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One of our goals is to inform people about Amsterdam’s Red Light District as best as possible. The Red Light District area is very unique and therefore raises lots of questions. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have – on our Red Light District website and during our fascinating walking tours.

Fox News & Yahoo have listed our Red Light District tours as one of the wackiest tours of the world! Our startup has also been listed by other big media companies like Lonely PlanetThe Telegraph, Huffington Post, Metro, World Travel Guide, Het ParoolThe Post Internazionale and Holiday Extras Travel Guide.


 

Frequently Asked Questions

Amsterdam Red Light District Tours:

Q: Why join our Red Light District Tour?

Q: How do I book a tour with a local guide?

Q: How do I pay for a tour?

Q: Where is the meeting point for the tour?

Q: How do I recognise the local tour guide?

Q: In which language do you offer the tours?

Q: Where does the tour end?

Q: What is the duration of the Red Light District Tour?

Q: Can I get a private Red Light District tour outside the regular tour hours of 7 and 9 pm?

Q: Is there a minimum age for your tours?

Q: What’s the difference between the normal Red Light District Tour and the Exclusive Red Light District Tour?

Q: Do you offer tours in Spanish, German or French?

Q: Can I also book a prostitute tour in Amsterdam?

General Information On Amsterdam’s Red Light District:

Q: Where are the Red Light District Areas in Amsterdam?

Q: What hours is the Red Light District open?

Q: Is the Red Light District open on Sunday’s?

Q: Is the Red Light District open during Christmas?

Q: What is the best time to visit the Red Light District?

Q: What are the prices charged in the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get to the Red Light District from Amsterdam Airport?

Q: Is the Red Light District safe?

Q: What is the Amsterdam Red Light District like in the early morning?

Q: Is it safe for the prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

Q: Where can I find the “Spanish” corner in the Red Light District?

Q: How can I contact prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

Amsterdam Red Light District Facts:

Q: How many sex workers are there in Amsterdam?

Q: How much can you earn as a prostitute behind the windows?

Q: What kind of people are the clients that prostitutes have?

Q: What is the average price for a visit to a prostitute?

Q: What kind of people live in this neighbourhood?

Q: Do prostitutes use drugs?

Q: What facilities exist for prostitutes to get health checks?

Q: Is it legal, all these women behind the windows?

Q: What kind of safety measures are there for the prostitutes?

Q: Are there also men who stand behind the windows in Amsterdam?

Q: What’s the difference between the red lights and the purple lights in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

Q: Are there any famous prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

Q: How much money is generated by the industry?

Q: I would like to work as a prostitute in Amsterdam. What are the requirements?

Rules In Amsterdam’s Red Light District:

Q: Is the presence of tourists appreciated in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

Q: Can I take photos in the Red Light District?

Entertainment & Culture:

Q: Where can I find good restaurants in the Red Light District?

Q: Which museums are there in the Red Light District?

Q: Are there stripclubs in the Red Light District?

Q: Where can I find nice bars in the Red Light District?

Hotels In Red Light District Amsterdam:

Q: Are there good hotels in or near the Red Light District?

Q: Do you know cheap hotels in the Red Light District of Amsterdam?

Q: Which hostels in Amsterdam Red Light District would you recommend?

How To Get To The Red Light District Of Amsterdam:

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Q: How do I get from The Arcade Hotel Amsterdam to the Red Light District?

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Q: How do I get from the Volkshotel to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from Hotel La Boheme to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – South to the district?

Q: How do I get from Hotel Aalders to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – Sloterdijk Station to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from Hotel Casa to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport Hotel to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from Hotel The Toren to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from the Sofitel Legend The Grand Hotel to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from the Roommate Aitana Hotel to the Red Light District?

Q: How do I get from the CitizenM Amsterdam Hotel to the Red Light District?

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Amsterdam Red Light District Tours

Q: Why join a Red Light District Walking Tour?

A: Our Red Light District Tours have been chosen by Fox News & Yahoo as some of the wackiest and weirdest local tours of the world!

Fox News Article

In this video, Holiday Extras Travel Guide give you some insights into Amsterdam’s Red Light District, show you some things to look out for on the walking tour and, generally, give you a snapshot of the highlights you’ll be taken to this eye-opening experience.

Additionally, our tours are ranked among the best tours & activities in Amsterdam on Tripadvisor. We’ll teach you what the Red Light District is really all about. Get to know the Dutch culture and its history by joining one of our walking tours in the Red Light District.

Besides our daily tours, we host a Meet & Greet with two of world’s most famous prostitutes; Martine & Louise Fokkens. They have worked in the Red Light District for 50 years! That’s right… 50 years! The twins are now 75 years old and have recently retired. We are proud to say that we are the only company which offers a meet and greet tour with the world’s most famous and most experienced prostitutes!

10 Weirdest Local Tours Around the World by Yahoo
Yahoo listed our tour with the famous Fokkens twins as the weirdest locals tours of the world!

