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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  • We stayed nearby, it was very interesting to see the girls in their little rooms, the area is very pretty with some good eateries and bars. The architecture is stunning. We were there whilst the...  more »
  • Busy area - but an experience you should do whilst in Amsterdam where everyone just takes the whole set up for what it is and doesn’t seem that bothered. Clubs and shows - relevant to the area on...  more »
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