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Top 10 Sex Shows In Amsterdam in 2024

Posted on: January 17, 2024


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Sex Shows in Amsterdam: Top 10 Adult Theaters 2024

Unveiling the alluring veil of Holland’s nightlife, our spotlight turns to the vibrant realm of entertainment – the famed sex shows in Amsterdam.

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Embarking on a journey that blurs the lines between titillation and artistry, this exposé promises to be a provocative exploration. Whether you’re an adventurous traveler seeking to indulge in the city’s risqué offerings or simply curious about the cultural fabric that weaves these explicit performances into Amsterdam’s identity, this article is your backstage pass.

People walking in front of Amsterdam's Moulin Rouge on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal at night
The best sex show in Amsterdam: Moulin Rouge

Prepare to be intrigued, educated, and perhaps even a bit scandalized as we delve into the 10 Best Sex Shows in Amsterdam. Let’s pull back the curtains on this electrifying topic, shedding light on its significance in a city known for its liberal attitude and avant-garde experiences.

Discover this free, updated list with the 10 best sex shows in Amsterdam. This is what you really need for an unforgettable time in Amsterdam. Let’s check it out below!

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Definition

First things first. What is a sex show? What is the official meaning?

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A sex show is a form of life performance featuring one or more performers who engage in some form of sexual activity on stage for the entertainment or sexual gratification of spectators. (source)

10 Best Sex Shows in Amsterdam

1 | Moulin Rouge Amsterdam

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Moulin Rouge is surrounded by red light windows.

The Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam is an iconic sex show, drawing visitors from around the world for its naughty yet riveting performances. Located within one of the most historic districts, entertainment seekers flock to hear the screams of joy and raucous laughter that emanates throughout the building. In a city like Amsterdam where sex and drugs are not scorned upon, people come out of their shells while watching this elaborate production. Whether you’re here to check out the sex show or just familiarize yourself with local culture, visiting Moulin Rouge is sure to sate your appetite for adult entertainment!

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front view of Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam Red Light District with some people on the street

Buy Moulin Rouge tickets online here. And make sure you have an entrance. The tickets sell out quickly. Are you looking for an original gift in Amsterdam? Then give someone a ticket for Moulin Rouge as a gift.

Sex shows in Moulin Rouge are amazing! Buy a ticket and see 5 different performances in 60 minutes. Sex show at Moulin Rouge Amsterdam include: female stripteases, live couple sex, writing shows, banana shows and ribbon shows.

The trendy bar inside Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam and chairs around it

Order a drink inside at the trendy bar. Or, just enjoy the sex shows on one of the comfortable chairs inside.

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Expect a roster of seductive artists performing unforgettable shows. All the theatre seats are positioned close to the stage so prepare for an immersive experience.

Moulin Rouge Amsterdam

Do you need to book in advance to visit Moulin Rouge?

Yes, it is recommended that you book in advance to visit Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam. This amazing venue has a lot to offer and can make the perfect gift or fun experience. It  offers saucy sex shows that you can’t see elsewhere. By booking ahead of time, you can ensure that you don’t miss out on your desired performance and are able to purchase tickets at the best price.

Try to book the Moulin Rouge tickets at least 36 hours in advance via our website.

Reviews

a woman pointing to the belly of a man without t-shirt and the text Moulin Rouge written on his body in Amsterdam Red Light District

Me and 6 friends visited Amsterdam at the start of January and decided that a sex show in Amsterdam was one of our “musts”. We picked Moulin Rogue partly for the name and also the price wasn’t too bad at 40€. Overall an interesting and funny experience with two strip-acts and two full blown sex acts. Overall a must to-do in Amsterdam but couldn’t see myself doing it again now I have done it once.

✦ TripAdvisor: 358 reviews – 3 out 5 stars.
Yelp: 10 reviews – 2,5 out 5 stars.

Price

✦ Entrance ticket = 40,-

One of our tour guides visited Moulin Rouge together with two female customers after a Red Light District tour. We had a great time and to us it’s the best sex show in Amsterdam. Discover how it went down in our review:

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2 | Male Strip Show in Amsterdam For Women

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Women are getting ready for male strippers in Amsterdam

NOW, something just for the ladies! Amsterdam’s newest erotic venue is this place that offers the perfect girls night out. It’s of one the first sex shows in Amsterdam specifically for women!

Amsterdam is a city famed for its raucous nightlife, and a male strip show is the perfect way to add a bit of spice to a girls night out. The shows are professionally choreographed and the performers are always in top physical shape, making for an incredibly visually pleasing experience.

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And while the performers may be scantily clad, they are never lewd or vulgar, so you can enjoy the show without feeling uncomfortable. Amsterdam’s male strip shows are also unique in that they often incorporate comedy and audience participation into the act, ensuring that there is never a dull moment. So if you’re looking for a fun and unique way to add some excitement to your next girls night out, Amsterdam’s male strip shows are a must-do.

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About

It offers muscular, handsome male strippers who give the best erotic shows in town – just for female customers. This place looks really cool from the inside and the atmosphere inside is amazing! Women go crazy during the men’s performances.

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“Freak me, baby! Oooh yeah…”

The visitors can also get a personal striptease on stage or at their seat among the other guests which can be great for a bachelorette. The waiters here serve delicious drinks in a stylish and sizzling setting.

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The crowd is having a blast!

Opening Hours

This male strip show in Amsterdam is hosted on Saturday’s. From 10:30 pm till 00:30 am.

Afterwards the party continues in trendy club Jimmy Woo in the city centre. For those who are looking for a complete night out experience, this organisation also offer a dinner option beforehand and a free afterparty entrance to one of Amsterdam’s most coolest club afterwards.

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A bachelorette is getting a private lapdance.

Reviews

Google: 241 reviews | 4,9 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 74 reviews | 5 out of 5 stars.

I was skeptical when I booked this as part of my friends bachelorette weekend, but thought it would be funny at least.

We were 8 girls and we’re all awed and wooed by the performances! Highly entertaining, surprising, engaging and funny. Definitely the highlight of our weekend and I can’t wait to bring more girlfriends for a fun night out.

We followed to the Jimmy Woo for the after party but it wasn’t my vibe/crowd, I’d probably pick a different plan for the after.

Overall, highly recommend this show for a fun girls night out! Source: https://g.co/kgs/Zw24m9

Prices

Regular ticket = 35,-

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3 | 5D Porn Cinema

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Inside Amsterdam 5D Cinema.

This isn’t really one of those typical sex shows in Amsterdam. This is the first 5D sex show in the world! Strap yourself in and prepare for a bumpy and sexy ride.

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In world’s first 5D Porn Cinema all your senses will be triggered. Inside the cozy theatre a X-rated 3D film is displayed. To make the experience 5D, other effects are added like moving seats, water, wind, lights and bubbles. All the effects sync to what’s happening on screen.

Amsterdam 5D Porn Cinema Inside Red Light District

The short 3D film takes place in and around the Red Light District area and lasts around 10 minutes. This is a funny experience, especially together with a group of friends.

Reviews

Google: 55 reviews | 3,5 out of 5 stars.

Price

✦ Entrance = 12,50

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4 | Stripclub BonTon

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A party inside Club BonTon.

Club BonTon is without a doubt the best strip club in Amsterdam! Here everyone can have a great night.

About

It was opened in april 2019 – just next to the Heineken Experience. It has a super sexy, luxurious design which was made by Casper Reinders – one of the most succesful hospitality entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.

BonTon is a chique club with beautiful ladies inside who give the best sex shows in Amsterdam. Here, both men as women can have an unforgettable, exciting night out. This place has a great variety of delicious cocktails and the best champagnes at the bar, including Dom Pérignon and other Moët & Chandon’s.

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One of the strippers with luminous heels.

Sex Rooms

Club BonTon also offers bedrooms on the top floors. Here you can have sex in one (or several) of the strippers. Not all strippers provide these erotic services though. But some do! They are offered by sex workers inside (who sometime also work as escorts). Ask the ladies themselves, if you’re interested.

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TIP: Before or after your visit to Club BonTon, go to one of the bars or restaurants around the corner – on the Marie Heinekenplein. This square has a lively atmosphere and it is filled with other great places too!

Amsterdam Brothel Tour

During the daytime (when there are no customers), this place offers the Amsterdam Brothel Tour hosted by real prostitutes.

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Reviews

Google: 68 reviews | 4,3 out of 5 stars.

Prices

✦ Entrance ticket = 50,-
✦ Lap dance = > 20,-
✦ Drinks = > 5,-
✦ Private room = 300,- per hour

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5 | Sex Palace Peep Show

Amsterdam Peep Show
The most accessible sex show in Amsterdam. 2 euro for 2 minutes.

For just 2,- euro you get a front seat to the action: live stripteases from female strippers. And live sex from man and woman one stage. The show last 2 minutes for 2 euro. All can be experience from a small private booth. The awkward and funny thing about this sex show is that in the booth not only sees the strippers, but also all the other people in the other booths. Everybody sees each other.

The female strippers don’t use sex toys. But they do make the shows exciting and go completely naked. Before getting naked, they show off their hot outfits and lingerie from the neighborhood sex shops.

The last peep show in Amsterdam! Jan Otten owns this peep show, Casa Rosso Erotic Theatre, the Banana bar, the Hospital Bar and the Erotic Museum. All located on the main street of the Red Light District.

Jan Otten is also one of the 22 experts in our Amsterdam Audio Stories app which is available in the Apple App Store. Download the app and learn everything you need to know about this area during a Red Light District tour with a virtual guide. You can hear stories of real sex workers, historians, police officers, locals and many other experts.

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This app offer two hours of audio, GPS, photos and can be played anywhere. Listen to it at home or in a hotel like a podcast. Or, in the Red Light District of course.

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Another historic feature of this place are the video booths. Travel back into time (1970’s) when there was no internet and no porn on television. Back then, people used these video booths to watch porn videos. In those years, that was super popular. One can choose between 400 videos.

Reviews

Google: 148 reviews | 4,2 out of 5 stars.

Price

✦ Live peep show = 2,- per 2 minutes

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6 | Casa Rosso Sex Shows

Amsterdam Sex Shows Casa Rosso

This Amsterdam live sex show theatre was established over 50 years ago and has ever since been a main venue of the Red Light District area. The shows inside run in a continuous loop of around 60 – 90 minutes. In that time slot you can experience 9 professional acts, 4 of which are couple sex.

We find Casa Rosso overpriced. It’s 60 euro for an entrance ticket. We believe that is too expensive because a better show is for offer at Moulin Rouge on the same street.

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One of the acts inside Casa Rosso Amsterdam.

For 16 years, a couple have been working together who gets paid to have sex with each other. You can see how he eats her pussy and how they do all positions, like missionary, to the beat of the the music. At Casa Rosso you can also see how a woman smokes a cigar with her vagina and a mistress who “punishes” a volunteer.

 

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Casa Rosso is located on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

Once you enter you can stay inside till closing time but you’d be seeing the same performances every 60 – 90 minutes.

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Erica & Udy having sex on stage.

Whilst inside expect some amazing, high skilled sexual performances combined with a little bit of comedy. Important to know: there’s only limited seating available (especially in June, July, September and December). This means you’ll often have to wait in line.

Reviews

Google: 16 reviews | 4,7 out of 5 stars.
TripAdvisor: 673 reviews | 3 out of 5 stars.

Prices

✦ Entrance ticket = 60,-

7 | Bananenbar

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Front view of this sex show in Amsterdam.

Spoiler alert: the theme of the Bananenbar is the tropical fruit called the banana. Besides all the beautiful women the banana takes center stage, as a prop, held onto by the performer without using her hands.

At the entrance of the Bananenbar you can choose between two areas: the regular strip club (banana club) area or the classic bananabar area. Choose the classic Banana Bar area if you want to take a bite of a banana whilst its still inserted in a vagina. Interesting times!

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Besides bananas the female performers also use their vaginas to sign postcards and do some other unimaginable feats. We would not really recommend this sex show to women.

Reviews

Google: 213 reviews – 3,3 out 5 stars.

Prices

✦ Entrance ticket = 50,- (including one hour unlimited drinks.)
✦ Entrance club = 25,-

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8 | Hospital Bar

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The Hospital Bar in Amsterdam is a venue where strippers work as nurses. It’s the newest of all sex shows in the Red Light District. The Hospital bar is an exciting lap dance bar with a modern, spacious and relaxed atmosphere. It’s not mandatory to take a lap dance here. It is frowned upon if you don’t order any drinks inside.

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It looks inside as you would expect from a modern strip club. LED lights, leather benches, strip poles and uplifting music. The Hospital Bar can be a good choice if you want to surprise a friend with a lap dance. For example because he is getting married or has a birthday.

hospital bar

This sex show in Amsterdam is located on the main street of the Red Light District. Almost half of the reviews on TripAdvisor are negative. But, it must be said that only 11 reviews can be found online.

Reviews

TripAdvisor: 11 reviews | 2,5 out of 5 stars.

Price

✦ Entrance: 25,- (including two drinks).

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9 | Club LV

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It must be said that Club LV is a sex club – a brothel – but men can also get very good sex shows here. This is one of Amsterdam’s most exclusive sex clubs and has been serving clients for more than 14 years. This is why it deserves a spot on this 10 sex shows in Amsterdam list.

Club LV is really something for men who want to get intimate with the sex workers inside. At the bar area one can talk to any of the 12 ladies who are present. When you find one that you like simply head back to one of the 8 luxury private rooms for some intimacy.

Sex Club LV Amsterdam

Reviews

Google: 82 reviews | 3,9 out of 5 stars.

Prices

✦ Entrance = 75,-
✦ Private room = 300,- per hour

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10 | La Vie en Proost – Lapdance Bar in Red Light District

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It’s located in a narrow alley called Bethlehemsteeg.

This strip club in Amsterdam is situated well hidden at the end of an alley of the Red Light District. Just next to the Trompettersteeg – Amsterdam’s narrowest alleyway filled with window brothels.

This is a low-end strip club is definitely not the best one in Amsterdam but due to its location you might want to go here when you’re in De Wallen.

Stripclub Amsterdam Red Light District

Warning

The strippers here will try to sell you some expensive drinks. It’s something that many customers experienced. You can also read that in La Vie en Proost reviews. Ladies, we advise you to avoid this strip club if you are with friends.

Reviews

Google: 120 reviews | 3,5 out of 5 stars.

Prices

✦ Entrance = 5,-
✦ Lap dance = > 10,-

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With whom to visit a sex show?

a woman and a man holding hands on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal in Amsterdam Red Light District

Going to a sex show in Amsterdam is an experience unlike any other, and so it should be shared with someone special. Whether that person is your partner, a friend, a colleague or even a sex date, whomever you ultimately decide to bring should fit well within your comfort zone and share your enthusiasm for this unique experience. Ultimately, it’s important to carefully consider who the right person is to best enjoy the show with you.

Are sex toys used during the sex shows?

In Amsterdam, the spectacular sex shows are wild and outrageous and can be quite shocking for the uninitiated visitor. However, no sex toys are used in the sex shows – instead, performers rely on their skillful acts of gymnastic acrobatics to captivate their audience. The quality of these shows certainly has no lack of entertainment value despite not using props or sex toys. Amsterdam’s vanilla-style sex shows draw excited tourists from all around the world seeking to experience the openminded and liberal Dutch culture. Visit one of the many sex shops in Amsterdam. This is where you can discover all physical sex toys yourself.

Amsterdam activities

We listed many other entertaining things to do in Amsterdam Red Light District. Discover 15 great activities below.

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10 Cheap Hotels Near Amsterdam Red Light District in 2024

Posted on: January 15, 2024


Cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District area

Top 10 Cheap Hotels in City Centre: Affordable & Prime Location

Looking for good, cheap hotels in Amsterdam Red Light District? Finding affordable lodging near this popular destination can be a challenge, but don’t worry! We’ve done the research and compiled a list of 10 budget-friendly hotels that are conveniently located near all the action. In this blog post, we’ll introduce you to some affordable hotels that won’t break the bank, so you can enjoy your stay without sacrificing quality or location. Say goodbye to the stress of finding affordable lodging and hello to an unforgettable trip to Amsterdam. Let’s dive in!

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The oldest canal in Amsterdam located in ‘De Wallen‘.

This article shows hotels in adjacent neighbourhoods, like Rembrandt Square, Raadhuisstraat, Amstel, etc. All hotels have a great location, not too far away from the Red Light District. Scroll down and discover now.

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10 | Amsterdam House Hotel

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The most expensive on this list of cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District. This beautiful hotel is situated in a monumental building and is located close to several entertainment areas such as Rembrandt Square, the Reguliersdwarsstraat and the Amsterdam Flower Market.

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The Flower Market offers all kinds of bulbs. Great as a souvenir!

It’s also one of the better cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District. The hotel offers a great view over the amazing Amstel River. All the rooms have a private bathroom and tea/coffee making appliances. A large separate seating area is also provided. Most of the rooms have views over the canal.

Reviews

Everything was perfect. We stayed in a deluxe double room with river view in the annex building. The room was a very generous size by Amsterdam standards, very clean and the bed very comfortable. The location was absolutely perfect and the view from the room idilic. The hotel is located in a lovely part of Amsterdam, not too noisy when you want to chill in the room but just busy enough to absorb the atmosphere when you have the windows open. It is a stones throw from everything in Amsterdam. We will definitely stay here again on our next trip.
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My friends and I booked two rooms months in advance. When we arrived they only had one room and our friends had to stay somewhere else. Really bummed us out since we wanted to stay together, host didn’t offer us anything for the inconvenience.

✦ Google: 223 reviews – 4 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 425 reviews – 3,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 1,454 reviews – 8,3 out 10

97,- euro per night  |  291,- euro for three night stay.

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9 | Rembrandt Square Hotel

Rembrandt Square hotel

This hotel is located at the Rembrandt Square entertainment area which is just a 10 minute walk away from the Red Light District. The area has many cafes, a coffeeshop, a club, restaurants and the Albert Heijn supermarket is also around the corner. This is where the locals get their groceries.

The hotel offers free WiFi too. The rooms in the Rembrandt Square Hotel have shared bathrooms. Coffee and tea facilities are available in the hotel lounge area. Another advantage of this hotel is that it’s just a 2 minute walk away from the Amsterdam Flower Market.

Reviews

✦ Google: 422 reviews – 3,7 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 368 reviews – 3,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 1,780 reviews – 7,4 out 10.

Price

94,- euro per night  |  283,- euro for three night stay.

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7 | Hotel La Belle Vue

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Amsterdam, Raadhuisstraat – next to the Herengracht.

A beautiful hotel located in a monumental building. Situated at an ideal location. It’s super close to the Anne Frank House, Westerkerk, Nine Streets, Dam Square and near the Red Light District.

All rooms have a private bathroom and have a flat-screen TV. At Hotel La Belle Vue you either get a room with a balcony or garden view. The tram stops in front of the hotel. This hotel near Amsterdam Red Light District does not offer free WiFi.

Reviews

✦ Google: 323 reviews – 2,8 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 328 reviews – 2,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 1,960 reviews – 5,8 out 10

Price

87,- euro per night  |  260,- euro for a three night stay.

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6 | Budget Hotel Hortus

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Hotel Hortus is located in the eastern part of Amsterdam close to the botanical gardens and Artis Zoo. Other attractions can easily be reached via public transport. The rooms are non-smoking and can provide accommodation for up to 6 people. Rooms have their own TV and safe. Bathrooms are shared and located in the hallway. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

Reviews

✦ Google: 401 reviews – 3,7 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 498 reviews – 3,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 2,087 reviews – 7,8 out 10

Price

80,- euro per night  |  239,- euro for a three night stay.

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5 | Budget Hotel Tourist Inn

Hotel Tourist Inn Amsterdam

Budget Hotel Tourist Inn is one of the cheapest hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District. This hotel is centrally located close to the Anne Frank House and Dam Square. The Red Light District is just a 10 minute walk away. All rooms in Budget Hotel Tourist Inn have private bathrooms, a TV and air-conditioning. A daily continental breakfast in included in the price. Free WiFi is available throughout the hotel.

Reviews

✦ Google: 615 reviews – 4 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 1,452 reviews – 4 out of 5 stars
Booking: 2,234 reviews – 8,3 out 10

Price

77,- euro per night  |  232,- euro for a three night stay.

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4 | Generator Amsterdam

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This is one of the most cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District. It’s the latest designer hotel in town, but this one offers an affordable price! The hotel is located next to the Oosterpark – a beautiful park which is not really discovered by tourists.

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For visiting the main attractions you will have to use public transport. All rooms come with airconditioning and a private bathroom with shower. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

Reviews

✦ Google: 2,479 reviews – 4,2 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 1,203 reviews – 4 out of 5 stars
Booking: 4,676 reviews – 8,1 out 10

Price

73,- euro per night  |  220,- euro for a three night stay.

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3 | Ecomama

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The first hostel on the list is Ecomama. This hostel is located in the eastern part of Amsterdam city centre and within walking distance of the Red Light District and Dam Square. The hostel has a bar, a shared lounge area, a garden and the WiFi is free. The hostel also has an open kitchen, a great way to get to know your fellow travellers.

Reviews

✦ Google: 424 reviews – 4,4 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 348 reviews – 4,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 700 reviews – 8,3 out 10

Price

49,- euro per night  |  147,- euro for a three night stay.

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2 | ClinkNoord Hostel

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This hostel is situated in a former laboratory in Amsterdam North, dating back to the 1920’s. Many of the original features of the time remain. Central station and the Red Light District are a short (free) ferry trip and short walk away (around 10 minute).

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The hostel has many lounge areas, its own café and even a library. Prepare your own food in the shared kitchen. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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Super safe, squeaky clean & fully flexible. This is what this hotel in Amsterdam promises all guests.

Reviews

✦ Google: 5,863 reviews – 4,5 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 1,919 reviews – 4,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 5,487 reviews – 8,7 out 10

Price

48,- euro per night  |  144,- euro for a three night stay.

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1 | Hans Brinker

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You can stay here from 34 euro per night! This accommodation is located on the Kerkstraat which is only a 17 minute walk away from Amsterdam’s Red Light District. It’s recommended for young travellers who like to meet other people who don’t want to spend too much on an accommodation but still like to have a centrally located stay.

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This modern budget hostel is situated nearby Amsterdam Leidse Square. Both Museum Square and Rembrandt Square are within easy walking distance. Hans Brinker gives you the option of a private room or a shared dormitory. All the rooms at Hans Brinker have a private bathroom and a safe. WiFi is available throughout the building.

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Reviews

✦ Google: 2,635 reviews – 3,8 out of 5 stars
✦ TripAdvisor: 1,649 reviews – 3,5 out of 5 stars
Booking: 8,982 reviews – 7,8 out 10

Price

34,- euro per night  |  102,- euro for a three night stay.

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Where to find the cheapest hotels in Amsterdam Red Light District?

If you are looking for affordable accommodation in the Red Light District of Amsterdam, Durty Nelly’s Inn is a cheapest option to consider. This hotel is conveniently located just a 7-minute walk from the Central Station and a 1-minute walk from Dam Square, making it easy to explore the city’s attractions. The rooms at Durty Nelly’s Inn are equipped with modern amenities including rain showers and free toiletries. The property also features a bar – named Durty Nelly’s Irish Pub –  where guests can enjoy cocktails and take advantage of hostel discounts on food and drinks. The staff at Durty Nelly’s Inn are multilingual and happy to provide guests with practical advice like things to do in Amsterdam.

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Public Transport

Another great advantage of cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District is that public transport is within easy reach.

Tip: use www.9292.nl/en for all information about public transport in the Netherlands. This is what all Dutch people use. This public transport website is free, available in English and always up to date!

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Amsterdam Red Light District in summer time.

 

How much to tip hotel shuttle bus driver in Amsterdam?

If you’re planning on visiting Amsterdam, you’ll probably want to use the hotel shuttle bus at some point. But how much should you tip the driver? In general, it’s customary to give a few euros to the driver when taking the shuttle bus. However, this amount can vary depending on the length of your journey and the level of service you received. If you had a particularly long or difficult journey, feel free to give a little extra. Similarly, if the driver went above and beyond to help you with your luggage or answer any questions, a larger tip is always appreciated. Ultimately, it’s up to you how much you want to tip, but a few euros is a good starting point. Thanks for using the hotel shuttle bus!

