Unique sneak peek behind the scenes of an area in 'transition' with a private guide
The Red Light district is changing fast due to project 1012. Project 1012 aims to close down half of the window brothels and one third of the 76 coffeeshops.
Amsterdam's city council created Project 1012 to regenerate The Red Light district, an area previously known for its window brothels and coffeeshops.
During this informative tour of 2. 5 hours I will take you around the Red Light District and explain you all the pro's and con's of this project.
My wife and I were some of the first new entrepeneurs that were allowed to reshape a former window brothel. During the tour we visit our former window brothel in a live prostitution alley. Here you will get a short presentation, often supported by my wife (founder of a Red Light entrepreneurs association).
This tour will ofcourse also cover the history of the Red Light district and will include visits to new and old locals/businesses in the area.
Definitely not a boring tour: hear the story behind the story, get to know Amsterdam like never before.
We usually start at the Wall Street Bull on the Beursplein, or if your hotel is located within the old city center (1012 area) I can meet you in the lobby of your hotel.
During our walk we will walk within an area of roughly 1km2 kilometer where I will show you all of Amsterdams old harbour: the Red Light District.
During the tour we can stop for a drink in a modern or classical tasting room (drinks not incl).
I will introduce you to old and new businesses, and will tell you everything about the history of the area.
We will visit my store in the narrowest alley of Amsterdam, where we take some time to sit down and you can ask everything you'd like to know.
Here you will receive also receive a funny dutch design present, a unique 'souvenir' to take home.
I will introduce you to other 'pioneers' in the Red Light District who started new types of businesses in former window brohels and peepshows.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: REGULAR MEETING POINT
The square 'Beursplein': between Central Station and Dam Square, about 5 min. walking.
I will stand at the statue of the Wallstreet Bull, wearing a Tours By Locals ID.
Only if this is located in the Old City Center.
Only at Amsterdam's Central Train Station
> Any other meeting location: let me know where you would like to start, so I can see if this is possible
End location: We can end at the meeting location, or perhaps in a nice local bar or restaurant in the old city center.
Duration: 2 hours
- Visit to a former window brothel
- Free Dutch design present
Estimated Local Cash Needed
4 Euro - Drinks (when wanted)
- I don't guide in museums
- I don't own a car but if necessary can arrange transfer. Do notice: public transport is pretty good arranged in Holland and usually cheaper.
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Ian was right on time and very friendly. He talks fast and walks fast! It is because he has so much to share. He is overflowing with knowledge and is eager to share it. The tour lasted 2 1/2 hours and he filled every second. We popped into many stores, businesses and he seemed to know everyone. I learned so much about the heart and history of Amsterdam. Just loved it.!