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Find out the role the Red Light District played in the darker phases of Van Gogh’s art during our 5-5.5 hour tour of two of Amsterdam’s most unique destinations! Join one of our private guides for a personalized experience, where you’ll have plenty of time to ask questions.
You’ll start the day at the Van Gogh Museum, which holds the world’s largest collection of Van Gogh’s art and personal effects. Here, you’ll get an in-depth introduction to the life and identity of the artist behind the famous sunflowers and self-portraits. You’ll discuss the events of his turbulent life (including that whole cutting off his ear thing) and how they influenced masterpieces like “Wheatfield with Crows” and “Yellow House”.
After taking a break for lunch, it’s on to the Red Light District, where you’ll learn about the area’s legal drug vendors, the laws protecting sex workers and cannabis consumption, the leather neighborhood and the “coffee shops” that attract tourists from across the globe. Leave all guilt and judgment behind as you discuss how the area had a profound effect on Van Gogh’s career, as well as the etiquette and rules that will help you appreciate the district safely once the tour is over.
Highlights Include: (if artwork is not on loan or being restored etc.)
The largest collection of Van Gogh paintings in the world
Extensive collection of self-portraits & sunflowers
“The Potato Eaters” & “Wheatfield with Crows”, two of Van Gogh’s finest paintings
Leather neighborhood, home of coffee shops and fetish bars
The city’s first coffee shop
Cannabis Information Center, free advice about the best coffee shops in town
Tower of Tears, where Henry Hudson launched his journey to North America