the city. The views are unbeatable when the city is lit up at night.

Amsterdam: 1.5-Hour Evening Canal Cruise Reviewed by daniel, 11/16/2016

Amazing experience on our first morning in AMS!

Our guide Dory, was thoroughly knowledgeable and made our tour such fun. She gave a really good safety briefing and was very reassuring always stopping to check that nobody had got left behind. I am so pleased we did the tour on our first morning as were able to get our bearings and ask lots of questions about landmarks and getting around the city. A thoroughly fascinating overview of the history of the city too. We would definitely take another tour with Yellow Bikes if we return. My teenage son rated it highly!

Amsterdam 2-Hour Bicycle Tour Reviewed by Caroline, 11/08/2016

Excellent Tour , The tour guide was very good and we saw a lot.

We thoroughly enjoyed the cycle tour around Amsterdam. The tour guide was excellent and made sure everybody kept together on the tour . We saw many of the sites in Amsterdam . We were sorry we didn't do the 3 hour tour . I would recommend this tour to anybody who can cycle.

Amsterdam 2-Hour Bicycle Tour Reviewed by David, 11/07/2016

Excellent well worth it we all really enjoyed it

We had an excellent time. I was worried about 3 hours of riding but there were a lot of breaks and it was very interesting would definitely recommend this tour

3-Hour Guided Bike Tour of Historical Amsterdam Reviewed by Cheryl, 11/04/2016

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