Do you know other cheap hotels near Amsterdam Red Light District? Please share them with the world by dropping them in the comment section below.

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Amsterdam Red Light District Prices

Red Light District Amsterdam Cost: All You Need To Know

Say goodbye to overpaying in Amsterdam! Don’t let high costs ruin your trip. Explore the cost of Amsterdam Red Light District below and save money on your unforgettable adventure! Prices for food and drinks, sex shows, public transport, Moulin Rouge, weed, magic truffles, prostitutes, museums, etc.

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Looking for an affordable thrill in Amsterdam’s Red Light District? Experience the famous Moulin Rouge show without overspending. Our tickets offer an exciting night at a great price. Don’t miss this budget-friendly entertainment highlight – book your Moulin Rouge Amsterdam tickets today and enjoy a sensational show while keeping your expenses in check!

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Use this list below with Amsterdam Red Light District prices and avoid paying too much.

1 | Prostitutes Prices

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Discover all Amsterdam prostitution prices below.

Window Prostitution

Window prostitution is a form of prostitution in which a sex worker acquires customers by displaying herself in a window visible along the public road. Usually, sex workers (also known as a window worker or window prostitute) rent a window brothel from a brothel operator for a certain period of time, for a fixed pre-paid price.

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Window brothels in ‘De Wallen’ of Amsterdam.

In general, prostitutes rent a window for 6 to 8 hours. Sex worker are not allowed to work more than 11 hours per day. The sex workers are independent and acquire customers themselves. Prices and services are usually negotiated at entrance of the window brothel.

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Amsterdam, Ruysdaelkade.

Amsterdam Red Light District Areas

Amsterdam has 3 window prostitution areas in total:

✦ ‘De Wallen‘ – the biggest and most famous prostitution area in the Netherlands.
✦ ‘Ruysdaelkade‘.
✦ ‘Singel & Spuistraat area.

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Window Prostitution Prices

The sex workers standing in Amsterdam’s window brothels typically have a starting price of approximately 50 euros for approximately 20 minutes of sex. Red Light District prices can be negotiated at the door. Offering less than 50 euro is often frowned upon. Prostitutes usually only offer safe sex with a condom.

Tip: Be aware of the fact that starting off with a low price offer is disrespectful.

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The Molensteeg in the Red Light District has windows, night shops and small bars.

Rent Window Brothels

All independent window workers in Amsterdam rent a window. They pay rent to a window brothel operator – who are legitimate entrepreneurs who rent out windows. The brothel operators are responsible for the safety, hygiene and maintenance.

The rent of a window brothel in Amsterdam is 80 to 100 euros during the day and 150 to 180 euros in the night.

Amsterdam’s Red Light District has currently 201 window brothels and approximately 350 prostitutes. Amsterdam has around 500 sex workers in total. (source)

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Amsterdam, Red Light District, Stoofsteeg.

If you want extra services or stay a little longer you’ll have to pay more and the price will depend on your negotiating skills and the wishes of the prostitute. Of course you can stay with the prostitute without having any sex and just talk. For these types of services the regular price of 50 euros for 20 to 25 minutes is usually maintained.

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The Oudekerksplein with window brothels next to the church.

Tip: Be respectful and make clear agreements in advanced. This prevents problems due to unclear agreements.

2 | Amsterdam Escort Prices

In addition to window prostitution, there are also many sex workers in the Netherlands who work as an escort. This is also legal. The advantage is that it’s not necessary to rent a window and it is more discreet. However, it is essential for escorts to advertise. Something that window workers do not do, as they acquire enough customers walking by.

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Sex work is legal in the Netherlands and it is most likely the safest place on earth for sex workers to operate. Thanks to these two reasons, there are many escorts in the Netherlands. The large majority work independently and are registered with the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Almost all sex workers in the Netherlands work safely with condoms and are regularly tested.

Did you know that in Sweden it’s legal to a sex worker but illegal to visit one? This is also known as the Nordic model.

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The advantage of an escort is that you can select a woman from the comfort of your hotel room instead of having to walk the streets in the Red Light District. It adds a level of discreetness too.

The average starting price for 1 hour is around 150 euros in the Netherlands. For two hours, it’s 300 euros.

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3 | Sex Dating Websites In The Netherlands

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In the Netherlands there are also websites specialised in adult online dating. MySecretDate offers advertisements of people who would like to have a sex date. Scroll through the thousands of profiles and get in touch with others today. Registration is totally free!

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4 | Corona

Please check the official Dutch source of government for more details about the latest corona measures: Rijksoverheid – Dutch government. Only on the Dutch government website you can find official, accurate and reliable information.

5 | Amsterdam Red Light District Tours

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The best way to discover the Red Light District is with our app! It includes a Red Light District tour with the 22 very best experts in the area. Listen to fascinating stories of historians, socialists, sex workers, police officers, sex experts and many others. You will be accompanied by a virtual guide who will introduce you to incredible highlights in De Wallen. Learn everything you need know, today!

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In this app you hear fascinating stories from real prostitutes, local residents, police officers, historians, entrepreneurs, sociologists, writers and many other experts. Within 2 hours you will learn everything from 22 people who know the most about Amsterdam Red Light District.

This Amsterdam app works on iPhone and iPad and on all Android mobile phones. If you want you can also listen to this super interesting audio tour at home as a podcast.

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Learn about Dutch culture, Amsterdam and the Red Light District with is app . We show you the very best highlights and we really tell you everything about this unique Dutch place. You can ask everything to our local experts. No need to be shy. Our tour guides are very open-minded and already answered all “awkward” questions.

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6 | Sex Show Ticket: Moulin Rouge

Red neon lighting of Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam showing the name of the attraction along with a black background

Experience the ultimate thrill at Moulin Rouge, the unrivaled sex show in Amsterdam! Located in the heart of the iconic Red Light District, indulge in 4 seductive performances within one hour. Here you can experience one of the best indoor things to do in Amsterdam Red Light District. Witness breathtaking stripteases, passionate couple encounters, and even a unique writing show. Brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure, as a daring volunteer gets an unforgettable message imprinted on their chest – a memory to cherish forever!

Discover the difference with Moulin Rouge – not only does it offer an extraordinary experience, but it also saves you 20 euros compared to the pricier Casa Rosso nearby. Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity in the capital of Holland. Secure the best online Moulin Rouge ticket now for an unbeatable price of just 40,-. Prepare to be captivated.

Price: 40,-

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7 | Amsterdam Brothel Tour

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You’ve experienced the Red Light District, now go behind the scenes with the Amsterdam Brothel Tour. At strip- and sex club BonTon you’ll get a peek behind the curtains. Outside of regular opening times real sex workers host an informative tour who will tell you all about prostitution and the history of sex work in Amsterdam.

Price: 20,-

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8 | Amsterdam App

Red Light District Amsterdam Tours Audio Tour

You can now explore Amsterdam’s Red Light District on your own and at any time, all you need is your smartphone and some earphones. A virtual audio tour guide will show you around the Red Light District using the GPS on your smartphone.

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Meet The Fokkens in the Amsterdam Audio Tours App.

Virtual guide – Sophie – will introduce you to 22 experts who tell you everything you need to know about Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Hear stories of real prostitutes, real police officers, residents, historians, sexologists, local entrepreneurs, etc.

Our Amsterdam Red Light District tour gives you the option to start, pause or finish whenever you like. Experience the audio tour in Amsterdam or at home as a podcast.

Price Amsterdam Audio Tour App

Red Light District Audio Tour: 5,-
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9 | Prices For Drinks

Amsterdam Red Light District prices
A selection of delicious Dutch beers.

Coffee or Tea € 2,50 – 3,50
Cola or Soda € 2,50
Draft beer € 2,70 – 4,50
Special beer € 5,50 – starting price
Pint of beer € 4,50
Glass of wine € 3,50 – 5,00 – starting price

10 | Prices For Food

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A typical Dutch “kroket” from famous local automatiek snackbar the FEBO.

Budget breakfast € 3,50 – 12,00
Budget lunch € 4,49 – 15,00
Budget diner € 7,00 – 17,50
Burger (fast food) € 3,00
Sandwich € 3,00 – 12,00
Kebab € 3,50 – 5,00
Turkish pizza € 2,50 – 3,50
Dutch Fries € 3,50
A slice of pizza € 3,00 – 4,00
Pizza € 8,00 – 15,00
Croquette from the FEBO € 1,60
FEBO kaassoufflé (cheese souffle) € 1,60
Herring sandwich € 2,50 – 4,50
Donut € 2,00
Piece of pie  € 3,00 – 4,00
Waffle € 3,00 – 4,00
Pancake  € 8,00 – 14,00

The BurgerFabriek in Amsterdam has delicious Dutch fries!

11 | Amsterdam 5D Cinema

5D Porn Cinema Amsterdam

The porn cinema has finally returned to Amsterdam’s Red Light District. And not just any kind of porn cinema, a 5D porn cinema! Besides watching a short porn movie in 3D, all your other senses will also be triggered via its 5D features! Think of smell and wind and much more! The rest we’ll leave up to your imagination! 🙂 For further information and reservations hit the book-button below.

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Price

5D Porn Cinema Ticket: 12,50 euro
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12 | Amsterdam Weed Prices

Weed Hash prices Amsterdam Red Light District

Weed (per gram) € 5,00 – average starting price. Can go up to € 42,00 per gram.
Hash (per gram) € 8,00 – average starting price. Can go up to € 35,00 per gram.
Pre -rolled joint Amsterdam price € 5,00 – is the average price in the city centre.

Get informed on marihuana before smoking a joint and visit the Hash Museum in Amsterdam.

13 | Amsterdam Red Light District Hotels 

The price for a hotel in Amsterdam varies greatly depending on your wishes and requirements. There are very affordable hostels  for backpackers but also many luxurious hotels, like Hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand.

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The rooftop terrace of a hotel in Amsterdam Red Light District.

We made a selection of the best hotels for every budget. Prices for a 2 person bedroom in a quality hotel start from around € 95,- euro per night.

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14 | Museums 

Currently there are five museums in the Red Light District. They are listed below.

1 |  Our Lord In The Attic | Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder

What looks like an ordinary canal house in the Red Light District turns out to have an entire Catholic church hidden inside it. Ons’ Lieve Heer Op Solder was built in the mid-1600s in defiance of the Calvinists, and tolerated by the city. Inside you’ll experience a labyrinthine of staircases, rich artwork, period decor and the soaring two-story church itself.

Opening Hours

Open Monday through Saturday from 10 am till 6 pm. Sunday from 1 pm till 6 pm. Holidays from 10 am till 6 pm.
The ticket desk closes at 5.45 pm.

Address: Oudezijds Voorburgwal 38, Amsterdam.

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A church hidden in an attic in the Red Light District.

Adults € 12,50
Children ages 5 till 18 € 6,00
Children ages 0 till 4 Free
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2 | Museum Of Prostitution

The only museum in the world dedicated to prostitution. It’s located in the heart of the Red Light District in a former brothel. The museum is part of the Project 1012 effort to revamp the Red Light District. Within the museum itself you step inside a world that remains hidden for most and you can experience what it feels like to sit behind a window in Amsterdam’s Red District!

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The front side of Red Light Secrets – Amsterdam’s Museum of Prostitution.

All ages € 10,50
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3 | Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

This unique marihuana museum in Amsterdam was founded by Ben Dronkers in 1985. He is one of the most important figures in the Dutch cannabis industry. He owns Sensi Seeds too.

The Hash Marihuana and Hemp Museum is located on one of the oldest streets in Amsterdam. It describes the past, present & future of the cannabis plant. Really educational!

The exhibition shows how the Cannabaceae plant species enabled the development of medicine, clothing, sea travel and farming. And of course, this museum also demonstrates how cannabis and hemp – which are simply different strains of the same plant – have been part of life for thousands of years.

Ticket Price:
All ages € 9,00*
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4 | Salvation Army Museum

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Statue of well known Salvation Army officer Majoor Bosshardt.

Many tourists are surprised to learn that the Salvation Army is located in the Red Light District. It has two buildings where volunteers provide assistance to the homeless. In addition, the employees of the Salvation Army also regularly visit the sex workers in the window brothels. This is done while offering free coffee and tea. The Salvation Army plays an important role in social control within the Red Light District. Learn about this while visiting their museum.

Opening Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 am till 16:00 pm.

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Henny Tinga – one of the leaders of Amsterdam’s Salvation Army.

Prices
Adults € 2,50
Children ages 0 till 12 Free

For more details visit the website of the Salvation Army Museum.

5 | Erotic Museum

All ages € 6,50

15 | Red Light District Attractions

De Oude Kerk (The Old Church)

The Old Church is the oldest church in Amsterdam and stands in the heart of the Red Light District. We tell you all about it during our tours. Open Monday trough Saturday from 10:00 am till 18:00 pm and Sunday from 13:00 pm till 17:30 pm. Ticket sales always end 15 minutes before closing time.

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The Old Church is located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

All ages € 10,00

The Buddhist Temple

The Chinese He Hua Temple in Amsterdam is the biggest Chinese temple in Europe! Open on Tuesday from 12:00 am toll 17:00 pm and on Sunday from 10:00 am till 17:00 pm.

All ages Free

16 | Amsterdam Transportation Prices 

Dutch Public Transport Tourist Pass
Amsterdam’s Metro Station.

1 hour public transport ticket € 3,00 – not valid in train
Day pass public transport € 7,50 – starting price, not valid in train
Bike rental per day € 14,75 – starting price
Train ticket, Schiphol to Amsterdam Central station € 4,30 – (2nd class ticket)
Taxi from Schiphol to Amsterdam Central Station € 18,50 – starting price

17 | Public Transport

Amsterdam’s Red Light District itself is a pedestrian friendly area. There is no public transport within the district itself. When looking at the map of Amsterdam, note that “De Oude Kerk” building stands at the heart of the Red Light District. 

Public Transport Close to the Red Light District

From Amsterdam Central Station it is a 5 – 10 minute walk to the Red Light District. This is the fastest and cheapest option. Another option from central station is taking the subway to Nieuwmarkt Station via line 51, 53 or 54.

Prices

A ticket cost € 2,90 and is valid for one hour. 

18 | Sex Shops

Sex shops in Amsterdam Red Light District are quite affordable compared to those found in other parts of the Netherlands. The range in sex shop prices varies significantly ongoing from as low as 10 Euros for simple sex toys up to 100s of Euros for more advanced sex toys and special lingerie. On the website of one of the sex shops on the Warmoesstraat you can see that they offer a product worth 3120. It concerns a quality sex doll.

When looking for sex shops within the district there is a wealth of options from quaint family owned shops to bright and vibrant ones which offer colorful sex accessories sure to please every need. With years of experience and having walked through most streets of the area we can personally vouch for the quality, affordability, and variety that sex shops in Amsterdam Red Light District have one offer; making it definitely worth a visit if you’re ever here!

19 | Amsterdam Red Light District Map

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Oudezijds Achterburgwal street in De Wallen.

Hit the button below to see the Amsterdam Red Light District map containing all window brothels and great restaurants, bars, cannabis shops & erotic places. It’s really useful!

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Understanding the nuances of expenses in Amsterdam, especially within the Red Light District, is crucial for a well-planned visit. While this guide gives you a detailed breakdown of the costs you might incur, ranging from entertainment options to basic necessities, it’s equally important to be informed about the local currency and its value. For more insights, consider exploring our dedicated page on Amsterdam currency, which offers valuable information on monetary matters, ensuring you make informed financial decisions during your trip

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Amsterdam Prostitution Menu

10x Hotels in Amsterdam Red Light District

10 Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Top Sex Date Sites In Holland

Top 10 Indoor Things To Do in Amsterdam Red Light District in 2024

Posted on: January 3, 2024


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Ultimate Guide For Indoor Things To Do in Amsterdam Red Light District

Bad weather in the forecast? The indoor things to do in Amsterdam Red Light District are your savior. Rain often deters exploration. Yet, the district brims with indoor treasures beyond its neon glow. Delve into our top 10, and transform a gloomy day into an unforgettable experience.

Top 10 Indoor Things To Do in Amsterdam Red Light District

1) Moulin Rouge

people walking in Amsterdam Red Light District with Moulin Rouge on the right side with red-lit neon advertisements

Located in the heart of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, Moulin Rouge offers a variety of live adult entertainment in a historic setting. Offering four captivating sex shows every hour, it has garnered a reputation as one of the district’s must-visit venues. Its immense popularity isn’t just by chance; countless visitors and locals alike frequently recommend it, lauding it as an essential experience when navigating the district’s electrifying atmosphere. Whether you’re a curious traveler or a seasoned local, the Moulin Rouge promises an unforgettable show. Get the best Moulin Rouge tickets online here.

2) Oude Kerk

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As the city’s oldest building and parish church, Oude Kerk stands as a testament to Amsterdam’s rich history. With stunning Gothic architecture, this church also frequently hosts art exhibitions, making it a blend of ancient reverence and modern culture.

3) Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

This museum offers a deep dive into the world of cannabis. From its cultural history to its medicinal uses, visitors will be enlightened about the various facets of this controversial plant and its significance in Dutch culture. Learn more about the Hash Museum in Amsterdam today.

The founder of this museum is Ben Dronkers. He is also one of the cannabis pioneers in the Netherlands.

4) Red Light Secrets: Museum of Prostitution

Museum Of Prostitution Red Light Secrets

An eye-opening journey into the lives of sex workers, the Red Light Secrets museum provides visitors with an understanding of the profession in the Netherlands. With interactive displays and personal testimonies, it’s both an educational and empathetic exploration.

5) Our Lord in the Attic

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This 17th-century canal house hides a secret Catholic church in its attic, a remnant from the time when Catholicism was banned in Amsterdam. The museum offers a rare glimpse into religious life and architecture during a time of persecution.

6) Bar Brouwerij de Prael

De Prael Brewery Inside

Tucked away in an alley, this brewery boasts a range of handcrafted beers. With a charming ambiance and the opportunity to learn about traditional Dutch brewing methods, it’s a must-visit for beer enthusiasts. Discover De Prael today.

7) Sex Palace Peep Show

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As the last traditional peep show in Amsterdam, the Sex Palace offers a nostalgic look into adult entertainment from yesteryears. With its vintage design and coin-operated booths, it provides a unique experience different from modern adult venues.

8) De Waag

Rainy Amsterdam Nieuwmarkt

Originally a city gate and later used as a weighing house, De Waag stands as one of Amsterdam’s oldest non-religious buildings. Today, it houses a restaurant and exhibits detailing the city’s historic trade practices.

9) Erotic Museum

the front of the Erotic Museum in Amsterdam Red Light District at night with red neon letters showing the name of the museum and pink doors.

Dedicated to erotic art and artifacts, this museum provides a comprehensive history of human sexuality. From ancient artifacts to modern art, visitors can explore how perceptions and expressions of eroticism have evolved over time. Discover the Erotic Museum in Amsterdam now.

10) Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal and Spirits

Established in the 17th century, this tasting room and distillery is a haven for liqueur and genever enthusiasts. Visitors can sample traditional Dutch spirits, learn about their production, and even purchase bottles to take home.

Historic Canal Houses and Museums

Two people walking through rainy Amsterdam at night

The Amsterdam Red Light District is not only about nightlife; it’s also home to many historic canal houses and museums that offer a deeper understanding of the city’s rich history. For instance, the Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets provides an empathetic insight into the world’s oldest profession, displaying the stories of those involved and debunking many myths. On the other hand, Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic) gives a glimpse into the days when practicing Catholicism was forbidden in Amsterdam.

Culinary Experiences

Beyond its famous nightlife, the Red Light District also boasts a plethora of culinary delights. The area offers traditional Dutch treats like stroopwafels, herring, and bitterballen. However, it’s not just about traditional food; the district is dotted with numerous unique dining establishments and cafes that reflect Amsterdam’s cosmopolitan culinary scene, making it a haven for food lovers.

Cultural and Artistic Venues

The Red Light District serves as a cultural hotspot, teeming with art galleries, theaters, and live music venues. The Ons’ Lieve Heer op Solder (Our Lord in the Attic) museum stands out as a hidden gem, presenting a clandestine church right in the heart of the district. Whether you’re a history buff, an art enthusiast, or someone looking for a unique performance, this district won’t disappoint.

Shopping and Unique Boutiques

Shopping in the Red Light District is an experience in itself. The area boasts a myriad of quirky boutiques, souvenir shops, and traditional Dutch stores, allowing tourists to pick up a variety of mementos. The eclectic mix of avant-garde fashion stores and age-old establishments provides something for every shopper.

Educational Tours

A woman taking a Red Light District tour in Amsterdam with an app that offers audio stories

One of the best ways to truly understand the Red Light District is with this Amsterdam Red Light District tour. Knowledgeable experts offer insights into the history, culture, and operations of this unique area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top indoor attractions in Amsterdam Red Light District?

Answer: The most popular indoor attractions in Amsterdam’s Red Light District include the Museum of Prostitution – Red Light Secrets, the Oude Kerk, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum, Our Lord in the Attic, Moulin Rouge, and the Erotic Museum. These sites offer a mix of history, culture, entertainment, and education.

Is the Red Light District in Amsterdam safe for tourists?

Answer: Yes, Amsterdam’s Red Light District is generally safe for tourists. While it’s bustling, especially at night, local authorities and police maintain a strong presence. As with any tourist spot, it’s always advisable to be aware of your surroundings and avoid engaging with street hawkers.

Are there family-friendly activities in the Red Light District?

Answer: While the Red Light District is known for adult-oriented attractions, there are family-friendly activities as well. Venues like the Oude Kerk, De Waag, and certain canal tours offer experiences suitable for all ages. However, it’s recommended to research in advance to ensure age-appropriateness.

What are the best culinary experiences in the Red Light District?

Answer: The Red Light District boasts a range of culinary delights, from traditional Dutch treats like stroopwafels and herring to international cuisines. Notable mentions include Bar Brouwerij de Prael for beer enthusiasts and Wynand Fockink Proeflokaal for traditional Dutch spirits.

How does bad weather affect indoor activities in the Red Light District?

Answer: Bad weather, such as rain, often makes indoor activities in the Red Light District even more appealing. Most indoor attractions remain operational, offering visitors a cozy escape from the elements while still enjoying the district’s rich offerings.

Amsterdam Prostitution Menu: Prices & Services in 2024

Posted on: January 19, 2024


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Amsterdam Prostitution Menu: Paid Sex In Holland

You’re in Amsterdam and you want to know the going rates for prostitutes. Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to find out how much they cost.

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With our Amsterdam prostitution menu, you can discover all prices of prostitutes in Amsterdam. We list the prices for both brothels and street prostitution so you can make an informed decision about where to go.

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The Dollebegijnensteeg in Amsterdam Red Light District.

What’s for sale, where to get it, what are the prices and how about the Dutch prostitution laws? This Amsterdam Prostitution Menu has everything you need. Learn more about the famous window brothels in Amsterdam, private brothels and Amsterdam escorts. Discover it below!

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This Amsterdam Prostitution Menu shows what is generally offered in the Red Light District and beyond. The prostitutes do not work by just one set of rules and do not have one specific menu.

“I’m glad I found this prostitution menu online because I had no glue how things worked in Amsterdam. It surprised me that sex work is so well organized in the Netherlands. I also thought it would be really much more expensive.”

Is Prostitution Legal In Amsterdam?

Amsterdam prostitution menu

Yes, in prostitution is legal in Amsterdam. It’s legal everywhere in The Netherlands. And a regulated profession too. So sex work is also legal in the capital Amsterdam.

Brothels, escorts, homeworkers, webcam sex, window prostitution is legal in the Netherlands! As long as the rules, laws and obligations are adhered to.

Window prostitution laws

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The minimum age to work as a sex worker in Amsterdam Red Light District is 21 years. Window sex workers also have to show their ID when they rent the window brothel from the brothel owner. There are more laws for window prostitution listed here.

Amsterdam Prostitution Menu: Prices & Services

Amsterdam Prostitution Menu
A stripbar ad in an alley in the Red Light District.

So what does the Amsterdam Prostitution Menu looks like? Below you’ll find a very useful overview divided into 4 parts:

✦ Amsterdam Window Brothel Prices
✦ Amsterdam Brothels Prices
✦ Sex Dating Websites
✦ Escorts in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Red Light District alleys
The Trompettersteeg in De Wallen.

