The Red Light District of Amsterdam: history and advice for the visit

The capital of the Netherlands has a unique corner that we cannot find anywhere else. Located in the center, the Red Light District of Amsterdam owes its name to the lights and neons that adorn the shop windows, shop windows where prostitutes are shown.

History of the Red Light District of Amsterdam

Amsterdam Red Light Street

Today, the Red Light District of Amsterdam is one of the most visited areas of the city, partly because of its history and partly because of the curiosity aroused in its shop windows and the activity that takes place in these places. Such is the number of tourists who travel every day in the area that they have even had to regulate group visits.

The neighborhood is located in the center, in one of the oldest areas of Amsterdam. In fact, the buildings in which the neighborhood was settled were fishermen's houses, since here was the old city dike.

His relationship with prostitution is old. Already in the seventeenth century the neighborhood was a place where prostitution businesses were frequented. But It was in 1911 when the legality of this activity was recognized.

Since then, the Red Light District was consolidated as the neighborhood of the pleasure of the forbidden. Its red lights and neons illuminate shop windows (about 400) where customers can see prostitutes show off and access their services.

Beyond the lights


In addition to all the things that make this neighborhood special, it is still located in the historic center of the city. Therefore, it is part of most of the tourist tours. Here you will find the Oude Kerk, the oldest building in Amsterdam, or even the Amsterlkring museum.

However, Warmoestraat Street is the best known. It is planted with bars, pubs, restaurants and prostitution venues. Around it, there are beautiful canals with trees through which you can walk quietly.

In the end, It is still 400 meters from the famous Dam Square and the Nieuwe Kerk, other of the jewels of the city. You can visit regardless of age, something that does not happen, for example, with the Reeperbahn district of Hamburg, where minors cannot pass.

Why visit the Red Light District in Amsterdam?

Showcase in the Red Light District

If you are not sure if you should visit this place or not, you should know that prostitution, being legalized, is more than normalized in the country. Nothing strange will happen if you walk through its streets. It is still a picturesque and special place that is not usually found elsewhere and more with this naturalness ...

Prostitutes do not stop contributing their taxes, so business is common and it is like going out for a neighborhood of drinks in any other city. Definitely, a neighborhood of all kinds that you won't find anywhere else.

Tips to visit the neighborhood

Red Light District

We anticipated that the city council had made the decision to control group visits to the Red Light District in Amsterdam. Not only that, to guarantee the privacy of women, it is forbidden to photograph shop windowsIn fact, it is penalized.

Nor are allowed tours who consent to the use of drugs and alcohol. In this way, it is expected to stop the agglomerations of visitors that occurred in the neighborhood and avoid problems with neighbors, merchants and workers. In short, measures to promote respect in the neighborhood.

"Amsterdam is not a city of sin: it is a city of freedom."

-John Green-

So far all the details that may interest you about the legendary Red Light District of Amsterdam. A place full of passionate history that does not come in the books. We recommend you take a walk there at night and experiment with your own eyes (remember, nothing from cameras) something you can't see anywhere else.

¿You are ready to fall in love with Amsterdam and from the Netherlands in general? It is an open country full of attractions that deserves to be visited.

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