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Red Light District, Amsterdam

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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. A visit to Red Light District represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Amsterdam trip generator to plot your vacation.
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  • No girls on display. Only some shops or massage places with red lights in the windows. The street doesn't differ from others in town.  more »
  • Nothing against red-lighting it, if that suits your tastes. A must see area of Amsterdam, I just don't see myself hanging out here much, as this area is quite hectic and a bit seedy. With family we en...  more »
  • Having never previously experienced this, this was a shocking it exciting and thrilling experience. Completely different to the english social norm but very fascinating and unique. Definitely recommen...  more »