Each part dedicated to their own unique experience and accompanying prices. Please note that this Amsterdam Prostitution Menu shows what is generally offered. It’s wise to discuss everything with the sex worker beforehand and to make clear agreements about the services and additional prices.

You can always ask respectfully, if she (or he) is up for the service you’re looking for.

For curious travelers looking to learn more about Amsterdam Red Light District, there is a great way to prepare! Our Red Light District tour app is available as a virtual guide and audio tour combined. With 22 experts sharing stories and insights, this audio download offers an educational and interesting view of the culture and history of the Red Light District that wouldn’t normally be found in a regular tour. Whether you are planning a physical visit in the future or just looking for an informative experience, this Red Light District app promises a unique perspective behind this infamous part of Amsterdam.

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1 | Amsterdam Window Prices & Services

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Amsterdam, Red Light District, Sint Annenstraat.

The Amsterdam Prostitution Menu starts with explanation on window prostitution. It’s the most accessible form of prostitution.

Amsterdam has 3 Red Light District area’s and around 360 window brothels in total.

The biggest and most famous Red Light District of the Netherlands is locally known as De Wallen. Most tourists talk about this area as Amsterdam’s Red Light District.

This area has currently 201 window brothels and approximately 350 prostitutes who work during the day or night shifts.

The front view of Moulin Rouge in De Wallen in Amsterdam at night, showing the red neon logo and a bouncer in front of the door.
The Moulin Rouge on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

Most prostitutes are from Eastern Europe, but there’s also a big group of sex workers who are from Latin-America. Just a few are actually Dutch. Foreign prostitutes work here because in the Netherlands they can work safely.

Window brothels in Amsterdam can be rented by the prostitutes during the day or the night. So usually there are different sex workers between 10 am & 6 pm than from 7 pm till 5 am.

Learn everything about Amsterdam’s most famous area during this Red Light District Tour App in which 22 experts explain everything you need to know.

Amsterdam Window Prostitutes

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Amsterdam, Red Light District, Stoofsteeg.

The window brothels are set up for a relatively short visit. Generally customers pay between 50 to 80 euro for around 15 to 20 minutes of sex. But if you want, you can also stay longer (30 to 60 minutes). Obviously this cost more.

The sex workers in the window brothels differ in the services that they offer and everything can be negotiated. As long as it is done respectfully. The starting rate for every window prostitute negotiation is usually around 50 euro.

The transgender sex workers in the Blue Light District also charge at least 50 euros for their services.

Window brothels

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Oudekennissteeg.

It’s good to know that the window brothels in Amsterdam are quite small. Window brothels are just small rooms with a plastic or leather bed, a washing table, a chair and toilet in the back. It’s nothing fancy like a “normal” brothel.

This is also why prices are lower at the window brothels compared to brothels (like Club LV or Club BonTon) that are mentioned below. All window brothels in Amsterdam are clean though. 

Gender and Sexual Orientation

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The big majority (around 95%) of all Amsterdam window prostitutes are female and straight. A smaller part of the window workers are transgender.

Payment

The prostitutes who work in the window brothels of Amsterdam accept only cash money. No credit- or debit card payments. One reason that sex workers cannot be paid digitally is because (listed) banks do not want to be associated with sex work and therefore do not facilitate digital payments. The Red Light District has many ATM’S.

Amsterdam Prostitutes Health

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Amsterdam, Red Light District, Old Church Square.

The sex workers in Amsterdam’s Red Light District only do safe sex, with a condom. They only accept their own condoms which they often buy at the Condomerie – world’s first condom shop – located on the Warmoesstraat in the Red Light District.

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A condom shop in Amsterdam Red Light District.

In the Netherlands it is not mandatory for sex workers to be tested on sexually transmitted diseases (STD’s). Prostitutes are regularly tested on a voluntary basis. They can be tested for free and anonymously by professionals. For example at the Geneeskundige en Gezondheidsdienst Amsterdam (GGD) or at P&G292. In general, the health of the sex workers is good. Prostitutes in the Netherlands know the risks of their profession and take it into account through safe sex and regular STD tests.

Amsterdam Window Workers Prices

  • Starting rate: 50 – 70 euro for 15 – 20 minutes.
  • Services:  Oral sex |  Sex  | Erotic massage  | Hand-job | Stripping | Cuddling.

2 | Services & Prices in Amsterdam Brothels

Strip Club BonTon

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A stripper inside Club BonTon.

Club BonTon is one of the newest erotic venues in Amsterdam. It’s a stripclub and a brothel. The great thing about this chique club is that you can enjoy the atmosphere of a beautiful strip-club and when you see a lady that you really like, you can take her upstairs and have some more fun together in a private room. Not all the girls inside offer these erotic services though.

✦ Rates: Entrance: 50,-  |  Lapdance: 20,-  |  Private room: 350,-
✦ What’s on BonTon’ Amsterdam prostitution menu? In the club: Lapdance  |  Upstairs:  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |   |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  S&M role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Sex Toys

Club LV

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Club LV has been Amsterdam’s most exclusive brothel for over 14 years now. Enjoy a delicious cocktails, champagnes or nice wines in the bar area and let yourself be seduced by one of the 12 ladies that are always present.

Pick the one you like most and take her upstairs to one of the 8 luxury private rooms equipped with large bathtubs and master beds.

Rates: Entrance: 75,-  |   Private room: 350,-
Services: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Threesome |  S&M role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Toys

3 | Adult Dating Websites in Holland

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There are also websites in the Netherlands where it is possible to organise sex dates. Also legal! One is mentioned below. It just requires free registration

MySecretDate.com

MySecretDate is made for men and women who are looking for a pleasant or exciting contact. Create a profile for free, post photos, send messages and find a nice date in the Netherlands based on your profile.

“I’d definitely recommend trying this sex dating site. At least once. You can make an end of your boring sex life with just a few clicks. It’s soooooo exciting!”

Maria Anderson, 32 year.

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4 | Escorts in Amsterdam: Services & Prices

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Definition Escorts

Also part of the Amsterdam Prostitution Menu are escorts. An escort, is the provision of company by a sex worker with, if desired, sexual acts with the customer. Escorts offer a more expensive form of prostitution that gives the client more privacy. The meeting takes place, for example, at the customer’s home, in the hotel where the customer is staying, or in a hotel proposed by the escort (hotel prostitution).

Advantages

✦ More discrete/ more privacy
✦ Customised service
✦ More time
✦ Can be combined with dinner, walking, shopping, etc.
✦ More comfortable
✦ More choice

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Prices

Most escort services in Amsterdam work with a flat hourly rate. This flat rate includes the standard services like regular and oral sex (with protection). The other services that are advertised fall outside of the flat rate and cost extra. These extra services are not guaranteed beforehand and can only be negotiated when the lady has arrived at your place. The lady decides what extras she’s up for and will set the prices then and there.

Flat hourly rate: 150,-
Amsterdam Prostitution Menu: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  S&M role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Sex-Toys |  Overnight stay  | Drinks  | Diner  |  Clubbing

5 | Escort Service Agency: Escort Amsterdam

Amsterdam Escort

EscortAmsterdam.com has almost 40 professional sex workers most of whom live in the Dutch capital. This escort agency in Amsterdam wants to offer as much diversity and realism as possible, so that it becomes easy for men to find the right lady.

This company distinguishes itself through a simple & safe ordering process, 24/7 accessibility, very serious discreetness and the best escort service in Amsterdam. All their escorts are licensed professionals who know how to provide your sexual & nonsexual desires.

The women are displayed on with pictures, additional information and services on the site of this agency. EscortAmsterdam can be contacted by phone, via the live-chat or through the booking form on their website.

✦ Flat hourly rate: 150,-
✦ Services: Sex | Erotic massages | Tantra | Oral sex | Threesomes | Stripteases | S&M | Golden showers | French 69

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6 | Escort Service Agency: Amsterdam Finest

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Staying in a hotel in Amsterdam? Hotel Escort Amsterdam it the company for you. It has been serving clients at many hotels for quite a long time. An added bonus is that the ladies always show up in normal clothing. They know how to discreetly get to your hotel room. A massage, regular- and oral sex are all included in the flat rate.

✦ Flat hourly rate: 150,-
✦ Services: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  SM role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Toys |  Overnight stay  | Drinks  | Diner  |  Club

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7 | Escort Service Agency: Desire Escort Schiphol & Escorts In Schiphol

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Desire Escort Schiphol and Escorts in Schiphol are both good options for those who are staying in a hotel close to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (Holland’s main airport). The services of these specific companies are useful for layovers or a short visit to Amsterdam. With these companies you can expect gorgeous, experienced and friendly escorts. They maintain a minimum age of 21.

✦ Flat hourly rate: 150
✦ Services: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  SM role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Toys |  Overnight stay  | Drinks  | Diner  |  Club

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8 | Escort Service Agency: Perfect Escorts Amsterdam

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Perfect Escorts Amsterdam has just perfect ladies. This company operates 7 days a week. Like all other escort companies in Amsterdam their workers get regular medical checkups and they all practise safe sex with a condom. Your health and the health of the ladies is a top priority. Tip: a lot of the ladies at this company are specialised in erotic massages.

✦ Flat hourly rate: 150
✦ Services: French Kissing  |  Striptease |  Sex  |  Oral sex  |  Erotic massage  |  French (69)  |  Golden shower  |  Trio with male  |  Trio with female  |  SM role-play, Dominant or submissive  |  Foot fetish  |  Toys |  Overnight stay  | Drinks  | Diner  |  Club

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15x Must See in Amsterdam Red Light District in 2024

Posted on: January 29, 2024


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Top 15 Must See in Amsterdam Red Light District

When visiting a city it is important to know what you really have to see. After all, you don’t want to miss the highlights and have a bad travel experience, do you? It’s even more annoying when your friends have seen something special in Amsterdam that you have missed. Here’s the solution! An overview with 15x must see in Amsterdam Red Light District.

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Two of the 288 window brothels in the Red Light District.

De Wallen Amsterdam

First of all, some basic information: De Wallen – the Dutch name for the Amsterdam’s Red Light District – is the oldest and most fascinating part of Holland’s capital. And, it’s one of the three prostitution areas in the capital. The other two are located on the Ruysdaelkade and the Singel and the Spuistraat.

The Dutch liberal and open-minded culture can be seen everywhere in the Red Light District. Only here you can see a church that’s surrounded by window brothels with sex workers, coffee shops, beautiful houses and a 5d porn cinema with a daycare next door.

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Amsterdam’s oldest canal.

This list contains 15 must see in Amsterdam Red Light District items that everyone will like. Whether you’re into architecture, art, Dutch culture, history, religion, food or (erotic) entertainment. There’s really something for everyone. It’s not without reason that more than 4000 people from different parts of society live in this part of town.

15 | Sex Worker Statue

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Belle statue. Respect sex workers all over the world.

There are only two places in the world where there are statues for sex workers and one of them is in the middle of Amsterdam Red Light District – just next to The Old Church. The Dutch are quite tolerant and open-minded. Just two reasons why you can find this sex worker statue here, right in the old city centre.

14 | Amsterdam’s Oldest House

On one of the oldest streets in the capital you can find the oldest house. Funny thing is is that this house was only discovered to be the oldest house back in 2010. The old house with a wooden skeleton dates back to 1485 but stands hidden behind a facade dating back to 1800. Before this discovery the wooden house at the Begijnhof was considered to be the oldest house in Amsterdam. Amsterdam’s oldest house is currently functioning as a gay club named Dirty Dicks.

13 | Chinatown

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Amsterdam, Red Light District, Zeedijk.

Amsterdam has its very own little Chinatown. It was first established in the year 1911 and is the oldest Chinese neighbourhood on European soil. Since the year 2000 the area has had a Fo Guang Shan He Hua Tempel which is the largest Chinese style religious building in Europe. You can visit this temple for free!

Besides this highlight this is the place you want to be for asian food. All types of Asian restaurants can be found in this area including Thai, Indonesian, Japanese and Malaysian food.

12 | FEBO

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FEBO is Holland’s most famous snack-bar with typical Dutch food.

Food lovers pay attention. This is the most iconic snack-bar in the Netherlands. FEBO is a popular Dutch fast food chain known for its automated vending machines that serve up delicious and affordable snacks and meals. Tourists should visit FEBO because it offers a unique dining experience and a taste of authentic Dutch cuisine. With its convenient locations and 24/7 availability, FEBO is a great option for those looking for a quick bite or a late-night snack. Its iconic yellow and red vending machines, which dispense classic Dutch treats like kroketten (croquettes) and frikandellen (fried sausages), are a must-try for anyone visiting the Netherlands.

Walk on in and pull a deep fried snack from the automatique. Try out local delicacies like the kroket – a breaded deep fried cow or veal meat ragout which is super crispy on the outside and soft and creamy on the inside.

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TIP: Grab a veal kroket out of the FEBO wall.

Or try the Frikandel, a minced meat deep fried snack that can be covered in a sauce of your liking. Tip: try it with mayonaise, curry and unions.

The CEO of the FEBO chain talks about this typical Dutch food in our app Amsterdam Audio Tours.

11 | Museum Of Prostitution

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Red Light Secrets on the famous Amsterdam Red Light District street.

Ever wondered what a brothel looks like from the inside? The Red Light Secrets museum is actually a repurposed former brothel. Inside you get to see the many different luxurious rooms. You even get the option to sit in a Red Light District window brothel. Try and find out if any of the passer-byes are interested in your flirting-skills.

10 | Our Lord In The Attic

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The last hidden church is definitely a must see in Amsterdam.

A hidden church museum right in the middle of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. This church is located in the attic of a completely restored 17th century canal house. This little hidden church is a great symbol of tolerance in Amsterdam. Back in those days celebrating mass was forbidden, but in the case of hidden churches they were tolerated. This museum is a must for those who’d like to see the inside of an old canal house and learn about world famous Dutch tolerance. You can find more information or buy your tickets via the link below:

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9 | The Waag

Must see in Amsterdam Red Light District de Waag
Amsterdam’s second oldest building.

The 15th century former city gate still stands beautifully at the center of the Nieuwmarkt Square. The building has had many different functions throughout its life. These include being a guild house, a museum, a fire station an anatomical theatre, and currently it’s The Waag Restaurant. Rembrandt even made one of his art works here. The famous painting by Rembrandt called The anatomical lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulip” shows an anatomical dissection taking place inside The Waag

8 | Amsterdam 5D Cinema

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The 5D Porn Cinema next to the church, window brothels and a day-care.

The first 5d Porn Cinema in the world! This truly unique experience is a must for those who want to have a laugh. Inside the theatre you take a seat in moving chairs as a 3d porn movie is projected on the screen. The movie is about someone who visits the Red Light District for the first time. A plethora of other effects including wind, foam and water are then added in sync to the pictures on screen. This is a fun ride that you can only experience Amsterdam.

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7 | Old Church Amsterdam

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Religious or not. De Oude Kerk is a must see in Amsterdam!

Amsterdam’s oldest building the Old Church stands proudly between the window brothels and coffeeshops. This church dates back to the founding of Amsterdam. The first records of the church come from the year 1213. A lot has happened since then and the church has undergone numerous reconstructions and a switch from Catholicism to protestantism. The wooden ceiling, which is the largest of its type in Europe, is made from Estonian oak and dates back to 1390. Very special!

6 | Narrow Alleys

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Nine windows in Amsterdam’s most narrow alley.

The Red Light District is home to the narrowest alley in Amsterdam. At its narrowest point this alley is just 1 meter wide. Besides being very narrow it also has nine window brothels so this is quite an intimate experience.

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5 | Sex Shows

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Sex Show Casa Rosso Amsterdam.

A visit to the Red Light District isn’t complete without visiting one of the sex shows in Amsterdam. We’d recommend visiting Moulin Rouge.

The Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam’s Red Light District is a historic adult entertainment venue, known for its burlesque shows and racy atmosphere. Tourists should see it for a glimpse into Amsterdam’s controversial and legendary nightlife. The venue has a rich history, having been in operation since the late 19th century, and has become a well-known landmark in the Red Light District. Visitors can expect a lively atmosphere with engaging performances from talented dancers and musicians. Although not for everyone, the Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam’s Red Light District offers a unique and memorable experience that provides a window into the city’s notorious and vibrant nightlife scene.

For those who’re into exciting shows, tickets to Moulin Rouge in Amsterdam should be high on your list. One of the best decisions you can make when purchasing tickets is to buy them online ahead of time. Online tickets come with several advantages over getting tickets at the door; most importantly, they guarantee entry into the show: just print off your tickets and go! And if that wasn’t enough, tickets purchased online are great as a gift for your friend, partner or colleague! So don’t miss out on a great opportunity; save yourself some hassle and purchase tickets to Moulin Rouge online today!

4 | Street Art

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One of the many boobs you can see in the Red Light District.

De Wallen is filled with street art from graffiti to actual bronze items. This bronze plaque was placed secretly at night on the street of the Oudekerksplein. After noise complaints from the neighbourhood from people stepping on the plaque it was removed by the municipality. The secret artist came forward and a deal was struck with the municipality. The plaque was placed at another spot and the artist remains anonymous.

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We made a great app that offers a Red Light District tour with audio from 22 experts who share their expertise about Amsterdam. This piece of street art is one of the 30 highlights. The app contains almost two hour of audio with beautiful picture and cost just 5 euro. You can list to it at home or in De Wallen. Do you want to learn more about Amsterdam?

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3 | Coffeeshops

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The first cannabis shops in the world are definitely a must see in Amsterdam. 

Cannabis coffeeshops in Amsterdam’s Red Light District are a unique feature of the city’s liberal drug policy and are popular destinations for tourists. Visitors should see them to experience Amsterdam’s relaxed attitude towards marijuana consumption and to learn about the city’s progressive drug policies. Coffeeshops offer a comfortable and safe environment for adults to purchase and consume cannabis products. They also provide an opportunity to learn about the various strains of marijuana and the different forms it can be consumed, such as through edibles, vaporizers, or traditional smoking methods. With their unique atmosphere and knowledgeable staff, cannabis coffeeshops in Amsterdam’s Red Light District offer a one-of-a-kind experience for those interested in learning about the city’s progressive stance on drug use. Amsterdam has 164 coffeeshops. The first one was founded in 1972. Back in the 1990’s there used be over 400 coffeeshops in the Dutch capital.

We asked more than 200 frequent coffeeshop visitors which coffeeshop they think is the best coffeeshop in town. This resulted into a list of 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam. Are you curious which received the most votes?

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2 | Condomerie

Condomerie shop Amsterdam
Since 1987, this shop sells condoms only.

The first shop in the world completely dedicated to condoms. The idea came to the owners at the start of outbreak of the HIV-Aids epidemic in the 1980’s. They were of the opinion that the public needed a store with professional staff that could give advice on condoms. At the time you could already buy condoms at pharmacy but there were too few option, hardly any choice or any good information. Thus the Condomerie was born and it is a featured highlight on our Red Light District tour. Theodoor van Boven is the founder of the Condomerie and one of the 22 experts in the app Amsterdam Audio Tours.

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1 | Window Brothels

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The windows brothels are definitely a must see in Amsterdam Red Light District.

The best must see in Amsterdam Red Light District is of course a window brothel, or 288 window brothels if you’re lucky enough to find them all. Amsterdam and prostitution are inextricably linked. Prostitution has been legal in the Dutch capital since 1811 and prostitution has always taken place in De Wallen area. This is one of the few places on earth where you can see this. Learn more about this unique part of the Netherlands during a Red Light District with a licensed guide or with the Amsterdam Red Light District Tour app.

Discover the Amsterdam Red Light District map with all 288 window brothels. It also contains 10 great bars, hotels and coffeeshops. Do you want to see it?

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Indoor Things To Do

When the weather is bad it’s best to go inside. Discover these 10 fun indoor things to do in Amsterdam and get the most out of your trip.

 

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Top 9 Sex Date Websites In Holland in 2024

Posted on: February 14, 2024


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Top Sex Date Sites For Men & Women To Find Casual Sex

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Discover the top 9 sex date sites in Holland and embark on an exhilarating journey of pleasure. In the digital age, it’s crucial to navigate online dating with confidence.

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Whether you’re experienced or new, our guide provides essential knowledge and insights. Connect with like-minded individuals who crave thrilling experiences. Get ready for electrifying encounters and explore the best sex date sites the Netherlands has to offer! Let’s dive in!

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Discover this free overview with 9 reliable, transparent and accessible sex dating websites. We review MySecretDate, Parship, Lexa, Second Love and many others. Find out how to get a sex date.

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Top 9 Sex Dating Sites In The Netherlands

If you’re looking for a sex date in Amsterdam, then have a look at the best sex dating sites in the Netherlands below.

1 | MySecretDate

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Some of the members of this exciting sex date site.

This is definitely one the best dating websites if you’re looking for a sex date in Amsterdam. MySecretDate is fully focussed on erotic and sexual hookups in the Netherlands.

“This site easily helped me to have an incredibly exciting evening!”

Whether you’re single or in a relationship Mysecretdate makes wishes come true. This is a very popular dating site made for men, women and couples who are looking for sex, a relationship, an affair or just an exciting date in Amsterdam or in one of the other major Dutch cities.

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They are looking for a date as well!

The website is Dutch but it’s very accessible for everybody. Even if you don’t speak the language, you can easily navigate through the website. It is good to know that the Dutch can always speak English if desired. At this dating website it does not matter where you come from, as long as you enter your profile information correctly and completely.

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Would recommend this platform. A lot of people looking for the same thing! ? ?

You can create a profile for free, post your photos and find a nice contacts based on your profile.

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2 | Second Love

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Sign up for free and get in touch with someone today!

Second Love is not just any dating site. This Dutch dating platform specifically focuses on people where the routine has crept into their relationship. People looking for excitement and adventure in Amsterdam. However, they do not want to give up their current relationship for this. Second Love is an online service that helps you find like-minded people.

How does it work?

Second Love is a website that facilitates sex-only dating, allowing members to date without the pressures of forming romantic relationships. Whether you’re a resident Holland or tourists visiting Amsterdam, or simply visiting in search of new experiences, Second Love is the online platform of choice for sex-minded adults. From casual encounters to one night stands, this website easily links users with like-minded individuals who live nearby. With profiles and chat options that utilize modern techniques, this digital space is completely safe from prying eyes and can be enjoyed worry-free by consenting adults. As an added bonus, Second Love also provides specialized tutorials to help members effectively manage potential conflicts related to sex-driven dating. If you’re looking for no strings attached sex dates in Amsterdam or Holland, then this might be the choice for you.

I really liked Second Love’s user interface. I experienced it as a professional company.

An innocent flirt or an actual date are all possible. Privacy and quality are paramount. For a discreet date in Amsterdam, go to Second Love!

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3 | Parship

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You want to have a better sex life, but don’t know where to start. It’s hard to know where to start when it comes to improving your sex life. You might feel embarrassed or ashamed, like you’re the only person who doesn’t have everything figured out.

Parship is here to help. We are the largest online dating site in Europe and have helped millions of singles find love and happiness. With our scientifically-proven matching system, you’ll be paired with compatible partners in no time at all.

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What is Parship?

Parship is a dating platform that uses a unique matching algorithm to connect compatible singles. The platform offers a comprehensive personality test that helps to identify compatible partners. The test is based on a scientific approach and takes into account factors such as personality, values, and lifestyle.

What does Parship cost?

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The cost of using Parship depends on the length of the membership. There are three different membership options: a one-month membership, a six-month membership, and a twelve-month membership. Prices vary depending on the option chosen, but the longer the membership, the lower the monthly cost.

Parship benefits

  • Access to a large pool of compatible singles
  • Personalised matchmaking experience
  • The ability to communicate with potential partners in a secure and safe environment.

Range of features, such as the ability to send and receive messages, view profiles, and receive notifications when someone is interested in your profile.

Another benefit of Parship is the level of privacy and security it offers to its users. Parship uses a variety of security measures to protect its members’ personal data, including encryption and SSL certification. The platform also has a team dedicated to moderating profiles and ensuring that all members are genuine.

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As someone who has ventured into the world of online dating, trying out various platforms, I have to say that Parship has made a significant difference in my quest for love. Being over 30, I was on the lookout for a mature platform that catered to a more serious and sophisticated demographic, and this website definitely delivered.

