Red Light District, Amsterdam

For a view into another world, explore the infamous Red Light District, named for its bright red brothel lights. Though these districts are known around the world for hosting (in this case, legal) prostitution, sex theaters, and sex shops, this particular area has become an incredibly popular tourist destination. Explore the city's De Wallen neighborhood, which is home to its oldest and largest red-light district. De Wallen has been a popular place for prostitution since the 13th century, when the Damrak became a harbor. Walk along the canal in the evening, take in the novel sights and signs, and notice the typical 14th-century Dutch architecture in this historical district. There can be sites in this area that are not appropriate for children. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Amsterdam holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Red Light District and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A visit to Amsterdam seems to bring up a must do visit to the red light district. It is a nice walk and an interesting area, however it is so crowded with tour groups and other tourists like us, that ...  more »
  • It is amazing to walk i take something by the red light district. Multicultural, ancient, narrow, very pretty streets and the peculiarity of the windows. Recommended
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  • Always a feature of the town, but over time is much worse and lost many of its shop Windows that were the main attraction of the neighbourhood, cmq always to see.
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