Its a bloke's paradise - and yet one of the more amazing sites in the red light district is the number of couples that are roaming, arm in arm, around the area.
Name it - want to get laid, watch someone else getting laid, smoke a joint without having to go to the loo/outside/home etc or all of the above at once - it's all available and legal.
The girls are on display in shop windows, don't need to be furtively approached and are government regulated. The drugs are in menus in the coffee shops and (I warn you) are not to be scoffed at - and not expensive either. The strip and sex shows are authentic (no mirrors or camera tricks here) and the whole area is full of like minded people who don't care if you want to stare at the new 'Hyper Rabbitt' in the window in front of you....
Most of all, due to the reputation of the area and the enormous (though quite discreet) police prescence, it is - by and large - very safe. Young girls wander the streets at 2am unmolested, small geeky guys can go about their business without fear of mugging and small green furry things from alpha centauri can ... (oops - don't get me started...)
Its a 'must see' - if you go to Amsterdam without seeing the red light district you'll always wish you had...
This was one hell of an eye opener. I really didn't know what to expect before strolling down here, but one word sums it up at night- CRAZY!
When we weren't being accosted by bouncers trying to tempt us in to their shows, we were being seduced by scantily clad ladies behind glass windows in red lighted rooms. There were a whole variety of people and cultures represented here, and it was very obvious that certain people were there for different reasons. We fell in to the wide eyed tourist category, and we were certainly taken aback. If you aren't easily offended, then you should definately check this place out regardless of whether your there to 'help the trade.'
Great bar with JO parties.
Bar staff are VERY friendly.
Also has a hotel attached to bar... could be good, didn't stay there myself... so don't know.
JO parties can get pretty wild... hot sex, hot guys, BIG DUTCH DONGERS! Wow!!
A walk down the red light district is a trip that NOT every one should take. You'll see everything from every kind of hooker (beautiful, fat, hard-core leather, he-woman, ect.) trying to persuade you for 50 Euro, while at the same time crack dealers whispering they have the best coke ("straight from columbia") to the smell of the best pot anyone would ever...
Not a place to take the kids obviously, but if it all adults you are with, a trip on evening to the Red Light district really is a must see believe it or not!!
It's just fascintaing, and there really are ladies in the windows that one can pick and choose from if you are so inclined.
It a buzzing atmosphere, and not as seedy as you would imagine, and adds the experience of Amsteram as a whole.
some of you have these in your country, but for me in Malaysia, this is considered taboo. Not that I have not seen these lovely toys at other countries, but I just had to take a picture of the shop front to show some of the people who does not have a clue on what the 'game' is all about.
Yes, many interesting looking gizmos and stuff, I did go in to take a look, but honestly, I walked out empty handed. It's now up to you to believe me... heheh.
Red light district. ('Walletjie Straat')
The notorious area of Amsterdam where anything goes. Although it might sound sleazy, with all the prostitutes and drugs around, it's one of the safest areas in the city, because of the large police presence.
Ok....some people might shun this activity for fear of getting embarrassed. But hey, there's no harm in taking a stroll down the city's infamous area for a look. In fact, the place itself is such a big tourist attraction that you'll find yourself walking among throngs of people, all eager to catch a longer look at the scantily clad hookers posing behind glass displays under neon lights. Just some harmless fun. Go during the late evening where it would be less crowded. But be warned..no photography is allowed, unless you want to get a clob on the head by a high heel shoe or get tossed into a nearby canal.
Left: Me in a 'naughty' area in Amsterdam.
Walking around in this area can be quite an eye opener when you come from a fairly strict upbringing and a country where sex shops is still quite a novelty.
They get quite upset if you stare and them and even more so when you take photo's of them. Usually they turn their backs to you or alternatively close the window curtain.
Here you can see prostitues behind windows with red lights. When the have the curtains closed the have work to do.
better not take pictures of the woman here. but like of the bridges.
If you go to the red district...make shure you know what you are looking for.
You can get some...not nice souvernis.
old tax collector's office built in 1638.
merchants had to pay tax on beer, wine, tobacco and grain.
near the red light district.
there is now a bar in side café Heffer
'Window Shopping' in the Red Light district
Hmmm many windows to look at, some more beautiful, some less beautiful ;-)
Very interesting... Walk around but don't take any pictures of the girls... if you do and you get caught, it could be a very memorable vacation you've ever had.