The Red Light District of Amsterdam, an amazing place

The Red Light District of Amsterdam is one of the most famous places in the city, and also in the Netherlands. Its architecture, its history, its culture and, in a very special way, its liberal atmosphere are some of its most outstanding characteristics. We tell you everything about this unconventional neighborhood, will you join us?

What you didn’t know about him red light district

We already anticipated itthe Red Light District is particularly famous for its liberal atmosphere, which is sometimes branded by some as a libertine. But the truth is that it is a very touristic place.

There is no forgetting that prostitution has been legal in the Netherlands for decades and that this is not the only city where prostitutes offer their services through shop windows. In addition, the vast majority of prostitutes are self-employed, they rent the windows themselves and pay the corresponding taxes.

Red Light District – Steve Photography

And despite all this, the Red Light District is much more than a great tourist center of prostitution. It is located in the oldest part of the Dutch capitalso its streets hide a long history and beautiful buildings with hundreds of years on their walls.

For all this, nothing like getting lost in its old cobbled streets, whose constructions date back in some cases to the fourteenth century. And while you’re there, visit all its shops, have lunch in one of its many restaurants and at night contemplate those lights that give it its name.

You can do it quietly there is no more insecurity here than anywhere else in the city. Of course, you should be careful with pickpockets, who act wherever there is tourism. And something very important: it is convenient that you forget to take photos of the women who are exhibited in the shop windows. It is not that it is prohibited, but, as you can imagine, it is something that they do not like and you may have a problem.

The Red Light District and its highlights

1.Oude Kerk

The oldest church in Amsterdam, the Oude Kerk, is in this neighborhood. It was built in 1302. A small wooden church that was enlarged over time until it became a beautiful temple with a Gothic air.

Oude Kerk by Mikhail Markovskiy

Throughout its history this church has undergone various transformations. In 1578, after the Reformation, it became a Calvinist temple. This meant that all the interior decoration was torn out. Even so, some paintings can still be seen on the ceilings.

Inside you can also highlight the stained glass windows, from the 15th and 16th centuries. Y you have to look at the floor, formed in part by huge stone plates, really tombs. There are about 2,500, although it is believed that more than ten thousand people are buried under its soil.

2. Red Light District Erotic Museum

On the main street of the neighbourhood, in an old warehouse from the 17th century, you will discover this museum. Its interior can surprise, since in it you can learn a little better about the Red Light District and its history.

Local in the Red Light District – photoshooter2015

Of course, eroticism plays an essential role in his exhibitions. Here you can see objects of all kinds, from old photographs to a typical neighborhood prostitution room, John Lennon lithographs and an extensive collection of erotic art.


“People travel to distant destinations to observe, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore when they are at home.”

-Dagobert D. Runes-

3. Trumpettersteeg

It is officially the narrowest alley in Amsterdam. It is only 100 centimeters wide, something that is not a problem for it to be one of the busiest places in the neighborhood and in the city. As you can imagine, here you have to walk in single file and stick to the wall if someone comes from the opposite direction.

Undoubtedly, the Red Light District is one of the areas of the Dutch capital that most attracts the attention of tourists. A place not to be missed if you visit Amsterdam and that always surprises.

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