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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.



About Red Light District

 De Wallen, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Red Light District and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile

Rijksmuseum(1.7 km)
The Rijksmuseum or National Museum is the largest and most prestigious museum for art and history in the Netherlands, displaying works by Dutch masters such as Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Steen.

Amsterdam City Archives

Amsterdam City Archives(1.1 km)
Housed in the monumental Brick Expressionism style De Bazel, the Amsterdam City Archives preserves official documents, letters, photos, drawings, maps, prints and audio-visual records tracing the history of the city.


Noorderkerk(1.1 km)
The 17th-century Noorderkerk in the Jordaan neighborhood was one of the first Protestant churches built after the Reformation in Amsterdam.

Basilica of St. Nicholas

Basilica of St. Nicholas(0.4 km)
The Basilica of Saint Nicholas is a 19th century Catholic church near the Centraal Station in the oldest part of Amsterdam.


Micropia(1.2 km)
Micropia zooms into the world of micro-organisms, throwing light on the various types of microbes in the world around us and within us.

Anne Frank House

Anne Frank House(1 km)
The famous Anne Frank House is where the Jewish girl Anne Frank wrote her moving diary while hiding with her family from the Nazis.

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum(2 km)
The Van Gogh Museum is dedicated to the works of acclaimed 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh, displaying over 200 paintings, 400 drawings, and 700 letters by him.

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam

Antiekcentrum Amsterdam(1.4 km)
The Antiekcentrum Amsterdam, also known as De Looier, is the largest indoor antiques market in Netherlands, selling vintage paintings, ceramics, porcelain, jewelry, furniture, silverware, watches, toys and bric-a-brac.

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