Below you’ll find the best Red Light District map containing all window brothels located in this area of Amsterdam. Outlined in red is the official Red Light District of Amsterdam which is called “De Wallen” in Dutch. Our company’s red light logos represent addresses where window brothel buildings are located. There are a total of 292 window brothels in the Red Light District and around 400 active sex workers. Zoom in and out to get a better idea of the area. A map dedicated to the best restaurants, the best bars, the best coffeeshops (cannabis cafes) and erotic entertainment can be found beneath this first map. Lastly, we’ve created a third map containing the best hotels in the Red Light District with direct links for you to book a room.
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Below you’ll find the Amsterdam Red Light District Map containing the best restaurants, bars, coffeeshops and erotic entertainment. Click on the circles within our Red Light District Map to get more information. Use the zoom in and out function to find out the precise locations of all the establishments that we recommend.
Blue = Restaurants | Yellow = Bars & Cafes | Green = Coffeeshops | Red = Erotic clubs
The map below contains our selection of the 10 best hotels in the Red Light District. The map offers both expensive and cheap hotels. In the surroundings of all these hotels you’ll find some of Amsterdam’s oldest buildings, great restaurants, fun bars and coffeeshops. For pricing and booking links you can go to this article.
The Red Light District map has significantly changed in the last few decades, especially the last 10 years. In 2007, the City of Amsterdam started with Project 1012, named after the zip code of the Red Light District.
The intention of Project 1012 was to change the neighbourhood, shatter supposed criminal infrastructure and gentrify the area. The local government spend millions of euros of tax money to buy out brothel owners, so that window brothels could be changed into fashion stores, art galleries, food shops, etc. However, criminal practices were hardly found to be happening inside Amsterdam’s Red Light District but elsewhere in the Netherlands. For example; in illegal sex clubs, within the online prostitution business and in private houses. For those types of activities there aren’t any forms of regulated oversight or control like there is in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.
The City of Amsterdam wasn’t able to close down a single window brothel because of crime or illegality. The only thing they could do to bring down the number of window brothels was to buy the expensive city centre property and close down window brothels that way. This pricey policy cost the Dutch taxpayer 10’s of millions of euros. Through these measures Amsterdam was able to close down a total of 126 window brothels around the Red Light District since 2007, thus significantly altering the Red Light District map. At this time there are 292 window brothels left in Amsterdam’s Red Light District.