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Red Light District, Amsterdam

One of Amsterdam’s best known areas, De Wallen or the Red Light District lies around the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal and street, with a cozy grid of alleys lined with brothels, sex shops, peep shows, nightclubs, hostels, bars and cannabis coffee shops.

One of Amsterdam’s best known areas, De Wallen or the Red Light District lies around the Oudezijds Voorburgwal canal and street, with a cozy grid of alleys lined with brothels, sex shops, peep shows, nightclubs, hostels, bars and cannabis coffee shops. The side streets are lined with large glass door panels, behind which prostitutes pose and negotiate. With prostitution being legal here, De Wallen provides a safe environment for sex workers and visitors to go about business without exploitation. Adult tourists who are not interested in availing any services are still recommended to visit the area, to truly get a feel of Amsterdam’s laid-back and open culture which is tolerant of people from all walks of life.

With its proximity to the harbor, Amsterdam has historically been a trading city visited by merchant and sailors. The brothels were visited by travelers who had been at sea for months, and later by French soldiers when Napolean invaded Holland. The De Wallen area not only has sex-related outlets, but is also home to several historic buildings such as the Oude Kerk (Old Church), Waag (Weigh House), Nieumarkt, Agnietenkapel monastery chapel, AND Ons' Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic). It also has an Erotic Museum, and Red Light Secrets – Museum of Prostitution. There are works of art in the area as well, including a bronze statue on the Oudekerksplein in front of the Oude Kerk showing a woman standing in a doorway.


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About Red Light District

 De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Red Light District and Nearby Sights on Map

Old Church

In the city of contrasting values and a culture of tolerance, the 13thcentury Oude Kerk or Old Church stands in the heart of the Red Light District

Erotic Museum

Housed in a 17thcentury building on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in Amsterdam’s Red Light District, the Erotic Museum presents a fun take on erotica

Baantjer Museum

Housed in the basement of Café Heffer, the Baantjer Museum in Amsterdam is dedicated to “Appie” A

Hash, Marihuana and Hemp Museum

The Hash Museum is dedicated to debunking the lies and demonization of the hemp plant

Nieuwmarkt

Nieuwmarkt is a commercial square in the old part of Amsterdam, and a part of its Chinatown

Medieval Torture Museum

The latest gimmicky tourist attraction near the Central Station, it's a small museum about medieval torture and torture devices

Beurs Van Berlage

The Beurs van Berlage is a building on the Damrak from the turn of the 20thcentury

Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments

The Museum of Medieval Torture Instruments (distinct from Torture Museum) is a small museum about medieval torture and torture devices, displaying over 100 instruments of torture that were in use in Europe till the 18th century

Body Worlds

Body Worlds is a new museum dedicated to the wonders of the human body, exhibiting more than 200 specimens of plastinated bodies of voluntary donors which provide a deeper view of the anatomy

Sexmuseum

The Sexmuseum - Temple of Venus is the largest and most prestigious museum for sex art and history in the Netherlands, open to ages 16+