All our tours are hosted by local guides who are Dutch themselves and who speak perfect English. They can tell you everything about Amsterdam, the Red Light District and the Dutch way of life. If you fancy a drink after the tour, our guides can bring you to their favourite spots and might even join if you’d like. great way to meet a local!

Our tours are fun, interesting and exciting! And wacky, of course 🙂


Q: How do I book a Red Light District Tour?

A: An online booking is required for joining one of our tours. We’re a proud member of the Amsterdam Red Light District tours agreement, sanctioned by the City of Amsterdam – the local government. For an overview of our tours, click here. Or click on the button below to make a reservation:


Q: How do I pay for a tour?

A: When you book a tour online, you can pay via Paypal.


Q: Where is the meeting point?

A: The fixed meeting point for a Red Light District Tour is 2 meters in front of the white National Monument on Dam Square.


Q: How do I recognise your tour guide?

A: Our tour guides always wear a black hat with our logo on it: a red light. He or she will be there a few minutes before the tour starts.


Q: In which language do you offer the Red Light District Tours?

A: We offer all our tours in English. Needless to say, our local guides also speak Dutch fluently. If you’d like to join a Red Light District tour in Dutch, Spanish, German or Italian, send us a special request here.


Q: Where does your walking tour end?

A: Usually we end the tour in the heart of the Red Light District. After our tour, people are usually fascinated by it and realise how beautiful and safe this area actually is. Most people want to stay in Red Light District a bit longer – for a drink or so. For this reason we make our last stop in the RLD. Of course, we can also bring you back to the meeting point on Dam Square if you want to!


Q: What is the duration of the Red Light District Tour?

A: We have several tours. Most of them have a duration of approximately 1.5 hours, some take 2 hours though. Please have a look on our homepage for more details.


Q: Can I get a private Red Light District tour outside the regular tour hours of 7 and 9 pm?

A: Yes, you can get a private tour outside of the regular tour hours. Try and contact us well in advance of your trip to Amsterdam so that we can get you the best guide! Also, due to new regulations by the city of Amsterdam, we are not able to offer any tour starting after 10pm. If you have any further questions about a private tour don’t hesitate to contact us here.


Q: Is there a minimum age for your tours?

A: No, we do not have a minimum age for our Red Light District Tours because it is an area without age restrictions. Amsterdam’s Red Light District is a residential area with around 8.000 to 9.000 inhabitants from all parts of society; rich, middle & underclass, students, elderly, religious & non-religious people and yes, also children. There is even a daycare in the Red Light District that is located next to window brothels and next to the oldest church of Amsterdam. Do you want to see this daycare with your own eyes? Join us during one of our tours and our local guide will show you!

We’d like to show everybody what this area is all about. This unique neighborhood shows perfectly how liberal and open-minded the Dutch are.


Q: What’s the difference between the normal Red Light District Tour and the Exclusive Red Light District Tour?

A: The main difference is the number of attendees. Our exclusive walking tour allows a maximum of 8 persons and the normal Red Light District allows for a maximum of 25 attendees. Some people prefer a smaller group which is more personal and gives them the option to move at their own pace.


Q: Do you offer Red Light District Tours in Spanish, German, French or Italian?

A: YES, we do offer Spanish, German & Italian tours on request. Please send a request via our contact form here. Currently, we do not offer French tours though.


Q: Can I also book a prostitute tour in Amsterdam?

A: Yes, most definitely! We are the only tour company in Amsterdam that offers Red Light District Tours with prostitutes. We offer one tour with an active prostitute working in the Red Light District and another tour with two of Holland’s oldest, most famous retired twin prostitutes. During both these awesome tours one of our expert guides will show you around the Red Light District before you have a conversation with the prostitutes. You can find out more about both these tours here: Amsterdam Prostitute Walking Tour and here Red Light Tour With The Famous Twins


 

General Information On Amsterdam’s Red Light District

Q: Where are the Red Light District areas in Amsterdam?

A: The Red Light District is located south (a 10 minute walk) of Amsterdam Central Station, the main train station. The area itself is about one square kilometer in size.


Amsterdam Red Light District Map - Where are the Red Light District areas?

  • When you are in front of Amsterdam’s Central Station (and you face all the trams in front of you), walk straight ahead in line with the crowd. Cross the street (be careful with all the bicycles around you), and continue walking for approximately 300 meters. On your left you’ll see grand cafe The Grasshopper – in the evening the building is lit up with green lights -, walk towards The Grasshopper and take the little alley which continues into one of Amsterdam’s oldest streets: The Warmoe Street. You’ve now entered the red light district of Amsterdam. It’s best to go right on this street, otherwise you’d walk back towards Central Station.
  • As you walk on the Warmoes street you’ll be surrounded by bars, clubs, coffee shops, restaurants , sex shops, pizzeria’s, Irish pub’s etc. We’d advice you to take the first left, which will take you to the Old Church of Amsterdam. This church is placed in the centre of the red light district. Now, if you’d go left or right, you’ll most likely see the first sex workers on your visit in Amsterdam.
  • The red light district consists of theatres, sex shops, China town, museums, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, an arcade game room, smart shops, the hangover information center, two churches and approximately 290 windows with prostitutes, and much, much more.
  • There are two other Red Light Districts in Amsterdam. One located in the south, on the Ruysdaelkade and one on the Singel, which is in the city center. These two are much smaller than the famous Red Light District, next to Amsterdam’s Central Station.

