Red Light District - De Wallen, Amsterdam

4 out of 5 stars 144 Reviews

Been here? Rate It!

hide
  • During the day
    During the day
    by mickeyboy07
  • American Swans Window Shopping
    American Swans Window Shopping
    by nicolaitan
  • Entrance to the museum
    Entrance to the museum
    by Pomocub
  • Rupanworld's Profile Photo

    World's largest Red Light District I

    by Rupanworld Written Feb 2, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    2 more images

    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.

    Was this review helpful?

  • stevemt's Profile Photo

    Condom shop Het Gulden Vlies

    by stevemt Updated Apr 28, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    This shop is a kingdom of condoms. It has all colors, shapes, sizes and flavors. Some are even hand painted and are for decoration only. You can find a surprising amount of information and books about our rubber friend, and there is even has a small condom museum.

    I bought some condoms wrapped as boiled lollies when I was there, and used to put them out in a dish with real boiled lollies sometimes after a meal usually to great amusement of the guests

    their motto :)

    "To guard yourself from shame or fear,

    Votaries to Venus, hasten here.

    None in our wares ever found a flaw

    Self-preservation is Nature's law."

    Opening hours 11:00 - 18:00 Monday to Saturday

    Related to:
    • Museum Visits
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • feza's Profile Photo

    casa rossa

    by feza Updated Jul 29, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    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!!!

    Related to:
    • Seniors

    Was this review helpful?

  • Joseph69's Profile Photo

    Red Light District

    by Joseph69 Updated Sep 8, 2007

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Red Light District with the cosy looking rooms
    2 more images

    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.

    Related to:
    • Singles
    • Business Travel
    • Theme Park Trips

    Was this review helpful?

  • MikeySoft's Profile Photo

    Red Light District

    by MikeySoft Updated Nov 2, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    1 more image

    The Red Light District is a major legal tourist attraction in Amsterdam. It is packed with tourist during the summer, both men and women. Most people only walk along the cannel without using any of the services or visiting any of the shows.

    I saw Mike Tyson when I was there. He was on his way home from a visit to a country in the former soviet republic.

    Please rate this and my other tips whey you find them useful.

    Was this review helpful?

  • VickiJ's Profile Photo

    A Definate Eye Opener

    by VickiJ Updated May 30, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The picture speaks for itself!
    1 more image

    The Red Light District is situated near to the Central Station - the way we found it was to go to the Grasshopper and carry on walking down until you hit the sex shops!! For me the Red Light District is just sleeze and dodgeyness! I don't like the way you get hassled from the drug dealers. On every corner there are sex shops that sell absolutely anything and everything...the size of some of the dildos would make your eyes water! The sex shops are quite comical to look around, especially when you see people that are really embarrassed to be in there looking at Porn!! The Red Light District has the windows with the ladies in - apparently the streets are divided into different classes of girls (not too sure how correct this is) from the young skinny girls to the big older mommas! So i guess that there is something for everyone (ewww!) There are also sex shows in the Red Light District - as mentioned on the introduction page, i didn't feel too comfortable in there, but i guess its worth a nosey!

    Was this review helpful?

  • davequ's Profile Photo

    Red Light District

    by davequ Updated Apr 7, 2008

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    ♫ 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.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Historical Travel
    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

    Was this review helpful?

  • LittleWonder's Profile Photo

    You should see the Red Light...

    by LittleWonder Written Feb 25, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You should see the Red Light District.

    If you don't feel comfortable walking past the prostitutes and their custumers I suggest you drive by in the boat you rent.
    The canals in this area are beautiful, and by night you'll really see why the area got it's name!

    Besides the prostitutes, the sex shows and the strip joints you can also find the Tatoo Museum and the Marijuana Museum.

    Related to:
    • Casino and Gambling

    Was this review helpful?

  • ChiTownMike's Profile Photo

    Red Light District

    by ChiTownMike Written Apr 28, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    The Red Light District is, well, interesting. Unionized prostitutes and "coffee shops" that sell pot legally is not something most people are exposed to (no pun intended) on a daily basis. Unless you are really there to party, after a little while of walking around thinking to yourself "is this real?" you will probably have had enough.

    The area is filled with questionable people who will try to offer you drugs like cocaine. A lot of tourists also get robbed in that area. Stick to the main streets and don't walk around at night alone.

    Was this review helpful?

