Posted on: October 31, 2014
(This article was last updated on 13 October 2020)
The Dutch dictionary Van Dale gives the following definition of a peep show:
A sexual arousal show of a naked woman (man) who, in exchange for coins, can be watched through the viewing window of a booth.
This Amsterdam Peep Show is located on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in the heart of the Red Light District. A peep show is a theater in which the paying visitor can see several erotic performers. It offers a variety of sex shows which can be viewed from a small cabin (or booth) which allows one or two persons. The visitor needs to insert at least two euro to start the strip show. In Amsterdam Peep Show Sex Palace it’s two Euro per two minutes.
The performers (mostly female) standing behind the windows are switched every 10 minutes. So every 10 minutes there’s a new erotic performer. Most of the cabins are faced towards one performer, which means that there are several visitors who can enjoy the same performer. It’s possible to get a private booth with the performer, obviously for a higher rate. In these private cabins, the visitor and the performer are still separated by a window, but in these cabins they can give each others certain instructions.
“an erotic or pornographic film/ life performance viewed from a coin-operated booth.”
In April 2014, the Amsterdam Peep Show announced that it will close its doors. An employee told us that they don’t know when it will be closed. According to the Dutch newspaper “Het Parool” this is last peep show of Amsterdam, according to “De Telegraaf” and Vice the Amsterdam Peep Show is even the last one of its kind in the Netherlands! Did you know that this place was founded in the 1970’s – more than 40 years ago? It was a revolution back then. Before its introduction, men visited the Red Light District – an area focused on erotic entertainment – and went to sex stores to buy porn magazines. In that time, there was no porn on television. This is why the sex stores did such good business. So, when the video peep shows were introduced that was a real invention.
Unfortunately, this sex show was and is being affected by the introduction of (free) online porn. Before the introduction of the internet, this place was having its golden years. Guys went to a bar, then to this erotic show for a warming-up and afterwards they’d perhaps visit a prostitute in the Red Light District.
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It also offers around 400 different porn videos. So perhaps you’re asking yourself right now; “Why would anybody go inside here to see video porn?” Good question! Especially nowadays with the massive availability of online erotic entertainment on internet. Well, the owner says that’s because some people aren’t allowed to watch porn at home. Therefor they come here – literally. Next to that, it’s a lot of fun to see this place in Amsterdam’s Red Light District! It’s weird, it’s awkward, it’s unique… it’s THE place for a good laugh!
There used to be six peep shows in Amsterdam. Unfortunately, Amsterdam Peep Show is the last one of its kind and it’s located on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in the Red Light District.
The current owner of the last Peep Show in Amsterdam is Jan van Otten. He started out as a bouncer for the famous sex club Casa Rosso. Later on in his career he got the opportunity to buy Casa Rosso and other sex clubs like the Peep Show. Van Otten has stated that he wants to transform this place into a luxurious exclusive night club.
You can now hear Jan van Otten himself talk about his Amsterdam Peep Show in our audio tour app.GET THE APP >
In the Amsterdam Audio Tours app, Jan Otten and 21 other experts share their knowledge about the Red Light District. The audio tour last approximately 100 minutes and gives a very interesting explanation on Amsterdam’s most fascinating area. You can listen to it from home, in your hotel or in the Red Light District of course.
Jan Otten: “On the left side we have 8 live show cabins placed in a circle around a stage where you can get a peep at the live show that is going on at that moment. Usually it is one female stripper, but once an hour you can see a couple in action. They’ll have sex with each other while others can watch the live show via the peep cabins.
If you put 2 euro into the coin slot, the window will rise for 2 minutes. It is the most accessible sex show in Amsterdam. So for a lot of people it stills the need for excitement they get in this area somewhat. But, you can also see the other people who are watching the show, so I guess they are not really used for masturbation that much right?”
Do you want to know where to find all the sex shows, what happens inside and what they cost? We listed the 10 best sex shows in Amsterdam with male and female strippers. The list includes one just for the ladies. Check it out!10 SEX SHOWS IN AMSTERDAM >
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