Obviously, it’s much easier to walk around with our local guide who can show you the best spots and hidden alleys. Something you really need to see!


Q: What hours is the Red Light District open?

A: The Red Light District is always open – don’t forget that it’s a residential area. It can be visited 24/7. The window brothels are only closed for 2 hours a day between 6am and 8am. Most bars and clubs close at 3 or 4 am in the weekends.


Q: Is the Red Light District open on Sunday’s?

A: Yes, the Red Light District in Amsterdam is open on Sunday’s. Actually, the Red Light District is open 7 days a week! 🙂


Q: Is there an Amsterdam Red Light District for females?

A: At this time of writing in 2017 there is no Red Light District for females where men stand behind the windows. Amsterdam does offer many escort services that cater to women’s needs!


Q: Is the Red Light District open during Christmas?

A: Yes, Amsterdam’s Red Light District is open during Christmas. Most of the (Dutch) prostitutes who have their family here in the Netherlands, do not work during Christmas. However, the Eastern European sex workers (who come from Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, etc) are usually the ones who work during Christmas. For them Christmas can be a good time to work because there is less competition which result in more customers. The Red Light District of Amsterdam has 278 window brothels and around 50 of them are closed during Christmas. Most of the shops in the RLD will be closed too.

Good to know: In the Netherlands we celebrate Christmas on three days; the 24th of December (Christmas eve), 25th (first Christmas Day) & 26th of December (second Christmas Day).

Fun to do during Christmas: Join our Red Light District Tours and get to know all its secrets! We can answer all your questions.


Q: What is the best time to visit the Red Light District?

A: Although prostitutes can rent a window all day and night, most of them work during the evening- and nighttime because this is when they have the most customers. Furthermore, the sight of the red lights reflecting on the dark canals looks best when it’s dark outside. Therefore, the best time to visit the Red Light District is somewhere between 5 pm and 1 am.

Amsterdam’s Red Light District is most busy between Thursday’s and Sunday’s from 7 pm till 11.30 pm. These are the days when most people are in town. If you prefer going through the area when it’s calmer, then we’d advice you to visit it on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. Somewhere between 7 am and 6 pm.

Most of our tours start at 7 pm and 9 pm. Join us and learn everything about the famous Red Light District.

News: Amsterdam starts City Brothel in the Red Light District.


Q: What are the prices charged in the Red Light District?

A: We’ve made an article containing all the important prices for people who want to explore the Red Light District. It can be found here: Amsterdam Red Light District Prices


Q: How do I get to the Red Light District from the Amsterdam Schiphol Airport?

A: The cheapest and fastest way to get from Amsterdam airport to Amsterdam Central Station is by train. The train departs 6 times an hour. A train ticket will cost you 4 Euros. Within 18 minutes you will arrive in the city centre of Amsterdam. More information on the public transport in The Netherlands can be found on this website. This is the main public transport site of The Netherlands which the locals use to get from point A to B.

Tip: Check out this Youtube video which perfectly shows how to take the train from Amsterdam airport to the red light district.

 

 

When you arrive at Central Station, you can easily walk to the red light district of Amsterdam. It’s just a 5 to 10 minute walk.

  • Walk to the front of Amsterdam’s Central Station. Outside you will see the trams and people waiting for their trams. Just follow the crowd, who will be going to the Damrak (the entrance street of Amsterdam). After 300 metres, you will find a building on your left, which has the name The Grasshopper on it. This steakhouse is in front of all the canal boats. During the evenings, The Grasshopper is lit up with green lights. Most likely because it used to be a coffeeshop too.

The Grasshopper

  • Walk towards the Grasshopper and take the alley which goes paralel to the Grasshopper Steakhouse. On the end of that alley you’ll find the oldest street of Amsterdam, called The Warmoesstraat (Warmoes street).
  • The Warmoesstraat lies in the red light district of Amsterdam. There are other ways to get from Amsterdam Airport to the red light district, but this is definitely the fastest one.

The most interesting, fun, healthy and comfortable way to explore the Red Light District is by joining one of our tours. Within 1.5 hours you’ll get to know everything you need. Our local guides show you the best and most hidden places that tourists never see.


Q: Is the Red Light District safe?

A: Yes, the Red Light District is one of the safest area’s in Amsterdam.

The Red Light District is the entrance of Holland’s capital. It’s just a 2 minute walk away from Amsterdam’s Central Station. One of the many reasons why this area is so popular among locals and tourists. This is also why the city of Amsterdam makes sure that the Red Light District remains safe. What happens in the Red Light District reflects on the rest of Amsterdam. The reputation and perception of both are inextricably linked. The local government took many measures during the last few decades to make this area safer. There are lots of police camera’s and police officers in the Red Light DistrictThey do patrols by bike, by foot and even by horse.

