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Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll

Red Light District prostitute S cropped.jpgSex? Check.

Drugs? Check.

Rock & roll? That’s up to what you do after the tour!

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In a nutshell. Our true stories about prostitution, drugs, and crime are stranger than fiction during this naughty but nice experience through the Red Light District. See women practicing the oldest profession behind glass doors. Smell cannabis wafting through the air. The nightlife buzzes, and the residents living there add their own colour. Learn the 600-year history of prostitution in Amsterdam, how the brothels and sex shows operate, and what will become of its future. The most controversial neighbourhood in town is sure to spark a debate.

Practicals. Meet in front of the Barbizon Hotel across from Centraal Station (view map). The walk lasts 1.5 hours or so and ends near Dam Square (view map).

Themes. Prostitution, history, homosexuality, organised crime, drug use, public policy, the Catholic Church, the Reformation, feminism, human trafficking, gentrification, and whatever kinky stuff you come up with.

Areas. The Red Light District lies between Dam Square and the Nieuwmarkt. You’ll be escorted past famous sex shows of all kinds, through the narrow alleyways featuring various types of sex workers, and along the hotspots for your own rock & roll after the tour. Want to go inside a coffee shop? We can show you the ins and outs. No questions are taboo! It’s the oldest neighbourhood in town, so you’ll also see architecture dating back to the late 13th century, a clandestine Catholic church, and one of the only wooden homes to survive the 16th-century fires.

More details. On this fascinating walking tour, ask your guide those burning questions about one of the most infamous Red Light Districts in the world. We have all the sordid details, gossip, and little-known facts about this heady concentration of brothels and coffee shops. The Red Light District (also known as De Wallen in Dutch) is Amsterdam’s oldest neighbourhood. Check it out on a lowbrow and highbrow walking tour that’s both naughty and knowledgeable. But there’s more to Amsterdam’s oldest neighbourhood than prostitutes and coffee shops selling soft drugs. It’s loaded with history, too. Explore some of the city’s oldest monuments (the Old Church, the church of Our Lord in the Attic, the first gay bar) and elegant new venues. In Dutch history, it’s all connected: religion and prostitution, human trafficking, the Netherlands’ drug policy, and the district’s dramatic changes over the centuries.

Appropriate for young people? This is a lively tour that discusses mature themes and gives you an in-depth look at the city’s sex and drug industry. However, it is also suitable for young people, as issues can be tailored to your group as necessary.


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