Red Light District - De Wallen, Amsterdam

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    Red Light District

    by mallyak Updated Sep 7, 2008

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    This area is famous for its window prostitution, which is legal in Holland. The windows are illuminated by red lights, hence the name. Though you might suspect otherwise this section of town isn't really that seedy, and it's a common sight to see a busload of tourists take an organized tour of the district. Besides the windows the area sports various 'erotic' bars and theaters.
    Keep in Mind:PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT ALLOWED!YOUR CAMERA MIGHT EVEN BE DESTROYED!

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    Prostitution Information centre

    by mallyak Written Sep 7, 2008

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    The Prostitution Information Center, or PIC, was approved in August 1994 by former prostitute Mariska Majoor.
    The PIC gives to everyone who need to have information, information and advice in relation to prostitution in the broadest sense of the word. . For people who have questions about prostitution, the PIC is a fairly accessible place (middle of the Red Light in Amsterdam), where almost all questions can be answered or from which can be redirected to other organisations., prostitutes, their clients and students; everyone is welcome.

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  • Best of Europe

    by Ralphaywood Written Sep 5, 2008

    I have travelled full Europe and this was the best place i found.
    Freedom in Earth. You can do what you want and where you want.
    The red light is a must visit place for all.
    Never take pictures there . I saw a guy get thrashed by some locals when he tried to take pics of a young gal in bikini.
    So beware !!
    Best advice is to look at them and hope they remain in your memory and not in the film.
    Cheers!

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    casa rossa

    by feza Updated Jul 29, 2008

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    Casa Rossa is a sex theatre In the red light district area.They called it theatre but for my opinion it's real sex.!!.I couldn't believe my eyes how could they be so relax in front of all those people.

    You could get 4 drinks if you pay 45 Euro for entrance.Without drinks it's 35 euro.But if you are a couple one could pay 45 ,so both of you can drink 2 drinks.That's what we did.

    And it doesn't matter where you sit.Any time you can find yourself in the show!!!.We were sitting at the back when they took my boyfriend to the stage to be a part of the show!!!

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    Red Light District

    by davequ Updated Apr 7, 2008

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    ♫ Slip inside mah sleepin' bag....♫

    . . . .

    The Red Light District is a must see, no matter what your morals & politics are.

    Not just window candy, there are also good restaurants, clubs, coffeehouses, museums....
    Get loose and go for a stroll.
    Day or night it is fun.

    Amsterdam XXX the Walletjes (ignatzmice) web site listed below is a very good, somewhat adult site that offers probably the best web-based tour of the rld you will find.

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    Extremely surreal

    by northernlady Written Apr 5, 2008

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    As the title says, walking through the Red Light District is an extremely surreal experience. But, the RLD isn't just girls in windows, there are sex show theatres, a sex museum and many many sex shops (one of which contained a 12" dildo!), ironically the friendliest people we encountered throughout the whole of our visit were the people who worked the venues in Red Light. You can get a guided tour but we just wandered through ourselves- if you're travelling Alone or part make up a small group of girls- as was the case with us- be careful of the narrow back alleys which wind off the main street surrounding the canal, they had some rather dodgy looking gentlemen speaking in hushed tones down them (which is never a good thing).

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    Cheap and Short lived fun

    by seasonedveteran Written Apr 1, 2008

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    What ruins the red light district is seeing creepy guys taking away the desolute woman. The selection of woman did not impress me much either. I dont think it is very large either, but essentially it is like peering into the ladies' bedrooms; large windows for everyone to see.0 Half the time the woman were not even paying attention to the people passing! Why were some of the windows curtains closed i dont know....

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    World's Largest Red Light district

    by Rupanworld Written Feb 2, 2008

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    People (tourists), old, young alike, both genders, with spouses, girlfriends/boyfriends, friends, siblings or just alone like me compose the long queue that just walks past each of the alleys looking at windows on both sides. Its an experience to remember. I have seen some people knocking on the windows from time to time and having deals with the girls, sometimes, a serious deal and sometimes just out of curiosity with talking with one. I was there around 5.30 in the evening, so really dark, but not "Night" so to say. So I don't really know if it is advisable to go at night.

    This area also has lots of sex shops, pubs, aex museums (!!!), cafes, stores that you can buy "Souvenirs" from. It is very touristy place and is located close to the Centraal Railway station. Just a few minutes walk from there. Dutch law is said to be very liberal and and it legalises the functioning of brothels as licensed legal businesses. The people working in these places are like normal other self-employed persons and are well accepted in society and do also pay income taxes.

    And look at the photo here. I found something that reminded me of India as well (though not really). But its fun to see something like this.

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    World's largest Red Light District I

    by Rupanworld Written Feb 2, 2008

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    Amsterdam's Red Light District (RLD) is a must visit for all tourists. At Hamburg, I had always heard that ther RLD in Amsterdam is much bigger than the Reeperbahn in Hamburg which is the second largest in the world. I couldn't really imagine and just out of curiosity, I wanted to pay a visit although I was a bit concerned being a single woman traveller. My experience there, turned all speculation, all fear, all curiosity into a very beautiful memory, one that perhaps I'm going to remember all life. The experience was so different that I can really write a book on it but cannot explain. And unfortunately I could not take any photo as you are not allowed to. I would have loved to. the entire RLD is situated on the side of a canal and is composed of small dark alleys first you might be afraif of venturing into, but once you get the courage to go in, you'll like it. And believe me, its more tourism than anything else. Along both sides of the dark alleys are small windows one after another (actually more like glass doors to let clients in). Beautiful young ladies dressed (or not) in the minimum imaginable clothing, sometimes even light reflecting bikinis stand on the windows in different poses and the red-pinkish light in the room creates all the environment.