Amsterdam Red Light District - FAQ - Is the Red Light District safe
Police officers go through the Red Light District by horse.

This area in Amsterdam is filled with beautiful old houses. Houses which can only be bought by the richest among us. Old houses in the Red Light can cost up to 1.5 million Euros. There are approximately 9000 people who live in the Red Light District and approximately 25.000 people who work here. That’s quit a lot for an area where everything is within walking distance. All these people wouldn’t live or work here, if it wasn’t safe.

The only thing you have to do in this area is to mind your belongings and the traffic! Do you want to let a local guide show you around in the Red Light District? Join the best Red Light District Tour in Amsterdam.



Q: What is the Amsterdam Red Light District like in the early morning?

A: The Red Light District is just like any other part of Amsterdam in the early morning: Quit. You can enjoy the oldest part of Amsterdam in peace and quit depending how late you get out of bed. In the weekdays people start going to work around 7:00 AM. During the weekend you’ll probably come across some party people going home at that time.


Q: Is it safe for the prostitutes to work in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

A: Yes, it is.

In order to ensure the safety of every prostitute in the Netherlands, several measures have been implemented throughout the years:

  • Prostitution is legal.
  • The brothels have a security system (and/or panic-button).
  • The brothel operator has to contribute to the safety of the prostitute by being present at all time in case of emergencies.
  • A prostitute can refuse any customer she wants.
  • All prostitutes can do free STD-checks.
  • The police monitors the Red Light District with the use of cameras and by patrols.
  • The minimum age for being a prostitute in Amsterdam is 21 year.
  • Prostitutes are self-employed.

There are more measures to ensure the safety in the Red Light District. CLICK HERE to read them all.

The Red Light District is a safe area for everyone: visitors, inhabitants and people who work here. Amsterdam has a lot of prostitutes that come from abroad and a reason for coming here is that things are relatively well organised compared to other places.

Learn more about the safety measures in the Red Light District during one of our tours. It’s quite interesting to hear a bit more about this neighbourhood.


Q: Where can I find the “Spanish corner” in the Red Light District?

A: The “Spanish Corner” is situated on the Old Church Square in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Most of the prostitutes who work in the so called “Spanish Corner” are originally from South-America. Our local guides will show you this unique part of Amsterdam during one of our tours.


Q: How can I contact prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

A: You can just walk up to the glass and tap on it (if they don’t respond at first eye contact), the prostitute will open the door a little bit to discuss what you want and to make a financial arrangement.


 

Amsterdam Red Light District Facts

Q: How many sex workers are there in Amsterdam?

History of Prostitution - Window brothel in Amsterdam

A: There isn’t a clear answer to this question, because the prostitution branche has several sectors which are not very transparent. The figures show that the sex workers without a licence are a substantial part of the total sector. This is mainly caused by prostitution done at home, which is legal as well in the Netherlands. It’s estimated that there are approximately 6000 sex workers in Amsterdam.


Q: How much can you earn as a prostitute behind the windows?

A: The gross income of a prostitute varies between 200 and 1500 Euro per day. That’s quite a wide range. The thing is that it is pretty difficult to give a clear answer to this question. Former prostitute (Metje Blaak) once explained on Dutch television that most prostitutes in Amsterdam nowadays earn somewhere between 5.000 to 10.000 Euros a month. That’s most likely before all the costs they have – like the rent they have to pay for the brothels.

The income of a prostitute in Amsterdam depends on various factors, like: market value of the prostitute, the kind of service, budget of the client, length of the visit, the number of customers, weather, the day, etc. A internet study shows that most of the customers (58%) usually pay an amount between 50 and 70 euros per visit.

Recently, we interviewed a Dutch prostitute in the Red Light District. CLICK HERE to read it. It’s very interesting!
Some of the questions we asked her:

– Why did you become a prostitute?
– Some people can not believe that you’re doing this job, just because you like it! What is the reason for this?
– Do you ever get an orgasm during sex with your clients? If so, how many times does it happen?

Female Dutch prostitute in Utrecht's Red Light District brothel
Click on the link to read the interview with this prostitute.

It also appears that some customers are paying less than 50 euro for the offered services. According to several respondents, mainly the East European prostitutes offer their services for a lower rate than Dutch prostitutes. The Eastern European prostitutes are competitors for the other prostitutes in Amsterdam.
The amount that prostitutes have to pay for their workspace varies, but according to several respondents prices are between 100 and 150 euro a day. It varies a lot and it’s not something that sex workers want to shout from the rooftops. It depends on the number of hours worked, the method of working, location of the brothel, etc.

During our Red Light District Tours we’ll go deeper into this interesting subject.


Q: What kind of people are the clients?

A: 98% of all the clients of a prostitute are men, and men come in all shapes and sizes. Most men (around 60%) who visit a prostitute are married or have a partner. The nationalities of clients in this neighbourhood are of course very diverse.


Q: What is the average price for a visit to a prostitute?