Overall, Parship is a great option for singles looking for an exciting date. The platform’s unique matching algorithm, comprehensive personality test, and range of features make it a convenient and effective way to connect with compatible partners. The cost of membership may vary, but the benefits and security features make it worth it.

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4 | C-Date

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C-Date is the matching site for people who are looking for an adventure, an open relationship or an exciting erotic date in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and in 11 other countries. It’s the largest international erotic matchmaker and is active in 12 countries and on 4 continents. This dating platform combines style with eroticism and offers exciting variety. They offer a 72% succes rate!

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C-Date focuses on target groups of 25 years and older, men and women, straight or homosexual. This dating company appeals to a very broad group. It does not matter whether you are single, in a relationship or married, it is even possible to register as a couple. And, registering is free!

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5 | Rich Meet Beautiful

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RichMeetBeautiful is only interesting for an exclusive group of men. This online dating website is for successful and economically established men who want to meet beautiful ladies for exciting dates or perhaps even more. The site brings together Sugarbabies – intelligent and charming women who date in exchange for gifts (like dinners), trips or financial support.

RichMeetBeautiful offers users in over 30 different countries the opportunity to meet successful and economically established gentlemen to meet beautiful young women for relationships or for dates worldwide.

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6 | Ondeugend-Daten

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Ondeugend-Daten.nl (translated: Naughty Dating) is a professional Dutch dating site that focuses on both men and women in the Netherlands who love excitement and eroticism. The term “Naughty” offers participants the opportunity to give their own interpretation of the degree of eroticism. As a result, Ondeugend-Daten.nl attracts a very wide audience. On this platform you can search for new contacts in a trusted environment in a simple and safe way.

After registering for free, you can quietly look for a nice and suitable candidate who matches your search profile. By emailing or chatting with other participants first, you can convert the contact at your own pace. By sending the messages via this website you remain anonymous as long as you want: so you keep the reins yourself and decide when you are ready for a possible appointment in “real life”.

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7 | Ashley Madison

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Life is short. Have an affair.” With this slogan, dating site Ashley Madison has been promoting cheating for many years. This international dating site in the Netherlands is for all singles who want an affair. With various features to keep your private information secret, anonymity is an important factor. It’s active in 52 countries which is great while traveling.

“Fucking hell… I had amazing sex through this website”

The members of Ashley Madison are single, married, or in a relationship. Anyone looking for something different is welcome! You can download the free Ashley Madison App or just visit the website and register today.

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8 | Victoria Milan

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Victoria Milan is an international dating platform specialised in affaire dating. It’s the world number one dating site for married and attached. Victoria Milan guarantees top privacy, discretion and even anonymous profiles can be made.

Just give it a try. You might like it!

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9 | Passie Voor Twee

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Passievoortwee.nl (translated: Passion For Two) is another great Dutch accessible erotic dating site! That is to say … for those looking for exciting contact, but also for those who want to count themselves among the target group on the basis of life experience. This target group approach was deliberately chosen, because the familiar click mainly arises between people who are like-minded.

And… This dating website in the Netherlands focuses mainly on women and couples. Passion For Two would like to have a bit more class in the world of erotic dating, but also wants to distinguish itself with reliability, integrity and transparency.

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Sex Date Tip

Pro tip: In the Netherlands it is very common to talk about the weather. So if you don’t know what to talk about, it’s always good to talk about the weather. After all, the weather changes every day in the Netherlands.

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6 Ways To Get A Sex Date

  1. Use dating companies such as MySecretDate, Parship, Lexa or Ashley Madison. (More sites below)
  2. Join speed-dating events (when available).
  3. Meet someone via sex dating sites in the Netherlands.
  4. Get a paid date by booking an escort in Amsterdam.
  5. Go to the Red Light District with its sex workers.
  6. Visit a sex club in Amsterdam.

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Popular Sex Dating Questions

1 | How do I set boundaries when engaging in online sex dating?

Setting boundaries is an important part of engaging in online sex dating. Be clear about what you are and are not comfortable with, and communicate these boundaries clearly to potential partners.

2 | How can I communicate my sexual preferences and desires to potential partners?

Communication is key when it comes to sexual preferences and desires. Be open and honest with potential partners about what you’re looking for, and be willing to listen to their preferences and desires as well.

3 | How do I handle rejection or disappointment when engaging in sex dating?

Rejection and disappointment are common in the world of sex dating. Try not to take it personally, and remember that everyone has their own preferences and desires. Find some distraction if necessary. Go exercise. Meet up with friends. Visit a museum. Read a book.

4 | What should I do if I start to develop feelings for someone I met through sex dating?

If you start to develop feelings for someone you met through sex dating, be honest with yourself and with them about how you’re feeling. If you’re both on the same page, you may be able to explore a more serious relationship. However, if you’re not, it’s important to be prepared for the possibility of things not working out.

These were the nine best erotic dating platforms in the Netherlands. Do you want to be successful on a date? Then read the dating tips below.

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Tip: A canal cruise is fun to do during a date in Amsterdam.

5 | How do I find a sex date?

Finding a sex date is a personal choice and may depend on individual. However, here are some general suggestions for finding a sex date:

  • Dating Apps and Websites: There are countless apps and sex dating sites specifically aimed at finding casual encounters and sexual relationships. Popular platforms in the Netherlands include MySecretDate, Parship, SecondLove, C-Date, Naughty-Daten, Ashley Madison, Vicotoria Milan, Passie Voor Twee, etc. You can explore these apps and websites and customize your profile to suit your interests and preferences to give.
  • Social Networks and Forums: There are online communities (such as facebook groups) and forums where people with shared interests come together. By participating in these platforms, you may be able to find like-minded individuals who are also looking for a casual meeting.
  • Local Events and Clubs: Some cities have special events, parties, or clubs focused on sexual encounters. You can try attending these events to meet people interested in casual sexual relationships.
  • Communication is important: It is essential to communicate openly and honestly about your intentions and expectations with potential partners. This prevents misunderstandings and ensures that both parties are on the same page.
  • Be respectful and consensual: It is very important to always be respectful of your potential partners and respect their boundaries. Ensure that both parties agree to the desired activities and that there is mutual consent.

6 | How does a sex date go?

A sex date can take different forms depending on the individuals involved and their preferences. The course of a sex date can vary, but in general there are a few steps that are common:

Getting acquainted: If you don’t know each other yet, there is usually a phase of getting to know each other. This can take place through online communication, dating apps or face-to-face meetings. The goal is to get to know each other better, share interests and determine if there is mutual attraction.
Making a deal: Once there is interest and attraction between both parties, a deal is usually made. This could be meeting in a public place, such as a cafe, restaurant, or bar, or it could take place directly in a private setting, such as a home or hotel room.
Intimacy and sexual activities: After the meeting, the phase of intimacy and sexual activities begins, which depends on the wishes and boundaries of both parties. This can range from light physical touching and kissing to sexual acts and intercourse. It is important to communicate and obtain mutual consent for any action.
Aftercare and farewell: After the sexual activities there may be room for some aftercare and debriefing. This can include exchanging experiences, compliments or feedback. Then both parties say goodbye and go their separate ways.

7 | What is a good sex date site?

MySecretDate is a Dutch sex dating site that is popular for several reasons:

Reliability: MySecretDate is known for its reliability and security measures. They do their best to ensure that all profiles are authentic and that users have a safe environment to connect with like-minded individuals.
Privacy: The site values ​​privacy and anonymity. They have privacy features, such as the ability to blur photos and restrict access to certain users. This allows users to protect their identities until they are ready to share more information.
User-friendliness: MySecretDate is user-friendly and has an intuitive interface. The registration process is simple and finding suitable matches is easy thanks to the search and filter functions.
Diverse user base: The site has a diverse user base, which means there are different people with different interests and preferences. This increases the chance of finding someone who fits you and meets your expectations.
Communication options: MySecretDate offers various communication options, such as messages, chat rooms and webcam chats. This allows users to connect and get to know each other in a variety of ways.

Dating Tips

Are you not looking for a sex date, but for a ‘normal’, fun date with the potential for a relationship? Then discover Breeze Social. This new dating app might be something for you.

1 | Be Prepared

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Fun to do in Amsterdam: Visit the Moco Museum and see Banky’s art.

How can you prepare yourself for a first date? First of all, make sure you are rested. If you’ve been in a rush all day, you won’t have a relaxed date in Amsterdam. So take it easy and treat yourself for a nice bath or an extra long shower. Go to the hairdresser, trim your nails, wash well and have a good shaving session. This may sound obvious, but grooming has more influence than you think. Be fresh! If you look good you will feel better too. You radiate that and your date will see that too!

2 | Be on Time

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The Waag: Amsterdam’s second oldest building.

Make sure you got enough time for your (beauty) rituals, so that you can be sure that you will arrive on time for your date. Because arriving late is really not done (in the Netherlands) on a first appointment. The Dutch like to be on time! And obviously you want to make a good first impression. Right?

3 | Wear Nice Clothes

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The Nieuwmarkt Square in Amsterdam.

Before you go on a date, think carefully about what clothes you will be wearing. Choose comfortable (and neat) clothes that make you feel attractive. But: don’t lose sight of the fact that the chosen clothing must suit you. Clothing tells a lot about your identity, and your date will remember that. In addition, an outfit that suits you will make you feel more confident. And that’s how you want to come across on your first date!

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A date in Amsterdam.

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Top 17 Secrets About Amsterdam Red Light Windows

Posted on: January 13, 2024


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17 Secrets About Amsterdam Red Light District Windows

Amsterdam’s red light windows have become an iconic feature of the city, attracting millions of visitors each year. But beyond the intrigue and curiosity lies a complex world of sex work, regulation, and controversy.

In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the history of Amsterdam’s red light windows, what goes on behind the windows, the experience of visiting as a tourist, regulation and controversies, and the ongoing debates about the future of the red light district.

Get ready for an in-depth exploration of this fascinating topic.

1 | The History of the Red Light Windows

Amsterdam’s red light windows have a long history dating back to the 14th century when sailors would come to the city looking for female companionship.

Amsterdam Red Light District in 1968 showing the most narrow alley of the city with a man in suit walk through, with two prostitutes in clothes in window brothels on the right side.
Amsterdam Red Light District, 1968.

In those days, women would offer their services from behind curtains, which eventually evolved into windows with red curtains or red lights to indicate their profession. The tradition of sex work behind windows continued to grow, and by the 20th century, it had become an established industry in Amsterdam’s red light district.

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Amsterdam Red Light District, 1905.

In the early days, sex workers had few legal protections, and many were vulnerable to exploitation by pimps and other criminals. However, in recent years, Amsterdam has taken steps to improve the working conditions and rights of sex workers, including providing legal recognition for sex work and creating a union for sex workers.

Black and white picture of Amsterdam Red Light District in the year 1969. It shows an older couple walking on the Oudekerksplein, while the man looks at a window prostitute on the left.
Amsterdam Red Light District, Oudekerksplein, 1969.

Today, sex work is a legitimate profession in the Netherlands. No longer do sex workers have to offer themselves in window brothels perse. Nowadays sex work is a broad concept and can be done in many other ways. There are escorts, strippers, erotic masseurs, webcam sex workers, porn actors, etc. And, sex workers are protected by law and have access to healthcare, social security, and other benefits.

In the past, the red light windows were mainly filled with Dutch ladies. Since worldwide travel has become more accessible and the formation of the European Union, mainly foreign prostitutes work in the window brothels of Amsterdam.

2 | What Happens Behind the Windows?

a red-lit window brothel on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal in Amsterdam Red Light District

Working as prostitute is a unique experience, and it’s not for everyone. Sex workers sit behind a window, waiting for customers to approach them. When a customer is interested in their services, they negotiate the terms and price of the encounter, and if they come to an agreement, the customer is invited into the sex worker’s room for the encounter.

All window brothels in Amsterdam are quite small. There is a bed, a sink, a mirror, a table and other simple amenities. The client is generally asked to sit on the bed. There, the customer and the sex worker can immediately proceed to have sex. Or, if desired, a conversation takes place to put the client at ease and perhaps foreplay.

While sex work is a legal profession in Amsterdam, it is still stigmatized by many, and sex workers face many challenges, including harassment, violence, and discrimination. However, there are many organizations and support networks for sex workers in Amsterdam, including the Prostitution Information Center, which offers information and resources for sex workers, and the Red Thread Foundation, which provides support and advocacy for sex workers.

3 | The Experience of Visiting the Red Light Windows

people walking through the Oudekennissteeg in Amsterdam with red-lit windows on the left and right.

Visiting the red light windows can be a unique and memorable experience, but it’s important to be respectful of the sex workers and their profession. The red light windows are located in the heart of Amsterdam’s red light district and can be easily identified by the red lights above the windows.

When walking down the streets, visitors will see rows of windows with women inside, dressed in lingerie or other provocative clothing. While it’s common for visitors to take photos, it’s important to remember that these are real people, and they deserve to be treated with respect. Visitors should never touch the windows or harass the sex workers, and they should be mindful of their behavior and language.

tourists walking through an alley in Amsterdam with red light windows on both sides

The window prostitutes try to attract the attention of men on the street by knocking on the window and then gesturing invitingly. These sex workers prefer to work daily in the same window brothel. This is because they have a reliable business relationship with the landlord, because of the agreed rental price, the location and because they have regular customers who can find them so easily.

4 | Regulation of Sex Work in the Red Light Windows

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A red-lit window brothel on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

Sex work in the red light windows is legal and regulated in Amsterdam, and sex workers are protected by law. The Dutch government has taken steps to ensure the safety and rights of sex workers, including requiring sex workers to register with the Chamber of Commerce, free health checks, and pay taxes on their income.

Additionally, the government has set up a system of licenses for brothels and sex businesses, which must meet certain health and safety standards to be eligible for a license. This system has helped to reduce the amount of exploitation and trafficking in the sex industry, and it has given sex workers greater control over their work.

5 | Criticisms and Controversies

Despite the efforts to regulate and improve the conditions for sex workers in Amsterdam, there are still many criticisms and controversies surrounding the red light windows. Some argue that the industry still enables exploitation and trafficking, and that sex workers are not truly empowered in their work.

Dutch Christian Political Party

Gert-Jan Segers, former party chairman of the ChristenUnie in the Netherlands, wants the cabinet to start an investigation into banning prostitution, he said during a show on BNR radio. He wants to look at the ban in Sweden.

‘We have to learn from Sweden. In the Netherlands, many victims fall into prostitution,’ says Segers. ‘With a ban you have to consider two things. The importance of people who do their work voluntarily and freely, and people who are forced to do so. To protect the freedom of the latter, you could limit the freedom of the former.’

Others argue that the influx of tourism to the red light district has led to an increase in crime and nuisance in the area.

However, advocates for the sex industry argue that sex work can be a legitimate profession, and that the focus should be on improving the rights and working conditions of sex workers, rather than on attempting to eliminate the industry altogether.

Dutch Social Liberal Political Party On Prostitution

A man walking through the Trompettersteeg in Amsterdam while he is looking at red light windows on his left side.

D66 has come into serious conflict with coalition partners CDA and ChristenUnie about policy towards sex workers. D66 MP Anne-Marijke Podt believes that the stigma of sex workers should be removed by recognizing, among other things, that prostitution is “just work”.

“Abuses in the sex industry get worse when you keep it a secret,” Anne-Marijke Podt said during a debate in the House of Representatives.

There are ongoing debates about the best way to support sex workers and reduce exploitation and trafficking in the industry, and the future of the red light windows in Amsterdam is still being actively discussed.

Quote Former Sex Worker Mariska Majoor

Mariska Majoor – former sex worker and founder of the Prostitution Information Center – said in 2020 during a Dutch current affairs programme:

A sex worker can decide for him or herself whether sex work is contemporary or not. Others have nothing to say about that. Some may have ended up in prostitution from difficult circumstances, but many today opt for it from an economic perspective, as so many working people do. And that is their right.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are tourists allowed to visit the red light windows?

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The outside of Moulin Rouge Amsterdam.

Yes, tourists are allowed to visit the red light district and the red light windows. It’s a public area. However, visitors should be respectful of the sex workers and follow the rules of De Wallen area.

An app is available for tourists to explore this area. It features an Amsterdam Red Light District tour with 22 experts who provide insight into the area within a two-hour timeframe. The app includes a GPS guided map, virtual tour, and images. It’s currently the only Red Light District tour available due to the ban on guided tours.

How do the red light windows work?

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The red light windows are small rooms with a large window facing the street. Sex workers stand or sit behind the window, and potential customers can approach them to negotiate a price for their services.

Is it safe to visit the red light district?

While the red light district is generally safe, visitors should be aware of their surroundings and take appropriate safety precautions. It’s a good idea to stay in well-lit and crowded areas, and to avoid walking alone at night.

Contact the police (call: 112), the local government or seek help at bouncers if you need help.

What should I expect when visiting the red light windows?

Visitors of Amsterdam Red Light District

Visitors to the red light windows can expect to see a wide variety of sex workers, ranging from women to men to transgender individuals. Visitors should be respectful of the sex workers and not take photos or videos.

How is sex work regulated in Amsterdam’s red light district?

Sex work is legal in the Netherlands, but it is heavily regulated in the red light district. Sex workers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid work permit, and undergo regular health checks. They also have the right to refuse clients, and are protected by the law.

What are the hours of operation for the red light windows?

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The hours of operation can vary, but currently do the red-lit window brothels only have to be closed between 6 am to 8 am. From April 2023, the prostitution windows must close at 3 AM instead of 6 AM.

How much does it cost to visit a sex worker in Amsterdam’s red light district?

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The cost of visiting a sex worker can vary widely depending on a variety of factors, such as the type of service and the location of the worker. Visitors can expect to pay around 50 to 100 euros for a brief encounter. Detailed prices, services and associated costs can be found in the Amsterdam Prostitution Menu.

Can I take photos or videos in the red light windows?

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No, taking photos or videos is strictly prohibited in the red light district. Violating this rule can result in fines and even confiscation of your camera.

Is prostitution legal in Amsterdam?

Prostitution is legal in the Netherlands, but it is heavily regulated. Sex workers must be at least 21 years old, have a valid work permit, and undergo regular health checks.

Are there naked women in the red light windows?

No, all window prostitutes wear clothes when they advertise themselves in the windows. They are scantily clad, several parts of their body are visible. The sex workers always have clothing over their private parts.

Why are red lights used in window brothels?

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The use of red lights in window brothels likely originated in the red-light districts of Amsterdam and other European cities, where sex work is legal and regulated. In these areas, sex workers often work in storefront windows, and the red light is used to signal to potential clients that the establishment is open for business.

The use of red light has several potential explanations. One theory is that red light is associated with eroticism and sexuality, and thus is a natural choice for sex work establishments. Another theory is that red light has a practical advantage in that it is easily visible from a distance and stands out against the dark background of the street.

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Top 5 Museums In Amsterdam Red Light District in 2024

Posted on: January 6, 2024


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5 Best Museums In Amsterdam Red Light District

Visiting Amsterdam without knowing the attractions and fun activities is not a good idea. You’ll get bored! It would be a shame if you missed the city highlights. You don’t want to end up in tourist traps or boring cafes, right?

The solution? Discover this list with five things to do in Amsterdam below. Impress your fellow travellers with these original and educational activities.

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There is a lot to do in ‘De Wallen‘. Also for those who want to learn something. There are currently five museums in Amsterdam Red Light District. At these museums you can learn more about cannabis, prostitution, the Red Light District, religion, erotica and… watches.

1 | Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum

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In this museum in Amsterdam you can view cannabis plants up close, among others.

The Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum in Amsterdam is a must-see for anyone interested in the history and culture of cannabis. The museum traces the plant’s history from its earliest known use in ancient China to its present-day role in the Netherlands. Visitors will learn about the different ways that cannabis can be used, from medication to recreation, and will see a wide variety of artifacts, including pipes, bongs, and other smoking paraphernalia. The museum also contains a “grow room” where visitors can see how cannabis is cultivated. With its informative exhibits and engaging displays, the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum provides a fascinating look at one of the world’s most controversial plants.

Located on the famous street in the Red Light District one can find Amsterdam’s cannabis museum. It was founded in 1985 by one of Holland’s most important cannabis pioneers: Ben Dronkers – who’s also the CEO of Sensi Seeds. He was one of the first to become commercially involved with cannabis in Amsterdam from the 1970s onwards.

Did you know that at one time in Europe 80% of all clothing was made out of cannabis hemp? And did you know that it is illegal to grow cannabis commercially in the Netherlands? Just two fun facts you learn at the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum.

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It offers audio tours in many languages.

Visitors to the Hash Marihuana & Hemp Museum can expect to find world’s largest collection of artefacts relating to the history of cannabis, its cultivation and its uses over the centuries.

The cannabis collection is located on the ground floor where one can get an audio tour in six different languages. This museum in Amsterdam Red Light District is not too big and a visit takes about 30 to 45 minutes.

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2 | Red Light Secrets – Museum of Prostitution

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An interactive exhibition inside the Museum of Prostitution.

Do you want to know what it is like to stand in the windows? Do you want to learn how prostitutes become successful? Or, do you want to see what a brothel looks like from the inside?

Then visit this Museum of Prostitution in Amsterdam, named Red Light Secrets. Learn more about legal sex work in the Netherlands. It’s super interesting!

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What does it feel like to stand in the windows?

Become A Successful Prostitute

Inside you can also read 10 ways how sex workers become successful. We listed 3 most important sex work secrets:

  1. POSTURE. Pout those lips and work those hips. Stand upright and accentuate your curves.
  2. CHEERFUL. Make sure you look cheerful. Men don’t enjoy spending money in a surly woman.
  3. STAND OUT. Sitting quietly like the Mona Lisa will not get you attention. When you go unnoticed, you will have no business. Make sure to stand out.

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The museum even has an imitation window brothel.

Red Light Secrets used to be a building with real window brothels, but the city of Amsterdam bought it from a sex entrepreneur during Project 1012. The municipality wanted more variety in the Red Light District, so since 2014 the Museum of Prostitution has been around. Visit this attraction and get educated about one of the oldest professions in the world.

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3 | Our Lord in the Attic

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Inside Ons Lieve Heer op Solder.

One of the best hidden gems in Amsterdam is this secret church. It’s located at number 40 on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal in the Red Light District. Our Lord in the Attic is one of the oldest museums in Amsterdam. The second oldest to be exact.

Only the Rijksmuseum is older. It was established in 1888, its attic served as a Catholic church for two centuries. A hidden church in which Catholics could worship covertly when it was forbidden to do so in public.

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The last hidden church in Amsterdam may not be missed!

FACT: This church museum in Amsterdam is located next to a cannabis coffeeshop.

This church within a 17th-century Dutch house has been beautifully preserved. It offers an authentic glimpse into a house of a rich man during the affluent Dutch Golden Age. Here you can learn more about the history of Amsterdam and religion in Holland.

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The director of this museum in Amsterdam – in the attic of Ons Lieve Heer op Solder.

Our Lord In The Attic is also one of the highlights in the Amsterdam Audio Stories app. It offers a red light district tour with stories of 22 experts, including the director of this museum and Russell Shorto – writer and historian, about the Red Light District. For just 5 euro you can learn everything about the Red Light District in Amsterdam. Download the app today in the Apple App Store.

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4 | Erotic Museum

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One of the funniest museums in Amsterdam.

Looking for a fun and unique way to spend an afternoon in Amsterdam? Then be sure to check out the Erotic Museum! This quirky museum offers visitors a rare glimpse into the history of sex and sexuality.

From ancient Egyptian artifacts to vintage pornography, there is something to interest everyone. The Erotic Museum is also home to the world’s largest collection of erotica, making it a must-see for anyone with an interest in the topic.

The Erotic Museum in Amsterdam is located on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal – just in opposite of the Moulin Rouge. It portrays the history of eroticism and sex through the ages. This is one of those museums in Amsterdam where you can take perfect photos for your Instagram account. It is a kind of Instagram museum as it offers numerous erotic art objects that will impress your followers.

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The Erotic Museum is a great place to update your Instagram-account.

This museum is owned by the same entrepreneur who also manages the erotic theatre Casa Rosso, strip club Hospital Bar, Sex Palace Peep Show, The Bananenbar and Sexy Loo.

So why not add it to your list of things to do in Amsterdam? You might just be surprised at what you learn!

