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The Amsterdam Red Light Districts of Amsterdam are famous, worldwide, almost every tourist who visited Amsterdam has been there. Even it was only to have a sneak and naughty view there…

There are 3 different Red Light Districts in Amsterdam, ‘De Walletjes’ is the best known area and the biggest too. It’s in the old city-centre, just steps away from Damsquare and the Central Station. Main attraction is The Oudezijds Achterburgwal with her small streets & alleys filled with windows & all kinds of sexual entertainment.

‘De Walletjes’ is desirable by everyone who visits Amsterdam. It’s not only for the great variation of girls who are working here but also for the nice and cozy area with his restaurants, bars, sexshops, sexshow/clubs and the coffeeshops. It’s a safe place to be. Just use your common sense and walk here or visit one of the bars, restaurants, clubs or girls! At ‘The Main Area’ (de Walletjes) are hundreds of windows, it’s the main sex-attraction of the city centre these days. Thousands of people are walking and peeking here every day, evening or night throughout this area. It’s a nice, safe & great place to walk around. If you don’t want your camera broken; Don´t take pictures of the girls in the windows, they really don´t like that! Just walk around, hop into the sexshops, Get your tickets for the Red Light Secrets museum with 15% discount, see a show in one of the sextheatres like Casa Rosso, The Bananabar or the Hospitalbar, visit a peepshow, proof your luck in a casino/gambling hall, have a drink at one of the bars or use one of the attractions in the windows…. 🙂 75/100 euro will do (15 minutes, services depends of the sexworker). Have fun and enjoy ‘De Walletjes’.

Read more about the main district here

The other RLD-area in the city-centre is located around the Spuistraat/Singel, it’s at the other side of the shopping street ‘Nieuwendijk’. It’s called Singel-district’ with the Oude Nieuwstraat, Spuistraat, Singel, Korte Korsjespoortsteeg, Teerketelsteeg & Korte Kolksteeg. There are about 55 windows filled with all kind of sexworkers, some transsexuals can be found here too.

It’s not a real tourists-area, more for locals who are looking for sexual entertainment. But you’re welcome to take a look or entertain yourself here. Bars, sexmovie-theater, restaurants and daily’s are here plenty to find. At the Spuistraat is a gay-orientated sexcinema and 2 gay-sexshops.

Read more about the Singel-district here

The third Red Light District is located at another part of Amsterdam; ‘De Pijp’. Almost cornered with the famous ‘Albert Cuypmarket’ are the brothels at the Ruysdaelkade.

Same thing as the Singel-district, this is more for locals who are looking for sexual entertainment but of course, you’re welcome here to take a look or more. At the Ruysdaelkade are 40 windows filled with sexworkers in all ages and some transsexuals. It’s just minutes away from the ‘Rijksmuseum’, the Museumplein, the ‘Van Goghmuseum’ and the ‘Stedelijk Museum’.
Easy to find with the Metro 52 (Noord-Zuid Lijn), only 10 minutes from the Central Station.

 Read more about the Pijp-district here

Questions about the RLD’s?

Read the FAQ here for more information.

Regulations for sexwork

A lot of things concerning the window-prostitution will be changed. Windows in several streets will be closed and window-prostitution will be merged to a compact area. The city-board has made a project to ban ‘forced prostitution’ and money-laundering. This project was called ‘1012‘, as the postal code is. Recently is ’the small Wallen’ part closed, this was a part of the main district, next to ‘The Bulldog’ and Oudekerksplein. There is more to follow. The alderman & the Mayor wanted to have a Sex-brothel somewhere else in Amsterdam were people, who wants to buy services from the ladies, can go. No more tourists walking by anymore, no more ‘cheap entertainment’ like stags- or hens- parties at the districts.

The new ‘Stay Away Campagne‘ tells you more about the importunity from groups of people who don’t know there is people living in te districts as well. No ‘Meshy Nights’ or ‘Huge Pub-crawls’ anymore at the RLD-area’s to keep the neighbourhood like it used to be. Please do respect the most beautifull part of The Netherlands; Amsterdam. You are welcome anytime but behave yourself. No ‘Stags & Hens parties’ anymore. ‘No other nuisance in Amsterdam anymore’, that’s the message from Amsterdam. ‘People live here’ too. Please respect the rules & locals (residents).

Bike rental

Don’t hire a bike if you want to enjoy this city. If you really don’t know how to handle it or ride a bike before, please don’t do it. Locals know how to be tough into the trafficjungle but believe me, every year people-on-bikes died in the most busiest traffic in this small city. U can use the public transport, tram, metro of bus, too to see everything or just walk, Amsterdam is not a real big city, more a big village. Amsterdam is a really nice city to visit and also a city where you want to stay for a while. Cozy people, nice things to do and ancient things to see. But very small too.

Coffeeshops/Smoke cannabis

If you come to Amsterdam to smoke weed at a coffeeshop remember, the cannabis is stronger in Amsterdam then you’ve smoked before. It will take a while you feel something but believe me, you will feel something! Blowing in the Red-Light-District is not permitted at the street. You can blow your brains out at one of the coffeeshops but not in the streets, alley’s, canals of squares in the ‘Main District’ anymore.
Since May 2023 it’s forbidden to smoke cannabis in the streets of the main district. Caught? € 100.- is the fine. Avoid this and smoke at the coffeeshops, not at a terrace from a café/bar or in the streets.

Maps of the districts
I’ve made several maps of the districts. They are updated recently. Download or print it and take it with you at your trip to Amsterdam.
Download/Print the maps

Thanks for you visit, don’t forget to read the news because a lot is going on in Amsterdam within the current districts, the mayor wanted to move the main RLD elsewhere, it’s too crowdy at this moment.
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Enjoy your stay in Amsterdam.
Kind Regards, Webby.
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