A: Most of the prostitutes who work in the window brothels charge around 50 euro for a visit. For 50 euro you get around 15 minutes and prices are negotiable. Please be aware that proposing a price that is way too low, can be disrespectful.

Amsterdam Red Light District Window Brothel Prostitutes

Prostitutes in the Netherlands are self-employed and determine their own rates and work methods. Some have certain specialities like S&M, electro sex, bondage, etc. This makes them more unique than others, which allows them to charge more. Most of the prostitutes do this profession, because it’s their own choice. So these prostitutes decide for themselves who they do allow in to have sex with and who they refuse. Please note that men who are too drunk and too annoying, will mostly be refused by the prostitutes.

You can approach the sex worker yourself if you are interested. The prostitutes also try to approach you, by ticking on the window to get your attention. If you’re interested in a hand job they might charge less. Perhaps 20 Euros, if you’re lucky (or if you’re a good negotiator)

Do you want know more about Amsterdam’s red light district secrets? Join a tour and one of our local guides will tell you all the secrets in the oldest part of Amsterdam.


Q: What kind of people live in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

A: This neighbourhood attracts people from all walks of life: Young, old, rich, students, expats… There are people who were born and raised here. The Amsterdam’s Red Light District is an area which is popular to live in. Finding an apartment/house can be quite difficult, as there are usually more buyers than sellers.

What kind of people live in Amsterdam's Red Light District
Amsterdam, Red Light District, Oudezijds Kolk.

The most expensive house we’ve seen in the Red Light District, was on the market for 1.5 million euro. Usually it works like this in Amsterdam: Houses which are a few hundred years old, are very popular and expensive. As the Red Light District is the oldest part of Amsterdam, it has many old houses from the 18th or 17th century that are worth a lot!


Q: Do prostitutes use drugs?

A: These days, lot’s of people from all walks of life and all social classes use drugs. Prostitution and drugs don’t necessarily go hand in hand. It is a social misconception that all or most prostitutes use drugs and that they start working in prostitution to pay for their drugs. The proportion of drug-addicted prostitutes is in fact really small. There are no heroin-addicted prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. You’ll be surprised to see how healthy the sex workers are in Amsterdam.


Q: What facilities exist for prostitutes to get health checks?

A: In the Red Light District is a special STD clinic of the GG&GD (Public health service), where prostitutes, or anyone else for that matter, can go for an anonymous health check for venereal diseases. Of course in the Netherlands it’s possible to go to a regular hospital or GP for a check-up; the fact that you let yourself get checked up from time to time is nothing to be ashamed of. Consistent condom use is actually much more important than frequent or compulsory health checks.


Q: Is prostitution legal in the Netherlands?

A: Yes it’s legal. Working as a prostitute is legal in the Netherlands for approximately 200 years now.


Q: What kind of safety measures are there for prostitutes in Holland?

A: In order to ensure the safety of every prostitute in the Netherlands, the Dutch government has implemented some ground rules throughout the years. For the sex workers in the Red Light District it basically comes down to the following points:

10 Safety Measures for Prostitutes in the Red Light District

Q: Are there also male prostitutes who stand behind the windows in Amsterdam?

A: Find out during our Red Light District Tours with a local guide 😉

Male Prostitutes in Brothels of Amsterdam Red Light District


Q: What’s the difference between the red, purple or blue lights in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

A: There’s no difference between the red and purple lights.

What's the difference between the red lights and the purple or blue lights in Amsterdam's Red Light District

The only light which is really different than the other ones in the Red Light District are the blue lights. In general, transgender prostitutes use these blue lights. The transgender sex workers offer themselves in a specific area in the district. During our tours, our local guide will show you where it is.

Would you like to know more about male prostitution? We spoke with a straight guy who started working as a performer at Casa Rosso. Eventually he became a male sex worker who had mostly older male customers. Quite interesting story! Click on the following link to read this interesting interview with a male prostitute in Amsterdam.


Q: How much money is generated by the industry?

About 650 million euro annually, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.


Q: Are there any famous prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

Yes there are! There are two very famous Dutch twins in the Netherlands who have worked as prostitutes for 50 years. They are known as “The Old Hookers”. Their real names are Martine & Louise Fokkens.

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The Fokkens: The most famous prostitutes in the world!

These twin sisters are now 74 years old and have retired a few years ago. The Fokkens experienced a lot in the Red Light District! Nowadays they share their stories with people during our tours. Would you like to meet and greet the Old Hookers? Book our Meet the Old Hooker Tour in Amsterdam. It’s big fun!

Martine & Louise Fokkens are the only famous prostitutes in the Netherlands. All the other sex workers like to stay anonymous.


Q: I would like to work as a prostitute in Amsterdam. What are the requirements?

A: In order to work as a sex worker in Amsterdam you must meet the following requirements:

    • 21 years of age or older (this used to be 18 years).
    • In possession of a valid identity document.
    • Entitled to undertake employment in the Netherlands.
    • A registered address in the Municipal Records Database (in Dutch: “Gemeentelijke Basis Administratie”).
    • Sufficient knowledge of the Dutch, English, Spanish or German language (A2 level).
    • Registration at the Chamber of Commerce.

