De Wallen: The Red Light District

Amsterdam, Netherlands

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First came the river and the mud, then the wooden houses, and finally the prostitutes. Their area is popularly known as the Red Light District but locals call it De Wallen, from the earthen walls that once protected the early settlement. This is the story of Amsterdam’s most thrilling neighbourhood, beyond the brightness of the red lights.


  • Dam Square

    1. Dam Square

    Dam Square is among the most important locations in the city of Amsterdam. A simple dam on the Amstel River gave the city its name and witnessed the glorious, as well as bizarre, moments of Dutch history.
  • Belle’s Statue

    2. Belle’s Statue

    Prostitution in Amsterdam was a source of shame for some, the means of livelihood for others, and a tourist attraction for many more. The Old Church’s Square has always been at the heart of the Red Light district.
  • Bloedstraat

    3. Bloedstraat

    Bloedstraat, meaning Blood street, is a street with a most sinister reputation. If you listen carefully, you may hear the cries of hundreds of innocent souls who were condemned to death for the “wrong” religious beliefs.

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Address Dam Square city center
Starting point Dam Square
Finishing point 1012 CR Amsterdam, Netherlands
Areas Dam Square, Oude Kerk Belle’s Statue, Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder House Church
Recommended visiting hours In the morning.
Directions to Starting Point Dam Square is a nine-minute walk away from Centraal station. Walk along Stationsplein and then turn left toward Damrak until you reach the square.

Why take a self-guided tour?

This is a self-guided tour based on the award-winning storytelling concept developed by Clio Muse and the fascinating narratives prepared by our handpicked destination experts.

You can enjoy each multilingual tour by using your smartphone or tablet at your own pace even if you are offline. The interactive map on your screen will guide you step-by-step as you explore all points of interest along your route. Each stop comes with a selection of our signature stories allowing you to tailor the tour experience to your personal interests and schedule.

After downloading Clio Muse app, you can access this tour and activate it any moment you wish and also repeat it any time. To best enjoy our multimedia self-guided tour (comprising maps, video, audio and text) we recommend the use of headphones.

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