Amsterdam is famous for its openess. This includes prostitution. The Walletjes along the Voorburghwal Canal is the center of the red light district and contains the window girls. Taking pictures of the girls will get you in trouble but I managed to sneek this discreet picture of the general area.
I booked the Dark Amsterdam walking tour with the company on the internet before I went. The tour starts about 8pm from their main office in Damrak. A group of about 12 of us got taken around the red light district and given a potted history of the area and had the most interesting architectural features pointed out. All of which is totally irrelevant as you will be walking down the lanes thinking Oh My God, as you walk past the windows with virtually naked young women wearing flourescent bikinis under UV lights! OMG! lol
The tour included a visit to the Prostitution Information Centre, where the owner, a former Red Light District worker named Mariska Majoor wanted to provide a resource for sex workers and tourists alike. She's an attractive, intelligent woman with a plain speaking manner who happily answered questions and explained the prostitution system in Amsterdam and a little about her life.
I would normally have a few photos linked to this review but it was made quite clear at the start of the tour that any obvious photo taking held the risk of your camera being 'accidentally' bumped into the canal. Believe me you won't have time to look through a lens anyway, just savour the experience. OMG!
Price: € 21
"De walletjes" as de Dutch like to call the red light district is a very nice place right in the city centre. The area didn't interest me too much, but recenly I thought during the day, why not visit it right now and so I did. It was quite boring I have to say and I didn't really understand what all the fuss was about. A few weeks later I visited again, but now around 11pm, and wow the place was crowded!! When you are on Dam square you haven't a clue that so many people are visiting this are of the city. At least I had no clue. It was great with all those red lights...hence the name...haha... and all the women showing their products and trying to get your interest by ticking the windows which they are behind. This is a place I will take everyone who want to experience Amsterdam!! A real must see!
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
It's not all that bad, as long as you just look. I've seen department store ads worse then this. It's a fairly safe area. We walked through in the afternoon and later at night. Don't take photos, but it's ok to look around. It's interesting to see how something we in the states see as an illegal act...or even worse, a SIN, can seem like such an everyday occurance. For a real treat, step into a "novelty" shop.
You should be prepared for well groomed men in suits asking you to watch banana shows and the like! There's also a chance someone will ask you if you're looking for cocca. These are both easily avoided.
Unless of course you're into these things!
Wander through the most exciting district in Amsterdam. Thousands of girls displaying themselves in the windows. Tourists mix with pimps, drunks, drug dealers...
By the way, prostitution was legalised in 1810, but pimping is not legal.
If you are a girl, I am sorry, several years ago some men started to stand behind the windows, but no woman dared to enter...
Funny urinary the Dutch way: easy and useful, isn't it?
North - Sea
South - Damstrat / Oude Doelenstraat / Oude Hoogstraat
East - Zeedijk/Nieuwmarket / Kloveniersburgwal
West - Warmoesstraat
Amsterdam must have a lot of cosmetic surgeons who do breast enhancements non-stop somewhere nearby. Virtually all the working girls have had some sort of enlargement. A few even have ones of comical proportions. Want a gift to take home? Get the business card of their doctor! They do a good job from what I could see!
Sounds exciting doesn’t it boys? I have to say I have actually never bothered with this. I know at least 15 guys who have seen them and they said it was somewhere between boring to disgusting. Some things should just never be put in/pulled out of a sensitive area (male or female). All the guys I know said that the performers looked bored, the men on stage were always ugly freaks and ladies not too good looking. 20 years ago I was told a couple just got on a bed and did it. Now they put on a whole production on stage. Don’t bother. You are in the red light district and can do anything you want except for goats. Actually that’s not true, they sell movies of goats.
Save your money, drink beer and shout at the prostitutes from a safe distance. It’s what I do.
(And rate this tip or I'm telling your wife you were reasearching sex shows)
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.
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!!!
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.
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.