Red Light District, Amsterdam

2.9
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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  • When visiting this is a unique part of the city's history. When we were on our canal tour when went through and the guide was telling us about the church and the relationship with this area...very int...  more »
  • A remarkable experience well worth simply walking through to get a real feel for this well known area of Amsterdam. Very clean and set within beautiful buildings overlooking the canal. I'm sorry on be...  more »
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