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5 | Sex Museum Amsterdam

We believe the Sex Museum in Amsterdam, also known as “Venustempel,” or “Museum of Sex”  is a fascinating destination for those intrigued by the history and art of human sexuality. Located near Amsterdam’s Central Station at Damrak 18, it stands as the world’s first and oldest museum dedicated to eroticism. We find its collection, including erotic art, sculptures, and photographs, both educational and thought-provoking. The museum offers a unique glimpse into how sexual themes have influenced culture and art through the ages.

We think it’s a must-visit for open-minded adults seeking a deeper understanding of sexuality’s role in human history. However, due to explicit content, it may not be suitable for everyone. We suggest avoiding it if sexual themes make you uncomfortable or if you’re accompanied by children. In our view, the Sex Museum is a place for mature audiences ready to explore this integral aspect of human nature.

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Posted on: January 17, 2024


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Ultimate Blue Light District Amsterdam Guide 2024

Did you know that Amsterdam has a Blue Light District? This mysterious and lesser-known area of the city is full of surprises and unique facts that even locals may not be aware of. In this blog post, we’ll explore nine fascinating things that you didn’t know about the Blue Light District. From its history to its modern-day significance, get ready to discover a whole new side of Amsterdam. Let’s dive in!

1 | Meaning

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Window brothels on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal.

The Blue Light District in Amsterdam is where transgender sex workers practice their trade in sex rooms. It mainly concerns people who have not had an operation to remove their male genitalia. This prostitution area in Amsterdam is called the Blue Light District because the sex workers usually use blue lights (instead of red lights) to illuminate their sex rooms.

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2 | Is the Blue Light District real?

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Yes, it’s totally real! What is good to know is that not all transgender sex workers use blue lights to offer their services. Moreover, it is also not a requirement to do so.

Female window prostitute also work in this district. Therefor you’ll see both red as blue-lit window brothels.

3 | Where is the Blue Light District in Amsterdam?

The Blue Light District can be found on the Bloedstraat and Gordijnensteeg in Amsterdam. It’s just next to the Red Light District main street: the Oudezijds Achterburgwal. This is the street with most red light windows and sex shows like Moulin Rouge.

4 | Sex workers

Three window brothels in Amsterdam with closed red curtains

The transgender sex workers in the Blue Light District are particularly concerned about their privacy and very wary of tourists who – despite all warnings – still want to take pictures. The stigma, their status and their secret double life are often the reasons for this. The transgender sex workers are very afraid that photos will end up with their friends, family or other acquaintances.

5 | Blue Light District Prices

The prices for paid sex are very similar to the other sex workers in the Red Light District.

The window prostitutes in the Blue Red Light District charge prices from 50 euros for sexual services. This rate is usually for a maximum of 30 minutes.

The prices are negotiable and the window prostitutes also regularly refuse customers.

6 | Customers

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There is no existing research into the clients of transgender sex workers in the Amsterdam Red Light District. But in the past, our guides saw almost exclusively male customers entering these transgender sex workers.

The sex workers mostly target middle-aged men who walk the streets alone. To attract the attention of the man, they tap on the window and sometimes they briefly show their genitals.

Usually the clients of transgender sex workers are also specifically looking for what sex workers have to offer: feminine looks with a male genitalia. This is also confirmed by a transgender sex worker during an interview of a Dutch program about trans sex workers. Read the quote below.

Transgender sex worker quote

“I am a trans woman with no gender reassignment. This means I still have my penis. The customers I receive are really looking for what I have to offer them. Namely a female appearance, but with male genitals. I often get men who don’t dare to tell their wives honestly what they really like and horny in the bedroom. As a man, if you want to be taken by a woman with a cock, the label ‘gay’ is unfortunately still often given to you. That barrier is not there for me and they can really be themselves.”

7 | Tours in Blue Light District

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Learn all about this interesting and unique neighborhood in the Netherlands and become a real Amsterdam connoisseur. Download this app and take a Red Light District tour with audio guide. During this audio tour you will hear amazing stories from 22 different experts. The virtual guide Sophie will guide you through this neighborhood in Amsterdam. Hear stories from real sex workers, police officers and historians.

This is currently the only legal option to take a Red Light District tour. The municipality of Amsterdam has banned all tours with large groups and real guides.

You are still allowed to use our audio tour with a virtual guide. Explore this neighbourhood in Amsterdam with our app and educate yourself.

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8 | Blue Light District in Daylight

Gordijnensteeg in Amsterdam Blue Light District

The Blue Light District looks completely different during the day than at night. This is also evident from the snowy photo above taken on the Gordijnensteeg. During the day it is quieter here. Less visitors and fewer windows are filled with sex workers. And, the blue lights are hard to spot. Nevertheless, this neighborhood is also very special during the day.

9 | Laws

a red-lit alley in Amsterdam Red Light District

Exactly the same rules and laws apply to the transgender sex workers in Amsterdam Blue Light District as to the female window prostitutes elsewhere in the city.

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Posted on: January 18, 2024


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Amsterdam Red Light District Laws: Avoid Fines & Violations

Before visiting the most fascinating area in the world it might be a good idea to get acquainted with the most important Amsterdam Red Light District laws. You don’t want to accidentally break the rules, do you? Discover this useful list with 13 laws in Amsterdam Red Light District.

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1 | Public Alcohol Ban

In some areas in Amsterdam a public ban on alcohol is enforced. The Red Light District is one of those areas. It is therefor forbidden to drink alcohol in the public spaces (on the streets) and it’s forbidden to have bottles or cans of alcoholic drinks on you. A fine of € 95,- is imposed on violations of the alcohol ban. The local police and municipality enforcers uphold the ban.

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The main street of the Red Light District (Oudezijds Achterburgwal).

Street signs with red circles indicate that something is not allowed in the Netherlands. The sign in the picture above means that it is not allowed to drink alcohol on the streets in this area; the Red Light District.

How old do you have to be to drink in Amsterdam?

In Amsterdam, the legal drinking age for beer and wine is 18 years old. However, the legal drinking age for spirits and other distilled beverages is 18 years old as well. It’s important to note that bars and restaurants in Amsterdam are required to check IDs to ensure that their customers are of legal drinking age. Failing to comply with this requirement can result in significant fines or even the loss of the establishment’s liquor license. Additionally, public drinking and public intoxication are not allowed and can also result in fines or other penalties.

2 | Street Prostitution Is Illegal

It’s forbidden for sex workers to offer or promote their services on the streets of Amsterdam’s Red Light District or elsewhere in the city.

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The law applies on, or next to the road, or in a publicly accessible building. It’s also forbidden for possible customers to in any way accept proposals, in whatever form, to make use of their services. The fine for street prostitution for both the sex worker and the customer is € 115,-.

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Sex workers statue next to Amsterdam’s Old Church.

3 | Smoking Cannabis Outside

Current Red Light District laws do not prohibit the smoking of cannabis outside on the streets. There are some public places in Amsterdam where smoking a joint outside is prohibited though. These places are for example: children’s playgrounds and school squares. In the Netherlands you are legally allowed to have 5 grams of weed on you, for personal use.

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The terrace of coffeeshop The Bulldog on the Oudezijds Voorburgwal.

The unwritten law when it comes to smoking weed in the Netherlands is that people do it at home or in a coffeeshop. If you do smoke outside make sure that you are not a hindrance to other people. So don’t smoke a joint in front of houses with open windows for instance. Not everybody enjoys the smell.

4 | Compulsory Identification

Everyone aged 14 and older in the Netherlands must be able to identify himself or herself with a valid ID. For persons aged 16 or over who fail to comply with the obligation to identify themselves the fine is € 60,-. For persons aged 14 and 15, the fine is € 30,-.

Only certain government officials can ask for your ID. These are: police officers, ticket inspectors (public transport) and special enforcement officers (BOA’s in Dutch) like labor inspectors and forest wardens.

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Amsterdam’s most narrow alley including 9 window brothels.

5 | Amsterdam Window Brothel Opening Hours

Window prostitution businesses are allowed to be open to visitors from 08:00 am to 06:00 am. Yes, the window brothels are op 22 hours a day! The sex workers tend to work in 8 hour shifts and are not allowed to work more than 11 hours a day.

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6 | Littering in Amsterdam is Not Allowed

Do not throw soda cans, plastic bags or other (empty) product packagings onto the streets. If the local authorities catch you doing this, it will cost you € 140,-. Besides, why even litter in such a beautiful city?


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Dutch cops are very friendly if you just stick to the rules 😉

7 | Sleeping In A Car Is Forbidden

In Amsterdam it is forbidden to use the road as a place to sleep or to use a vehicle, boat, caravan, tent or any other accommodation as a place to sleep or to offer these options. The authorities lately have been clamping down hard on people who sleep in their own car. The price for some nice quiet time in your own car is € 140,-

8 | Prostitution Hotels Are Illegal

It is currently forbidden to operate prostitution-hotels in the city of Amsterdam. In prostitution hotels rooms are made available to prostitutes who recruit their clients elsewhere. These types of hotels are forbidden because they go hand in hand with street prostitution.

However, Amsterdam escorts often go with their clients to hotels. Sometimes, customers invite escorts to Red Light District Amsterdam hotels. That is legal. The staff at the hotels are of course allowed to refuse an escort – if they know they are a sex worker.

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Police also patrol the area by horse making the district even safer. 

An alternative option would be to arrange a sex date in Holland. Discover these popular sex date platforms where men and women are just searching for sex dating without any strings attached.

9 | Red Light District Tour Regulations

Providers of tours in the Red Light District have to comply with rules that were in implemented in April 2018. If a guide gives a tour to five people or more, he/she needs a government exemption. With larger tour groups there is currently a set limit of 15 participants. If the tour group is bigger than this, local authorities can end the tour, and the guide will be fined.

It’s also mandatory for tour guides to inform the participants that it is not allowed to take pictures of the sex workers.

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10 | Promoting Prostitution On The Streets Is Illegal

It is forbidden for sex workers (or anyone else) to advertise sex services on the streets. The fine for this is € 115,-. In general, prostitutes do not want to work on the street at all because it is less safe, less comfortable and it makes less money. In the 1950’s & 1960’s, some prostitutes worked on the streets in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Also because there were less window brothels. Those days are over now partly because Amsterdam has more than 350 window brothels.

11 | Tours

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A hidden alley in the Red Light District.

Amsterdam Red Light District tours with tour guides are banned by the local government. The only way to get a Red Light District tour is with our app. It contains an interesting audio tour, virtual guide, map and stories of 22 experts. Here you can read all other new rules for tours in the Red Light District.

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12 | Minimum Age Of Sex Workers

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One of the last Red Light District laws you have to know about is the following. The prostitutes in Amsterdam’s Red Light District need to be at least 21 years old to work in the windows. Every time they rent a window brothel, they are required to show their ID to the brothel operator.

13 | Urinating In The Street Is Prohibited

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It is strictly forbidden to urinate on the streets of the Red Light District. The local residents hate it when visitors urinate in the street. Do not do this or risk a fine of 140 euros.

Please visit Sexy Loo instead. It’s a public restroom that looks like the Red Light District, filled with imitation red light windows.

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Top 5 Bars In Amsterdam City Centre in 2024

Posted on: February 20, 2024


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5 Best Bars in Amsterdam City Centre

Discover the vibrant heart of nightlife with the top 5 bars in Amsterdam City Centre! Amidst the city’s historic charm and bustling streets, finding the perfect spot for a memorable night out can be overwhelming. But fear not, we’ve curated a list that promises unforgettable experiences, from cozy corners to lively scenes. Dive in to uncover these gems and make your nights in Amsterdam truly majestic.

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Right in the center of the Dutch capital you will find a beautiful square that has several important historical highlights, which you must see. For example Amsterdam’s Royal Palace, the Nieuwe Kerk and the National Monument. Furthermore, Dam Square is surrounded by beautiful buildings of typical Dutch architecture.

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All of these highlights are fantastic to watch – especially when the sun is out. And what is nicer to see these cultural highlights from a terrace while enjoying a nice drink?

This list includes 5 good bars in Amsterdam Dam Square where this is all possible. Five places in a prime location, in the middle of the city and all easily accessible by taxi, public transport and on foot.

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Amsterdam’s Dam Square, Royal Dutch Palace and New Church in the back.

This list starts with number five and ends with what we think is the best bar in Amsterdam Dam Square.

5 | Yip Fellows

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A typical Dutch brown bar.

This bar has a relatively small terrace overlooking Dam Square and it is also not too big from the inside. Nevertheless, this pub always exudes vibrancy, partly due to the beautiful wooden bar. “Gezelligheid” is what we would say in Dutch. Inside it has that old-fashioned look, but with modern amenities – including neat toilets. Also a good place for a first or last drink in town.

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TIP: Do you rather want to taste real Dutch gin which is called ‘jenever’? Visit the Wijnand Fockink bar around the corner.

Reviews

✦ Google: 181 reviews – 3.8 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 87 reviews – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Sluurpy: 669 reviews – 72% out of 100%.
Foursquare: 26 reviews – 6,6 out 10.

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4 | ‘t Nieuwe Kafé

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The New Church (Nieuwe Kerk) and its cafe on Dam Square.

As the name suggests, this is more of a cafe than a bar. Located on a fantastic location, next to the Nieuwe Kerk (New Church) – one of the oldest buildings in the city – with a friendly atmosphere. Most people who visit this place come here for lunch supplemented with a drink. You won’t find many tipsy people here. You can sit here both inside and outside on a terrace where you can enjoy people-watching. Dutch tourists regularly come here to visit an exhibition (such as the World Press Photo) in the Nieuwe Kerk.

TIP: Order coffee with Dutch apple pie or a delicious pancake here. Mind the opening hours which are between 8:30 AM and 6 PM.

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✦ Google: 224 reviews – 3.7 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 265 reviews – 3.5 out of 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 41 reviews – 4.0 out of 5.

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3 | Cafe Zwart

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That is written on the awnings of this place (originally from 1927), located on the corner of Dam Square and Damstraat. This shows that they find high service very important here. For more than 30 years, Cafe Zwart (Cafe Black) is owned by one of the best catering entrepreneurs in the Netherlands  – Won Yip – who also owns other good bars in Amsterdam Dam Square.

The terrace (with heaters) is relatively small, but it has the right, lively atmosphere. At Cafe Zwart they also have very modern and clean toilets which can be used for free. Cafe Zwart is also a great spot for people-watching! See how fast Amsterdammers ride through the city on their bicycles. Or listen to all the different languages ​​you can hear from the terrace. There is always something special to see here! One side faces ‘De Dam’ and one side faces the busy Damstraat.

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Amsterdam’s beautiful Damstraat.

Cafe Zwart is a good place to enjoy a good glass of beer or wine after a busy day. It’s a nice spot to celebrate that you are in the most beautiful city in the world. Perhaps this bar is not much visited by Amsterdammers, but there are always many cheerful Dutch and foreign tourists. Here they serve all kinds of European beer such as Bavaria, Palm, La Trappe, Guiness, and whatnot. But you can also go here for wines, cocktails, whiskey, shots and soda. Take into account that the prices are higher here than elsewhere in the city because of the fantastic prime-location.

Reviews

✦ Google: 380 reviews – 3.4 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 293 reviews – 3.0 out of 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 64 reviews – 4.2 out of 5.

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2 | Euro Pub

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Euro Pub sits on the corner of the Warmoesstraat.

The Euro Pub is located on the corner of Dam Square and Warmoesstraat (which is part of the Red Light District). It has a larger terrace than Cafe Zwart and a good view of the rear part of the square and the monument on Dam Square. The Euro Pub is located on the corner of Dam Square and Warmoesstraat. It has a slightly larger terrace than Cafe Zwart and a good view of the rear part of the square and the National Monument. This is also a pub where sports matches are broadcasted. It is often visited by foreign tourists and football fans. This pub is often used as a meeting place to start a nice day in Amsterdam. Inside is a round bar, where visitors can stand around. Downstairs you can find clean and modern toilets, just like at Cafe Zwart.

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✦ Google: 514 reviews – 3.8 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 238 reviews – 3.0 out of 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 11 reviews – 4.0 out of 5.

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1 | Majestic

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The big terrace of Majestic offers sun and shade.

If you want to drink or eat something on Dam Square, this is the best place to go. Why? First of all, Majestic has the biggest terrace and the best view of all bars on Dam Square. Moreover, inside restaurant Majestic you will find a beautiful bar, lots of space, a luxurious interior and an extensive menu. Again, this is not the cheapest place in Amsterdam but certainly one of the better catering establishments that offers a fantastic view of the central, historical point of the capital.

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From here you can see whole Dam Square perfectly.

In general, the crowd at Majestic is a bit neater compared to most of the bars in Amsterdam Dam square. The people who come here love quality and are willing to pay for that. Especially with good weather it’s really nice to sit on the terrace here. It has spots with shade and sun.

Reviews

✦ Google: 783 reviews – 3.6 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 943 reviews – 3.5 out 5 stars.
✦ Facebook: 213 reviews – 4.2 out of 5.
Sluurpy: 4.946 reviews – 71% out of 100%.

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Dam Square Advantages

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Undoubtedly there are cheaper options in the city to get a drink, but these good bars in Amsterdam Dam Square do offer the following benefits.

✦ Prime location
✦ Fantastic view
✦ Easily accessible
✦ Ideal for sun lovers
✦ Good place to meet other travellers
✦ Surrounded by attractions and shops (like De Bijenkorf)

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the top 5 bars in Amsterdam City Centre in 2024?

The top 5 bars in Amsterdam City Centre around the main square are:

  1. Majestic: Known for its prime location and vibrant atmosphere, Majestic offers a wide selection of drinks and a lively setting perfect for any night out.
  2. Euro Pub: Situated in the heart of the city, Euro Pub is famous for its extensive beer selection and welcoming vibe.
  3. Cafe Zwart: A classic spot with a modern twist, Cafe Zwart serves up unique cocktails and traditional Dutch ambiance.
  4. ‘t Nieuwe Kafé: A hidden gem that combines cozy interiors with innovative drink menus, perfect for those looking to explore local flavors.
  5. Yip Fellows: Renowned for its eclectic decor and expertly crafted cocktails, Yip Fellows provides a unique bar experience in Amsterdam.

How do I choose the best bar for my night out in Amsterdam?

Consider what type of atmosphere you’re looking for: cozy and quiet, or lively and bustling. Check online reviews and menus ahead of time to see which bar suits your taste preferences and budget. Additionally, location can be crucial, so look for bars that are easily accessible from your accommodation or near Amsterdam’s main attractions.

Are these bars suitable for tourists?

Yes, these bars are highly suitable for tourists! Each bar offers a unique aspect of Amsterdam’s nightlife, from traditional Dutch brown cafés to modern cocktail bars. They’re great spots to experience the local culture, meet new people, and enjoy a wide range of beverages.

Do I need to make reservations for these bars?

For the best experience, especially at Majestic and Yip Fellows, it’s recommended to make reservations, especially on weekends or during peak tourist seasons. For Euro Pub, Cafe Zwart, and ‘t Nieuwe Kafé, reservations might not be necessary but checking in advance can ensure you get a good spot.

How far is Vondelpark from Dam Square?

Vondelpark is a large public park in Amsterdam that is very popular with locals and tourists alike. It is well known for its beautiful gardens, tranquil pond, and Amsterdam’s Open Air Theatre. The park is located just south of Dam Square, making it very easy to get to. In fact, it is only about a 30 minute walk or a 15 minute tram ride from Dam Square. This makes Vondelpark the perfect place to go for a leisurely stroll or picnic lunch, especially on a sunny day. So if you’re ever in Amsterdam, be sure to check out Vondelpark – you won’t be disappointed!

How far is Dam Square from Red Light District?

Amsterdam is a city renowned for its liberal attitude and vibrant nightlife, and the Red Light District is one of its most famous tourist destinations. However, many visitors are surprised to learn that Dam Square, the city’s central square, is only a 5-minute walk from the Red Light District.

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Learn everything about Holland’s most fascinating area with this Red Light District tour and become an Amsterdam connoisseur in record time. In less than two hours you learn everything you need to know about the Red Light District. Afterwards, treat yourself on a drink at one of these good bars in Amsterdam Dam Square.

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One of Amsterdam’s best highlights.

Looking for something else? Visit Madame Tussauds, Body Worlds or Moulin Rouge.

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What is the Red Light District in Amsterdam?


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What is the Red Light District in Amsterdam?

Dive into “What is the Red Light District in Amsterdam?”—a place where history, culture, and controversy collide. This iconic area isn’t just about its neon glow; it’s a testament to Amsterdam’s unparalleled openness and the complex issues surrounding legality and morality. Discover why it’s a must-see for travelers seeking more than just surface-level tourism.

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Amsterdam’s Red Light District, known as De Wallen, is one of the city’s most famous and controversial attractions. Drawing in tourists from around the globe, it offers a unique glimpse into the liberal attitudes that the Netherlands is renowned for. This guide aims to provide tourists with a comprehensive understanding of the area, covering its history, cultural framework, economic impact, and the social issues it faces, all while offering tips on how to respectfully navigate this unique part of Amsterdam.

Highlights

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For those intrigued by the vibrant and unique atmosphere of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, the exploration doesn’t end with its neon lights and historic streets. Beyond its initial allure, there’s a plethora of activities that cater to the curiosity of every visitor. From engaging cultural experiences to tantalizing culinary adventures, the district offers more than meets the eye. To discover a curated selection of activities that promise to enrich your visit, delve into our guide on things to do in Amsterdam Red Light District. Here, you’ll find recommendations that highlight the area’s diverse attractions, ensuring your experience is both memorable and respectful towards this unique community.

History and Evolution

Amsterdam Red Light District in 1968 showing the most narrow alley of the city with a man in suit walk through, with two prostitutes in clothes in window brothels on the right side.

The Red Light District has a long and complex history, dating back to the 14th century when sailors arrived in Amsterdam, seeking entertainment during their time ashore. Over the centuries, De Wallen evolved from a maritime district with a few brothels and taverns to become the legalized, regulated area known for sex work and cannabis coffeeshops today. This transformation reflects changes in societal attitudes and government policies towards sex work, aiming to provide safety and reduce stigma for those working within the industry. Understanding this history is crucial for tourists, as it adds depth to the visit, transforming it from mere curiosity to an appreciation of the area’s significance in Amsterdam’s cultural tapestry.

Cultural & Legal Framework

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The Netherlands is known for its progressive laws regarding prostitution and cannabis, which are crucial aspects of the Red Light District’s identity. Since 2000, sex work has been fully legalized and regulated, with workers required to register and receive regular health checks. Similarly, the sale and consumption of cannabis in designated coffee shops are tolerated under strict conditions. For tourists, this legal framework ensures a safe and regulated environment but also requires an understanding of the rules. For instance, photographing sex workers in their windows is strictly forbidden, a rule set to protect the privacy and dignity of the workers. By respecting these laws, tourists contribute to the respectful and responsible tourism that Amsterdam strives for.

Tourism and Economy

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Tourism plays a significant role in the economy of the Red Light District, attracting visitors with its unique offerings that are not found in most other places. However, the influx of tourists also presents challenges, such as overcrowding and the commodification of local culture. The city government has been working to balance the economic benefits of tourism with the quality of life for residents and the sustainability of the district. Tourists can contribute positively by being mindful of their impact, spending their money in local businesses, and engaging with the area in a way that respects its residents and cultural heritage.

Social Issues and Controversies

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While the Red Light District is a major tourist attraction, it’s also at the center of various social issues and controversies, such as human trafficking and the exploitation of sex workers. The Dutch government and non-governmental organizations have implemented numerous initiatives to combat these problems, focusing on ensuring the safety and rights of sex workers. Tourists should be aware of these issues and support businesses and practices that promote ethical and responsible interactions within the district. By staying informed and conscientious, visitors can help in the fight against exploitation and contribute to the positive development of the area.

Experience and Etiquette

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Visiting the Red Light District offers tourists a unique experience, but it comes with the responsibility to act respectfully and ethically. Observing local laws and customs, such as not taking photos of the sex workers and not consuming cannabis in public spaces outside designated areas, is essential. Tourists should remember that the district is not just an attraction but also a place where people live and work. Exploring other attractions in the area, like the Oude Kerk or participating in red light district tours that focus on the history and culture of the district, can enrich the experience. By approaching their visit with respect and curiosity, tourists can ensure that their presence is positive for both themselves and the community they are visiting.