  • l-e-z-ah's Profile Photo

    A site for kinky tourists and curious onlookers

    by l-e-z-ah Written Jul 30, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    although u have no desire to 'do' it with any of d girls, see d 'real life cinema', or to buy any of d 'merchandise' ,this place is definitely worth seeing.... all along d streets u will see naked women (wearing underwear usually) exhibiting their body in a small cubicle.... if u'r interested, u can try to make a deal with them on how much u have 2 pay for how many hours service..... when u reach an agreement, they will allow u in n take u 2 a small room at d back and d rest is history....

    u can also purchase a lot of so called 'souvenirs' and see d theatre.... don't just walk on d big street, explore d small ones as well........... it's quite safe, actually, lots of police r patrolling every now and then.... just don't go there in broad daylight coz there's little action going on

    Related to:
    • Singles
    • School Holidays
    • Backpacking

    Was this review helpful?

  • mickeyboy07's Profile Photo

    Bronze Breast Sculpture

    by mickeyboy07 Updated Mar 25, 2012

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    On the cobble stones surrounding the Oude Kirk is a bronze plated sculpture of a hand on a womans breast.It was placed here one night over fifteen years ago by an unknown artist who later on started to display various other art and sculptures around the city.It has since been discovered that the artist is a local Doctor who does art in his spare time.The local authorities and citizens of Amsterdam have now accepted him and his art as part of the city.The sculpure represents the women of the Red Light District.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture

    Was this review helpful?

  • BlueBerry_7's Profile Photo

    Red Light District

    by BlueBerry_7 Updated Mar 15, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Dick Fountain, Casa Roso

    Take a walk through the infamous Red Light Distict. Even if you are not looking for a lady to sample, it is a trip to see!!

    If however you have indeed come to revel in all the seediness, there's no better time to appreciate the Red Light District than at night. Though prostitutes work all through the day, it's at night that the streets actually take on a red radiance. The main streets get so thick with people you can hardly walk.

    There are live sex shows in which actors perform choreographed fantasies on stage and audience members can participate on a volunteer basis. The most famous live sex show takes place at Casa Rosso, where 25 euros will buy you admission.

    Was this review helpful?

  • Gnar_kill's Profile Photo

    The Red Freakin' Light District

    by Gnar_kill Updated Oct 24, 2003

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Red Light District

    The Red Light District was by far the coolest thing I saw in Amsterdam. It is located in one of the oldest parts of the city, so the atmosphere is really incredible. There are a lot of fascinating buildings and one of a kind architecture within this small area. I might also ad at this time that I am a young female and I walked through Red Light at 9PM - BY MYSELF - and never once felt theatened or uncomfortable. The Red Light is a must see (or must walk through) for any first-timer in Amsterdam. Warning: The girls in the windows are gnarly -- go to the Red Light in Brussels, the women are much more attractive and they charge less!

    Was this review helpful?

  • Rachael71's Profile Photo

    Red Light District

    by Rachael71 Written Aug 12, 2004

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Go on, admit it - you might be going to Amsterdam with the intention of seeing the great works of art and cruising around on a canal boat - but aren't you even a tiny bit curious about seeing the Red Light District?!

    Turn a corner near Dam Square and suddenly you are in it - the shops change, the cinemas are offering the kind of film you wouldn't normally catch at the local Roxy and - look over there - isn't that a half-naked girl sat in the window of that club?

    Actually, the girls mostly look incredibly bored, perking up only to tap on the window to attract the attention of a possible customer. It's not a threatening atmosphere - the doormen are all used to tourist coming round for a look, and will joke with you about it. No pictures to accompany this tip I'm afraid, I didn't think that taking photos would go down very well with the locals, however friendly they seemed! You'll just have to see for yourself ;-)

    Was this review helpful?

  • littlesam1's Profile Photo

    Red Light District

    by littlesam1 Updated Sep 12, 2002

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I read about it. I saw pictures of it. And I had to walk through it when I was in Amsterdam. The Red Light District is like nothing else I have ever seen. The ladies sitting in the windows with the red neon lights was so surprising to me and yet so ordinary for Amsterdam. What is considered a taboo in many places is unassuming and acceptable here. You can even buy maps to direct you through the area. You are advised not to take pictures in the area and I did not want to cause any commotion so I kept my camera out of temptations reach while I walked through this area. Walking through the red light district is all part of the Amsterdam experience.

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Amsterdam

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

88 travelers online now

Comments

Hotels Near Red Light District - De Wallen
4.0 out of 5 stars
5 Reviews
0 miles away
Show Prices
4.0 out of 5 stars
10 Reviews
0 miles away
Show Prices
4.0 out of 5 stars
2 Reviews
0.1 miles away
Show Prices

View all Amsterdam hotels