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Walking Amsterdam’s Red Light District (“de Wallen”)

Groups, either business or private can book a Red Light District tour at the Wallenwinkel/PIC. The one hour tour is given by experts and by explaining how things work in detail you get a special, ‘behind the curtains’ look. Next to the a tour we can also arrange a complete evening ‘experience’ in the Red Light District with a dinner, show and a real look behind the scenes!

The Red Light District is one of Amsterdam’s most unique neighbourhoods. Just like Amsterdam’s Jordaan neighbourhood “de Wallen”, as it is locally known, is a “must see” for all visitors. And you have probably never walked through “de Walle”” with a woman who worked for years behind one of the windows herself....

Mariska Majoor, founder of the Prostitution Information Centre (PIC), can tell you all about life in “de Wallen” like no one else can. As a 16 year old girl she started working in prostitution of her own choice. She not only talks about the history of the area but also about her own experiences. Mariska is very open about her thoughts and motives and she is always ready to answer your questions about prostitution or the area.

In about 1 hour you will walk the whole of the neighbourhood and you will get an explanation about how it all works. It is a rare opportunity to talk with a former prostitute about the area and her profession so don’t be afraid to ask what you would like to know during the tour!

How much and when?
The tour – of small groups – begins from the Wallenwinkel/PIC at Enge Kerksteeg. The tour is for 1 hour and the cost per person is € 14,95 (the proceeds are used to help support the activities of the PIC). Tours can also be arranged for larger groups but we ask that you contact us at so that we can arrange a special appointment.

The PIC will be closed on Thursday during december.


Red Light District Tour 2007
tours every saturday!
dutch and english
saturday at 17:00 hours
groups bigger than 4 people can make reservations for an other day









For more information about costs and the possibilities for larger groups please contact us via email or telephone: 0031(0)20 420 73 28

Tip: To join one of our upcoming tours without a reservation please go to our website and check our ‘Tour Agenda’ to see when the next tour is.

Important: During the tour we ask that you do not take any pictures of the window prostitutes. This can cause problems, including the security of your camera and above all it is disrespectful of the women working!

The Red Light District tour is also done by colleagues of Mariska. Some are former prostitutes while others have not worked in prostitution but are, for example, experts on the history of the area!

Self guided tour

red light district tourBe your own guide! Unique for “de Wallen” is our Self Guided Tour booklet. With this handy guide you can walk on your own through the neighbourhood and discover all the best places. In this booklet you will find, along with the route, information about the places of interest in the Red Light District. The Self Guided Tour is of special interest for groups that do not want to walk with a guide but still want an informative tour through the area. The Self Guided Tour is available to buy at the Wallenwinkel/PIC.

Download the Self Guided Tour (€ 3,00) here


De geschiedenis van de Wallen