By covering these aspects, tourists can gain a deeper understanding of the Red Light District, ensuring their visit is both enjoyable and respectful. Amsterdam’s approach to managing this unique district offers a fascinating glimpse into how cities can balance the needs and rights of residents, workers, and visitors alike.

Prices

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Exploring the vibrant and historic Red Light District of Amsterdam reveals a unique tapestry of culture, legality, and social dynamics that captivate visitors from around the globe. However, beyond the neon-lit allure and cultural intrigue, understanding the practical aspects of visiting this iconic area is equally important. For those curious about navigating the district with insight into expenses, our guide on Red Light District prices offers comprehensive details on what to expect financially. This essential read complements your journey through Amsterdam’s most famous district, ensuring a well-rounded and informed experience that spans from its rich history to the practicalities of its contemporary allure.

Directions

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When visiting Amsterdam’s Red Light District, having a map is very useful. You can see where to walk and find interesting places. Look at our Amsterdam Red Light District Map for easy directions. This map helps you not get lost and enjoy more. Perfect for tourists who want a simple guide.

Frequently Asked Questions

What makes the Red Light District in Amsterdam so distinctive?

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Amsterdam’s Red Light District, also known as De Wallen, stands out for its legalized sex work, adult entertainment shops, and marijuana dispensaries. This district showcases Amsterdam’s progressive stance on issues like sex work and cannabis use, drawing in a global audience eager to experience its uniquely liberal culture.

Is it permissible for tourists to explore the Red Light District?

Indeed, tourists are allowed to visit Amsterdam’s Red Light District, immersing themselves in its extraordinary cultural landscape. While exploring, visitors must observe local regulations and customs, including restrictions on photographing sex workers and rules regarding the use of cannabis.

Are photographs allowed in the Red Light District?

Photography of sex workers in their display windows is forbidden in the Red Light District to safeguard their privacy and respect. Tourists should heed this important rule to prevent any legal complications and to show respect towards the workers.

Other than that is photographing in Amsterdam Red Light District allowed. Just do not take pictures of the sex workers – without permission.

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Street artist on the Oudezijds Achterburgwal street.

When is the Red Light District accessible?

The Red Light District operates around the clock, though the hours for its various attractions, such as red light windows, bars, sex shops, cannabis shops, and sex shows can differ. Sex workers’ windows tend to be more active during the night, whereas cannabis shops usually close by 1 AM.

How should tourists behave respectfully in the Red Light District?

Visitors demonstrate respect in the Red Light District by complying with local laws and social norms, such as refraining from taking pictures of sex workers, avoiding littering, and keeping noise to a minimum. Participating in guided tours and appreciating the district’s rich history and culture also helps in honoring the local community.

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Top 10 Coffeeshops in Amsterdam With Best Weed & Hash

Posted on: January 15, 2024


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Coffeeshops In Amsterdam: Ultimate Coffee Shop Guide (For Cannabis)

When in Holland, it’s important to know where to find the best coffee shops in Amsterdam. Having a bad experience can ruin your trip, and that’s especially true if you’re looking for cannabis. Unfortunately, there are many companies in Amsterdam that offer poor quality products at high prices, and the same goes for some of the city’s coffee shops.

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At a terrace of an Amsterdam coffeeshop.

We have the solution for you! An overview of the 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam created by frequent coffeeshop visitors. Votes from 224 cannabis lovers.

10 Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

This list with the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam was based on 224 votes from members of the Dam Jam – Amsterdam Coffeeshop Culture Facebook group and the Amsterdam Coffeeshop Directory Facebook group.

The Facebook group Dam Jam has currently 14.401 members and is described as: “A page about Amsterdam, its coffeeshops and a cheeky bit of culture all rolled into one“.

The other one currently counts 60.612 members and uses this description: “A place for members of the ACD forum and fans of ACD to come on Facebook to discuss current coffeeshop culture and share info”.

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Some of the members prefer to lounge whilst others only vote for the quality of the cannabis.

With this top 10 best coffeeshops in Amsterdam you can’t go wrong during your visit.

1 | Coffeeshop Grey Area

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Number one on our list with a total of 31 votes out of 224 is coffeeshop Grey Area. This coffeeshop is a regular cannabis-cup winner and the staff is really knowledgeable. It’s named Grey Area because the Dutch law on using weed isn’t exactly clear-cut.

Snoop Dogg has visited this coffeeshop as well in 2013:

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It also turns out that this is one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam because Grey Area is frequented visited by famous people. Snoop Dogg, Kelis, Cypress Hill, Woody Harrelson and many others have been here.

 

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The shop is located in the center of Amsterdam and is world renowned for the quality of their weed. Most visitors go there to buy their weed but not to chill as the coffeeshop itself is quite small. Due to the central location and popularity of the coffeeshop, it can get busy so expect to have wait in line.

 

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✦ Google: 2.919 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 247 reviews – 4,5 out of 5 stars.

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2 | Coffeeshop 1e Hulp

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This coffeeshop in Amsterdam came in a close second with 28 votes out of 224. Coffeeshop 1e Hulp (translated: First Aid) is located at the outskirts of the city center making it relatively quiet. A really relaxed, very comfortable and cozy coffeeshop perfect for chilling.

Oh, and the weed is great too! This isn’t the cheapest coffeeshop in Amsterdam but they serve some unique and excellent strains. The staff is also really friendly and will help you out with making your selection. This is one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam and is well known for their moon rocks.

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✦ Google: 2.001 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 100 reviews – 4 out 5.

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3 | Coffeeshop Boerejongens Center

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Boerejongens is without a doubt one of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam. This is a very modern coffeeshop with a touch of class. Boerejongens got a total of 20 votes out of 224. It’s very easy to reach due to it being located close to Rembrandt Square, on the Utrechtsestraat 21.

The staff wear crisp white shirts combined with black bowties and white aprons. They are also very friendly and knowledgeable. Expect a great selection of strains and to wait in line as this is a really busy shop. You can sit and chill in the cozy upstairs however most people just go here to get some of the best cannabis in town, and leave. This is because the upstairs is quite small.

Reviews

✦ Google: 3.526 reviews – 4,7 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 131 reviews – 4,5 out 5.
✦ Greenmeister: 60 reviews –  5 out 5.

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4 | Coffeeshop Het Ballonnetje

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Het Ballonnetje attracts a wide variety of guests, including tourists, musicians, artists and students. The staff here is friendly and they sell their top quality weed and hash for reasonable prices. Het Ballonnetje is located in Amsterdam Oost (east).

Tip: get your supplies at het Ballonnetje and visit Artis Zoo located just around the corner. It can be a fantastic experience to see all the wild animals stoned.

Reviews

✦ Google: 600 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 15 reviews – 4,5 out of 5.
✦ GreenMeister: 7 reviews – 4 out of 5.

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5 | Coffeeshop The Plug

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Number five on our best coffeeshops in Amsterdam list is The Plug. This place was formerly Coffeeshop Utopia but has merged with The Plug in Barcelona back in May 2018. This has greatly improved their original selection and menu. It is a small coffeeshop with the option to sit outside in the sunlight. The staff is friendly and patient. They also serve great coffee here. Come for the weed, stay for the coffee ?.

Reviews

✦ Google: 518 reviews – 4,3 out 5 stars.

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6 | Coffeeshop The Stud

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This is another shop on our list that is located at the outskirts of Amsterdam’s city center. The Stud was established back in 1982 and serves a good mixture of local regulars and tourists. It’s a small shop so seating is limited. Expect the best herbs for a fair price served by friendly staff. Coffeeshop The Stud also has a few (“old dated”) computers that visitors may use. The shop is located close to the Amsterdam Muiderpoort train station – in the more eastern part of the city. At Cannabis Liberation Day 2018 The Stud was nominated for the best coffeeshop in Amsterdam!

Reviews

✦ Google: 2.124 reviews – 4,7 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 70 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.

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7 | Green House Coffeeshop

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The atmosphere in Green House is completely unique. Green House has four separate locations spread out over Amsterdam. We’re talking about the Green House at the Oudezijs Voorburgwal located in the Red Light District. Great central location. All Green House coffeeshops have a high quality reputation and great quality products. One of those places where you can buy with your eyes closed.

Reviews

✦ Google: 4.124 reviews – 4,4 out of 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 702 reviews – 4,5 out 5.
✦ Smokers Guide: 181 reviews – 7,6/10.

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8 | Coffeeshop Abraxas

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Located in the heart of Amsterdam close to Spui Square and Rokin street, this is one of the oldest and the best-known coffeeshops in Amsterdam. Coffeeshop Abraxas is also known from a scene in a famous movie.

The interior is really unique and “mind expanding” by itself. The place is really hospitable and they serve a nice selection of high quality coffee and tea. A fantastic coffeeshop to enjoy a relaxing joint.

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✦ Google: 4.094 reviews – 4,6 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 819 reviews – 4,5 out 5.

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9 | Coffeeshop Easy Times

coffeeshop Easy Times

This is one of the more larger coffeeshops on our best coffeeshops in Amsterdam top 10. The vibe here is good and relaxing with plenty of comfortable seating for everyone. They also have some canal side tables outside for when the sun is shining. Besides serving up some great bud they also play quality music. Right next door are a McDonalds and Burger King for those who get the munchies.

Reviews

✦ Google: 3.162 reviews – 4,5 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 354 reviews – 4,5 out 5.

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10 | Coffeeshop Voyagers

hotel voyagers red light district
Coffeeshop Voyagers in the Red Light District.

This coffeeshop is actually a hotel and coffeeshop in one. Its location is great! It is situated at one of the entrances to the Red Light District from Amsterdam’s Central Station. This is a great place to start your adventure. The staff is really friendly and the weed selection is good. It is a cozy coffeeshop, surrounded by two canals, with limited seating so not ideal for long chill sessions, unless you also booked a hotel room there.

Reviews

✦ Google: 184 reviews – 4,4 out 5 stars.
✦ TripAdvisor: 55 reviews – 4 out 5.

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Legal Cannabis In Holland

On the 11th of February, 2020, we posted a poll on our Facebook-page.

We asked whether the content of cannabis should be checked by the Dutch government. This is what 294 respondents answered:

10 Best Coffeeshops in Amsterdam Map

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The Legality of Cannabis in Amsterdam

While it’s true that cannabis is widely available and consumed in Amsterdam, it’s important to note that it’s not completely legal. Rather, the government has adopted a policy of “tolerance,” which means that while cannabis possession and consumption are technically illegal, they are not actively prosecuted in small amounts.

The sale of cannabis is regulated and taxed, and coffeeshops are subject to strict regulations to ensure that they operate within the bounds of the law. Visitors to Amsterdam should also be aware that while cannabis consumption is tolerated in some public spaces, it’s illegal to consume cannabis in other areas, such as parks, on the street, or in public transportation.

It’s also important to be mindful of your surroundings and to avoid consuming cannabis in areas where it’s not allowed. While cannabis is tolerated in some public spaces, it’s important to be aware of the laws and regulations in Amsterdam to avoid getting into legal trouble.

Finally, it’s important to remember that cannabis consumption can have different effects on different people. Some people may feel relaxed and euphoric, while others may experience anxiety or paranoia. If you do experience negative side effects, it’s important to seek medical help or to talk to a healthcare professional. Overall, by following these tips and being mindful of the laws and regulations, you can have a safe and enjoyable experience exploring the cannabis culture in Amsterdam’s top 10 cannabis coffeeshops.

Tips for Visiting Cannabis Coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Visiting a cannabis coffeeshop can be a unique and enjoyable experience, but it’s important to do so in a responsible manner. Before you visit a shop, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the rules and regulations, and to be aware of the potential risks and consequences of cannabis consumption.

When visiting a cannabis coffeeshop, it’s important to be respectful of other patrons, and to consume cannabis in a responsible manner. This means starting with a small amount and waiting to see how it affects you before consuming more.

Amsterdam Ban Tourists From Coffee Shops

Tourists have long flocked to Amsterdam’s world-famous coffee shops, where they can purchase and consume cannabis. However, the current mayor of Amsterdam – Femke Halsema – is proposing a ban on tourists visiting these establishments.

The rationale for this proposal is that tourists cause too much crowds in the center of Amsterdam. The left mayor wants fewer domestic and foreign tourists in the city. Additionally, the mayor argues that tourism is putting a strain on Amsterdam’s infrastructure, and that restricting access to coffee shops would help to alleviate this problem.

While it remains to be seen whether this proposal will be enacted, it highlights the complex issues surrounding tourism and drug policy in Amsterdam. Many Amsterdammers and other political parties do not want a coffee shop ban for tourists.

Coffeeshop Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some Amsterdam coffeeshop FAQ’s.

1 | What does coffeeshop mean in Amsterdam?

Amsterdam Coffeeshop Directory

For some this is a superfluous question, but many wonder what a coffeeshop means in Amsterdam.

Meaning: A coffeeshop in the Netherlands is a company where cannabis (weed and hash) can be offered and sold.

When the Dutch refer to coffeeshops, this expressly means that it concerns drug-related matters. If a Dutch person says that he or she is going to visit a coffee shop, then the person will buy weed or hash. No coffee or tea.

weed

The Netherlands works with a tolerance policy (Dutch: gedoog-beleid), which simply means that it is allowed to sell and buy soft drugs (= weed & hash) in coffeeshops. However, it is illegal to produce cannabis commercially in the Netherlands.

This means that almost all coffeeshops in Amsterdam obtain their cannabis from illegal sources, or criminals. In that respect, the Netherlands works with a strange, clumsy and old-fashioned drug policy. This Dutch drug policy has been active in this way since the 1970s.

2 | What’s the number of coffeeshops in Amsterdam?

amsterdam coffeeshop bulldog
The Bulldog was not the first coffeeshop in Amsterdam but the third. It was founded in December 1975, after Mellow Yellow & Rusland.

Amsterdam has currently 164 coffeeshops (source). 14 of them can found in the Red Light District. There used to be more coffeeshops in Amsterdam, but the government has closed many.

In the 1990s, the Dutch capital even had more than 400 coffeeshops, reported Dutch newspaper Parool (source). Most coffeeshops in Amsterdam were closed because of criminal activities. With such a complicated drug policy, that is almost unavoidable.

3 | Are tourists allowed in Amsterdam coffeeshops?

coffeeshop amsterdam grey area

Yes, Amsterdam coffeeshops allow tourists! Only a few coffeeshops close to the border with Germany and Belgium are prohibited for tourists. Coffeeshops in Amsterdam can let everyone in as long as they are 18 years old.

4 | Do coffeeshops in Amsterdam roll for you?

pre-rolled joint

Yes! All coffeeshops in Amsterdam sell weed and hash in pre-rolled joints and small seal-bags. Almost all shops have pre-rolled joints in stock. If not, you can always ask the staff to work for you. They will do this for you – if it’s not too busy.

5 | Where do coffeeshops in Amsterdam get their weed from?

Almost all coffeeshops in Amsterdam get cannabis via illegal suppliers and illegal growers. This is because it is prohibited in the Netherlands to cultivate cannabis for commercial purposes.

An exception to this is the so-called closed ‘coffeeshop chain experiment’ to clarify whether legal delivery, purchase and sale of cannabis is possible. The quality of this cannabis is also checked. This new experiment is also called the weed experiment or weed trial, in which growers will produce cannabis under the supervision of the Dutch government.

6 | How long does weed stay in your system?

Although the effects of weed only last for a few hours, the plant itself can stay in your system for much longer. THC, the active ingredient in weed, is detectable in urine for 5 days to 3 weeks after use. This wide range is due to a number of factors, including frequency of use, body fat percentage, and metabolism. In occasional users, THC may only be detectable for a few days. However, in heavy users, THC can build up in fatty tissue and be detectable for several weeks. So if you’re worried about a drug test, it’s best to err on the side of caution and assume that weed will be detectable in your system for at least a week.

7 | How to stop smoking weed?

It is no secret that smoking weed has both short term and long term effects on the human brain. These effects can be both mental and physical, and they are not always pleasant. Some people find that they need to smoke weed in order to cope with anxiety or depression, while others use it recreationally. However, there are many ways to stop smoking weed, and it is important to find the method that works best for you. One way to stop smoking weed is to write down your triggers. What situations make you want to smoke? Once you know what your triggers are, you can work on avoiding them. If you are struggling to do this on your own, there are many support groups available to help you quit smoking weed. Another way to stop smoking weed is to exercise. Exercise releases endorphins, which can help to reduce stress and improve your mood. It can also help to take your mind off of smoking weed. There are many different ways to stop smoking weed, so it is important to find the method that works best for you.

8 | Do Amsterdam coffee shops have a grinders available?

Most of the coffee shops in Amsterdam will have a grinder available for use. This is because most coffee is roasted and then ground right before brewing. This helps to ensure that the coffee is fresh and flavorful. If you’re not sure whether or not a particular coffee shop has a grinder, just ask. The staff will be happy to let you know.

9 | What coffee shops in Amsterdam are open past 1 AM?

Amsterdam is a city that is well known for its coffee shops. tourists from all over the world come to experience the unique atmosphere and try the various strains of cannabis. However, what many people don’t realize is that no coffeeshop in Amsterdam is open past 1 AM. The Municipality of Amsterdam has made this coffee shop policy such that all coffee shops close at 01:00 at the latest.. As a result, if you’re looking for a late night cannabis fix, you’ll need to find an alternative source. Whatever you do, just be sure to plan ahead so you don’t end up being caught out after last call.

10 | What is the age limit for entering coffee shops in Amsterdam?

The age limit for entering coffee shops in Amsterdam is 18 years old. Visitors will need to provide a valid form of identification, such as a passport or driver’s license, to prove their age.

11 | Can I buy alcohol in Amsterdam coffee shops?

No, it is not legal to sell alcohol in Amsterdam coffee shops that also sell cannabis products. However, some coffee shops may sell non-alcoholic drinks or snacks.

5x Drugs Facts

1 |  “Only” 7.2% of the Dutch adults used cannabis last month (source)?

2 | >95% of all cannabis in the Netherlands is produced illegally. Here it’s only tolerated to buy and sell cannabis. The commercial production of cannabis is not legal.

(It’s only legal when done via the new so called ‘weed-experiment’ or ‘weed test’ what goes through the Dutch government and in which only a few coffeeshops may participate).

3 | Ever heard of the Dutch Cocaine Factory that legally produced cocaine in Amsterdam? From 1870 till 1919 cocaine was a legal product in the Netherlands. In the 1910’s the Netherlands was actually a global market leader in the production of cocaine.

4 | The Netherlands is one of the biggest XTC producing countries in the world.

 

Which venues do you find the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam? Please share your opinion in the comment section below.

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6 Best Burgers In Amsterdam To Try in 2024

Posted on: January 1, 2024


three stuffed burgers with buns and French fries in the back displayed on a white table

Top 6 Burgers in Amsterdam Red Light District

You’re in Amsterdam and you want a burger. But where do you go? With so many burger joints in Amsterdam, it can be hard to know which one is the best.

The ultimate burger guide is here to help. We’ve compiled a list of the top places to get a burger in Amsterdam, based on expert reviews and personal experiences. Whether you’re looking for a classic cheeseburger or something more adventurous, we’ve got you covered.

6 Best Burger Joints In Amsterdam

Okay, let’s go. Here are the six best burger venues in Amsterdam, starting with number 6.

6 | Nude Burger

a big hamburger with Dutch fries

Nude Burger in Amsterdam is the real deal when it comes to delicious burgers and fresh ingredients. The reviews speak for themselves – this place is a must-visit for anyone visiting the city.

The burgers are juicy and flavourful, and the fries are crispy and perfect. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual, and the staff are friendly and helpful. If you’re looking for a great burger joint in Amsterdam, Nude Burger is the place to go.

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5 | Charlie’s Kitchen

dubbel hamburger and French fries on a metal plate

If you’re looking for one of the best burgers in Amsterdam, look no further than Charlie’s Kitchen in the Red Light District. This unassuming little burger joint serves up some of the juiciest, most flavorful burgers in the city.

The secret to their success is simple: they only use the freshest, highest quality ingredients. The beef is perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection, and the buns are light and fluffy.

Add in some fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and onions, and you’ve got a burger that’s guaranteed to satisfy. So if you’re ever in the Red Light District, be sure to stop by Charlie’s Kitchen and try one of their delicious burgers. You won’t be disappointed.

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4 | 4 Seasons Burgers

a grilled hamburger with pickles, cheese and white bread

4 Season Burgers is a restaurant in Amsterdam that is becoming increasingly popular among locals and tourists alike. The reason for its popularity is simple: the burgers are delicious.

4 Season Burgers uses only the freshest ingredients, and the beef is cooked to perfection. The result is a juicy, flavorful burger that is sure to satisfy even the most demanding appetites.

It offers 5 different burgers:

  • Irish Beef
  • Black Angus
  • Wagyu Beef
  • Chicken Burger
  • Vegetarian

You can choose between a 175 gram or 225 gram burger, if you take an Irish Beef, Black Angus or Wagyu Burger.

In addition to its great food, 4 Season Burgers also offers an excellent selection of drinks. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a leisurely meal, 4 Season Burgers is a good spot.

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3 | Burger Bar

a tasty looking hamburger with mushrooms, bacon, cheese and a white bun

In our opinion, Burger Bar is a great place to get a burger for a number of reasons. First, the burgers are quite delicious. The beef is perfectly seasoned and cooked to perfection, and the bun is always fresh and fluffy. Every time we went here.

Second, Burger Bar is conveniently located in the heart of Amsterdam Warmoesstraat. It’s just a short walk from Dam Square and Central Station, so it’s easy to get to no matter where you’re coming from. A tram-stop is just around the corner, really.

Third, Burger Bar has a great atmosphere. We find the staff friendly and welcoming, and the restaurant has a casual, relaxed vibe.

So whether you’re looking for a delicious burger or just a place to relax and take a break from sightseeing, Burger Bar on Amsterdam Warmoesstraat is the perfect spot.

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2 | Favorite Chicken & Ribs

chicken burger in Amsterdam in someone's hand

Chicken lovers pay attention because this burger bar has really delicious chicken burgers, ribs, wings and whatnot. We are talking about Favorite Chicken & Ribs.

When you walk in here, it certainly don’t not look like a place where you can score the best burger in Amsterdam. But don’t be delusional. We find their chicken burgers so freaking delicious! Oh, my goodness…

After tasting their chicken, you couldn’t care less about the mediocre decor and lagging service.

They season the chicken products very well by using tasty herbs. The fries are also quite tasty here. The disadvantages of this place are that they use bright lighting, that it is small inside and that there are occasionally street dealers inside. We never experienced doing anyone harm though. Anyway, if you ignore that and only visit this venue for their chicken products – you will definitely enjoy yourself.

The boneless chicken here is also really fantastic!

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1 | Burgerfabriek

a lady eating a hamburger at restaurant burgerfabriek in Amsterdam

Without a doubt, we believe that the Burgerfabriek has the best burgers in Amsterdam Red Light District. Why?

Well, first of all, because their burgers are made on charcoal. We think that this really makes the burger so much better. The Burgerfabriek is one of the few burger bars that prepares its products in this way.

Secondly, you can choose from various toppings, including some typical Dutch ones – such as Old Amsterdam cheese.

Thirdly, they have such delicious Dutch fries here. Not those weak, skinny, long French fries, but real thick fries. Those are the best! You can also get different sauces with that. When we tested this place, we took the real Dutch mayonnaise for a full Dutch experience in Amsterdam.

What is also nice about the Burgerfabriek is that you can tap your own beer here. They have a few tables where this is possible. Especially if you are out with some friends, it is ideal to tap your own beers because then you do not have to wait for the waiters. Great for bachelor parties too.

Get the best burgers in Amsterdam at the Burgerfabriek on the Warmoesstraat.

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Conclusion

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and start trying some of the best burgers in Amsterdam! You really can’t go wrong with any of the choices on this list. And who knows, maybe you’ll find a new favorite burger spot that didn’t make our list. Be sure to let us know below in the comments which restaurant you thought had the best burger in Amsterdam.

