Get more travel inspiration, tips and exclusive offers sent straight to your inbox with our weekly newsletter. Casa Rosso has been part of Amsterdam’s Red Light District for over 50 years now and is located right in the heart of it. I ran, came to Amsterdam and started for myself. 1.5 Hour Walking Tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District with a Local. In 2007 the Amsterdam municipality started ‘Project 1012’, named after the Red Light District’s postal code. From budget to luxury. Just nearby, the Prostitution Information Centre is a fount of information for both sex workers and visitors, and runs informative 90 minute Red Light District walking tours twice a week. If the Red light alleyways are not your cup of tea, there are a number of brothels and private houses that offer a more traditional form of prostitution. But sex work wasn't legal until 1810, and brothels weren't legalised until 2000. As a contrast, this colourful neighbourhood also contains the monolithic Old Church, the Saint Nicolas Church, and a delightful museum “Our Lord in the Attic”, a clandestine Catholic Church atop a seventeenth century merchant house. Scantily clad female sex workers perch in tiny anterooms with floor-to-ceiling windows (some are doors) to advertise their services, and it's nearly impossible not to stare at the spectacle. For museum tickets, discount card and pass, city tours and day trips, canal cruises, airport transfer, parking, train tickets and group offers write to help@ticketbar.eu. Window brothels in the Red light district Amsterdam are open from 8 AM-6 AM, but they cannot be open between 6 AM-8 AM. If you still look for more quiet area, there are many hotels just a short walk away. Music, especially during the summer season, invites you to linger just that little bit longer while the arrival of new classier eateries and great authentic restaurants such as Café Pacifico, one of Europe 's first Mexican restaurants, make it so appealing. It is actually quite safe and well controlled part of the city, Amsterdam's heart of night entertainment. For example the Amsterdam dungeon, The Madame Tussauds wax figurines, Body Worlds where human bodies are disected or the Rembrandt House. $29.32 per adult. There were blue lights (blacklight) at each doorway. Cannabis is not technically legal in the Netherlands but the possession and purchase of 5g of 'soft drugs' (ie marijuana, hashish, space cakes and truffles) is widely tolerated and users won't be prosecuted for this amount. Recently resurfaced streets, restored façades and trendier clientele to the area are now transforming what was once a dark and seedy part of town. A red-light district or pleasure district is a part of an urban area where a concentration of prostitution and sex-oriented businesses, such as sex shops, strip clubs, and adult theaters, are found. In fact, even if advertisement for cannabis is forbidden, most of the coffee shops have a cannabis leaf or a Jamaican flag on the front door. I visited Amsterdam in February of 1992 and found myself in the "Blue Light" district (it was a small section of a street).There were men in the street shopping for men in the windows (actually a door). Opened in 2014, brothel-turned-sex work museum Red Light Secrets gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse and insight into the profession. Most importantly, remember that there's more to the Red Light District than its salaciousness – and much more to this multifaceted city than the Red Light District. Map shows the hotel I stayed at (Park Plaza Airport), the airport and the Red Light District (De Wallen) which is ~10km from the hotel. Red Light District: A glittering street - See 31,527 traveler reviews, 8,265 candid photos, and great deals for Amsterdam, The Netherlands, at Tripadvisor. Quick View. That's why prostitutes in Amsterdam stand up behind a window and have their own room. The second explanation is because "wall" used to be a code name for "paid sex". A sign is sticked on every window as a reminder. It's a measure designed to combat overtourism, but sex workers have come out against the plan. Don't photograph or film sex workers in the windows – out of respect, and to avoid having your camera flung in a canal by their enforcers. Since October 2000, window prostitutes have been allowed to legally offer their services. Nowadays, prostitution is legal in the Netherlands but not on the streets. It's not for everyone. Well, if curiosity does get the better of you, come down at night when the district really comes to life. The Red Light District of Amsterdam exists since the 14th century. However, now as a legal profession, the government ensures that all prostitutes are able to access medical care and work in better conditions by regulating and monitoring working practices and standards. I want emails from Lonely Planet with travel and product information, promotions, advertisements, third-party offers, and surveys. This website uses cookies. In Dutch, the Red Light District is called "De wallen" (the walls) because some of the canals located in the area and next to the old harbor used to be walled. Probably the most well known is the architectural beauty Oude Kerk. You can read more about it here. The name of "Red Light District" comes from the red neon lights that highlight the 300 windows where women are working. I’m Inga from Russia and I’ve have been a prostitute in the Red Light District for more than 15 years. The Red Light District's Cannabis College has reams of information. So now I have no pimp and I’m very happy. Today, prostitutes in the Netherlands are also taxpayers. The architecture is particularly beautiful and typically Dutch. As well as all the seedy dive bars and rowdy pubs you'd expect, the area also has some wonderful jenever (Dutch gin) tasting houses, charming bruin cafés (historic Dutch pubs), and an independent brewery, Brouwerij de Prael. Aside from ladies in their red lighted windows, sex clubs, and coffee shops, you'll also find eclectic stores and a myriad of adventurous dining spots. Enjoy yourself, as a trip down the RLD will leave a lasting impression. I can unsubscribe any time using the unsubscribe link at the end of all emails. Just like Soi Cowboy or Nana in Bangkok, or Walking Street in Pattaya where you have one gogo/beer bar after another. The best is to keep your phone or camera in your pocket otherwise you risk to be kicked out by the bouncers. All rights reserved. The goal is to further decriminalize prostitution in Amsterdam by concentrating it around a limited number of streets and banning criminal elements from the profession. More info. The Amsterdam Red Light District is located in the oldest area of the city. Our company’s red light logos represent addresses where window brothel buildings are located. © 2020 Lonely Planet. They also sell self-guided tours for €3 at their shop. Hotels located direcly in the Red Light District are often prefered by visitors seeking the close feel and excitement of Amsterdam's night life. Changes continue: since 2007, city officials have taken measures to clean up the district by reducing the number of red-light windows in an effort to eliminate pimps, human traffickers and money launderers (all of which are illegal). Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide. Make sure you're ready for anything with travel insurance from our trusted partners. Zeedijk, on the district's eastern edge, is the heart of Amsterdam's Chinatown, with eateries galore. Coffeeshops (ie cannabis cafes) exist all over the city (and country), but the Red Light District has an especially high concentration. Also, contrary to popular belief, the RLD is actually the safest area in Amsterdam as clusters of policemen, and private bodyguards employed by the girls themselves are always on duty. The Red Light District of Amsterdam exists since the 14th century. US$29.32 per adult. Amsterdam Red Light District 1.5-Hour Walking Tour with Local Guide. In most cases, red-light districts are particularly associated with female street prostitution, though in some cities, these areas may coincide with spaces of male prostitution and gay venues. Quick View. So, if you fancy a very early morning moment of magic, you shouldn’t find any of the brothels open in that two-hour time slot. On the Oudekerksplein is Belle, a bronze statue of a sex worker with the inscription 'Respect sex workers all over the world'. - trams numbers 4 or 14 to the tramstop Dam I used to live in Haarlem [a city located close to Amsterdam] which I found somewhat boring. So do yourself a favor, don’t walk around with alcohol, and if you’re feeling too drunk, it’s probably time to go home. Unfortunately, discrimination is still a part of this trade as many prostitutes report that some banks refuse to grant mortgages for example. How and where to see the northern lights in 2021, 17 brand new experiences for your 2021 bucket list, The US will require travelers from the UK to present a negative COVID-19 test, From 'bubble travel' to 'relaxury' - these trends will shape travel in 2021. But contrary to what a lot of people might think, the Amsterdam Red Light District has a very friendly atmosphere and isn't as dangerous as it used to be. In fact, sailors were coming to this area in order to enjoy some drinks in taverns and distilleries and also to enjoy girls. Amsterdam 's infamous Red Light District is a carnival of vice, with skimpily-clad commercial sex workers in brothel windows, raucous bars, haze-filled 'coffeeshops', strip shows and mind-boggling museums. Quick View. In Dutch, the Red Light District is called "De wallen" (the walls) because some of the canals … Coronavirus dealt a … As you can see on the map below, the Red Light District is in the centre of Amsterdam old town. Hotels in der Nähe von Red Light District: (0.02 km) Red & Breakfast (0.03 km) Amsterdam City Center Apartments (0.04 km) Hotel 83 Amsterdam (0.16 km) Tulip Of Amsterdam B&B (0.16 km) Misc Eatdrinksleep; Sehen Sie sich alle Hotels in der Nähe von Red Light District auf Tripadvisor an. 1.5 Hour Walking Tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District with a Local. 57 reviews. Fast food – including local specialties frites (fries, usually slathered in mayonnaise), pancakes, and FEBO outlets dispensing deep-fried snacks from automat windows – proliferates. So to get there from the touristic part of town shouldn't be a problem on foot. I don't know what it looks like now, but this was in 1992. To make sure you get the best out of the Red Light District in Amsterdam and that it doesn’t get the worse out of you, stick to these tips closely: Although the area of Amsterdam Red light district may look dodgy, it is certainly not any dangerous place to stay. And if you are further away then you can use: You can find a great variety of sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs, sex theaters and typical Dutch brown cafes. Amsterdam’s first female mayor is facing a battle with sex workers in the city’s famous red-light district after raising the prospect of closing it down. Amsterdam prides itself, and rightly so, on its wholly liberal and tolerant attitude, embracing the fact that people may be into prostitution, soft drugs and pornography. The best way to compare Red Light District accommodation options is by using the well-known booking engine "Booking.com". 704 reviews. Amsterdam Red Light District: Guided Night Walk and Party. At that time, the harbor was not far from there. So let me introduce myself. Some long gone times in Netherlands are remembered for severe poverty. (CNN) — When the Netherlands introduced lockdown measures in mid-March, Amsterdam's Red Light District transformed into a ghost town overnight. 1.5 Hour Walking Tour of Amsterdam’s Red Light District with a Local. 704 reviews. Be careful if you try to take a photograph as working women can become very aggressive. $32.24 per adult. This compact area, also known as De Wallen, is densely packed with some of Amsterdam’s … If you choose to satisfy your curiosity with a wander around the area, keep your wits about you and watch out for pickpockets. Several centuries ago, almost every ship passing through the city sailed through this district’s channel. As early as the 1300s, women carrying red lanterns (due to their flattering light) met sailors near the port, and bars, clubs and risqué entertainment venues flooded into the area. As the most notorious red light district in the world, Amsterdam’s De Wallen sets the bar astronomically high. Quick View. During the day, the district is less lively and even less attractive as the more sordid aspects reveal themselves in natural daylight. The RLD is also home to many gay bars and cinemas which can be found on the very busy Warmoesstraat. Furthermore, you have a few cultural activities such as the Museum of Prostitution, the Museum of Erotism or the Museum of Cannabis. 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