While most major cities in the world have a ‘Red Light District’, none are quite as touristy as Amsterdam’s or its Red Light District. Amsterdam has three of these districts, however, ‘De Wallen’ in the city center is the largest and best known. This quarter of Amsterdam is one of the oldest parts of the city. The mansions along the canals and the Oude Kerk (Old Church) are worth a look at, but it’s hard not be distracted by the many sex clubs and window prostitutes.

Window Shopping

Since the 14th century the former inner-harbor of Amsterdam has slowly grown into an area of sex shops, brothels, gay bars, coffeeshops, peepshows and window prostitutes. The fluorescent red lights are characteristic for this area.

Tour De Wallen

The Red Light District in Amsterdam attracts many tourists. This is also stimulated by a tour offered by the local VVV (Tourist Information Office). The presence of police and security cameras ensure that ‘De Wallen’ is one of the safest areas of Amsterdam.