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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  • The general vibe on the street is unwelcoming towards women, many of the working ladies make you feel very uncomfortable when passing and looking in. The street itself looks as though it’s having...  more »
  • I didn't even realise where I was until I was standing outside a door with a beautiful young woman sitting on a stool in the door way playing on her phone. As it was lunch time the lights dont get...  more »

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