I visited Amsterdam in 2004 and ofcourse hit the Red Light District. I had reas many of these posts earlier and kind of knew what to expect. I am from California and consider myself street smart. I didn't feel uncomfortable or intimidated as I walked alone through the RDL. As always, use commen sense and beware of your surroundings. I have no problem walking through Amsterdam. IF you really want to live dangerously, walk through South Los Angeles or East Los and see if you catch some ***. I am not trying to protray myself as a "Bad Ass American", but I'm jsut saying, be smart. The only minor thing I had while in the RDL, was some fool asking me for some money, and I told him no. He persisted and I basically told him that I wouldn't give hime any money and if he was ready to fight me for it to bring it. He punked out and that was that. The women in the RLD were pretty cool. I think the selection in Las Vegas is better, but when in Rome...
It is probably the most known fact, but anyway...no photos in Red light area, if you want to see your camera again!! Except the Old church, of course :-)))))
During the day RLD is quite safe, when gets dark, it is better not go alone.
take a picture of the girls in the windows in the red light district at your own risk.Cameras are forbidden and if anyone catches you, they will either confisicate or destroy your camera.The same rules apply In the sex theatre.Also if you think this rule applies only to your camera think again.the same rule applies to Mobile Phones.
If you do decide to meet one of these girls in the window be polite,Dont forget that these girls are making a living and wont accept any abuse.Although you cant always see them a massive bodyguard always has his eyes on the girls.
Amsterdam by night os often very calm I think. Especially for beeing a capital & a big city.
When strawling around you will mostly see some bums, a couple of shady-looking junkies mayby....and lots of cabs.
A numerous of guys WILL try to sell you a bike....but they have always been harmless.
The redlight District can be a bit dodgy by late night.....but this area is often frequently patroled by the police.
The only place I´ve experienced beeing a bad place to hang out at is the central station. This is the place where many bums & especially junkies strawl around to beg, rob or just get a good nights sleep. Avoid hanging out here during nighttime.
One thing worth mentioning is that Amserdam doesn´t have any nightopen shops/restaurants/teahouses. So if you´re stuck in Amsterdam during latenight - all you can do is walk around til 8 AM, or hang out at the centralstation.
The Redlight District in Amserdam is both famous & infamous.
In the coffeeshops they are allowed to sell various "light-drugs" as they call it.
Although alot of heavier drugs is availible out on the streets by walking drugdealers.
Many people find these, rather pushy, dealers circuling around the area as a big fear, but just act calm and you really have nothing do be afraid of.
When you meet these lawbending "gentlemen" on the street they will often lean against you and quietly reel the list of drugs they are selling. There is one thing you can do to completely get rid of these guys...guess what;
Ignore them! This will always work! Never allow them to get eye-contact with you because then they think you´re a possible buyer. Never start being polite: "No thank you", "im fine"..etc etc. Just keep walking and ignore them. Pretty fast you´ll get used to this and wont see this as a problem. Trust me.
This is where you have the zoo...the ses pool of people from all over the world. All walks of life come here and stay here, and do there dirty deed here.
This is where I found most of the junkies hanging out & your street dealers. Do not make eye contact with these people, dont not say anything to them other then *** off in a real mean way.
Saying no in there world means yes I am going to follow you all over the place until you buy something from me.
As you can see, I don't have a photo from Red lights district. I remember what happened to a guy who tried to take a photo of a girl sitting in a shop window. She stepped out, grab his camera, took out the film and smash it before crowd of curious tourists. I don't think you are looking for such an embarassment so keep your camera away when walking RL district and take it serious!
I know of way too many stories of people (even Amsterdam locals) who get mugged around the Red Light District. The perpetrators are mostly junkies and travel in pairs. Don't walk down any street that isn't busy. If you do there is a sizable chance that you'll get robbed. Most of the theives I've encounter have been too timid to carry out their mugging if you put up some resistance. Still, it is better to avoid that scenario in the first place. Junkies suck!
If you are strolling along the Red Light District and you want to shoot some pics of this area, make sure you don't take detailed pics of the "ladies". If you do so, there is a change that their pimp will take your camera away or just destroy it. So be warned.
The Red Light District is very open. On your first day in Amsterdam you may be wwlking the city at around 5:00 pm and everything looks like and other city. After 5:00 pm things start to change on certain streets. If you happen to be on one of those streets you may be taken aback.
Semi negative vibes from the red light district. I'm going to have to agree with exitableone. There are alot of drug dealers around the red light district. I probably declined like an average of 10 times a day so 10 times 7-days will equal 70 no's. Don't get me wrong deffinatley visit the place, there are so many places that are worth visiting in that part of the region such as the Cannabis College, hash museum, and the Bush doctors head shop where they contain some amazing glass peices not worth buying but deffinatly worth feasting your eyes.
Don't take pictures of the ladies behind the windows. It is not appreciated, and that is not very strongly expressed.
The picture was to show another lady behind a window. An old lady looking down to the street. Maybe waiting for a relative, or a friend. Maybe just curious what happened outside. Some houses even have special mirrors next to the windows for the people to look down on the street.
But as you can see the lady is perfectly hidden by the curtains. So do as we did, and don't take pictures !!
When walking around Red light District you will see signs NO PHOTOS. Take them seriously unless you run really fast :) If you try to take photos of the girls in the RLD, you are just calling for your camera to get smashed (if not yourself).
RLD - weird and crazy people, we went against the grain and walked around pissed due to an all dayer.. But then of course, We're streetwise....some fit birds in the windows, some mingers too, we saw the fattest ugliest minger in one of the windows, think u had to pay her. 50 euros for 10-15 mins Roman lost his belt to one and returned to us 20 mins later saying nothing happened!! the tentacled man was chucked out of one of the girls windows for dancing.. rude man Nistelrooy bared his arse to trippers on a boat in broad daylight... we all indulged, a special mention to Roman for his whoring on sat night, one he pulled in his own right.. no fee. (fat scouser)other two then a trip to planet pluto for half a day when i left them for mere 2 hours...
As it was said "one of the finest displays
of sin and debauchery it has ever been my fortune to witness" we did it all....we shall return to see the sights next time...
Hents: A little feed back from a friend of mine (who said I could use his information) on how to pick a good hooker. Some of these gals wash after a customer. Then when you pick her, she jumps into a shower so you can see she is clean again. However, not all the girls do this. Some, he says, are busy little beavers, and smell like one too.
Don't bring anything with you if your going cruzen for whores in the red light district at night, just the money honey. Keep your head clear (as clear as you can be) and keep your money back in your hotel safe, bring enough for some loven and leave the place like you left it. Pack it out baby!
Here is the lowdown: Prostitution has been legal in the Netherlands since Napoleon made it so in 1815 and in 1996 the Dutch government started to tax it. According to statistics there are now more than 25000 prostitutes in the Netherlands and over half of these are said to be illegal immigrants. Sex always involves a condom and costs around 50 euros for oral and then full sex. There are also many brothels, both low and high class. In high-class brothels such as Yab Yums sex can cost upwards of 150 euros an hour.