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    Walletjes/Rossebuurt

    by annase Updated Nov 21, 2007

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    Amsterdam is famous (or infamous, however you like it!) for its Red-Light districts. The range of establishments in the area varies from brothels and sex shops to museums and live shows, and leaves little to the imagination. Whether you are just window-shopping or wanting to buy something, there is likely to be a place or two, that cater to everyone.

    Amsterdam prides itself on its liberal and tolerant attitude, and the Dutch law enables the functioning of brothels as licensed legal businesses. The individuals working in these establishments are treated like any other self-employed tradespersons. They have access to the social security system, may join unions and pay income tax. The government ensures that they work in better conditions by regulating and monitoring working practices and standards.

    The 'Walletjes' area is one of the oldest and most beautiful parts of the city with its long winding narrow, cobbled streets and charming 14th century architecture, such as the Gothic Oudekerk (Old Church). The area oozes charm with its buildings that lean at odd-angles and the tree-enshrouded canals. There are also several restaurants and eateries and it no longer is a dark and seedy part of town due to recently resurfaced streets, restored fa├žades and trendier clientele to the area. In September 2007, the city bought 18 buildings in the area and aims to convert almost 1/3 of the 150 'windows' into flats and boutiques.

    For those not easily offended, there are plenty of live shows at 'Casa Rosa' and 'Moulin Rouge'. For the merely curious, there are numerous peep shows that may come with video booths. For the more adventurous, there are more interactive shows (de Bananenbar). Exactly what goes on in these places is up to you to discover.

    To make sure you get the best out of the area, don't at any circumstances take photos of the women working in the windows!

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    Red Light District

    by ealgisi Written Nov 4, 2007

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    Well this is something unique and particular.
    I whould say just walk inside the District and walk out, there's nothing really special there, unless you want some "experience".

    Stay away during night time.

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    Red Light District

    by Joseph69 Updated Sep 8, 2007

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    Red Light District with the cosy looking rooms
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    Amsterdam's Red Light District (RLD) must have been the cleanest RLD I have seen anywhere in the World! There is very little car noise about as the vast majority of the roads are just for pedestrians. The ladies in the windows appeared to be in a very safe environment, and warm! It was quite a cold day, but they must have had a heating system of course.

    It's better this way, rather than seeing girls on the side of the roads like most places around the World.

    It's a pleasure to walk around, and to just check out the fine scenery. Sometimes you hear the girls banging on the windows with a distinct metallic sound due to their rings on their fingers so they may get your attention and have some fun.

    You cannot take photos of the ladies, so be aware of this. The photos I took were so none of the ladies can be seen, but I wanted something to take from this area as a memory.

    It's not only all about having sex. You can also buy cannabis seeds, visit a strip club, go see a peep show, have a meal nearby, have a drink and buy a marijuana joint (or a cookie) to merrily pass the day and/or evening.

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    Red Light district

    by el_ruso Written Aug 29, 2007

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    This area is actually billed as a bona fide tourist attraction. Amsterdam has been a major seaport for centuries, and has always had plenty of prostitution, though now they cater more to the tourists than sailors I would imagine. The area is surprisingly clean and civilized, but I still would not bring kids here. (I actually saw some people who did!)

    Basically, the main action is along a narrow canal, with townhouses on both sides given to the prostitutes. They stand in large windows lighted in pinkish red and sway in white bikinis. Many of those girls were actually good looking. There are also plenty of sex shops and sex "theaters".

    If you are easily offended or come with children (or in-laws ;), I would not recommend visiting; otherwise, it is a must-see for its weirdness and curiousity value.

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  • Red Light is a trip

    by emtee Written Aug 15, 2007

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    You've probably read a dozen reviews already listing the basics of the District such as not taking photos (and you better not take photos!), watching out for drug dealers, etc. So here's some more obscure tips:

    Don't walk around with a joint out on the streets. It's not illegal, but like carrying a bottle of beer in the U.S., walking around with a joint is sort of anti-social even for our smart tolerant Dutch friends. Also while on the topic, don't buy hard drugs from the street dealers. You're just asking for trouble by the police. On the topic of the pretty girls in the windows, don't just stand there gawking at them like an idiot. They'll get annoyed by your complacent presence and may ask you to scram. If you feel ripped off from the peep shows, the girls offer what they call "s*** and f***" for 50 Euros starting rate. Another 50 will get you a back massage, and so on. The private rooms from which the girls operate in are clean and sanitized complete with condoms that they'll put on for you whether you like it or not. Lastly... don't walk on the bike paths like other tourists or you'll get runovered.

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    Red Light District

    by rita_simoes Written Jun 23, 2007

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    I visited quickly coming back from a trip to some cities near Amsterdam, and I was a little disappointed because everything was still closed (ehehe, yes, I was expecting to see people on the other side of the windows!).

    What I find most interesting is the fact that those streets are really beautiful! I was expecting a somehow 'uglier' place, but it is quite nice! Well, then you can come across some bizarre sex-shops, and brothels... And courious teenagers, couples, families of tourists!

    It's a completely different experience, funny and embarassing at the same time - even for me, and I consider myself an open-minded person.

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