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Top 30 Mistakes To Avoid On Trip To Amsterdam

Posted on: January 14, 2024


3 white canal boats in Amsterdam in front several canal houses with blue sky

Amsterdam Travel Mistakes: Essential Tips for a Flawless Trip

Attention travelers! Don’t let Amsterdam travel mistakes tarnish your trip! The travel mistakes mentioned below have been shared by fellow Amsterdam visitors who are members of the Facebook group called Amsterdam Secrets. Their candid accounts and personal experiences provide valuable insights for anyone planning a trip to this enchanting city. By taking note of these firsthand experiences, you can avoid common pitfalls and ensure a smoother and more enjoyable journey.

a red-lit alley in Amsterdam Red Light District

Discover the top 30 Amsterdam travel mistakes to avoid and ensure a smooth, unforgettable adventure in the vibrant Dutch capital.

1 | Getting a taxi from the airport into the city! DON’T DO IT! get the train and save A LOT of money!

2 | Not moving fast enough when you hear that bike bell ring!

3 | Not stayed long enough.

4 | Not booking the Anne Frank tour in advance and I couldn’t go.

a guide gives a tour on a canal bridge in Amsterdam during the Anne Frank Walking Tour on a summer day with Dutch architecture on the background

5 | Taking the spanish boat tour was not as informative as I would have liked.

6 | Fell asleep on the train after an all night rave in Utrecht, ended up near zandvoort.

7 | Getting too fucked up on the first night.

8 | Not realising that some supermarkets take debit cards while others don’t, even the same chains sometimes.

Amsterdam Red Light District by night with red-lit window brothels left and right, and people walking in the alley

9 | Wrong travelling companion!

10 | Not seeing the cities and towns outside of Amsterdam. Visit Zandvoort, Haarlem

11 | Not stayed long enough.

12 | Never go to a coffee shop then go rent a bike.

 

coffeeshop bulldog the first

13 | Not being there long enough

14 | Not having much time , and not renting a bike!

15 | Wearing platform boots, take sensible shoes… most pathways are uneven and you will most likely twist your ankle a few times

Must see in Amsterdam Red Light District street art

16 | Getting lost getting on the wrong metro 4

17 | My constant mistake is that I always somehow book for not long enough.

18 | Not practicing my bike riding.

19 | Didn’t eat at the FEBO enough.

febo kroket
A kroket from the FEBO.

20 | Didn’t go to the Van Gogh museum

21 | Smoking a full blunt at a coffee shop after having gone a full week without. The nicotine combined with the THC put me out cold. Luckily I revived.

22 | Ate the whole box of magic truffles and smoked three zoots in the middle of amsterdam. By far worst experience I’ve ever been through.

23 | Not going to more museums or other historical markers, not getting a place to stay that had a kitchen…we spent way to much on take away, when we could have saved hundreds.

5 museums in amsterdam

24 | Going into a blue light window (accidentally) whilst tripping on mushies. Never quite get over that experience

26 | Paying €12 for a waffle in dam central where all the cakes look so pretty on the window.

27 | Didnt pay the train ticket… got caught.
28 | Buying a bag of Amnesia,forgetting where I put it,then finding it when i got home.
lady smoking on the street on a sunny with art behind her
29 | Taking money…..hardly anyone accepted it. Even for a coffee and a toastie, we had to pay by card.
30 | Forgot to book Moulin Rouge tickets and missed the sex show where I heard to many good things about.
people walking in Amsterdam Red Light District with Moulin Rouge on the right side with red-lit neon advertisements

From practical advice such as opting for the train instead of a taxi from the airport to save money, being mindful of bike bells, and understanding the importance of pre-booking popular attractions like the Anne Frank tour, to cultural nuances like being aware of different payment methods at supermarkets and respecting local customs in the Red Light District, these insights cover a wide range of travel considerations.

Moreover, the shared experiences shed light on the importance of time management, from staying long enough to truly experience the city to allocating ample time for museum visits and exploring Amsterdam’s neighboring cities and towns. The tips also highlight the significance of practicalities like wearing appropriate footwear on the uneven pathways and being cautious about personal belongings.

By learning from the experiences of others, you can enhance your Amsterdam adventure and make the most of your time in the city. Remember to plan your itinerary wisely, take note of the valuable suggestions, and ensure a memorable and hassle-free trip to Amsterdam.

Keep these Amsterdam travel mistakes in mind as you embark on your journey, and embrace the wisdom shared by fellow travelers to create unforgettable memories in the remarkable Dutch capital.

8 Fascinating Facts About Sex Workers You Can Learn In Record Time

Posted on: January 2, 2024


legs of a sex worker in a red-lit room with a wallet on the table

The Ultimate Sex Workers Guide Of 2024

It is said that sex work is the oldest profession in the world, although this is not true according to experts. In this article you will learn only the most fascinating facts about sex workers.

1 | Sex Worker Definition

red neon light of a stripper

There is no single definition of a sex worker. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, a sex worker is “someone who earns money by providing sexual services.” However, this definition is quite limited, as sex workers can provide a wide range of services beyond simply sex. For instance, sex workers may also work as erotic dancers, escorts, or webcam performers. In general, sex workers are any individuals who receive payments in exchange for sexual services or related activities. This includes but is not limited to prostitution, stripping, and pornography. While sex work is often associated with criminal activity and exploitation, many sex workers choose to engage in this line of work willingly and safely. With that said, it is important to remember that sex workers are diverse and that there is no single experience that represents all sex workers.

“I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.” Steve Martin

In exploring the multifaceted world of Amsterdam’s Red Light District, it’s intriguing to delve into the lives and experiences of sex workers who form the vibrant tapestry of this unique area. These individuals, each with their own stories and backgrounds, contribute to the diverse character of the district, offering insights into a world often misunderstood and stereotyped. For those curious about the more personal and intimate aspects of connecting within this intriguing environment, understanding how to navigate and respectfully engage in seeking a sex date in Holland can offer a deeper appreciation of the dynamics at play. This exploration not only broadens one’s perspective about the Red Light District but also underscores the importance of mutual respect and understanding in all personal encounters.

2 | Types of Sex Workers

Sex work is a profession with many different types of professions. Every profession is different. Sometimes with different rules or laws. What all sex workers have in common is that they receive money or goods in exchange for consensual sexual services or erotic performances, either regularly or occasionally, according to Open Society Foundation.

Escorts

Escorts are male or female sex workers who provide certain (sexual) services for payment. They are hired through escort agencies or through their own (online) advertisements. The clients meet the booked escort in hotels, restaurants or sometimes at the client’s home. It also happens that wealthy clients take escorts abroad for a holiday or business trip. Sometimes escorts pose as the client’s girlfriend or partner.

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Window Prostitutes

Window prostitutes are the only sex workers who recruit their clients by standing in red-lit window brothels. These window brothels can often be found in Dutch cities such as Amsterdam, The Hague and Rotterdam. But some Belgian and German cities also have comparable Red Light District areas. Unlike escorts, window prostitutes do not accompany their clients. In fact, the customers enter the relevant window prostitute, after which the sex worker closes the curtain and takes the customer to the bed in the small brothel. Window prostitutes pay rent to a brothel owner. This is necessary to use a window brothel. These sex workers then charge their clients a certain rate.

Strippers

Strippers are erotic dancers who typically perform in stripclubs, bars, peep shows or gentlemen’s clubs. They may also work at sex shows, private parties or events. Strippers typically wear revealing clothing, such as lingerie, and perform sensual dances involving body movement and contact with patrons. In some cases, strippers may also offer lap dances or other forms of erotic entertainment. While strippers are often associated with negative stereotypes, many dancers view their work as a form of art and enjoy performing for an audience. Nonetheless, the occupation can be physically demanding and sometimes dangerous, as dancers are often exposed to drugs and alcohol abuse, sexual harassment, and violence.

Webcam Performers

Webcam performers are people who engage in sexual activities in front of their webcams. This can include masturbation, sexual intercourse, and other sex acts. webcam performers can be either solo or have sex with another person. Many webcam performers are also involved in webcam shows, which are live broadcasts that allow viewers to watch and interact with the performer. Some webcam performers also sell access to recorded videos or photos of their performances. webcam performers typically charge by the minute, and some offer discounts for longer sessions. webcam performers typically cater to a specific niche or audience, and many have fans who follow their work.

Cam4 is a webcam-based chat service that allows users to connect with each other for sexual purposes. The service is available to anyone over the age of 18, and users can sign up for free. Cam4 offers a variety of features, including the ability to search for other users based on location, age, and sexual preference. In addition, users can also pay to watch webcam sex shows, which are live broadcasts of sexual activity between two or more people. Cam4 is one of the most popular webcam-based chat services, and it has been used by millions of people around the world.

Street Prostitutes

Street prostitutes are sex workers who sell sexual services on the street. They are typically young women who are street-dependent and may be addicted to drugs. Many street prostitutes have been sexually abused as children and/or have little or no support from family or friends. They are often homeless and have no other source of income. Street prostitution is a dangerous occupation, and street prostitutes are at high risk for violence, rape, and robbery. They also face arrest and prosecution. Street prostitutes typically work in areas that are known for drug activity or prostitution, such as inner city neighbourhoods or red-light districts. Street prostitution is illegal in most jurisdictions. In some jurisdictions, street prostitution is tolerated or regulated. In others, street prostitutes are subject to crackdowns by law enforcement. Amsterdam has no street prostitution. In the Netherlands there are only three cities with street prostitution, namely: Nijmegen, Arnhem and Utrecht. In 2020, the Dutch public-service broadcaster NTR published a documentary about the last street prostitutes in the Netherlands. This documentary was presented by the well-known Dutch presenter Danny Ghosen.

Porn actors

Porn actors are commonly considered to be sex workers. This is because they are paid to engage in sexual activity on film. Porn actors are often hired to perform specific sex acts, and they may be required to engage in sex for extended periods of time. As a result, porn actors can often experience physical and emotional exhaustion. In addition, porn actors may be required to work long hours and odd shifts. This can make it difficult for them to maintain healthy personal and professional relationships. Furthermore, porn actors may face stigma and discrimination from the wider community. This can make it difficult for them to find work outside of the porn industry. For these reasons, porn actors are typically considered to be sex workers.

Famous Porn Actors

There are many famous porn actors in the world. Here are 10 of them:

1. Jenna Jameson is one of the most famous porn actresses of all time. She has appeared in over 150 adult films and has won numerous awards, including the AVN Award for Best New Starlet and the XRCO Award for Female Performer of the Year.

2. Traci Lords is another famous porn actress who has appeared in over 100 adult films. She also appeared in mainstream films such as Blade and Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

3. Sasha Grey is a former porn actress who has appeared in over 200 adult films. She has won various awards, including the AVN Award for Female Performer of the Year.

4. Tori Black is an American pornographic actress who has appeared in over 300 adult films. She was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2018.

5. Asa Akira is a Japanese-American pornographic actress who has appeared in over 400 adult films. She was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2015.

6. Lisa Ann is an American pornographic actress who has appeared in over 500 adult films. She was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2014.

7. Manuel Ferrara is a French pornographic actor who has appeared in over 1,000 adult films. He was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2013.

8. Peter North is a Canadian pornographic actor who has appeared in over 2,000 adult films. He was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2009.

9. Ron Jeremy is an American pornographic actor who has appeared in over 2,500 adult films. He was inducted into the AVN Hall of Fame in 2007.
10 . Bobby Slayton is an American stand-up comedian and actor who has also worked in the porn industry. He has appeared in over 50 adult films and has directed 5 movies himself.

3 | Stigma Sex Workers

Stigma is a form of social exclusion that is experienced by a certain group of people. stigma can manifest in many different ways, but it typically involves some form of prejudice or discrimination. Sex workers are often subjected to stigma due to the nature of their work. This stigma can take on various forms, from negative attitudes and prejudices to actual violence and discrimination. The stigma attached to sex work is often based on misconceptions and myths about the industry. For example, there is a common belief that all sex workers are victims of trafficking or that they are all drug addicts. These inaccurate and harmful stereotypes contribute to the stigma that surrounds the profession. As a result, sex workers often face challenges in their personal and professional lives. They may have difficulty finding housing or employment, and they may be constantly facing judgement and stigma from family, friends, and strangers. The stigma attached to sex work can have a profound impact on the lives of those who engage in it, making it difficult for them to lead happy and fulfilled lives.

4 | Sex Workers Union

You might wonder: Can sex workers unionise? Yes they can!

PROUD is the Dutch Union for Sex workers, and it is the first sex workers union in the Netherlands. PROUD was founded in 2010.

sex worker in another world

PROUD’s main goal is to improve the working conditions for sex workers, and to fight for their rights. PROUD is open to all sex workers, regardless of their gender or nationality. PROUD offers its members legal support, and provides information about their rights. PROUD also lobbies politicians and organises protests. In 2015, PROUD successfully lobbied for a change in the law that prohibited sex workers from working together in a brothel. PROUD is an important organisation that fights for the rights of sex workers, and provides them with support and information.

5 | Sex Work Term Introduction

The term sex work first appeared in print in 1978, in an article by activist Carol Leigh. Leigh used the term to refer to all forms of sexual labor, including prostitution, pornography, stripping, and phone sex. The term quickly gained popularity within the sex worker rights movement, as it helped to challenge the negative stigma surrounding sex work. Today, the term is used internationally to refer to all forms of paid sexual activity. However, it is important to note that not all sex workers identify with the term; some prefer terms such as prostitution or escort. Ultimately, the decision of what to call oneself is a personal one.

6 | Nordic model & Sex Workers

The Nordic model of sex workers, also known as the Swedish model, is a legal approach that criminalizes the purchase of sexual services while decriminalizing the sale of sexual services. This approach was first implemented in Sweden in 1999, and has since been adopted by several other Nordic countries, including Norway, Iceland, and Canada. The Nordic model is based on the belief that sex work is a form of exploitation that perpetuates gender inequality and contributes to the further marginalization of vulnerable populations. This approach has been successful in reducing street prostitution and human trafficking, while also providing support services for sex workers. While the Nordic model is not without its critics, it remains an effective way to address the harms associated with the sex trade.

7 | Dr. Kate Lister Is The Best Sex Work Historian

Kate Lister is a historian and sex worker rights activist based in the United Kingdom. She is the author of the 2015 book “Whore: An Intimate History of Sex Work,” which chronicles the history of sex work from the Middle Ages to the present day.

In addition to her writing, Lister is also a vocal advocate for the decriminalization of sex work and the protection of sex workers’ rights. She has testified before parliament on these issues, and she works with various organizations to promote sex workers’ rights both in the UK and internationally. Kate Lister is a respected authority on sex work, and her work is helping to shape the future of this controversial industry.

8 | Prince Andrew & Sex Worker

In 2001, Prince Andrew was caught on camera receiving an erotic massage from a sex worker at Jeffrey Epstein’s home in New York. In the footage, the woman can be seen straddling the prince and kneading his back for several minutes. Epstein can be heard laughing in the background. The incident caused a scandal at the time, and the prince was forced to issue a public apology. In recent years, Prince Andrew has been accused of having sex with underage girls, and he has been estranged from the royal family as a result.

Are sex workers in Amsterdam safe?

According to the Prostitution Information Center (PIC) in Amsterdam, sex work is a legal profession in the Netherlands and sex workers have the same rights and protections as any other worker. The PIC also states that there are numerous organizations and individuals who work to help and support sex workers in various ways.

Historian and Dr. Kate Lister also notes that the legalization of prostitution in the Netherlands has allowed for sex workers to operate within a regulated system that prioritizes their safety and well-being. The country’s approach to sex work has been praised by many for providing sex workers with access to health services, legal protection, and social security benefits.

However, Dr. Lister also acknowledges that while the legalization of prostitution has improved the working conditions for some sex workers, it is not a perfect system and there are still many challenges that sex workers face, such as stigma and discrimination.

In conclusion, while sex work in Amsterdam is a legal profession and there are many organizations working to support sex workers, the industry is not without its challenges. Nevertheless, the legalization of prostitution has created a safer and more regulated environment for sex workers in the Netherlands.

Where do sex workers advertise?

Where do sex workers advertise? The answer to this question depends on the type of sex work being performed. For example, many websites and escort companies advertise online, while window brothels are more commonly found in certain red-light districts. In addition, sex workers may also advertise their services through word of mouth or by placing flyers in public places. Ultimately, the best way to find sex workers is to ask around or search online for reviews. By doing a bit of research, you can be sure to find the right person for the job.

Can sex workers have relationships?

There are many misconceptions about sex workers and their personal lives. Some people believe that sex workers cannot have fulfilling relationships, but this is not true. Many sex workers live together and/or are married. They have romantic lives just like anyone else. In fact, some research suggests that sex workers are more likely to have healthier relationships than the general population. This may be because they are more open about their needs and desires, and they are less likely to tolerate situations that are unhealthy or unsatisfying. Of course, every relationship is different, and there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. But the evidence suggests that, for many sex workers, meaningful relationships are indeed possible.

When are sex workers open?

There are no fixed working hours for sex workers. It differs per type of sex worker.

Window sex workers are often tied to the opening hours of the window brothels.

Escorts generally often work in the evenings or at night. As well as strippers.

Webcam sex workers can work when their clients need it. Some work during the day. Other webcam sex workers prefer to work in the evenings, so they can do other work during the day.

How OnlyFans changed sex work forever

OnlyFans is a social media platform that has been credited with changing the landscape of sex work forever. The platform allows users to create and sell content on a monthly subscription basis, and it has become particularly popular with adult performers and content creators. OnlyFans has been praised for its ability to empower sex workers and give them a greater degree of control over their careers. It has also been criticized for its role in the exploitation of sex workers, as well as its potential to be used for non-consensual pornography. OnlyFans is a controversial but unquestionably influential platform, and its impact on the sex work industry is still unfolding. With its unique business model and strong community, OnlyFans is here to stay.

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Top 13 Amsterdam Red Light District Facts in 2024

Posted on: January 15, 2024


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Who doesn’t love Amsterdam? Liberal, beautiful, accessible, ageless and always changing. We’d like to share some of our research with you so that you can also become a true Amsterdam connoisseur.  We listed the 13 most common misconceptions about Amsterdam’s Wallen area and answered them with the right Red Light District facts.

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1 | Sex workers have high debts because of high rental costs

Not true!

Red Light District Facts: Sex workers rent their window brothels on a day-to-day basis and have to pay the rent before they start their shift. If the sex workers can not pay the rent, they won’t get a window brothel from the brothel operator. The large majority of window brothel operators require the rent to be paid upfront. The chance to incur debts with your landlord is therefore minimal.

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2 | Sex workers in the Red Light District do not earn much

Not true!

Red Light District Facts: A really good night can bring in around 1000 euro for a sex worker. For normal evenings profits can range between 200 to 600 euros. Evenings that bring in less than 200 euros in profits are considered to be bad evenings. There will of course always be less successful sex workers, not every self-employed person can be successful after all.

The income of a prostitute in Amsterdam strongly depends on the day, the work location, her appearance, the weather, the competition, the season and the times.

3 | Sex workers have to accept every customer

False!

Red Light District Facts: Sex workers run their own business and can reject any person they want. Very often men are refused at the entrance of a window brothel. It could be that they offered too little or that they want something that the sex workers don’t offer.

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4 | Sex workers earn just 50 euros or less per customer

Red Light District Facts: The starting price for negotiations is usually 50 euros for 15 to 20 minutes. For additional services customers have to pay extra. This does not automatically mean that the sex worker also has to spend more time with a client. It is very common for sex workers to earn more than 50 euros per customer.

Click on the button below to read the ‘Amsterdam Prostitution Menu‘. That article offers more information about Amsterdam’s Red Light District, (window) brothels and escorts.

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It is recommended to make clear agreements in advance with sex workers about the services and the corresponding prices. This prevents confusion & hassle and usually results in a better experience.

5 | Sex workers work at different window brothels every day

Incorrect!

Red Light District Facts: In general, sex workers prefer to have the same workplace for every working day.

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6 | Rents for window brothels have risen drastically in the last 10 years

Correct!

Red Light District Facts: The supply of window brothels in the Red Light District has decreased considerably in the last 10 years due to the Amsterdam’s purchasing of window brothel real estate. However the scarcity in window brothels has not led to a drastic increase in rent prices.

On average, the rent price for a window brothel in the Red Light District is 165 euros. The price has risen by 15 euros over the past 10 years. That is a price increase of around 1% per year.

Currently, Amsterdam’s Red Light District has 288 window brothels. Before the municipality of Amsterdam launched the gentrification project – called Project 1012 -, there were 369 window brothels in the Red Light District. In other words; 77 windows have been closed down by the local government.

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7 | Sex work in Amsterdam Red Light District is not safe

Incorrect!

Red Light District Facts: Amsterdam’s Red Light District is one of the safest prostitution areas in the world. This is due the following reasons: Prostitution in the Netherlands is legal, strict legislation applies, there is a lot of police and social control present.

Recent research in the Netherlands has shown that sex workers who work outside the licensed circuit are at significantly greater risk. Working in a massage parlor, hotel room or at home brings greatly increased safety risks. Working in a window brothel or a erotic club yielded a number of significant protective results. Some comments on safety by sex workers from the research paper:

I find the work in a massage-parlor much more dangerous than other types of sex work. Especially because it is not clear in advance what the service entails and what the customer can expect.’

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8 | There are many male sex workers in the Red Light District

Red Light District Facts: There are no male sex workers in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. Male sex workers in the Netherlands tend to work as escorts and thus don’t need a window brothel to offer their services. There are however some transgender sex workers.

9 | The minimum age for sex work in the Red Light District is 18

False!

Red Light District Facts: The minimum age for sex work in Amsterdam’s Red Light District is 21. The minimum age for sex work is arranged locally, not nationally, as result of this sex workers can work as an escort from the age of 18. We listed the 10 best escort agencies in Amsterdam in this free article.

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10 | Sex Workers spend a lot of money on STD testing

Not true! STD testing for sex workers is free in the Netherlands. Sex workers do check ups on a regular basis. These check ups are not mandatory though.

11 | Amsterdam’s Red Light District does not contain coffeeshops

False! There are 14 coffeeshops in the Red Light District – including two of Amsterdam’s oldest ones.

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12 | The Red Light District does not have any residents

Incorrect. The neighborhood has 4,295 inhabitants, which is 0.5% of the total number of residents of Amsterdam. (Source: Amsterdam Red Light District Wiki)

13 | The Red Light District is not open on Sunday

Nope! Amsterdam Red Light District is always open. It can always be visited and people live and work here too. Also on Sunday’s 😉

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Amsterdam Currency: A Complete 2024 Guide

Posted on: January 2, 2024


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Amsterdam Currency 2024: Navigating the City’s Financial Landscape

Navigating Amsterdam currency in 2024 is key to unlocking the full potential of your visit to this enchanting city. As the vibrant heart of the Netherlands, Amsterdam not only boasts picturesque canals and rich cultural heritage but also a dynamic financial landscape. Whether it’s your first visit or you’re a returning admirer, understanding the nuances of Amsterdam’s currency system is crucial. This city, famous for its historic architecture and bustling markets, requires a savvy approach to financial transactions to fully enjoy everything from a leisurely coffee in a quaint café to the excitement of shopping for unique finds.

Amsterdam’s status as a premier tourist destination makes it more important than ever to be well-informed about its currency. How you manage your finances here can greatly affect your travel experience, influencing everything from where you dine to what souvenirs you bring home.

In this blog post, we dive into the top 10 things you need to know about Amsterdam’s currency in 2024. From understanding the latest digital payment trends to mastering currency exchange, we’ve got you covered.

Picture yourself wandering through Amsterdam’s charming streets, confidently handling every financial interaction. With this guide, you’ll not only become proficient in using Euros but also adept at navigating the city’s shift towards digital payments, ensuring a smooth and memorable trip.

Continue reading to gain these essential insights. Prepare for an extraordinary journey in Amsterdam, where your knowledge of the local currency will enhance every aspect of your adventure.

10 Things You Need To Know About Amsterdam Currency

  1. Currency Type: Amsterdam uses the Euro (€) as its official currency.
  2. Banknote Denominations: Available in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros.
  3. Coin Denominations: Includes 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros.
  4. Cash vs Digital: Both cash and digital payments are widely accepted.
  5. ATM Availability: ATMs are abundant and compatible with international cards.
  6. Currency Exchange: Best rates at banks and major transport hubs.
  7. Tipping Culture: Tipping is customary but not obligatory, usually 5-10%.
  8. Security Features: Euro notes have advanced anti-counterfeiting measures.
  9. Card Acceptance: Credit and debit cards are widely accepted, but have some cash.
  10. Cultural Transition: Switch from Dutch Guilder to Euro in 2002 marked a significant cultural shift.