 

Rules In Amsterdam’s Red Light District

Q: Is the presence of tourists appreciated in Amsterdam’s Red Light District?

A: Yes, most definitely! Please do have consideration for the inhabitants of the Red Light District and the people who work there, who desire respect for who they are, and what they do.


Q: Can you take photos in the Red Light District

A: Yes, you can take photo’s in the Red Light District. The only thing that you can not take pictures of are the prostitutes in Amsterdam.

The prostitutes don’t want to be photographed! They like to stay anonymous. Every prostitute has her own reason for this. For many years people have taken photographs of prostitutes without their permission, and this has led to a lot of irritation, fights and camera’s ending up in the canals.

It’s totally fine to make pictures of the beautiful buildings, bars, churches and canals in the Red Light District. Just respect the sex workers of Amsterdam and don’t take pictures of them.


 

Entertainment & Culture

Q: Where can I find good restaurants in the Red Light District?

A: There are many good restaurants in this area, but also loads of bad ones. Here are some of our favorite restaurants:

  • BurgerFabriek; awesome burgers, big Dutch fries and tasty hotdogs.
  • Los Pilones; delicious Mexican food and cocktails.
  • Anna; one of the most fancy restaurants in the area.
  • Hemelse Modder; romantic, affordable and mostly visited by locals.
  • Harkema; a great brasserie with friendly personal.

We’ve listed most of the restaurants in the Red Light District. CLICK HERE to see them all. Some of these restaurants are reviewed by us or other locals. Of course, you can also ask our local guide during one of our Amsterdam Red Light District tours. He will be happy to share the best spots in town.


Q: Which museums are there in and around the Red Light District?

A: The following museums can be found in, or close to, the Red Light District:


Q: Are there stripclubs in the Red Light District?

A: Yes, of course! The Red Light District wouldn’t be complete if there weren’t any strip clubs to be found. There are several places you could go to.

Are there stripclubs in the Red Light District
A visit to the last peep show in the Netherlands is part of our Red Light District Tour.

The first place we would recommend is Sex Palace Peep Show. This is a theatre in which the paying visitor gets to see a person that takes explicit sexual poses. It offers a variety of sex shows which can be viewed from a small cabin (or booth). The visitor needs to insert a couple of Euros to start the erotic entertainment show. The Sex Palace Peep Show is also one of the many highlights of our Red Light District Walking Tour. Join our tour and we’ll show you the inside of this place. You gotta see this!

La Vie en Proost is a lap dance bar in Amsterdam which offers gogo girls, lap dancers, topless women and a variety of videos. Besides that, with their catchy slogan “A lapdance a day keeps the doctor away”, The Hospital Bar is a new place in town since September 2014. In this theme bar, several sexy “nurses” will serve you to make you feel better. Like a real hospital, there are hospital beds to have a seat in and surgery lamps which shine their coloured lights on the erotic dancing nurses.

If you like themed bars, another option may be The Bananabar. Guess what plays the central role in here? Right, bananas! The waitressess can do several tricks with them during their dance performances but of course sometimes the bananas are ignored when the girls are busy with a lapdance treat.

If you’d like to see a striptease in a theatre, there are two places to go. The first is Moulin Rouge. This is a theatre with live sex shows and striptease, which take place 4 times an hour. The second theatre to watch live sex on stage is the well known Casa Rosso. This place was founded back in 1969 and with the 200 seats they have to offer, it’s bigger (and more expensive..) than Moulin Rouge. Notice that the erotic theatres include lots of comedy into their shows, so if you’re looking for the more “serious stuff”;) it’s better not to go there. For more information about the different strip and sex clubs and their exact locations, click here.


Q: Where can I find good bars in the Red Light District?

A: With about 1.500 different cafes and bars to choose from, there is no excuse for going thirsty in Amsterdam. They can be found on just about every street, corner or canal and all of them offer something different. The Red Light District offers a vast range of themed bars (everything from Irish pubs to sport bars and Australian hang-outs or cocktail bars). There are also some wonderful Grand Cafes and a fine range of hostelries for those who like things a little more chic and trendy.

One of our favorite places in the Red Light District is The Burger Factory on Amsterdam’s Warmoesstraat. This is the only place in the area where you can tap your own beers!  They have lovely finger food as well. And they stay open late!

One of the most famous bars at the Red Light district is “The Old Sailor“. Located in the middle of the Red Light District, this it the spot if you want to have a drink with a nice view on THE canal where everything happens! The Old Sailor is a brown pub with a big bar and decorated with a lot of tools which were used on ships. Outside is a big wooden bench where you can sit as well to catch some sun in the afternoon. If you like to go to a bar where they brew their own beers, we can definitely recommend Beer Brewery The Prael. This hidden gem combines employing disabled people with brewing their own most delicious beers. Additionally, this place looks very atmospheric and is a place where both locals and tourists meet up for a refreshing drink.

