Red Light District, Amsterdam

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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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  • I was in town with a few friends and my partner, none of us interested in the services offered in the District. However, it remained of primary interest for us to see, being world famous and all. I...  more »
  • I've been many times to Amsterdam, 40 + (This is a pre Covid report) and have some very good friends who work in the Bars around the Red Light Area. Obviously its not for everyone. but its an...  more »

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