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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  • It's the Red light district. Not much you can say about that apart from being respectful and mindful for others. Do not take photos of the people without permissions. Not a must-do in Amsterdam for su...  more »
  • I went through the Red light district on a Friday night and was worse than Lisbon in night of popular Saints. I went to see why a reality very different from ours ... It's like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope. Recommend this experience ... Even for women.
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  • We walked through but they kids were not too impressed It looked quite outdated They thought the condom shop was better than the women sitting In shop windows  more »

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