The weekday opening hours for bars are from 11am to 1am and during the weekend to 4am. For an overview of the most well known bars in the Red Light District and their locations, CLICK HERE.


 

Hotels In Red Light District Amsterdam

Q: Are there good hotels in or near the Red Light District?

A: Yes, there are a lot of good hotels in or near the Red Light District. A few examples are: Sofitel Legend The Grand, Hotel Luxer, Barbizon Palace & Hotel Krasnapolsky. We’ve made a list of the 10 best hotels in the Red Light District of Amsterdam.


Q: Which hostels in Amsterdam Red Light District would you recommend?

A: We’d recommend the St. Christophers Inn at the Winston – this place offers cheap dorms with bunk bed, comfortable single or double rooms and a club next door. Good place!


 

How To Get To The Red Light District Of Amsterdam

Q: How do I get from nHow Amsterdam Rai Hotel to the Red Light District?

A: The nHow  Amsterdam Rai Hotel will be the largest hotel in the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg. The nHow is being built just next to Amsterdam’s RAI Station and it will contain 650 different rooms. Construction started on 26 October 2016 and will be finished in 2019.

It’s quite easy to go from nHow Amsterdam Rai Hotel to the Red Light District.

  • Walk to tram stop Europaplein and get on tram 4 to Amsterdam Central Station.
  • Get out on Dam Square/ Damrak street: the stop right in front of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
  • Walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat.

Q: How do I get from The Arcade Hotel Amsterdam to the Red Light District?

A: The Arcade Hotel is one of the newest hotels in Amsterdam. The hotel caters specifically to gamers with every room having an old- and new game console hooked up to a big flat screen TV.

Getting from the Arcade Hotel to the Red Light District is easy:

  • Get on tram 4 at bus/tram stop Ceintuurbaan/ Van Woustraat.
  • Get out on Dam Square/ Damrak street: the stop right in front of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.
  • Walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from the Mauro Mansion Hotel to the Red Light District?

A: The Mauro Mansion Hotel is situated in a beautiful old canal house and only has 9, but totally differently designed, rooms available.

Getting from the Mauro Mansion Hotel to the Red Light District is a breeze:

  • Walk out the front door of the hotel. You are there.
  • If you want to join our tour you’ll need to go to Dam Square. The fastest way to get there is to walk to Amsterdam Central Station and take tramline 24 or 9. You can also take the bus line 170 or 174 to the Dam Square/ Damrak street stop right in front of the Amsterdam Stock Exchange.

Q: How do I get from Hotel  Sebastian’s to the Red Light District?

A: Hotel Sebastian’s is located in the heart of Amsterdam on the Keizersgracht. The hotel creates a mystical atmosphere by using warm sultry colours and textures. Getting to the Red Light District from Hotel Sebastian’s is simple:

  • From Sebastian’s Hotel you can walk to the Damrak and then follow the Damrak to Dam Square.
  • Walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from Hotel Fita to the Red Light District?

A: Hotel Fita is a small 15 room hotel located close to the main museums of Amsterdam. The hotel is kept in mint condition and has some of the best service in Amsterdam. To get from Fita to the Red Light District you need to take the following steps:

  • From Hotel Fita take a 8 minute walk to the nearest tram stop located at the Lambertus Zeilplein.
  • Take tram 13 in the direction of Amsterdam Central Station and get off at the Dam Square/ Damrak street tram stop.
  • Walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from the Clemens Hotel to the Red Light District?

A: Hotel Clemens is a small but luxurious 14 room hotel in the heart of Amsterdam situated between the Herengracht and Keizersgracht. Getting to the Red Light District from Clemens is Easy.

  • Walk towards Dam Square, a 5 minute walk.
  • Walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from the Volkshotel to the Red Light District?

A: The Volkshotel is located in the building that formally was the headquarters of one of Holland’s largest newspapers! The Hotel has a total number of 172 rooms with some being really creative.To get from the Volkshotel to the Red Light District you need to take the following steps:

  • From the Volkshotel take a 1 minute walk to subway station Wibautstraat.
  • Take subway line 51 towards Amsterdam Central Station.
  • From Central Station it’s a 10 minute walk to Dam Square. Or you can take tramline 24 or 9. You can also take the bus line 170 or 174 to Dam Square.
  • At Dam Square walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from Hotel La Boheme to the Red Light District?

A: La Boheme is small 18 room hotel with a homely atmosphere. It’s located close to Leidse Square, one of the main party areas in Amsterdam. Take the following steps to get to the Red Light District:

  • Walk to Leidse Square to the tram stop
  • Get on tram 1, 2 or 5 in the direction of Amsterdam Central Station and get off at the Dam Square/ Damrak street tram stop.
  • At Dam Square walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – South to the Red Light District?