Current Currency Used in Amsterdam

Amsterdam, like much of the Netherlands, primarily uses the Euro (€) as its official currency. Introduced in 2002, the Euro has since become a significant part of European trade and economics. In 2024, tourists and residents in Amsterdam will encounter Euro banknotes and coins in various denominations. Banknotes come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500 Euro values, each with distinct colors and sizes for easy recognition. The coins are in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 Euro. Each coin and note is uniquely designed, featuring different European architectural styles across various periods, symbolizing the unity and diversity of Europe. Understanding the denominations and their physical characteristics can be crucial for visitors to manage their finances effectively while in Amsterdam.

Currency Exchange Tips

Navigating currency exchange in Amsterdam requires some know-how to ensure you’re getting the best deal. In 2024, numerous currency exchange offices can be found around major tourist areas and transport hubs like Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal Station. However, it’s essential to be aware of the exchange rates and commissions charged. Often, banks offer better rates compared to standalone exchange kiosks. Another tip is to avoid exchanging money at hotels due to typically unfavorable rates. It’s also wise to compare rates online and consider exchanging a portion of your money before traveling. Some travelers opt for pre-paid travel cards available from banks, which can offer competitive rates and reduce the need to carry large amounts of cash.

Cash vs. Digital Payments

The payment landscape in Amsterdam, as of 2024, reflects a blend of traditional and modern practices. While cash is still widely accepted, there is a noticeable shift towards digital payments. Contactless card payments and mobile payment apps have become increasingly prevalent in restaurants, shops, and even in markets. For travelers, it’s crucial to have a mix of payment options. While larger establishments readily accept digital payments, smaller shops or local markets might prefer cash. It’s always advisable to carry some cash for small purchases. Understanding the balance between cash and digital payments in Amsterdam can significantly enhance the convenience of transactions during your stay.

ATM and Banking Services

ATMs are widely available throughout Amsterdam, offering convenient access to cash for both locals and tourists. Most ATMs in the city support major international credit and debit cards, making withdrawals straightforward. However, it’s essential to be aware of potential fees for international transactions. These can vary depending on your bank’s policies and the ATM’s operating bank. In 2024, several international banks have branches in Amsterdam, providing full banking services to their customers. It’s advisable to inform your home bank of your travel plans to prevent any unexpected card blocks due to foreign transactions. Additionally, keeping an eye on the daily withdrawal limits and planning your banking needs accordingly can help avoid any inconveniences.

Cultural Tips Related to Money

Understanding the local money-related customs and etiquettes can enhance your experience in Amsterdam. Tipping, for instance, is customary but not mandatory in the Netherlands. In restaurants and cafes, it’s common to leave a small tip, typically around 5-10% of the bill, if the service is satisfactory. However, tipping in other services like taxis or hairdressers is less common and is usually a matter of personal choice. Bargaining is not a standard practice in Dutch stores or markets, so prices are generally considered fixed. However, at flea markets or when purchasing art or antiques, some negotiation might be acceptable. Being aware of these cultural nuances related to money can help avoid any social faux pas and ensure a smooth experience while shopping or dining in Amsterdam.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the currency used in Amsterdam in 2024?

In 2024, Amsterdam uses the Euro (€) as its official currency. It includes banknotes in denominations of 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, and 500 euros, and coins in 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, and 50 cents, and 1 and 2 euros.

Where is the best place to exchange currency in Amsterdam?

The best places for currency exchange in Amsterdam are banks and specialized currency exchange offices in major tourist areas and transport hubs like Schiphol Airport and Amsterdam Centraal Station. Banks usually offer more favorable rates compared to standalone kiosks.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Amsterdam?

Yes, credit cards are widely accepted in Amsterdam as of 2024, especially in hotels, restaurants, and larger stores. However, it’s advisable to carry some cash for smaller shops and local markets.

Can I use digital payments in Amsterdam?

Digital payments, including contactless card payments and mobile payment apps, are increasingly popular in Amsterdam. They are accepted in many establishments, though cash remains a viable option for smaller transactions.

Are there any ATMs in Amsterdam where I can withdraw cash?

Amsterdam has a dense network of ATMs that support major international credit and debit cards, making it convenient to withdraw cash across the city. Be aware of potential fees for international transactions.

What are the tipping customs in Amsterdam?

Tipping in Amsterdam is customary but not mandatory. In restaurants and cafes, a tip of around 5-10% of the bill is common if the service is good. Tipping in other services like taxis is less common and is usually at the customer’s discretion.

Is the currency used in Amsterdam’s Red Light District different from the rest of the city?

No, the currency used in Amsterdam’s Red Light District is the same as the rest of the city, which is the Euro (€). Just like in other parts of Amsterdam, both cash and digital payments are accepted in the Red Light District, but it’s advisable to carry some cash as sex workers and smaller establishments might not accept cards.

In exploring the intricacies of Amsterdam’s currency, an intriguing aspect to consider is how it plays into the diverse facets of the city’s culture and economy, particularly in areas like the Red Light District. Understanding the dynamics of currency becomes even more relevant when you delve into specific sectors of Amsterdam’s vibrant urban landscape. For those interested in a deeper insight into how the Euro impacts various services and experiences, including those in the Red Light District, a comprehensive guide to the Red Light District cost offers a detailed perspective. This guide not only sheds light on the monetary aspects but also provides a broader understanding of the economic framework of one of Amsterdam’s most famous and historic areas.

Amsterdam Currency Facts

  1. Polymer Notes Introduction: While traditionally made from cotton paper, the Eurozone has been considering the introduction of polymer notes for future Euro banknotes. Polymer notes, already used by several countries, are more durable and resistant to wear and tear compared to paper notes.
  2. Smallest and Largest Denominations: The smallest denomination of the Euro currency is the 1 cent coin, while the largest is the 500 Euro banknote. However, the 500 Euro note is no longer being issued since January 27, 2019, due to concerns about its use in illicit activities, though it remains legal tender.
  3. Euro Symbol Origin: The Euro symbol (€) is inspired by the Greek letter epsilon (Ε), reflecting the cradle of European civilization, and the first letter of the word ‘Europe’. The two parallel lines signify the stability of the Euro.
  4. Exchange Rate Impact: The Euro’s value against other currencies, particularly the US Dollar, has a significant impact on Amsterdam’s tourism and trade. A stronger Euro can make Amsterdam more expensive for tourists, while a weaker Euro can boost tourism and exports.
  5. Legal Tender Status: Euro banknotes and coins are legal tender across the Eurozone. This means they must be accepted for most types of transactions, although there are exceptions for certain types of payments or where the exact change cannot be given.
  6. Cultural Impact: The adoption of the Euro in Amsterdam and other Dutch cities marked a cultural shift, moving away from the Dutch Guilder, which had been in use since the 17th century. The transition to the Euro was a significant moment, reflecting deeper European integration and cooperation.

Top 10 Magic Truffles FAQ in 2024

Posted on: January 1, 2024


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Top 10 Magic Truffles Questions & Answers

Are you considering taking Magic Truffles and do you have many unanswered questions? Or are you just curious? Very good, you have come to the right place!

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We often get drug related questions, including questions about Magic Truffles. This is why we made a useful list with frequently asked questions about Magic Truffels. We went to all smart shops in Amsterdam and asked questions to the real experts. All answers can be found below!

What Are Magic Truffles?

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Sclerotia, also called Magical Truffles or philosopher’s stones, are a hallucinogenic product of mother nature. Sclerotia influence your consciousness, so that you start experiencing yourself and the world around you more intensively. Many users find this experience beneficial and very valuable.

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1 | Are Magic Truffles legal in the Netherlands?

Yes, Magic Truffles are legal in the Netherlands! Magic Truffles are mostly offered in so called smart shops (not in coffeeshops). Here one can be informed and advised about this drug. Employees of smart shops often give tips on where and how these truffles can be used.

The use of drugs, alcohol or medication is never without risk. It’s good to inform yourself about the effects and risks of a substance.

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Magic Truffles vs Magic Magic Mushrooms

Up until 2008 magic mushrooms were also legal in the Netherlands. The risks of magic mushrooms were considered acceptable and the harm reduction approach (through information) became the main focus of the Dutch government policy. This all changed when an under aged French girl (17 year old) jumped from the NEMO Science museum back in 2008. She had taken magic mushrooms.

Drug expert August de Loor finds it difficult to say anything about the case:

“We don’t know the exact situation of this case. When someone has suicide plans, the use of stimulants is always dangerous. Is this also said if alcohol is involved?” (source)

Just about all the magic mushrooms that grew in the Netherlands were banned after that incident, but in the end the Dutch government did not ban Magic Truffles.

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2 | Do Magic Truffles get you high? Does it make you hallucinate?

Yes, you can get pretty high from these Magic Truffles. This legal drug alters your perception. Colours seem more vivid. Textures and patterns can come to life. Kaleidoscopic structures can even appear before your eyes – especially in the twilight or with eyes closed. Other characteristics include floods of laughter, intense joy and satisfaction.

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3 | What’s the difference between a Magic Mushroom and a Magic Truffle?

The main difference between Magic Mushrooms and Magic Truffles is that magic truffles grow below ground. This is also the main reason why the truffles are still legal in the Netherlands. You see, when the Dutch government banned Magic Mushrooms they simply forgot to put the magic truffle called the Philosopher’s Stone on the list. This truffle, not a mushroom, grows underground. You can still buy these truffles at smartshops in Amsterdam and the effects are pretty much the same.

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4 | What do Magic Truffles cost in Amsterdam? Are truffles expensive?

The price for 10 grams of truffles (the maximum amount for a beginner) is between 10 to 15 Euro in Amsterdam.

5 | Can Magic Truffles get you sick?

Yes, there’s a change you get a so called “bad trip” or actually get physically sick from using truffles. The most common negative side of these truffles  is having a bad trip. In the worst case scenario this involves unpleasant physical symptoms like getting chills, nausea, vomiting and even headaches.

TIP: If you think you’re having a bad trip, always try to remember that this is the result of the truffles that you’ve taken. The sensations will pass. You may have repeated ideas come to you in a continues loop, especially in the first 1,5 hour. These compulsive thought patterns can be easier to break through if you drink some fruit juice (vitamin C helps) or an energy drink, by eating something, or by taking a little walk.

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Smartshop Kokopelli on the Warmoesstraat in the Red Light District.

6 | How do you eat Magic Truffles in Amsterdam?

It’s advised to only eat these types of truffles on an empty stomach. It’s not recommended to combine it with anything else. The reason for this is that these hallucinogenic drugs can be difficult to digest, so this can give an easy feeling on the stomach. This can be bothersome at the start of the trip. To reduce the chance of nausea it’s advised to chew them to small bits and on an empty stomach.

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7 | What do you eat with Magic Truffles?

These hallucinogenic drugs also effect your tastebuds. To enhance your experience try these during a trip: Passion fruit, Blueberries, Ice cream, Nutella, Tofu & Sashimi.

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Veronique is the business owner of this Magic Truffle Store.

8 | Can Magic Truffles go bad?

Yes, it’s a natural product so this drug can go bad. When you buy the truffles via a Dutch smart shop the truffles normally last around one month. After that the effect that produce gradually fades over time.

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9 | Can you sleep on Magic Truffles?

The short answer is no. The long answer is; the psilocybine in the truffles causes an overflow of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of well-being and happiness. The increase in serotonin gives you a euphoric feeling and energy, so you probably won’t be able to sleep.

10 | How long does the Magic Truffles trip last?

It takes around 4 – 6 hours before the effects of a magic truffle trip to wear off. The trip itself comes in waves and will slowly decrease in intensity with time.

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When Should You Not Take Magic Truffles?

  • When you don’t want it. Never let someone else decide for you that you should use this.
  • Do not combine with stimuli like alcohol, medication or other drugs that impacts your nerves-system!
  • Never take part in traffic after taking Magic Truffles!
  • Never use when you are depressed or have a simmering psychose!
  • Do not use while being pregnant or when your breastfeeding!
  • Do not use this if you’re younger than 18 years old!
  • Do not use magic truffles when visiting a sex show in Amsterdam.

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How to grow magic truffles?

Magic truffles, also known as psilocybin truffles, are a type of fungus that contain psychoactive compounds such as psilocybin and psilocin. Growing magic truffles requires careful attention and adherence to specific cultivation techniques. Here are the general steps to grow magic truffles:

  1. Obtain spores: Purchase or obtain spores of the magic truffle species you wish to grow.
  2. Prepare the growing medium: Magic truffles grow best in a nutrient-rich substrate that contains ingredients such as vermiculite, rice flour, and water. Sterilize the substrate before use to prevent contamination.
  3. Inoculate the substrate: Mix the spores with the substrate and pack it into a container. Place the container in a warm, dark place for the spores to grow into mycelium, which will eventually form the truffles.
  4. Monitor humidity and temperature: Magic truffles require high humidity and warm temperatures to grow. Use a humidifier and thermometer to maintain a humid and warm environment.
  5. Wait for the truffles to form: It can take several weeks for the mycelium to develop into truffles. When the truffles are fully formed, they will be firm to the touch and have a brownish color.
  6. Harvest the truffles: Use a sterilized spoon or trowel to carefully dig out the truffles from the substrate. Rinse them under cold water and store them in the refrigerator until ready to use.

How to dry magic truffles?

After harvesting magic truffles, they need to be dried properly to preserve their potency and prevent spoilage. Here are the general steps to dry magic truffles:

  1. Clean the truffles: Remove any dirt or debris from the truffles and rinse them under cold water.
  2. Pat dry: Use a clean cloth or paper towel to pat the truffles dry.
  3. Spread the truffles: Place the truffles in a single layer on a clean, dry surface such as a tray or baking sheet.
  4. Dry the truffles: Use a fan or a low-temperature dehydrator to dry the truffles. Do not use high heat or direct sunlight, as this can degrade the psychoactive compounds.
  5. Monitor the truffles: Check the truffles frequently and rotate them to ensure even drying. The truffles should be dry and firm to the touch, but not brittle.
  6. Store the truffles: Once the truffles are completely dry, store them in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. They can be stored for several months if kept properly.

When Do Shrooms go bad?

If you’ve ever had the misfortune of eating a bad magic mushroom, you know that it can be a very unpleasant experience. Eating a bad shroom can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even hallucinations. In some cases, it can also lead to serious health problems like liver damage or neurological disorders. So how do you know if your magic mushrooms have gone bad? There are a few telltale signs. Bad shrooms will often have discolored spots or growths on them. They may also emit a foul odor. If you see any of these signs, it’s best to throw the shrooms away and find a new batch.

Magic Truffles Statistics

Did you know that an average of 3.3% of all Dutch adults ever took magic mushrooms (480,000 people) and just an average of 0.4% last year? And did you know that 2.1% of all Dutch adults took Magic Truffles ever in their life. (Source)

Magic Mushrooms Possible Solution For Depression

Researchers are on the trail of a promising and rapid treatment for severe depression. In addition to specialist therapy, the treatment consists of a special substance: psilocybin. That is the substance that makes people hallucinate when taking magic mushrooms.

The treatment has already been tested on a group of 233 patients from ten different countries, BBC News and The Guardian reported Wednesday 2 November 2022. Nearly one in three patients was no longer declared depressed within three weeks. One in five showed great improvements within 12 weeks.

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Exploring Amsterdam Zeedijk: Uncover Hidden Gems in the Heart of the City

Posted on: January 17, 2024


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Amsterdam Zeedijk – The Ultimate Guide in 2024

Discover the hidden gem of Amsterdam Zeedijk, a street bursting with history, culture, and culinary delights. Often overlooked by tourists, Zeedijk offers an authentic slice of Amsterdam life, from its historic roots as a 13th-century dike to today’s vibrant melting pot of flavors and experiences. In this ultimate guide, uncover why this Dutch street is a must-visit destination, promising an unforgettable journey through the heart of Amsterdam’s rich heritage and dynamic present.

Historical Significance

This is how the Zeedijk street in the Red Light District looked like in the 80's.

Zeedijk, one of Amsterdam’s oldest streets, is steeped in history. Originating in the 13th century as a dike to protect the city from the sea, it has evolved significantly over the centuries. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Zeedijk was a prosperous street with elegant houses and a bustling port. However, by the 20th century, it became known for its nightlife and, less glamorously, as a center for crime and drugs. Since the late 20th century, the area has undergone significant regeneration, transforming it into a vibrant and safe neighborhood. The street’s history reflects the broader societal changes in Amsterdam, making it a fascinating case study of urban evolution.

Culinary Scene

Cafe 't Mandje Zeedijk Amsterdam

Zeedijk is a paradise for food lovers, offering a delightful array of dining options. The street is renowned for its Chinese restaurants, owing to its proximity to Amsterdam’s Chinatown. Visitors can enjoy authentic Asian cuisine, ranging from dim sum to Indonesian rijsttafel. The culinary scene is not limited to Asian flavors, however; there are also plenty of cafes and bistros serving traditional Dutch snacks, like bitterballen and stroopwafels, alongside international dishes. This melting pot of cuisines makes Zeedijk a perfect destination for foodies looking to explore a variety of tastes in one lively location.

Shopping and Local Businesses

Beyond its culinary delights, Zeedijk is also known for its eclectic mix of shops and businesses. The street is a haven for shoppers looking for unique finds, from vintage clothing and second-hand books to artisanal crafts and specialty food items. Small, independently-owned shops give this street a charming and authentic character, distinguishing it from more commercial shopping areas in Amsterdam. Browsing these shops, visitors can find one-of-a-kind items that make perfect souvenirs or gifts, all while supporting local businesses.

Cultural Attractions and Landmarks

Zeedijk is not just about food and shopping; it’s also rich in cultural heritage. The street is home to the Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Europe, which adds a unique architectural and spiritual dimension to the area. Additionally, Zeedijk boasts well-preserved historic buildings, some of which date back to the Dutch Golden Age, offering a glimpse into the city’s past. Walking down this street in Amsterdam is like taking a step back in time, as you encounter these landmarks amidst the modern buzz of the city.

Visitor Information and Tips

For those planning to visit Zeedijk, a few tips can make the experience more enjoyable. The best time to visit is during the daytime or early evening when the street is most lively and all shops and restaurants are open. Public transport is a convenient way to reach Zeedijk, with several tram and bus stops nearby. Visitors should be aware of their surroundings, as with any busy urban area, but the neighborhood is generally safe and welcoming. To fully experience the charm of Zeedijk, take your time to explore the side streets and alleys, where many hidden gems are waiting to be discovered.

Things to do

In the heart of Amsterdam, where the vibrant Zeedijk stretches its historical and cultural roots, lies an equally intriguing aspect of the city’s diverse character – the infamous Red Light District. Our app offers an immersive Red Light District tour, seamlessly blending the historical allure of Zeedijk with the contemporary intrigue of the district. Moreover, for those interested in the allure of Amsterdam’s nightlife, we provide exclusive access to the most sought-after adult shows at Moulin Rouge. Experience the best of both worlds, from the quaint charm of Zeedijk to the electrifying entertainment of the Red Light District and Moulin Rouge. Secure your experience with the best online tickets available on our site, and dive into an Amsterdam adventure that tantalizes all your senses.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Zeedijk known for?

Zeedijk is renowned for its rich history, vibrant culinary scene, unique shopping experiences, cultural landmarks, and as a part of Amsterdam’s Chinatown. It’s a popular destination for both tourists and locals, offering a diverse array of dining options, shopping, and historical attractions.

Can you find traditional Dutch food on Zeedijk?

Yes, Zeedijk offers a variety of traditional Dutch food options. Among its international cuisine offerings, many cafes and bistros serve classic Dutch dishes and snacks, such as bitterballen, herring and stroopwafels, allowing visitors to enjoy the local flavors of the Netherlands.

Is Zeedijk safe for tourists?

Zeedijk is generally safe for tourists. It has undergone significant regeneration and is now a lively and welcoming area. However, as with any busy urban environment, visitors are advised to stay aware of their surroundings, especially at night.

Are there any cultural landmarks on Zeedijk?

Yes, Zeedijk is home to several cultural landmarks. Notable among them is the Fo Guang Shan He Hua Temple, the largest Buddhist temple in Europe. Additionally, the street is lined with historic buildings that reflect Amsterdam’s rich architectural heritage.

What is the best time to visit Zeedijk?

The best time to visit this street is during the daytime or early evening. This is when the street is most vibrant, with all shops, restaurants, and attractions open and bustling with activity.

How do you get to Zeedijk?

Zeedijk is easily accessible by public transport. It’s well-connected with several tram and bus stops nearby. Alternatively, it’s a short and pleasant walk from Amsterdam Central Station, making it convenient for visitors to reach from different parts of the city.

How old is the Zeedijk?

Zeedijk is one of Amsterdam’s oldest streets, dating back to the 13th century. Originally built as a dike to protect the city from the sea, it has played a significant role in Amsterdam’s history for over 700 years, witnessing many transformations throughout the centuries.

How long is the Zeedijk?

Zeedijk stretches approximately 1 kilometer (about 0.62 miles) in length. It runs from the Prins Hendrikkade near Amsterdam Central Station to Nieuwmarkt Square and The Waag. This relatively short distance is packed with a rich array of shops, restaurants, and cultural landmarks, making it a dense and vibrant area to explore.

Body Worlds Amsterdam: Exploring Human Anatomy and Science

Posted on: January 2, 2024


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The Ultimate Guide To Body Worlds Amsterdam

In the heart of Holland’s capital, “Body Worlds Amsterdam” awaits – a captivating journey into human anatomy. If you’ve ever marveled at the complexity of the human body, questioned the mysteries of life within, or sought to understand the beauty of our inner workings, then this ultimate guide is tailor-made for you. Prepare to be astounded, educated, and inspired as we peel back the layers of this captivating museum, unveiling the secrets that make us who we are.

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Introduction to Body Worlds Amsterdam

Body Worlds Amsterdam is a remarkable museum that offers a unique and educational experience for visitors of all ages. This captivating exhibition is dedicated to the art and science of human anatomy, showcasing real, preserved human bodies and specimens. What sets Body Worlds apart is its innovative preservation technique known as plastination, which allows the bodies to be displayed in various poses, providing an unprecedented view of the human body’s inner workings.

The concept behind Body Worlds is to blend art and science to help the general public gain a deeper understanding of the human body’s intricacies. Visitors have the opportunity to explore the complexity of the human form, learn about various bodily systems, and appreciate the beauty and functionality of our anatomical structures. Whether you’re a student studying biology or simply curious about the human body, Body Worlds Amsterdam offers a fascinating and educational experience that is both enlightening and awe-inspiring.

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The Exhibits and Displays

The inside of Body Worlds in Amsterdam showing two human bodies holding each other with a black background

Body Worlds Amsterdam boasts a diverse range of exhibits and displays that delve into different aspects of the human body. Visitors can expect to see a variety of meticulously preserved specimens, including whole bodies, individual organs, and transparent slices that reveal the innermost details of the human body. One of the most iconic exhibits is the “Dance” display, which features bodies in dynamic poses to showcase the beauty of movement and the interconnectedness of muscles and bones.

Another highlight is the “Vital” exhibition, which focuses on health and lifestyle choices, demonstrating the impact of diet, exercise, and smoking on the body. Additionally, there are sections that explore the development of the human embryo, the effects of various diseases, and the aging process. Each exhibit is thoughtfully curated to provide a comprehensive overview of human anatomy and physiology, making it a valuable resource for both educators and curious minds.

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The History and Mission

Founded by the pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, Body Worlds Amsterdam has a rich history dating back to 1995 when it first opened in Japan. Dr. von Hagens developed the plastination technique, which revolutionized the preservation of biological specimens, making them odorless, durable, and lifelike. His vision was to make the intricacies of the human body accessible to the public, fostering a greater appreciation for the miracle of life and promoting health awareness.

The mission of Body Worlds Amsterdam is not only to educate but also to inspire curiosity about the human body. Through the exhibition’s striking displays and interactive elements, visitors are encouraged to ask questions, engage in discussions, and reflect on their own health and lifestyle choices. The museum’s commitment to science, art, and education has earned it a place of prominence in the world of anatomical e