The Red Light District: Free Virtual Experience
Experience the De Wallen from the comfort of your home with an engaging self-guided virtual tour narrated in English, from your PC or smartphone browser. It’s so simple! Hit ‘START’ and in a couple of minutes, you will travel back in time and enjoy a virtual journey from the comfort of your couch!
Through the power of storytelling combined with street and satellite views, you will discover not only historical facts but also unknown stories and tales of ancient and modern times that will amaze your family and friends. The tour’s content is the result of in-depth research, squeezed into brief intriguing stories that will make your virtual visit both engaging and informative. The tour is only available online and you can access it repeatedly anytime.
This is an unmissable opportunity to gain valuable insights into the Red Light District of De Wallen and immerse yourself in the surroundings in an entirely innovative way.
All this changed on May 26, 1578, when the Roman Catholic city government was replaced by a Protestant one. The “Alteratie” (Alteration) was a bloodless coup but it had important consequences for the city and its churches. Saint Nicholas was renamed Oude Kerk and its interior was much altered in a violent fashion; the windows were smashed and the statues were removed. The authorities also eliminated the organ but were eventually forced to bring it back because people could not stay on key while singing hymns without it. An inscription commemorates these events: “The false practices introduced into the church of God were undone here in the year 78.”
Enjoy breathtaking street views
Enjoy magnificent satellite views
There is no meeting point. The virtual tour doesn’t require a visit to the site and it is designed to start at the Dam square.
- Virtual Self-guided Tour for the Red Light District with satellite & street views
- Audio content with engaging original stories in English
Know before you book
- This is a virtual tour for the De Wallen that you can take from the comfort of your home and feel like you were there
- No live guide or meeting point required
- You will receive an email from the local supplier with instructions on how to access your tour via a link. Check your spam folder as well
- No special equipment is needed (i.e. special glasses)
- This product can be accessed from any web browser and requires internet connection
Cancellation Policy: This product cannot be refunded once activated.
Oude Kerk: a building that captures the history of the city within its walls, is the Oude Kerk, the oldest parish church (and building) in Amsterdam. It stands there since almost the very beginning and literally houses the lives of countless citizens.
The Belle statue: In the heart of the Red Light District, outside the Oude Kerk, the statue of “Belle” asks all passersby to “Respect sex workers all over the world”. After all, the neighborhood became famous due to its housing as the world’s oldest profession.
Nieuwmarkt: Amsterdam’s busy market square, home to the iconic Waag building. Here, you’ll discover the stories of a unique heritage site that once functioned as a city gate of Amsterdam and later became the city’s main guild-house
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.