A: Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – South is a four star Hotel situated 6 kilometers away from the center of Amsterdam. To get to the Red Light District from there you need to take the following steps:

  • Walk to subway station Van Boshuizenstraat,
  • Get on subway line 51 to Amsterdam Central Station.
  • You can walk from Central Station to Dam Square or you can take tramline 24 or 9. You can also take the bus line 170 or 174 to Dam Square.
  • Walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from Hotel Aalders to the Red Light District?

A: Hotel Aalders is a small Hotel with a total of 32 unique rooms available. The hotel has been run since its founding in 1955 by the same family for 4 generations. To get from the Red Light District from Hotel Aalders you need to take the following steps:

  • Walk to tram stop “Rijksmuseum”.
  • Get on tram 2 in the direction of Amsterdam Central Station and get off at the Dam Square/ Damrak street tram stop.
  • At Dam Square walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from the Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – Sloterdijk Station to the Red Light District?

A: Holiday Inn Express Amsterdam – Sloterdijk is located just 200 meters away from train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk. A 250 room Hotel with all the modern facilities one can expect. To get to the Red Light District, take the following steps:

  • Walk to train station Amsterdam Sloterdijk and take one of the many trains to Amsterdam Central Station.
  • You can walk from Central Station to Dam Square or you can take tramline 24 or 9. You can also take the bus line 170 or 174 to Dam Square.
  • On Dam Square walk towards the meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from Hotel Casa to the Red Light District?

A: Hotel Casa has a unique story. Part-time hotel and part-time student housing complex. In the summer months Casa turns into a normal hotel. Outside of high season Students have the ability to live there. To get from Hotel Casa to the Red Light District you need to take the following steps:

  • Walk to Amstel Station to get on the subway.
  • Take subway line 51 towards Amsterdam Central Station.
  • From Central Station it’s a 10 minute walk to Dam Square. Or you can take tramline 24 or 9. You can also hop on bus line 170 or 174 to Dam Square.
  • At Dam Square walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport Hotel to the Red Light District?

A. Hotel Park Plaza Amsterdam Airport is located just 10 minutes away from Schiphol airport and is one of the largest conference hotels in the Netherlands. The hotel is located in Lijnden so you’ll have to make a journey to get to the Red Light District:

  • Walk to the bus stop on Melbournestraat.
  • Get on bus line 194 in the direction of De Aker via Airport.
  • Get off at bus/ tram stop Matterhorn in Amsterdam.
  • Get on tram line 1 towards Amsterdam Central Station and get off at the Dam Square/ Damrak street tram stop.
  • At Dam Square walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from Hotel The Toren to the Red Light District?

A: Hotel The Toren is built into two canal houses on the Keizersgracht. A truly beautiful hotel that has won multiply awards for its quality. Getting from Hotel The Toren to the Red Light District is easy:

  • Walk towards Dam Square (7 minute walk).
  • Walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from the Sofitel Legend The Grand Hotel to the Red Light District?

A: The Sofitel Legend The Grand is a five star hotel and is located in the heart of Amsterdam. The hotel has a rich history and has that French grandeur. The hotel is located in the heart of the Red Light District so getting there is easy ;). If you want to join our tour, follow these instructions:

  • Walk to our meeting point on Dam Square (5 minute walk): 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from the Roommate Aitana Hotel to the Red Light District?

A: The Roommate Aitana Hotel Amsterdam is located next to the IJ river close to the center of Amsterdam. It’s a four star hotel with a very modern interior design. To get to the Red Light District take the following steps:

  • Walk towards bus stop Buiten Brouwersstraat.
  • Get on bus line 18, 21, 22 in the direction of Amsterdam Central Station.
  • Get off at bus stop Central Station (Prins Hendrikkade).
  • From Central Station it’s a 10 minute walk to Dam Square. Or you can take tramline 24 or 9. You can also hop on bus line 170 or 174 to Dam Square.
  • At Dam Square walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

Q: How do I get from the CitizenM Amsterdam Hotel to the Red Light District?

A: The CitizinM Amsterdam offers luxury at the right price and is located in the southern part of Amsterdam in its financial district. To get to the Red Light District you need to take the following steps:

  • Walk towards bus/ tram stop Prinses Irenestraat/ Beethovenstraat.
  • Get on tram line 5 in the direction of Amsterdam Central Station.
  • Get off at tram stop Dam/ Paleisstraat and make a 2 minute walk the Dam Square.
  • At Dam Square walk to our meeting point: 2 meters in front of the National Monument on Dam Square if you’re part of our tour.
  • Or walk by yourself to the Warmoesstraat from Dam Square.

 

Help!

Q: I have a question that isn’t answered here. Can you help me?

A: Of course! If your question is not listed here and can’t been found somewhere else on our website, please do not hesitate to CONTACT US.

We’ll try to answer your question within 24 hours! One of our goals is to inform people about Amsterdam as best as possible. The red light district area is very unique and therefore it raises lots of questions from both international and Dutch tourists. The famous Red Light District in Amsterdam continuously changes. Whether it’s the law that is changing or new prostitutes who decide to join the profession. This neighbourhood is always on the move!

You can also ask your questions to one of our local guides during a red light district tour.


 

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